Ford Ranger ARB 2023 accessories list released, here’s what we know so far

Australia’s leading four-wheel drive accessory manufacturer ARB has launched its equipment catalog for the new generation Ford Ranger. Here are highlights from a list of over 100 options.

Four-wheel drive accessory manufacturer ARB has released a newly developed parts catalog for Ford Rangers 2023 – and almost everything is covered, including the kitchen sink.

A detailed list of more than 100 factory-supported ARB accessories for the 2023 Ford Ranger has been distributed to Ford dealers, but has not yet been published online.

ARB will kickstart another aftermarket industry with a new generation of ute, having been included in the vehicle development program over the past few years and gaining official factory support from Ford.

Anecdotally, a growing number of vehicle and four-wheeler buyers are spending $10,000 to $20,000 on aftermarket accessories – and the profit margins on those components often outweigh the profit margins on the vehicles themselves (although perhaps not at this time, given the excessive dealer shipping costs involved adopted by many Ford dealers).

Customers can, of course, still ask the dealership for accessories from other aftermarket suppliers – or take their vehicle elsewhere for a fitout.

However, ARB accessories installed by Ford dealers on new vehicles will also be covered by the same five years/infinite kilometers warranty as other vehicles.

As previously reported, Ford has confirmed the ARB accessories sold by its dealers will not have the Ford branding, but will have Ford backing.

Ford dealers have received the first ARB catalog for the new generation Ford Ranger, as they prepare to take their first deliveries – and take the first shipments of factory-backed, locally engineered ARB accessories – from June onwards.

Headlining Ford’s list of approved ARB options of at least five bullbars, named Summit Bar MKII, Summit Sahara Bar MKII, Spartan Bar, Stealth Bar, and Commercial Bar.

The bull bar prices provided by ARB to Ford dealers have so far ranged from $2925 to $3275 plus installation, which is estimated to take five business hours. Some bull rods don’t have a price yet.

All ARB bull rods for the new Ford Ranger are designed not to interfere with the vehicle’s radar cruise control, front camera (on equipped models), lane guard assistance, speed sign recognition and front parking sensors. Some bull rods house four parking sensors, while others house six parking sensors.

There are two options for underbody protection, both starting at the same price: $1195 plus fittings.

One option called Under Vehicle Protection (UVP) – made of 3mm sheet steel that is laser cut and press-formed and folded – is the longer of the two options and is designed to protect steering components, crankcase, as well as transmission and transfer cases.

The other option – called Under Vehicle Armor (UVA) – is a complete replacement for the original skid pan, which is made from a “UV stabilized cross-linked polymer” that is “non-corrosive and offers superior heat resistance.”

ARB also notes this option is compatible with the original Ford Ranger bumper as well as the ARB bull trunk.

Both underbody protection options claim to take an hour to install.

Another popular option is likely a steel bumper compatible with the rear sidesteps. Prices start at $1835 (plus an hour’s setup time).

ARB says the steel rear bar is made of 3mm laser cut and folded sheet metal, accommodates the original Ford registration plate light, and is compatible with factory rear parking sensors and leaves room for sidesteps on the lower rear fender.

The heavy-duty bar also features a high lift lift point and anodized aluminum top tread plate.

This adds about 20mm to the length of the vehicle.

Steel back blade finished with ex-ARB matte black paint; color matching with vehicle is optional.

The ARB side rails and risers are manufactured from 60.3 mm diameter pipe and are available as three separate components or bundled together.

ARB forging recovery points – rated up to 8000kg at maximum front wheel turning angle – are $252 each, plus 30 minutes of installation time.

There are at least three canopies available, ranging in price from $2640 to $4772. Estimated installation costs range from $520 to $585.

When equipped with additional and optional ARB internal rods, the dynamic roof load of multiple ARB canopies is rated at a maximum of 100kg, while the static roof load in this guise is rated at a maximum of 350kg.

The ARB notes that all roof loads must be weighed evenly and properly secured.

The same rules apply to the ARB roof rack option for the vehicle cab.

The ARB base rack mount kit starts at $495, while the basic roof rack platform is listed at $695. The brochure says 2.5 hours of installation time is required.

The maximum load per base rack beam is 25kg and, in accordance with ARB’s previous roof load warning, cargo weight must be evenly distributed and properly secured.

Available to order now – with first arrivals due from July – is the new Hard Tonneau ARB Sport Lid, starting at $2855 plus $260 for installation.

The premium upgrade kit option adds a cable loom, central locking, and interior lighting (albeit battery operated rather than running out of car battery). The price of this option must be confirmed.

A handy feature available as an option on the Volkswagen Amarok today, ARB will be offering the new Ford Ranger “Tailgate Assistance” dampers.

Priced at $155 for a pair, these dampers slow down the tailgate opening speed and reduce the effort to close.

Ready-made modular drawer housings for the back tray – which are made of galvanized steel – start at $490 (plus $97.50 installation), and are a starting point before more drawers and other accessories like refrigerators or kitchen sinks are added.

ARB also has a plug-and-play cable loom, a second battery kit, and other electrical add-ons. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

There’s also a Ford and ARB-supported Safari snorkel, starting at $638, adjust the cost.

Like the previous ARB/Frontier Long Range fuel tanks, this tank is made of an impact resistant polymer (crosslink), is a one piece construction, and has been designed to fill cavities in the underbody to maximize fuel capacity.

The plastic construction (the same material used for standard tanks) means there is no rust on the tank itself, and allows for the flexibility of the vehicle chassis.

There’s also a wide range of ARB/Old Man Emu suspension upgrade kits – including a GVM upgrade.

ARB offers new shocks and springs (coil front and leaf rear) in a variety of capabilities. Prices have not been announced.

When Ford announced its partnership with ARB last year, the company said: “Genuine Ford accessories undergo years of rigorous safety and durability testing … meaning they integrate seamlessly with design and safety features in vehicles.

“Ford licensed accessories are carefully selected products, manufactured to the very high standards of quality, from reputable third-party suppliers.

“These products undergo a rigorous evaluation process by Ford, and as a result, many (Ford-licensed) products have unique aspects compared to similar products sold in the aftermarket to ensure optimal integration and performance.”

Joshua Dowling has been an automotive journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as an automotive editor and an early member of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for over 10 years.

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