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Old 09-18-2017, 06:11 AM
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First off-road drive (mild) w/ Raptor



Since the truck only has 900 miles on it and I've only owned 1.5 weeks, I headed up a trail where I knew I could go awhile without the potential for damaging the truck. Nevertheless, the trail has many steep and washboard sections, some boulder steps, and plenty of mud.

I'm very impressed. I've wheeled this trail before in my modified '92 Range Rover. The Raptor is just so effortless. Very comfortable ride, even at low speeds (although it is surprising how fast you can drive this trail). 4A (AWD) mode works very well. There was really no need for any other mode. However, I wanted to try them all, so I did. 4H works as expected.

4L gave me a little cause for concern. Every time I gently get into the throttle, and almost every time I back off the throttle...I get kind of a "click-clack" sound. Its a metal on metal kind of slack in the drivetrain sound. Not sure if this is normal? From my cursory look underneath it seems like there is a CV joint on the front output shaft of the transfer case and likely another one at the front diff. Neither move up and down, but the front driveshaft needs to angle from a left bias at the t-case to the front diff which is centered more or less. It only makes this sound in low range. My thought would be some slack in the chain (unlikely) or some issue with the CV joints? But 4H and 4A were silent, so it seems it must be something in the case. I'm hoping to use 4L more in hope something breaks while the truck is under warranty.

I'm finding out pictures don't do the Raptor justice off road. It is such a big vehicle with large tires many of the pics don't reveal just how capable it is. For example, the one pic I posted above was actually a very steep pile and hopping out of the truck to take the pic was a long drop to the ground. Getting back in was even less fun. Wheel travel is prodigious. The front wheels travel a lot as well, but being independent, you just don't see them as much.
 
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Very impressive Tyler! Thanks for going through the effort to get and post a pic!
I bet it was a blast...

I wonder if there's an issue with the auto locking hubs? I've read that some others have had some difficulties with them.. I forget the acronym they used..
 
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Very impressive Tyler! Thanks for going through the effort to get and post a pic!
I bet it was a blast...

I wonder if there's an issue with the auto locking hubs? I've read that some others have had some difficulties with them.. I forget the acronym they used..
Thanks Randy. The hubs are called IWE's (Integrated Wheel End [Locks]. But if that was the case, I should have experienced this same noise in 4HI. It definitely was fun, and the nice thing is that there are several trails within minutes of my home.
 
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Thanks Randy. The hubs are called IWE's (Integrated Wheel End [Locks]. But if that was the case, I should have experienced this same noise in 4HI. It definitely was fun, and the nice thing is that there are several trails within minutes of my home.
Yep IWE was what I was thinking of.
Maybe check it with the dealer to see if they have any other reports of this? You could at least get it noted in the trucks history in Oasis - that way you might have a bit greater coverage should there be a problem down the road...
 
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