Pushing a Ford Farther
The Ford SVT Raptor has turned out to be a popular vehicle in the F-150 line of trucks. The majority are left bone stock and many never even set a tire on dirt. That's not the case at all with this 2010 truck owned by Dave Corbett. It's a unique beast that's been evolving as Dave has put it to hard use in the Arizona desert.
We ran across Dave kicking up dust one Sunday afternoon. Luckily, he stopped by to say hello, so we got the chance to check out his built Raptor. We discovered Dave drives solely with hand controls. He was injured in a motorcycle accident five years ago and lost the use of his legs. Hence, he operates throttle and brake with his left hand and steers with his right. He's focused on getting back in the desert to enjoy spending time in the dirt, despite his disability. What he used to love to do in the desert on a dirt bike he now does in his tricked out Raptor.
Dave was reportedly the first Raptor owner to experience a bent rear frame after jumping his truck hard with a mere 2,000 miles on the odometer. He looked to Super Duty Headquarters (SDHQ) in Gilbert, Arizona, for help fixing the frame and upgrading the Raptor. With the frame repaired, they went to work adding a custom hydraulic bumpstop to control the rear suspension bottoming. From there, the truck has been well used and continually improved.
The front suspension has a full set of Camburg control arms and Icon 3.0 coilovers. The rear is setup with Deaver spring-under packs and an SDHQ cantilever system with Fox coilovers. The engine has been tuned for more power to turn 35-inch Toyo tires on Method beadlocks. Numerous other performance, lighting, and protection modifications have been done to make this Raptor stand out and deliver performance far beyond what Ford designed these trucks to do.
We followed Dave back into the desert on the five-year anniversary of his accident and watched him push the limits of his Raptor using only hand controls to slide and jump the truck, carving sandy ruts in the soft sand. We were impressed!
Vehicle: 2010 Ford SVT Raptor
Owner/Hometown: Dave Corbett/Scottsdale, Arizona
Body: Raptor F-150 with Boatec front fiberglass fenders and bedsides, SDHQ bumpers, Vision X lighting
Chassis: Factory Ford with SDHQ custom rear gusseting, SDHQ full skid plates
Engine: Ford 6.2L V-8, AFE Stage 2 Intake, Magnaflow exhaust, SCT Programmer/5 Star Tuning
Drivetrain: Stock automatic transmission, front differential, rear locking differential, SDHQ reinforced rear axle housing, Mag-Hytec rear differential cover
Suspension: Camburg Uniball upper and lower control arms, Icon 3.0 coilovers, Light Racing bump stops, rear Deaver spring-under leaf packs with SDHQ cantilever shock set-up, Fox 3.0 bypass shocks
Steering: SDHQ heavy-duty tie-rods with spherical rod ends, Power Steering Solutions reservoir/cooler
Brakes: Factory Ford
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R17 Toyo M/Ts on 17x9 Method beadlock wheels
Interior: Racer X race radio with intercom system; Lowrance GPS; custom-cooled air helmet system, custom A-pillar with Autometer gauges, five-point driver harness
Favorite OFF-ROAD Area: Sycamore Creek, Arizona