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Ford Raptor Guide

Posted in How To on June 1, 2013
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Author: Jaime Hernandez Photos: Courtesy of Manufacturers

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor continues to be a huge hit with the Dirt Sports Nation and enthusiasts around the world. As the most capable and fastest off-road production truck ever built by Detroit, the Raptor is awesome to drive both on and off-road. The already impressive package put together by Ford Racing’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) can be further enhanced to unleash the Raptor’s true potential. With a few simple modifications, the Raptor can gain even more wheel travel, horsepower and performance. To help take your Ford Raptor to the next level, Dirt Sports has put together a collection of some of the latest parts and accessories with enough performance to get your Ford F-150 SVT Raptor flying.


ROUSH PERFORMANCE 6.2L PHASE 2 SUPERCHARGER KIT The ROUSH Performance 6.2L F-150 Phase 2 Supercharger Kit pumps out an amazing 590 horsepower and 590 lb-ft or torque, an increase of 179 hp and 156 lb-ft over the base Raptor. The Phase 2 kit is designed and manufactured in house at ROUSH and utilizes Eaton’s TVS (Twin Vortices Series) rotating assembly. A Roots-type, positive displacement supercharger, it features twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160-degrees to enhance thermal efficiency, deliver higher volumetric capacity, enable higher operating speeds and create a smoother, more efficient flow of air into the engine. The system comes complete with 2.3L TVS R2300 supercharger, high efficiency air-to-water intercooler system, custom intake manifolds, dual 60mm throttle bodies, high-flow cold-air induction, unique high-flow fuel rail and injectors, all required hardware and wiring harnesses, as well as ROUSH’s custom PCM calibration flash.
ROUSH Performance (800) 59-ROUSH www.roushperformance.com

Roush Photo 68809260 The ROUSH R2300 TVS supercharger provides instant throttle response and power through the engine’s entire power band.


SCT LIVEWIRE TS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMMER The new Livewire TS from SCT unlocks the Raptor’s hidden performance by recalibrating the vehicle’s computer for maximum horsepower and torque, along with increased throttle response, firmer shifts and better fuel mileage. The pre-loaded tune files optimize the vehicle’s air/fuel ratio, timing and fuel curves for maximum performance while maintaining OEM reliability and drivability. When not bombing around the desert or trails, SCT’s tune files can help optimize the Raptor for hauling, towing or even increase fuel mileage 1-2 mpg. The Livewire TS features high-speed data logging and data monitoring capability with user selectable graphics and layouts, along with a built-in rear view camera input, and it can even read/clear DTC trouble codes.
SCT Performance (407) 774-2447 www.sctflash.com

SCT Photo 68809263 The Livewire TS features a full-color 4-inch touch screen display with pre-loaded dyno-proven tune files.


FOX FACTORY SERIES 3.0 BYPASS SHOCK UPGRADES Fox unleashes all of the Ford Raptor’s off-road capabilities with its direct-replacement 3.0 bypass shock upgrade kits. Utilizing all of the same components from Fox’s off-road Trophy-Truck race-winning shocks with Eibach springs, Teflon-lined spherical bearings, proprietary racing oil and Viton seals. Up front the large Factory Series 3.0 internal bypass coilover shocks maximize wheel travel, increase oil capacity and adds 60 percent more damping area over the stock Fox Raptor shocks. They are also equipped with remote reservoirs with a large -10 hose increasing the shocks’ cooling capabilities. In the rear, Fox uses huge Factory Series 3.0 bypass shocks with three independently owner-tunable bypass zones for complete ride control regardless of terrain conditions, paired with 2.5-inch diameter piggyback reservoirs.
Fox Racing Shox (619) 768-1800 www.ridefox.com

Fox Shox Photo 68809140 The Fox 3.0 Factory Series package offers a big increase in shock performance.


