aFe Power Makes Ford F-150 Raptor More Ferocious
Company gives the almighty Raptor a suspension overhaul and a significant bump in horsepower and torque.
If automobile manufacturers and the aftermarket were siblings, the OEMs would be a hardworking, talented child and the aftermarket would be the sibling who’s always trying to upstage them and show everyone that they can run faster and jump higher. It doesn’t matter how good a product a vehicle company makes. An aftermarket firm is always going to try to make it better. It’s that way with the Corvette, the Challenger, and even the Raptor.
In the video above, OffRoad Xtreme checks out the changes aFe Power made to a new Raptor SuperCrew. The performance parts company reworked the brawny beast from front to back and top to bottom. aFe couldn’t augment a Raptor without touching its suspension, so they installed three-inch coilovers up front and three-inch triple-bypass shocks in the rear. The coilovers’ threaded collars allow them to be adjusted for different ride heights. The new shocks in the back allow for precise damping control and combine with the front upgrades to cut body roll.
To address the not-as-good-as-a-V8 sound from the Raptor’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, aFe fitted its test truck with a stainless steel exhaust designed to preserve the Raptor’s ample ground clearance.
aFe worked on the Raptor’s breathing under the hood, too. They equipped their truck with a direct-fit intake and high-performance intercooler. To increase power even more, aFe plugged one of its completely reversible performance modules directly into the Raptor’s wiring harness. It offers the ability to drive the Raptor in stock, Sport, Sport+, and Race modes. On the dyno, all of those upgrades result in readings of 397 horsepower and 436 lb-ft of torque at the wheels – increases of 67 and 73 over stock, respectively. Those are hard numbers. Whether or not the aFe exhaust makes the Raptor sound any better is completely subjective. What do you think?