Strength from the Ford Ranger’s Suspension

When you’re after a midsize truck for adventuring on the streets of Ashland on the weekdays and on off-road trails on the weekends, go for the Ford Ranger. This midsize pickup excites us at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland with Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly, which lets you dial in a two-wheel drive mode and a four-wheel drive mode in 4x4 high or low. The available Terrain Management System™, which lets you define your engine responsiveness, vehicle control, and transmission gearing with modes like Gravel/Snow, Grass, Sand, or Mud/Ruts.

Ensuring endurance under varying terrain and weather conditions, the high-strength steel frame with six crossmembers includes steel bumpers and tow hooks that are mounted on the frame. Up front is an independent A-Arm suspension uses monotube-type shock absorbers that are pressurized with nitrogen gas to dissipate heat and resist fading.

In the rear, two-stage parabolic leaf springs allow for greater axle flexibility and reduces stiffness. The rear shocks are mounted outside the frame rails to maximize cornering while reducing body lean.



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