FABTECH UNIBALL UPPER CONTROL ARMS The SVT Raptor is an amazing truck, but the factory upper control arms limit wheel travel because they use ball joints. To prevent suspension binding associated with the OE upper control arms, Fabtech has designed replacement upper control arms that eliminate the upper ball joints and improve suspension travel. Fabtech’s Raptor arms use 1.50-inch FK alloy uniballs and are made from 1.50-inch diameter 4130 chromoly tubing featuring gusseted uniball cups for maximum strength. A 4340 heat-treated uniball pin fits into the factory ball joint taper without modification to the spindle, and additional caster is built into the arms for greater alignment and improved geometry. The Fabtech upper control arms are designed to work with the factory SVT Fox Shox or aftermarket coilovers.
Fabtech (877) 432-2832 www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Fabtech Photo 68809266 Fabtech’s upper control arms use FK alloy uniballs with 17-4 misalignments to replace rubber bushings at the frame for a more positive feel.


ADDICTIVE DESERT DESIGNS VENOM WINCH BUMPER Give your Ford SVT Raptor the ultimate facelift with an Addictive Desert Designs (ADD) Venom front winch bumper. Built to fit 2010-’13 Ford Raptors, the Venom can accommodate up to a 12,000-lb. recovery winch. This latest design from ADD features .120-inch wall steel tube construction, fully boxed frame horns with precision laser-cut skid plates, tabs and plates for a precise fit. The ADD Raptor Venom winch bumper is a direct application, with no cutting or welding required. Stainless steel hardware is included, and it is made in the USA.
Addictive Desert Designs (855) 233-8992 www.addictivedesertdesigns.com

Addictive Desert Designs Photo 68809143 A rugged powder coat finish protects the bumper from the elements, with custom color options available.


GIBSON PERFORMANCE CAT-BACK EXHAUST Add some power, torque and flair to your Ford F-150 Ford Raptor with the Metal Mulisha exhaust system from Gibson Performance. This high-flow exhaust features a complete four-inch stainless steel cat-back system with a six-inch black ceramic-coated tip that produces an extra 16 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of torque. It is available for 2010+ SVT Raptor 6.2L Super Cab and Super Crew trucks.
Gibson Performance (800) 528-3044 www.gibsonperformance.com

Gibson Performance Photo 68809269 Six-inch black ceramic-coated tips feature a special-edition Metal Mulisha logo.


HM RACING DESIGN LONG-TRAVEL SYSTEM HM Racing Design’s new Ford F-150 Raptor long-travel kit creates up to 18.5 inches of wheel travel. A set of new upper arms, lower arms with sunk-in shock mounts and a custom uprights were designed using factory mounting points. To ensure reliability, 1.5-inch lower and 1-inch upper uniballs are used. Also included are HM Racing Design aluminum tie rods, steering clevis bolts and all upper A-arm mounts and hardware. It is designed with room for a coilover, bypass, CV axle and hydraulic bump stop.
HM Racing Designs (951) 304-3132 www.hmracingdesign.com

HM Racing Design Photo 68809146 All HM Racing Design long-travel kits are 4130 constructed with Grade 9 hardware.


AIRAID COLD AIR DAM SYSTEM AIRAID’s new performance air intake system for 2010-’13 6.2L Ford Raptors features AIRAID’s Cold Air Dam panels that replace the upper portion of the intake box along with a modular intake tube that is designed to provide unrestricted airflow to the engine. Breathing is done through a massive 1,600 CFM washable and reusable premium air filter available with SynthaFlow oiled composite or SynthaMax non-oiled filtration technology. The AIRAID Cold Air Dam system delivers cool, clean air that helps produce an additional 12 hp and 14 lb-ft of torque. All AIRAID filters are hand-poured using a special urethane blend that prevents cracking and shrinkage, even in the most extreme conditions.
AIRAID (800) 498-6951 www.airaid.com

Airaid Photo 68809272 AIRAID utilizes OEM mounting points for quick and easy installation.


