2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Moves to Active Racing Shocks

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The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will look familiar to the Raptor faithful, continuing the same 2017-ish exterior look it's had for almost two years now but delivering one significant upgrade and two relatively minor performance improvements.

The big news is Ford has upgraded the Raptor's all-important shock absorbers with brand-new, electronically controlled Fox Racing Shox technology. Called Live Valve technology, the new system continuously monitors several key parameters on the truck to provide real-time softening and stiffening to the huge bypass shocks. The new shock setup is specifically designed to predict what shock setting is needed next, fornts or rears, and delivers it on the run; that means stiffer shocks when landing a jump and softer inputs when rolling at higher speeds over choppy terrain.

The new shocks are also tied into the Raptor's upgraded Terrain Management System that allows it to better understand the terrain it's trying to conquer, based on which of the truck's six settings are selected: Sport, Mud/Sand, Rock Crawl, Weather, Baja and Normal.

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Also of note is the new Trail Control system, that acts something like a cruise control for very low speeds, which monitors and delivers power and braking when navigating uneven terrain, reportedly improving any and all low-speed performance. The system allows the driver to concentrate on steering the vehicle as it climbs over or around the nasty obstacles and the system can be used in all drive modes (2WD, AWD, 4WD High, 4WD Low). Trail Control is similar to Toyota's Crawl Control (available on most TRD Pro and Land Cruiser models) that, with the help of several dial settings, controls throttle and braking only in 4-Low, so the driver only needs to steer.

The final change for the 2019 Raptor are light-weight Recaro performance seats that are designed to provide aggressive support and bolstering during high- and low-speed driving. The available seat design features blue Alcantara inserts and accent stitching inspired by the Ford GT supercar.

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Comments

I will be first to say those blue seats are ugly, almost as ugly as the navy pier seats in the limited F150s. Hopefully the old seats are still available.

Active suspension technology, just like the GMC Denali.

Tyler: DITTO

I always liked the Vinyl Weave bench they had in the mid '70's.

AWOL from the options list: The specially tuned Ford 6.2 V8

AWOL from PapaJoke...

Critical thinking skills and common sense.

@Harvey

How are things in Australia, a**hole?

So all the Ford guys constantly say GM copies Ford, well these shocks are exactly like the shocks GM uses. Whats your excuse now? Just curious??

This thing is hideous and too big! Give me a Colorado ZR2 please. The Ranger Raptor looks 20 times better than this thing. Hopefully it performs well, because we all know the ZR2 will be hard to beat. Heck, in every head to head article I've read, the ZR2 has come out on top of the F-150 Raptor!! That's saying a lot for GM

@ PapaJoke

Are you really that brain damaged? Not hard to find out. I found that link from my house in Vancouver.

https://m.accuweather.com/en/au/australia-weather

I apologize Harvey. I'm old and crusty, wear a diaper and this makes me defensive. I know GM builds cheaply made trucks. I'm not stupid, I just like to antagonize people. Again, apologies.

GM was the first with controllable shocks. It’s a great idea. Impressed with Foxes Engineering team that they could develop it so quickly. Can’t wait for the testing to see how they really perform. Often wondered why no low speed CC. Seems useful.
If you live somewhere where you can really use the Raptor as intended it would be loads of fun. I can barely find places for ATVs in the North East megalopolis without driving a few hours.

Active suspension technology, just like the GMC Denali.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 24, 2018 8:31:37 AM

The GMC technology nearly eliminates freeway hop, or that big bounce from the rear end as the suspension rebounds after a bump at highway speeds.

This Truck is in a league of it's own, the Sierra can barely handle highway bumps.

So all the Ford guys constantly say GM copies Ford, well these shocks are exactly like the shocks GM uses. Whats your excuse now? Just curious??


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 9:17:03 AM

Show me a GMC that is setup to JUMP Like this TRUCK.


ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!

So all the Ford guys constantly say GM copies Ford, well these shocks are exactly like the shocks GM uses. Whats your excuse now? Just curious??


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 9:17:03 AM

Show me a GMC that is setup to JUMP Like this TRUCK.


ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!

