Ford Raptor’s High-Performance Suspension Will Mesmerize You

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The Raptor’s suspension was developed by Fox Racing Shocks and specifically tuned for Baja-style dirt racing.

We at Ford Truck Enthusiasts have been pretty lucky in 2017. We haven’t had the chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor once, but about three of four times. To say that we’ve been blown away by its off-road and on-road performance each and every time is an understatement.

Like most high-performance vehicles, the Raptor’s off-road prowess can’t be attributed to one single component. Not the 450-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, not the BF Goodrich K02 tires, and certainly not the beefy Ford Racing steering wheel. The entire aluminum-built truck works in excellent harmony.

But. Yes, there’s a but — and a BIG one. If we were forced to choose one component to blame for the Raptor’s badassery, it’d be… (drum roll, please) the suspension! After putting the amped up F-150 through its paces for several days of hardcore off-roading this summer, we’re convinced that the Fox Racing dampers contribute the biggest chunk to the truck’s off-road magic.


Further proving our point is this incredible video by the The Straight Pipes, who recently had a go in a Ford Raptor. Cleverly, they attached a camera inside the wheel well, which looks at the front and rear suspension movements while they tackle some trails at high speeds. There are times when they show both, the exterior and the suspension angles of the video at the same time.

Besides experiencing the truck first hand, this is the second-best way of understanding what a massive role the suspension plays in such rowdy package.


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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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