I didn’t know a truck could get me this excited and I live and breath trucks ! I’ve been steering trucks for 45 years and this is the most fun I’ve had. We climbed rocks that would make a horse nervous, floated on the Ocotillo Wells desert at 100 mph in Southern California and took on switchbacks on pavement that would make a car slide. It’s not a cheap toy, starts under $50,000 and goes up to $70,000 with no rebates or 0% interest. The previous model held it’s value well averaging 87.8% of it’s MSRP at two years. There’s even a stripped down version with cloth seats for the border patrol which has ordered some. So many changes for the second generation Raptor, from the 6.2L V-8 replaced with the EcoBoost 3.5L twin turbo with new electronic waste gates, dual injectors taking the power up to 450 horse power and 510 lb. ft. of torque. And the new 10-speed automatic with a console shifter and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. With this power and ability, keeping both hands on the wheel is a good idea. I had to wear a helmet and neck brace when we flew under radar on the desert. Running 100 mph plus on sand and lifting off the ground a few times kept me from day dreaming.
Transfercase with automatic all-wheel drive
Six inch wider track than the other F150 and 13 inches of travel in the front and 13.9 inches make for a stable platform made for climbing and desert racing. The FOX shocks with floating pistons between the oil and nitrogen have ports staged to change dampening 9 places for each section of shock stroke. And the shocks can be controlled by the mode you select. Yes you can operate the settings manually or just push the button in the steering wheel for what automatic mode you want. Choose from Normal, Weather, Mud and Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl. What mode you choose determines all the settings. The truck will change the FOX dampening, shift schedule, turbo lag, throttle response, 4×2, 4×4 Hi or Lo and Automatic 4×4, rear locker and even ABS in Baja mode. But wait there’s more, three steering modes for more or less steering feedback. It’s like this truck adapts to whichever truck you want to drive that day. With autonomous trucks coming, driver skill is becoming less important. Lately trucks are easier to tow and back trailers, climb mountains and jump sand dunes. Raptor with the 4.10 rear axle is rated to tow 8000 lbs.
Front driveshaft CV joints
Three inch dual exhaust goes higher under the rear bumper for a 23 degree departure angle and 30 degree approach angle. According to Ford’s off-road computer I was at 14 degrees side ways and the BFGoodrich all-terrain TA KO 2 didn’t let me slide into the bank on the rocky trail . So traction was great and smooth ride on pavement. In sand the tires showed extra traction from the sidewall sculpture. The tires are 6 ply 35 in with the wheels that look like bead lockers which are made to upgrade to a real bead locker ring. The new aluminum body Raptor is 500 lbs lighter than last generation and has a stronger steel boxed frame. Aluminum skid plates keep the truck ready for work after you climbed the mountains on the weekend. 360 cameras come in handy driving this wide body in drive-thru’s. When you are climbing rocks, the front camera shows the rocks you are coming to in the center stack screen. Like the new 2017 Ford Super Duty, roof mounted console auxiliary switches helps add aftermarket accessories like lights and a winch. Two cab choices with SuperCab and SuperCrew all with a 5 ft 6 in bed. Even 23 percent improvement in fuel mileage over the last model which is good for a couple mpg. Two electric fans on the inter-cooler and two electric fans on the radiator to cool all the increased power for all day fun in the desert sun. Coincidentally a Picture of the 2017 Raptor is the cover of my book “Truck Nuts” at www.TruckNutsBook.com
Titanium paddle shifter
Exhaust higher exiting the rear bumper
Aluminum skid plate
3 inch dual exhaust
Overhead toggle switches for accessories
Hood and fenders have vents for relieving hot engine air
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...
Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….
Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...
Hoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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