Ranger Bash Plates

Updated: May 18

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Best Bash Plates for Ford Ranger – Our Opinion

If you own a Ford Ranger and you’re thinking about taking it offroad, you may want to consider installing some bash plates.

They are there to protect your underbody from rocks, ruts, and debris that can damage the important components on your vehicle’s underbody.

In this article, we will run you through four of the best bash plates available for a Ford Ranger.

 

Rival Bash Plate Kit

Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate

(3 plates)

Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate

(1 plate)

Drivetech 4X4 Underbody Armour


Our pick
Rival Bash Plate Kit
Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate (3 plates)
Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate (1 plate)
Drivetech 4X4 Underbody Armour

Ford Ranger PX 2011 Onwards

Ford Ranger 2011-2017

Ford Ranger 2006-2011

Ford Ranger PX1

Aluminium Alloy

Steel

Steel

Alloy

-

Zinc coating

Zinc coating

Powder coating

6mm

3mm

3mm

6mm

30kg

45kg

45kg

7kg (one plate)

Original bolts, no drilling required

Original bolts, no drilling required

Original bolts, no drilling required

Original bolts, no drilling required

Best Bash Plates for Ford Ranger in Australia

Rival Bash Plate Kit For Ranger PX 2011 Onwards

Rival Bash Plate Kit

Our Pick

Pros
  • 6mm thick alloy - high strength
  • All plates have stiffening rib - it increases overall tensile strength
  • Lightweight - protects your underbody without adding too much weight to the vehicle
  • Very easy to install - fits your Ranger’s original bolts, no drilling required
  • Doesn’t rust
Cons
  • More expensive than other brands
  • Bought as a set
  • Not suitable for rock crawling

If you’re looking for a surefire way to protect your Ford Ranger without adding too much weight to your vehicle, the Rival Bash Plate Kit is one of the best ones in the market.

As a matter of fact, it earned the top spot on our list!

It’s made with 6mm thick aluminium alloy stamped with stiffening ribs to make sure it doesn’t break or bend on typical impacts. And since it’s made of alloy, it doesn’t rust, making it last longer and requiring less maintenance than other options.

If you’re concerned about the weight of your vehicle due to the number of accessories you have installed, the Rival Bash Plate Kit won’t add so much to the overall weight.

The whole kit weighs only 30kg which is lighter than most bash plates on the market.

The only downside I can think of is the price. Rival Bash Plate Kit is the most expensive bash plate on this list.

The Rival Bash Plate Kit is perfect for those who use the same vehicle for travel and mid-level terrain.

The lightweight characteristics of this kit help with fuel efficiency and the high tensile strength of aluminium plates will offer a good level of protection for the underbody.

However, keep in mind that alloy plates aren’t suitable for extreme off-road activities like rock crawling.

Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate for Ford Ranger 2011-2017

Roadsafe 4WD Bash Plate for Ford Ranger 2011-2017

Best Value

Pros
  • Affordable - Steel plates are usually cheaper than their aluminium counterparts
  • Sold separately - allows you to choose only the parts that need protection depending on your usage
  • Has zinc coating - protects the bash plates from corrosion
  • 3mm steel plate offers high strength protection
  • Suitable for rock crawling and extreme trails
  • Easy installation - no need to drill new holes
Cons
  • Very heavy - weighs around 45kg altogether
  • Very raw design
  • Needs more maintenance