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https://www.carscoops.com/2022/11/f...-rack-system-in-australia/#Echobox=1668822473

Check Out This Flexible Rack System Ford Made For The New Ranger

Ford proudly claims that the new Ranger is the most versatile ever and to help make it appeal to as many people as possible, Ford Australia has developed a new roof rack for it.

Dubbed the Flexible Rack System (FRS), it slides within a C-shaped channel positioned at the top of the load box sidewalls and can be locked in five different positions, meaning it can secure items of varying lengths.

Ford Australia says it spoke with pickup owners during the development of the latest-generation Ranger to determine how they used their trucks. The Flexible Rack System was the solution it came up with.

“We learned from our customers that they would load things like canoes into the load box and then lean them up against the sports hoop before tying them down. This was awkward and meant the load box couldn’t really be used for storing anything else a customer might want to take with them,” Ford Ranger application specialist Danny Trentin described. “We also learned of their frustrations when it came to carrying items of longer lengths. With an 80-kilogram dynamic load limit, the Flexible Rack System eliminates those frustrations.”

Forming part of the FRS is the Sliding Load Rack. It was designed to be operated quickly and easily by one person. The hoop slides into the rails and sports a system of four roller bearings angled at 37-degrees, retractable stabilizers and locks to ensure the rack won’t move when locked in position.

Ford torture-tested the system at its local testing facility, ensuring that the FRS could support 80 kg (176 lbs) regardless of whether it was being driven on the tarmac or off-road.

“Part of our durability test involves our infamous Silver Creek Road test track which is so torturous we use autonomous driving robots to complete this phase of the testing,” said Special Vehicle Engineering senior engineer Kin Tribhuvan. “The FRS was tested at full load and completed 77 runs on the track, passing with flying colors. It completed 400 runs with no load.”

While pricing details for the Flexible Rack System are not yet known, Ford has confirmed it will be available on select 2023 Ranger models.


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that looks awesome and genius. hope we can get here in the U.S with the new rangers.
 

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I sure hope the NA version doesn't have that roof rack over the cab as standard equipment. Just don't care for the looks of it.

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This idea has some merit. I’m curious how our third brake light could be incorporated into such a system and still be reliable, long-term. Would they have a notch in the chase rack? Mount it on the rack and use sliding contacts in the bed rail portion. What about wireless? 🤷‍♂️
 
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This idea has some merit. I’m curious how our third brake light could be incorporated into such a system and still be reliable, long-term. Would they have a notch in the chase rack? Mount it on the rack and use sliding contacts in the bed rail portion. What about wireless? 🤷‍♂️
Probably 'Oceania only' for obvious reasons. Are you moderating here too? I solid guess would be you're also 'Dave' on the Allpar board also....
 

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Probably 'Oceania only' for obvious reasons. Are you moderating here too? I solid guess would be you're also 'Dave' on the Allpar board also....
He's a professional investigator, not a moderator.
 

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Good point on the brake light.
What about a tonneau cover?
Oh my goodness, the 'troll-sock puppet army' is bleeding over from 5g. It was bad enough the 5g facebook page degenerated into a grindr board....
 

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Oh my goodness, the 'troll-sock puppet army' is bleeding over from 5g. It was bad enough the 5g facebook page degenerated into a grindr board....
I'm interested with a PHEV, so I check here once in a while....
 

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The third brake light is incorporated into the tailgate just above the release handle in Australian models. You can see it in the images.
 
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The third brake light is incorporated into the tailgate just above the release handle in Australian models. You can see it in the images.
I should have been more clear when I jumped into the middle of the thread. 😀

I’m curious about how this could be incorporated into the NA Ranger - our third brake lights are incorporated with the cargo lamp at the top of the cab…..

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I should have been more clear when I jumped into the middle of the thread. 😀

I’m curious about how this could be incorporated into the NA Ranger - our third brake lights are incorporated with the cargo lamp at the top of the cab…..

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Next-gen ranger's have the 3rd brake light in the tailgate not on the cab roof like the 5g had it.
 
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Next-gen ranger's have the 3rd brake light in the tailgate not on the cab roof like the 5g had it.
I guess we’ll eventually see if that’s the case for the North American Ranger? Many features on the RoW Ranger will change when it is produced here. I’d certainly be happy to see the third brake light moved there.
 

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I should have been more clear when I jumped into the middle of the thread. 😀

I’m curious about how this could be incorporated into the NA Ranger - our third brake lights are incorporated with the cargo lamp at the top of the cab…..

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My mistake. I was only thinking of the new Next-Gen (or RA Ranger as I think it is labeled now in Australia). Your NA Rangers have different tubs to the Australian superseded Rangers. The third brake light was either in the roof as per your photograph or in the top loop of the sports bar or headboard fitted the the Aus. models.

I must admit that while there is lots to like about the new model, the internal plastics, especially in the dash area, don't seem to me to be as robust as the pervious model. I know Ford does a lot of testing here in Australia but it will be interesting to see how everything stands up to our rough outback roads and increasingly bad main roads.
 
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