If you’re shopping for the best Ford Ranger accessories to transform your mid-size truck into a versatile, do-everything vehicle, you’ve come to the right place. Although the truck is still pretty new to the North American market, there are plenty of options – if you know where to look. We’ve scoured the internet in search of the absolute best, most practical, hard-working Ford Ranger accessories out there, compiling a list of our favorites so you don’t have to head out into the aftermarket wilderness on your own.
The new Ford Ranger is a welcome sight on North America’s roads, back after a six-year hiatus to cater to customers who need the towing and hauling capabilities of a pickup, but don’t want the hassle of a big, lumbering full-size like the F-150. Comfortable, efficient, and plenty capable, the Ranger is an excellent vehicle straight from the factory, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made better.
Here are our choices for the best Ranger add-ons from the aftermarket – including a few Ford Ranger off-road accessories, for you overlanding types – on the market.
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Choice: Husky Liners Weatherbeater Floor Mats
- 2. Best Night Accessory: Rough Country 50” X5 Series Dual Row Cree LED Light Bar Kit
- 3. Best Bed Security: RetraxONE XR Retractable Truck Bed Tonneau Cover
- 4. Best Front End Protection: ARB Summit Front Bumper Kit for 2019+ Ford Ranger
- 5. Husky Liners Ford Ranger Custom Front and Rear Mud Guards
- 6. Smittybilt X20-10 Comp Gen2 Waterproof Winch
- 7. ReadyLift Ford Ranger 3 Inch SST Lift Kit
- 8. Black Horse Black Atlas Roll Bar Truck Bed Rack
1. Editor's Choice: Husky Liners Weatherbeater Floor Mats
Among the best things you can do for your truck’s carpeting is install a set of rubberized all-weather floor liners, and as value propositions go, these first- and second-row mats from Husky Liners hit the sweet spot. They’re a perfect fit for the contours in the Ford Ranger SuperCrew floor pan, providing maximum protection and a clean, factory-stock appearance. A formed lip around the outside of the mat keeps mud, slush, and spills contained until you can empty the liners out, and the mats are manufactured of durable, high-quality material here in the US. If you ever spend time in the mud, or if your Ford Ranger sees any amount of slush or snow in the wintertime, you’d be foolish not to have a set.
2. Best Night Accessory: Rough Country 50” X5 Series Dual Row Cree LED Light Bar Kit
Among the most basic – and essential – of Ford Ranger off-road accessories is auxiliary lighting. If you’ve spent any amount of time off the pavement, you know how crucial it is to be able to clearly see any potential hazards – rocks, trees, ridges, and the like. Auxiliary lighting illuminates the path ahead, providing you with ample warning before you find yourself in a scrape. We like this Rough Country 50” LED light bar for its mix of price and feature set, boasting an IP67-rated water- and dust-resistant aluminum housing and “more LEDs per square-inch than any other light bar,” according to the manufacturer. Note that although the light bar is a universal fit, you might have to get creative mounting it to your Ford Ranger.
3. Best Bed Security: RetraxONE XR Retractable Truck Bed Tonneau Cover
Whether to keep your bed cargo shielded from the elements or to keep it safe against would-be thieves, a tonneau cover is an excellent investment for any truck, placing it among the top of our list of the best Ford Ranger accessories. Given our choice, we’d snatch this one up: the RetraxONE XR Retractable Truck Bed Tonneai Cover. It’s designed specially for the 2019+ Ford Ranger’s 5-foot bed, it’s key lockable in any position, and it’s manufactured in the US from highly durable coated polycarbonate, with a lifetime limited warranty.
But best of all, the RetraxONE XR tonneau cover is designed with an integrated Trax rail system compatible with most T-slot accessories from the likes of Yakima, Thule, and Rhino Rack. That adds an extra bit of versatility, allowing you to maximize the use of space over the tonneau cover. There’s also an aluminum version of the RetraxONE, although you can expect to pay a premium for the more durable material.
