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2012 Ford Raptor: One Of The Good Guys

Posted in Features on April 19, 2017
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Many young people aren’t sure what they’d like to do with their lives, but Ryan Winner knows it’s to make sure that he’s there when the lives of others are in danger. “I feel it's a good Samaritan’s duty to help someone in need,” says Winner. “I always help anyone I see in need while driving locally or on my way to a race, but now with my truck done the plan is to volunteer with Best In The Desert racing series and help by using it for recovery or rescue.”

Winner is a 21-year-old engineer for an off-road company, and he’s using his knowledge to turn his 2012 Ford Raptor into a vehicle that can not only pull race competitors back on their wheels, but also wheel race spectators back to help in their time of need.

The Raptor once again shows its versatility by becoming a rescue/chase truck. Of course, Ryan Winner did a great job of equipping it to take on those added capabilities.

To be able to do both of these jobs well, he first added Fabtech-based suspension upgrades to his Raptor. First, the truck got 3.0 Dirt Logic coilover shocks up front while the rear was upgraded with Deaver Springs as well as 3.0 Dirt Logic shocks with remote reservoirs.

Being able to help someone else means you won’t need help yourself, so Winner chose the reliable and tough combination of 17-inch Method NV wheels and 35-inch 35/12.5/17 BFG KO2 tires. Speaking of which, there are two fullsize spares in the bed area, along with a set of Maxtrax recovery boards, a 3-ton jack, spare 2-gallon fuel jugs, and an on-board air station. An Addictive Desert Designs F-Series Chase Rack keeps them all secured and has a few fire extinguishers hanging from it as well.

An Addictive Desert Designs chase rack holds spare tires, fire extinguishers, recovery boards, and a lot of lights and cameras.

The 6.2L Ford has been enhanced with an AFE Cold Air intake that, of course, is equipped with an AFE air cleaner. The exhaust system now features an OC Muffler Man race muffler. Winner felt that the power the 6.2 produced was sufficient on its own, and only changed what he felt could use a little upgrading.

There will be no missing this truck when on the job though, as the truck is outfitted with more than 50 SpeedTech emergency lights as well as a 100-Watt Federal Signal Touchmaster Delta siren. Not all of those lights are emergency flashers though, as a Rigid LED lightbar is found above the windshield, two more mounted to the Addicted Desert Designs front bumper and another mounted behind the grille. An ADD unit can also be found protecting the back end, and it features two diffused Rigid LED quads and a few strobes too.

A host of Rigid LED bars, emergency lights, and cameras have been added to the Addictive Desert Designs Venom front bumper.
In addition to the Rigid LED lightbars in the ADD bumper, there’s a 40 incher hiding behind the large Ford grille.

All the many emergency strobes are amber/white and located around the truck. And if they can’t see Winner, he can see them. Finding stranded racers at night is no problem, as the truck’s been outfitted with 360-degree, day and night cameras that show on a dash-mounted monitor.

Inside, the Raptor looks like it’s growing electronica as there are three onboard GPS units for plotting the progress of team cars as well as a satellite uplink and with it, the truck can be used as a mobile weather station for storm tracking. Emergency handheld radios ranging from 50 MHz to 1,700 MHz and a Rugged Race radio is a must. There’s even a CB unit tucked in there too. The truck has a frequency scanner for local law enforcement agencies as well as a radar detector.

Ryan Winner is a guy who wants to put his two passions—off-roading and helping out—together and this Ford Raptor is the perfect vehicle for the job. We salute Ryan and others who are looking out for all of us.

A Fabtech UniBall Upper Control Arm increases strength while the Dirt Logic 2.5 shocks are reservoir equipped.
Getting there and back is paramount for a rescue vehicle, and 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires mounted on Method NV wheels are pretty much an unbeatable combination.
A usual Raptor has a lot of interior spare, but this one has been filled with electronic gear.
Looking like the only thing missing is a flux capacitor; the interior has been fitted with Rugged Radios, a Lowrance GPS, camera monitors, the brain for the Touchmaster siren, a CB, and a few fire extinguishers .
To make a difference, one needs to have the required tools, and this Raptor seems to have an entire toolbox’s worth. But if we’re the ones who need rescuing, we want that guy to have everything he needs to get us back to civilization.
The 6.2L engine has been upgraded with an AFE cold air intake system and an OC Muffler Man race muffler.
We’ve always appreciated folks like Rescue 3—volunteers who have been helping downed D37 racers for over 40 years. We salute Ryan Winner who now seeks to take up the cause of helping his fellow off-road enthusiasts.
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Chino, CA 91710
Tulsa, OK
Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
Method Race Wheels
Rugged Radios
Addictive Desert Designs
AFE Filters

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