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A 2014 Ford Raptor for Town or Trail

Posted in Features on December 11, 2015
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When you live, part time at least, in the desert it’s just natural that you’d want to have a kick butt off-roader to have some fun with. At least that was Bowen Stockwell’s like of reasoning. The 35-year old Stockwell spends his time going between his places in Huntington Beach, CA and Parker AZ, in this 2014 Ford Raptor.

Parker is one of the action fun capitols of the world as it has the Colorado River, an entire desert, and a whole slew of places to spend time and money. Stockwell figured that he’d like to have a killer off-road truck to have fun with while he’s there, so he picked up this 2014 Raptor.

Of course, not one to leave something stock, Stockwell took his new ride over to the Raptor Performance Group in Laguna CA. RPG, as it’s known, is one of the best shops out there that specialize in transforming Raptors into true fire breathing beasts.

They began by installing one of their RPG Bolt front suspension systems. This system includes adjustable upper control arms, lower control arms, steering knuckles, and tie rods. Stockwell went with the dual shocks up front, and they are Fox Racing’s 3.0 Internal Bypass Coilover with QAB (Quick Adjust Bypass) Technology mated with a Fox External Bypass shock, which is also equipped with QAB.

The rear suspension is also RPG, as an RST 18 system is used which consists of a bolt-in shock tower that resides in the bed and includes Fox 3.5 16-inch External Bypass shocks as well as a pair of National Springs Raptor HD +3 springs. Stockwell also went with the integrated chase rack that holds a pair of spare tires. Those tires are 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja KR2’s that have been mounted onto 17-inch, beadlock-equipped Weld Wheels Rekon XT’s. High performance means braking too, so a set of Baer 15-inch Extreme + Brake System disc brakes have been added.

And performance is important to Stockwell, so much so that he had renowned engine performance gurus Teague Custom Marine in Valencia CA do the engine work. While is may seem odd that he’d have a marine shop do the install of the Whipple supercharger and Bosch 47lb injectors, but Teague has been behind some wickedly fast boats and they are dipping a toe (see what we did there?) into the Raptor performance market with the Whipple Superchargers 2.9L front feed screw compressor.

The Whipple setup utilizes an oversized liquid intercooler and heat exchanger that provides reliable power even in the desert heat. Tuning was easily accomplished via an SCT X4 with programming done by Tune Logics, who are Whipple's designated tuner. That, with the addition of a Gibson cat-back exhaust system and the result is that the 6.2L is now putting out about over 675 horsepower at 9 PSI of boost using 91-octane pump gas.

To give the huge KR’s somewhere to fit, RPG added a set of fiberglass front fenders By Glassworks Unlimited and painted them the Oxford white that the rest of the truck boasts. A pair of RPG bumpers replaces the stock units as their cool “Trophy” front bumper and a “Raceline” rear step bumper now provide great protection and great looks.

Providing plenty of candlepower are the Baja Designs and Rigid LED’s and HID’s that adorn the Ford. Sprouting from the RPG Chase Rack are 5 “LaPaz” 8.5-inch, 35w HID lights while a 40-inch BD OnX6 Dual Control LED light bar hides behind the Trophy front bumper. A pair of Rigid D2 dust lights gives everyone behind the Raptor the clue of where it is no matter how bad the Arizona dust may be.

The interior is stock. ‘Nuff said. But Stockwell does say that, “It is a great feeling to be hauling ass down a dirt trail, sliding corners and hitting jumps, all in the total comfort of an air-conditioned cab listening to satellite radio.” Works for us. Stockwell says that he wanted a truck that would be just as at home on the streets of Huntington Beach as ripping through the deserts of the southwest. With all of the parts that the Raptor now features, whether he’s taking adventures up to abandoned mines for a camping trip, pre running up coming off-road races or just cruising PCH to the Huntington Beach pier, this truck will take him anywhere in total comfort and control.

With its Glassworks Unlimited front end bulging out over the BFGoodrich KR tires, this Raptor has every trick part it needs to cover plenty of ground.

Thanks to the Whipple supercharger and Raptor Performance Group suspension, this is probably the only view other trucks will have of this Ford.

The RPG Bolt-on front suspension system will make a great truck even better. This system includes adjustable upper and lower control arms, steering knuckles, and tie rods. Both of the Fox Racing shocks feature QAB technology, witch means Quick Adjust Bypass.

Providing plenty of protection from the Huntington Beach sand dunes is the RPG “Trophy” front bumper. Notice the Baja Designs LED light bar peeking out from behind.

Yes, we know that the BFG KR’s aren’t street legal, but they sure look great in the pictures. Also looking good are the 17-inch Weld Rekon XT’s.

An RPG RST 18 rear-suspension system consists of a bed mounted shock tower that include Fox 3.5 16-inch External Bypass shocks and National Springs Raptor HD +3 springs.

The upper end of the RST 18 tower has mounts for a couple of spare KR’s, five big Baja Designs HID lights and two rear-facing Rigid amber covered equipped LED’s.

RPG even found space within for the back up sensors in their Raceline rear bumper.

Giving the 6.2L engine a 9lb. boost of goodness, the Whipple supercharger ups the power output to 675 horses. Tune Logic provided the electronic boost needed to make it all work.

Fresh air is inducted into the engine with a Whipple Cold Air Intake while Bosch 47lb. injectors provide plenty of the 91-octane fuel needed to keep the mill happy.

The interior is stock. Plush as any truck out there, but stock none the less.

When the five big Baja Designs HID’s and the BD LED light bar are lit up, even dark Arizona nights are no match for the combined candlepower.


Whipple Superchargers
Fresno, CA 93722
Baja Designs
San Marcos, CA 92069
Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
Weld Wheels
Kansas City, MO 64101
Teague Custom Marine Inc.
RPG Off-Road

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