Front and rear FOX shocks have grown half an inch in diameter compared to previous model.
Even if you are not a big fan of trucks, you have to admit there’s a lot to like about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. It has at least 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) coming from a biturbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and it can really go off road. About the latter, Ford has teamed up with FOX to create a new set of shocks to make the high-performance truck even more capable on rough roads.
While the previous model came with shocks measuring 2.5 inches in diameter, the 2017MY welcomes larger 3-inch shocks which provide 44 percent more volume, thus boosting heat dissipation and fade resistance. Ford says it has almost two inches more suspension travel than before, now at 13 inches at the front axle and 13.9 inches at the back. Overall, that’s a 15-percent increase in suspension travel to make the new F-150 Raptor more competent when tackling difficult terrain.
To show off the truck’s off-road prowess, the Blue Oval company has released a promo video featuring a pre-production version demonstrating the new extra-long suspension travel. If you’re impressed, the 2017 F-150 Raptor will go on sale this fall, and according to a leaked document it will start at $49,520 for the Supercab model whereas the Supercrew is going to set you back $52,505.