READYLIFT FORD RAPTOR KIT ReadyLIFT Suspension has a new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor mid-travel upgrade suspension kit that provides up to 11 inches of wheel travel. This kit features heavy-duty box steel upper and lower control arms, fit with large 1.5-inch Teflon-lined uniball bearings. The ReadyLIFT Raptor suspension works with stock SVT Fox Shox or aftermarket coilovers. Heavy-duty off-road steering kits featuring CNC-machined tie rods with extra large rod ends and inner clevis also available. To improve the rear suspension, ReadyLIFT now offers a Rear Suspension Bump Stop Kit featuring Fox Shox bump stops housed in an adjustable mount system that ties together with an integrated bolt-in crossmember.
ReadyLIFT Suspension (702) 410-2300 www.readylift.com

Readylift Photo 68809149 The ReadyLIFT Raptor kit features heavy-duty tie rod steering arms with FK


RS-E RAPTOR FRONT BUMPER Adding a recovery winch to your Ford Raptor can be done without a bulky bumper thanks to the all-new Rock-Slide Engineering (RS-E) Raptor front Baja bumper. Made from lightweight aluminum, the modular design allows for the choice of either high clearance corners or light holes sides. It flows with the bodylines and is designed for off-road use. More Raptor body armor, step sliders and tire carrier solutions are alsoavailable from R-SE.
Rock Slide Engineering (435) 752-4580 www.rockslideengineering.com

RS E Baja Bumper Photo 68809275 The R-SE Raptor Baja bumper is made of 3/16 aluminum with a steel winch plate for added strength.


AEM COLD AIR INTAKE SYSTEM FORD F-150 RAPTOR 5.4L AEM’s Cold Air Intake System for the Ford F-150 Raptor with the 5.4L V8 engine features a 4-inch mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube, a high performance Dryflow synthetic air filter, a custom heat shield, a replacement radiator overflow tank and an AEM proprietary ETI (electronic tuned intake) module. The custom-designed heat shield keeps engine bay heat away from the air filter while the ETI module eliminates the need to de-tune the air intake tube at the MAF sensor housing for the highest, most consistent power gains. Since the radiator overflow tank is part of the factory air box and is removed along with air box, AEM supplies a replacement tank that bolts to the side of the heat shield. The Dryflow air filter is washable and reusable.
AEM Induction Systems (800) 992-3000 www.aemintakes.com

AEM Air Intake Photo 68809152 Dyno-testing using the AEM Cold Air Intake System demonstrated an increase of 17 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque over stock.


RIGID INDUSTRIES LED LIGHTS Rigid Industries continues to light the way with their high intensity LED lighting systems for the Ford Raptor. Available in configurations that mount on the bumper or grill, Rigid Industries LED lights offer up to 14,400 lumens of power using a single 40-inch E-Series LED light bar. The Upper Ford Raptor Grille kit uses custom brackets to mount a 40-inch E-Series behind the grille using existing holes. The Lower Ford Raptor Grille kit uses a 20-inch E-Series LED light. Finally, the Fog Light kit uses a pair of D-Series LEDs.
Rigid Industries (480) 655-0100 www.rigidindustries.com

Rigid Lights Photo 68809278 Rigid lights feature a 6061 aluminum extrusion body with durable UV powdercoated finish, tunable optics and unbreakable Lexan lens.


STAINLESS WORKS 3-INCH TRUE-DUAL EXHAUST Engineered to improve sound and increase power, Stainless Works’ new “Lightning” exhaust for the Ford Raptor is the latest addition to its growing Raptor product line. This 3-inch true-dual exhaust system exits in front of the passenger rear tire for a look that is sure to turn heads and offer a one-of-a-kind sound. Stainless Works Raptor exhausts feature 3-inch mandrel-bent stainless steel tubing that improves flow and power. It can connect to the stock manifolds, or for the best performance and sound, connect via their X-pipe resonator to Stainless Works’ 304 stainless steel headers for a full true-dual system.
Stainless Works (800) 878-3635 www.stainlessworks.net

Stainless Works Photo 68809281 The side exit location for Stainless Works’ exhaust allows full rear suspension travel without leaf-spring interference.


