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There’s a lot to love about this truck, but drivers be warned. It might buck back.

  • Car: 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor
  • Location: Southern California
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (Instagram)
  • Camera: Canon 6D, Canon EOS 35-70 Zoom

What’s not to like about this epic package with cool graphics and all the goods? The Ford Ranger Tremor has hardcore Fox remote-reservoir shocks, a nice lift, lots of underbody armor, rock sliders, beefy all-terrain tires, a locking rear differential, high and low gearing, and four- or two-wheel drive. Though, if you opt to buy it exactly as spec’d in the photo, the side-steps that are attached to the rock sliders are brutal. If you bang your shin into one, it’s like getting sliced with an 18th century saber and poked with a bayonet, all in one.

The gash it creates is brutal. Not only is it painful, but the matte/rough metal is effective in its ability to rip out flesh, creating a void that demands a larger-than-average band-aid. As you can probably tell, this happened to me, and it took longer than usual for the wound to heal up. I’m sure it has this rough finish so that its grippy in slippery conditions, but still, what a hell of a side effect. If you ever find yourself in a situation to buy one, because it really is an excellent truck, take warning.

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