Even with the muscular powertrain and numerous off-road features, the most impressive part of the Ford F-150 Raptor trucks is probably the suspension.
Words can’t describe it; you just have to ride in one of these trucks yourself to experience the difference.
The suspension system on the Raptor was designed to glide over obstacles at high speeds. The Raptor was born with the Baja 1000 in mind. The grueling off-road race on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico has long been a proving ground for some of the toughest rigs in the world.
What is so special about the Ford Raptor’s suspension?
One of the Raptor’s key features is the long-travel suspension. Travel refers to how much your wheel can go up and down. The long-travel suspension on the Raptor allows the wheels to compress and extend a lot, which keeps the ride smooth even when traveling over rough terrain. The 2023 Raptor gives you 14 inches of suspension travel in the front and 15 inches in the rear. This amount of compression and extension allows the Raptor to fly over obstacles.
Having this much suspension travel might seem like overkill for most drivers, but even if you’re not ripping through the Baja desert, the extra travel creates a smooth ride, even if you’re just driving over a speed bump in the grocery store parking lot.
Having a multi-link suspension helps improve the ride quality and handling because it allows the suspension to move effortlessly while traveling over uneven terrain. When you’re off-roading, you travel over uneven terrain, so having a suspension system that can move easily is important. The 5-link rear suspension on the Raptor allows for maximum wheel articulation to make sure you don’t lose traction and stay in control even when traveling over the roughest terrain.
The Fox Live Valve racing shocks on the Raptor keep the truck from bouncing while driving over rough terrain at high speeds. The Live Valve damping technology on the Raptor is specifically designed to intelligently adjust to changes in terrain to help improve performance. The Live Valve system uses sensors that detect terrain changes and adjusts the compression and rebound damping of the shocks accordingly. This helps to improve traction, reduce suspension bottoming, and provide a smoother ride overall. The system also allows for faster cornering and more control in off-road conditions.
Like most new off-road vehicles, the Raptor features adjustable drive modes to fine-tune the performance. In addition, the Raptor lets you adjust the suspension feel with the press of a button. You can choose from Normal, Sport and Off-road to improve driving performance.
The Ford F-150 Raptor truly has a suspension system that is unlike anything else on the market.
The F-150 Raptor comes standard with 35-inch tires, but there is the option for 37-inch tires. The available 37 package and the new Raptor R both feature larger tires. The suspension system has been redesigned to make space for the beefy tires. The larger tires result in about a 1-inch loss in suspension travel. Despite the minimal loss of travel, the Raptor R and Raptor 37 will provide increased ground clearance for crawling over large rocks.
With the Ford Raptor, you get a smooth ride on any terrain. Whether it’s cruising around town or tackling a backcountry trail, the suspension system will deliver a smooth, comfortable ride.
No matter how hard we try, words don’t do it justice. The suspension system on the Ford F-150 Raptor is unlike any other truck on the market. Feel the difference for yourself by checking out one of the F-150 Raptor rigs in stock at Northwest Motorsport!
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