• Oct 14th 2009 at 9:30AM
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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor under the skin – Click above for high-res image gallery

In stock form, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is one of the most impressive bits of machinery available from any automaker extant. We've managed to snag some seat time in one a couple of times now, and each time we've walked away mightily impressed. But just what is it that makes the off-road-ready supertruck so good? It's not the powertrain, it's the suspension.

While we've offered a basic walkaround of what makes the Raptor tick, the chaps at Inside Line took it upon themselves to delve a bit deeper into the mystery of the truck's cushy pogo sticks. Chief among the updates that turn an ordinary mild-mannered F-150 into a fire-breathing desert runner are the beautiful cast aluminum lower control arms and the special inverted Fox Racing Shocks with remote reservoirs.

Also worth noting are the 13.8-inch ventilated brake rotors with dual-piston sliding calipers and the beefy 17-inch wheels wrapped in LT315/70R17 All-Terrain tires from BFGoodrich. Add it all up and you've got yourself $38,995 worth of eminently capable pickup goodness – and a hearty "attaboy" for Ford's SVT engineers.

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[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You could build a truck that is just as good as the Raptor if you hit the aftermarket, it will just cost significantly more and not have any kind of warranty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It also wouldn't have nearly the same level of development, sorting and vehicle system integration as one that was put together by vehicle development engineers...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5.4 raptor won't tow 10K unless you [crazy] shorten the axle ratio, 4.56 from 4.1
        • 5 Years Ago
        It also won't have as good of resale value.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike, the Raptor, with it's boat anchor 5.4, can only tow a pitiful 6000 pounds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was directed at EXP Jawa
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with Stuka. The fact that it's a production truck is the amazing thing here. No doubt that you can achieve the same results in the aftermarket. But there a lot of guys that don't have the time or the inclination to do so. Me being one of them. I would be a candidate for a truck like this. I want to have piece of mind that there's a warranty as well.

        My tow vehicle is a 2003 Dodge 2500, 5.9 diesel. Bully Dog controller, 4" exhaust, and K&N filter. It tows my 10,000 lb car trailer like it's not even their. I don't think the Raptor has that kind of towing capability. Have to look into it but I think it's less than 7,500 lbs. If it did tow 10,000 I'd be their.

        Now there is another way yo get it done. My trailer is an all aluminium ATC but it's 26 ft long and has a lot of stuff in it that I could take out or micro size. 8 extra wheels. Could drop the wet weather tires and wheels. Nitrogen bottle, could reduce it to a 20 lb bottle and save 75 lbs. I also carry 900 lbs of fuel. I can get fuel at the track but it's usually twice as expensive. If I changed the trailer for a 20 ft. and drop the built in bench, tool box, generator and use a small Honda generator I bet I could save another 1,000 lbs. Still need to find another 500 lbs. by my thinking.

        That would cost me at least $10,000 plus the Raptor. Is the cool factor worth it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, how long before Matt comes along to tell us that a hillbilly could get the same result as this from the JC Whitney catalog?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why are we even acknowledging him? Just wait for him to post and down vote him like we always do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh noes...............they're gonna vote me down.......what am I going to do................because those three little star mean so much......

        As for the ZR2 F-150.....yes....JC Whitney would be proud to see what Ford can bolt on and then charge for cheap parts.

        Now, quick...vote me down!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool truck. I feel sad for all the Raptors that will get bought up by posers that are just going to putt around on city streets with them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a marvelous toy! This is an off-the-shelf off road race truck introduced with no apologies! I have to give props to Ford for building a vehicle that is so very politically incorrect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is probably the first truck I've ever seen that I would want to buy if it was available in Brazil and if I had the money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leaf springs blow. I expected to see some coil springs under there. Awesome truck, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 5.4 V8 needs: shorter gearing say 4.3 instead of 4.1
      taller gearing, say 3.73 AND a TVS supercharger on top of the 5.4 V8, >400hp
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the h*l.

        when are american finaly becoming realist thinkers?
        if you need to tow that much get a Mercedes Benz Vario Pritschenwagen.
        netto load between 2.635 - 3.945 metric tons + 3.500 - 7.500 metric tons trailer capacity.
        topspeed wel over 75m/h and it reaches it fast.
        4.25L displacement, bluetect diesel.
        500 - 675 Nm of torque @ 1.200 - 1.600 rpm.
        95 - 177 ps.
        2 or 4 wheel drive/electronic lockable differential.
        Generator: 28volt / 80ampere.

        resale value garanteed.

      • 5 Years Ago
      wheres the part that kills baby seals and hippies?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reading the write-up about the suspension was quite interesting.

      From what I can gather it seems like the biggest reason for the light payload capacity of the Raptor is the soft sprung rear suspension. If it was swapped out for a regular spring-pack off of one of the other trucks it would gain payload at the expensive of being a bit less forgiving during high-speed off-road stuff. Makes me wonder how hard the switch would be for someone that is willing to give up a bit of off-road ability for greater payload capacity. Maybe Ford could offer some kind of kit through their Performance Parts line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Raptor is extremely impressive. About the only other sub-$100K car that rivals the Raptor's level of impressiveness is the Nissan GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to say, having never been much of a truck person, if I had the funds I would definitely get one of these. The looks/performance of this thing are better than nearly any truck before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those are some good pics and explanations there. I have to law the aluminum lower control arm scares me a bit on an offroad truck. Maybe I'm just crazy though.

      Also, for the mass dampers, it's probably mostly just because this vehicle is designed to go fast over rough terrain. The faster you go, the more energy is in the system and you're just going to pick up resonances at speed, it likely isn't to make up for some design deficiency (as I think the text kind of implies).

      It's somewhat ironic that the company who probably did the most to make trucks worse and worse offroad by concentrating on absurd, 4-ton towing capacities on a half-ton truck has now turned it back around and made a vehicle that's about as much a truck as an SSR is, but really kills offroad.

      Finally, supertruck? Jeez, give me a break. Why do people want to declare everything a little out of the ordinary as "super".
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they built an on-road only truck instead (read: a new SVT Lightning), you would be bitching about it not having any real off-road capability. Your beloved GM just doesn't have a badass truck like this anymore; GET OVER IT. Go buy a ZR2 S-10 and try to tackle the same terrain that the Raptor can...
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