Create Your Own Raptor with a 2017 F-150 XLT! (Video)

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Is it possible to turn a middle-grade XLT into a trail-slaying, $80k Raptor with aftermarket parts only?

The Ford F-150 Raptor is an incredible machine. We’ve said before, we say it now, and until an improved successor comes along, we’ll most likely keep saying it for a long time. But of course, it has its drawbacks.

For starters, its complex Fox Racing suspension, ride-height and shorter wheelbase means it can’t tow as much as a similar F-150. And then there’s the biggest drawback — its price. “On paper” the SuperCrew Raptor starts at $52,770, but you’ll need all the luck in the world to find a sample selling for MSRP anywhere in the country. And even then, that may not be enough.

With that said, it’s easy to understand why someone may opt for turning a perfectly fine (and capable) 2017 F-150 XLT into a Raptor. Sure, it’s technically a “wannabe,” but there are different strokes for different folks. That someone happens to be the host of the PlanTradeProfit YouTube channel.


As you’ll appreciate in this four-minute-long video, the recently acquired F-150 is undergoing a major surgery which consists of stock parts being removed to make room for larger, more badass aftermarket components. Right away you’ll notice a Raptor-style front grille and the 37-inch tires on gorgeous 17-inch gold wheels. Even without thinking of the original Raptor, this F-150 looks like one sweet Baja truck.

Other parts have also been upgraded such as the suspension, taillights, and front bumper. The host claims that future mods include an ECU tune for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and Xenon headlights. Perhaps he should’ve started with a simple window tint job, no? Especially in Florida!

It’s unclear how much he paid for this XLT, or how much he plans on spending in upgrades. But with a gap of roughly $30,000 between the two, he has plenty of room for more!

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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