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The bolt-in bed cage from Armada Engineering is available as a DIY kit or a fully welded piece.
With the bed cage fitting properly, we bolted in our Currie F9 onto the leaf springs and finished the axle install.
The frame mount allows for easy bed cage removal if need be, once the two large main bolts are loosened on either side. The two vertical tubes that are the width of the frame have a vertical plate that goes next to the frame and on the bottom of the rail. When I do build the bed cage I'm going to make it bolt in like this one and keep it simple too. And in related news we're taking this Cherokee shell to the guys at Lenger Racing to have it caged and have a fully custom suspension built. In other news, I spent yesterday hanging out at Lenger Racing to discuss the plan of attack for our Cherokee the have right now. I have personally never done any swaps on a ranger im just throwing ideas around about what I have read.
Alix03-26-2012, 03:21 PMI have personally never done any swaps on a ranger im just throwing ideas around about what I have read. Just saying but 5 year old vehicles will likely have a LOT more single computer integration for all the other things like windows, audio, suspension, and on and on that you will have to please the computer about versus 15+ year old (EEC-V mainly for Ford) that is a stand alone engine control and can be dropped in most anything still.
Alix03-27-2012, 11:17 AMJust saying but 5 year old vehicles will likely have a LOT more single computer integration for all the other things like windows, audio, suspension, and on and on that you will have to please the computer about versus 15+ year old (EEC-V mainly for Ford) that is a stand alone engine control and can be dropped in most anything still. After discussing what kind of use our truck would be put through, it was decided that their fabricated F9 axlehousing was the right choice for our desert-romping Ranger.
The stock Ford axle served us well in the desert but had limited travel and minimal strength, and to be honest, it was likely already bent because the axle seals started leaking after beating on it during our last desert trip.
The kit includes a cutting template that limits hole cutting to a minimum and allows for more useable bed space. Thanks to the CAD design, laser cut, and CNC-bent tubing, the cage went in easy and flush with the top of the bed. As an added bonus, this style mount also allows us to only have to cut a few small holes into the bed, giving it a clean overall appearance.
I've ordered parts for my fullsize SAS project and my Ranger project as well as parts for my bro's jeep and all orders were shipped with absolutely no problems. I'll be doing the front shocks at the same time so clearance of the engine cage will be easy.
It's not big enough for a cage but I've been brainstorming a light bar idea I've had so that will be in the works soon. The bed cage keeps the shocks in an ideal location and has left as much usable space as possible, especially since it is still a daily driver.
The shocks are just for winter I have a set of Fox for the rear but I've been looking into building a bed cage. The 16" would be ideal but I haven't decided if I like the look of the shock higher than the bed.
Definitely need full sticks for a cage but these were a great deal and I can find a bunch of uses for them. All too often, the rear axle and suspension are often tossed on the back burner when it comes to upgrading to long-travel suspension, and unfortunately this Ford Ranger wasn’t any different. After gathering all the parts we needed, we headed up to Armada Engineering in Chatsworth, California, to install their bolt-in bed cage with our Currie F9, Deaver leaf-springs, and King bypass shocks. I'm probably going to push the swap to a winter project so it can be caged at the same time. This summer it's just going to be a street terror so I can have some fun while saving up money, next winter it'll get equal length beams, 4 linked and a full cage.