ICON FORD RAPTOR 3.0 PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION SYSTEM The ICON Stage 2 System for the Ford Raptor combines the ICON 3.0 Raptor Performance Shock System with their fully adjustable ICON billet uniball upper control arms. The arms use 1-inch Teflon-lined all-stainless uniballs combined with 17-4 stainless taper pin adapters to increase the upper arm’s misalignment, allowing for smooth and clean wheel travel without worrying about factory ball joint bind or breakage. ICON also uses true 3-inch main pistons that have robust features such as digressive rebound and flutter stack compression for outstanding control, great response and unparalleled ride performance. To achieve even more control for extreme off-road use, ICON added an additional internal hydraulic system in the front shocks that produces the extreme forces required during the last 40 percent of travel to achieve maximum bottom-out control. In the rear, the 3.0 ICON ZETA shocks feature three external bypass tubes with easy to adjust clicker knobs.
ICON Vehicle Dynamics (951) 689-ICON www.iconvehicledynamics.com

ICON Photo 68809284 ICON upper control arms feature unique vehicle adjustable rod ends for easy alignment.


BRENTHEL INDUSTRIES FORD RAPTOR LONG-TRAVEL SYSTEM Delivering 16 inches of travel, 2 more inches of track width per side and enough lift to fit 37-inch tires makes for an even better Raptor. Brenthel uses CAD-designed boxed upper control arms and heavy-duty boxed lower control arms with Trophy-Truck grade hardware including 1-inch uniballs at the inner pivots and massive 1.5-inch uniballs on the outers. It is engineered to accommodate a coilover, bypass shock, hydraulic bump stop and a front CV Axle for a true four-wheel drive application and fits 2009-present Ford F-150 SVT Raptors.
Brenthel Industries (949) 642-3003 www.brenthelindustries.com

Brenthel Photo 68809155 Machined from billet steel, Brenthel’s Raptor uprights are designed to survive the harshest terrain.


SDHQ OFFROAD FORD RAPTOR LONG-TRAVEL SYSTEM SDHQ Offroad gives the Ford SVT Raptor 16.5 inches of clean suspension travel with its long-travel system. CAD-engineered and tested, the SDHQ Ford Raptor suspension increases the track width by two inches per side for added stability. More than 85 feet of TIG welding goes into the construction of SDHQ’s 4130 chromoly boxed and internally gusseted arms and race spindles. For added strength and durability, Delrin lower pivots, 1-inch upper uniballs and 1.5-inch lower uniballs are used. The system can run ICON coilover and bypass shocks, along with Light Racing bump stops.
SDHQ Offroad (877) 969-2929 www.sdhqoffroad.com

SDHQ Offroad Photo 68809290 SDHQ race spindles can be fitted with 300M ProAm Racing axles.


RPG FORD F-150 RAPTOR SYSTEM The Raptor Performance Group Stage 4+ kit was designed from the ground up to work as a single unit. The bolt-on system optimizes the factory SVT suspension with larger RPG-tuned Fox Racing Shox 3.0 internal bypass front coilovers, 3.0 external bypass rear shocks and 2.5 air bumps. It also includes a rear frame support and gusset kit to strengthen a known F-150 Raptor rear frame weakness. Completing the system is a set of rear progressive-rate National Springs. Optional RPG steering tie rods are available to enhance the strength further.
Raptor Performance Group (949) 212-7911 www.rpgoffroad.com

RPG Photo 68809158 RPG Race Line upper control arms with 1-inch inner spherical bearings and 1.5-inch outer spherical bearings increase strength and add wheel travel.


BREMBO RAPTOR BRAKE KIT As your wheel and tire size increases, so should your braking power, and to accomplish this Brembo introduces their six-piston Big Brake System for the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. It uses 380x34mm two-piece floating disc assemblies available in cross drilled or slotted for added bite and stopping performance. Also included are mounting brackets, Goodridge stainless-steel braided brake lines, and high-performance brake pads. The system fits 2010-to-present Raptors.
BREMBO www.brembo.com

Brembo Photo 68809161 Brembo monoblock aluminum calipers offer superior stiffness and long service life.

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