Ford Ranger 2.3L EcoBoost Snorkel, 2019+

  1. Higher Plane - 2019+ Ford Ranger 2.3L EcoBoost Snorkel R&D, Part 4 - Testing

    Higher Plane - 2019+ Ford Ranger 2.3L EcoBoost Snorkel R&D, Part 4 - Testing

    No matter the expedition, a shakedown trip is always in order. The worst time to find out that your pack is poorly constructed or your boots aren't as waterproof as advertised is halfway up the mountain. The same could be said for our snorkel for the 2019+ Ford Rangers. So, to make sure our kit was up to snuff, we made sure to shake it down through different forms of testing.

    Missing Link

    Before we started testing, however, we still had a gap to fill, literally. The whole concept behind adding a snorkel to your off-roading rig is to entirely relocate your primary air inlet location out of harm's way, but a means of blocking off that inlet didn't appear in our last blog post. So we wanted to make sure that it got the spotlight it deserves.


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  2. Higher Plane - 2019+ Ford Ranger 2.3L Snorkel R&D, Part 3 - Production Sample

    Higher Plane - 2019+ Ford Ranger 2.3L Snorkel R&D, Part 3 - Production Sample

    Even spontaneity requires a bit of planning. These impromptu adventures that the 2019+ Ford Ranger is designed for need at least an ounce of pre-thought before taking the hard turn to a dirt path. The addition of a snorkel to your truck negates some of the preparation needed for your treks, but the snorkel still needs careful preparation.

    In our last post, we covered our design plans and preparation, and now, well, let's just say we love it when a plan comes together. Our snorkel has arrived, and it's ready to raise the elevation of your 2.3L's air induction.

    Before we take a look at the snorkel on the truck, though, let's look at the kit itself and what makes it tough enough to wear the Bourne Off-Road badge, starting with the construction material.

    No matter how rugged

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  3. Higher Plane - Snorkel R&D, Part 2 - Design Plans

    Higher Plane - Snorkel R&D, Part 2 - Design Plans

    It's safe to say that a large majority of excursions don't just happen on a whim. There are months of plotting the route, researching the terrain, and gathering the supplies needed to survive the rugged wilderness. In essence, one does not traverse the Amazon or climb K2 on a random weekend in May. There needs to be some more thought put into the journey.

    That is, of course, unless you're driving a Ranger. That is the idea behind this truck, after all, to add a little more spontaneity to your daily life. Even though Ford engineered this truck with traversing the great outdoors in mind, it still requires a little extra planning and modification to make sure those spur-of-the-moment adventures go according to plan. Much like explorers of the world, we're not setting off on our snorkel journey without a path in mind.

    For us here in the States, the Ranger is making its return home after almost a decade abroad. The 2019+ Ranger is a brand new truck, both figuratively and literally,

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  4. Higher Plane - Snorkel R&D Part 1 - Introduction

    Higher Plane - Snorkel R&D Part 1 - Introduction

    By today's standards, the latest iteration of the Ford Ranger is tiny. Lined up next to Ford's Super Duty offerings, or even the F-150, the mid-sized, 4-cylinder pickup looks more like a toy than a truck. What it lacks in physical stature, the Ranger more than makes up for in potential. The small stature plays very well to the Ranger's advantage. First off, not everyone who wants a truck needs something that can tow the moon out of orbit or have the payload capacity to throw the Statue of Liberty in the bed. Second, the fact that it's small means that it can navigate trickier paths, from narrow city streets to single track off-road trails, making it a more than capable do-anything truck. Since it has such potential, though, there's plenty to be done to make the Ranger a little more do-anything-er.

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