Dressed-up 2017 Raptor Ready to Cruise the California Coast

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Wheels, tires, lights, bumpers and color-matched body bits allow this Raptor to stand out from the crowd.

The modern Ford F-150 Raptor is the most off-road capable half-ton pickup in the world while also serving as the most powerful truck in its class, but it has become one of those vehicles that most owners love to customize. The already-aggressive Raptor can quickly transform into something that looks like it would be more at home in the Baja 1000 than sitting in traffic, even with simple upgrades.

While flipping through Craigslist vehicle postings for the San Francisco area, we came across this 2017 F-150 Raptor that has already been fitted with some of the most popular exterior upgrades, along with an array of body-color-matched bits that go a long way in creating a unique look.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Lightning Blue Raptor

This 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was posted to Craigslist by Bill Brandt Ford in Brentwood, California. The listing mentions that there are “lots of extra accessories” and it lists all of the normal features of the Raptor package, but there is no mention of what those extras entail. Fortunately, the exterior upgrades are pretty easy to pick out, so here is a rundown of the obvious upgrades.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Up front, the lettering in the grille have been painted Lightning Blue to match the body and below that is an aftermarket front bumper with tapered ends for extra off-road clearance. That bumper has a big LED light bar, with more off-road lights mounted at the base of the A-pillar and across the top of the windshield.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Along the sides, the wheel flares have been painted body-color, as have the side mirrors and the American Force beadlock wheels, which are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A rubber.

Out back, the lettering on the tailgate has been painted body-color, the taillights are tinted dark black, the exhaust tips appear to be larger than stock and the rear bumper is either aftermarket, or it has been modified with some unique LED lighting.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

There are no engine pictures and the ride height appears to be stock, so this Raptor is likely stock below the body, and we can see in the pictures that the loaded interior appears to be unaltered. The cabin is loaded, but everything inside looks original.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Priced Slightly Above Average

This 2017 Ford Raptor is listed for $66,847 and when we looked up the average price of a similar truck on Kelley Blue Book, we found that in excellent shape, one of these loaded F-150s sells for anywhere from $58,000 to $62,000 with 25,000 miles on the odometer.

That means that this Raptor is priced about $5,000 over the top of the average private party pricing, but when you factor in the wheels and tires, the aftermarket bumpers, all of the exterior lighting upgrades and the paint work from front to rear, there is more than $5,000 worth of work done to this truck.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The bottom line here is that if you want a Raptor that has been dressed-up on the outside while featuring a loaded factory interior, this truck is a great option.

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