4. Best Front End Protection: ARB Summit Front Bumper Kit for 2019+ Ford Ranger
If you do get a winch for your 2019+ Ford Ranger, you’ll need some suitable mounting provisions – and that’s where the ARB Summit Front Bumper Kit comes in. ARB is well-known in the world of off-road parts and accessories, and this Ranger bumper lives up to the company’s unimpeachable reputation its durable steel construction and textured-black finish. Its design delivers excellent protection for your truck’s body, its radiator, and even its headlights, providing extra security off-road, and built-in fog and indicator lights aren’t something you’re likely to find on some of the more basic units on the market.
5. Husky Liners Ford Ranger Custom Front and Rear Mud Guards
Mud guards aren’t only useful off-road and in snowy, slushy winter conditions; they provide protection in all conditions, defending your vehicle and the vehicles around you from small projectiles like pebbles that might be kicked up by your tires as you drive along. And, as we all know, what starts off a small stone chip can eventually turn to a sizable rust patch. Why take the risk?
These mud guards from Husky Liners are custom-formed for the 2019+ Ford Ranger, guaranteeing a perfect, factory-looking fit, and with the included two-sided tape, they’re a cinch to install, with absolutely no drilling required. Plus, Husky Liners’ impact-resistant all-weather thermoplastic is durable and long-lasting, ensuring years of useful protection.
6. Smittybilt X20-10 Comp Gen2 Waterproof Winch
If you’re planning to turn your new Ranger into a capable off-road rig, a good winch ought to be high on your list of Ford Ranger off-road accessories. Sooner or later, everyone gets stuck, and winching your own truck free certainly beats waiting around for help.
We love a good value, and that’s why we recommend this Smittybilt X20-10 Compe Gen2 Waterproof Winch. It’s rated up to 10,000 pounds, which should provide adequate overhead for your mid-size Ford pickup, and the included synthetic rope and aluminum fairlead are lightweight and corrosion-resistant, for years of usable service life. Synthetic rope brings with it the added benefit of enhanced safety; it doesn’t store as much kinetic potential energy as steel line, so if you do exceed what the rope can handle, it just breaks; there’s very little chance of dangerous snap-back.
7. ReadyLift Ford Ranger 3 Inch SST Lift Kit
If you’re looking to level out the ride of your new Ford Ranger and even increase the tire size for a more aggressive look, this leveling kit from ReadyLift might be just what you’re looking for. The kit consists of CNC-machined billet aluminum spring spacer that provides 3″ of lift to even out the ride height of your truck, while maintaining your factory ride and handling.
8. Black Horse Black Atlas Roll Bar Truck Bed Rack
Give your Ranger a unique, rugged look when you add one of these multi-funciton off-road roll bars from Black Horse. The Atlas roll bar from Black Horse not only adds a level of protection but also increases your load configuration with the integrated cargo basket so you can still have access to your essential gear if your bed is filled with everything else. Add to that the integrated light bar mount, and you’re ready to make your Ranger a capable pre-runner.
Will adding a lift kit make my Ranger more off-road capable?
It all depends on what kind of lift kit you’re going to use? If it’s like the ReadyLift leveling kit that we have listed, you’ll get increased ground clearance and clearance for larger tires. THAT IS IT. There’s no increase in suspension travel, so don’t think you’re ready to tackle Baja when you install that basic kit. If you’re just looking for a level ride and more aggressive look with larger tires, you’re all good.
These are all great options for accessories, but are any more important than others?
It’s all dependent on the owner. If you do more off-roading than commuting in your Ranger, you may want to focus more adding items like the winch, front bumper, and roll bar. If you’re using your Ranger as a work truck, you’ll probably want to focus on items like a tonneau cover, floor mats, and tool boxes.
11/18/2021: Ranked products, added new product (Black Horse roll bar and ReadyLift lift kit), updated product descriptions, added faq and added additional resources
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