@ Frank

Calm down. Its the technology of the shocks that GM has used for years that we are talking about! Relax

Made for Jumping huh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKQdlXvbWSU

Real smart people driving/owning this Ford

@ TNTroll

“ So all the Ford guys constantly say GM copies Ford, well these shocks are exactly like the shocks GM uses. Whats your excuse now? Just curious?? “
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That Canadian company, Multimatic makes some good products....like the spool valve shocks on the ZR2

The undisputed pinnacle of factory produced high performance trucks and only factory Super Truck in production just keeps getting better.

Still never matched by any of its competitors products and raising the bar higher.

All without outside ownership, bankruptcy or welfare. The other 2 of the big 3 minus 1 could learn a lot from Ford.

@ Harvey

Come on man, grow up, not a trvll!! But whatever pops your cherry man!!

Here are a few articles that state how well the ZR2 is..

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/2500/2017/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-vs-ford-f-150-raptor-vs-ram-2500-power-wagon/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI-ymLQmm9s

https://www.trucks.com/2017/09/01/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-better-ford-raptor/

ZR2 is perfect size off road vehicle...That's why Ford is rushing to get the Ranger Raptor out ASAP!

@ Clint

In your mind, but in editors mind the ZR2 has come out on top!!! Enough Said!!

@ TNTroll

“ In your mind, but in editors mind the ZR2 has come out on top!!! Enough Said!!


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 10:50:25 AM “
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In editors minds Wards 10 Best Engines.

5.0L Coyote
2.7L EB

No GM V8

So you must agree with these editors too. If not, you’re a hypocrite and extremely biased.

Is it true the Raptor is getting the new 7L engine this fall?

@ Harvey

Lol

Sure those are good engines but Wards top 10 are new or somewhat refreshed engines, so trying to compare new vs. not new? "No GM V8", cuz it isn't brand new. And yes, the 6.2 was on the list when it came out. And if you are comparing, the "old" 6.2 smokes the new 5.0 V8

@Harvey
First look into mirror...the hypocrite is staring back at you!

Second the 5.0L is a good motor, I'm not buying 2.7L in fullsize truck yo do truck duties. It would be perfect engine for ranger raptor

3rd. Any editor that ignores a GM V8 to not be on their list after 60+ years of building the best small block V8s in the business and had sold over 100 million doesn't get my nod of approval!

4th...thats one editor... I gave u 4 sites that unanimously pick the ZR2 over Raptor. There are more, if u are too lazy to look them up...just ask I'll do it for u!!!

Nice truck waaaaaaaaay better than what ever Garbage motors could offer. So beat it!!

@ BA

Harvey embarrasses himself every time he posts...it'd almost getting to easy for people to call him out. Where is CT???/ oh ya, he only TRIES to call me out...

The Zr1 is just for wussys.

"setup to JUMP like this truck"

lol built for jumping

http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/f-150-raptor-frame-problem-1.jpg

@ BA

Harvey embarrasses himself every time he posts...it'd almost getting to easy for people to call him out. Where is CT???/ oh ya, he only TRIES to call me out...


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 12:26:14 PM

You have this field covered very well, even your GM buddies don't like you.

Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 12:26:14 PM

You have this field covered very well, even your GM buddies don't like you.

@Frank

Coming from the guy who has no life, sits at home on a forum all day and insults people when they are right and he isn't bc he has nothing better to do.

PUTC

bout time you give us a story on a REAL truck F-150 Raptor!
Not a toy truck with a bottle cap dial shifter with plastic hubcaps or the other brand with a Bruce Jenner transmission

Ecobust rulz:

LOL I would rather have plastic hubcaps than a plastic 4WD system. Just listen to the plastic gears grind up on this Raptor:

https://youtu.be/b0MOfv7K80I?t=1m7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awdVdWACJwA

@ Brawndo

Hey, wait a minute Frank just got done ranting that the Raptor is a desert runner?!?! LMFAO, wow he really does need a helmet

Great video, have seen it before as well.

LOL I would rather have plastic hubcaps than a plastic 4WD system. Just listen to the plastic gears grind up on this Raptor:

https://youtu.be/b0MOfv7K80I?t=1m7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awdVdWACJwA


Posted by: Brawndo | May 24, 2018 3:03:34 PM


@ Brawndo

Hey, wait a minute Frank just got done ranting that the Raptor is a desert runner?!?! LMFAO, wow he really does need a helmet

Great video, have seen it before as well.


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 3:17:48 PM


The guys post a Video of Raptor stuck in Mud, and I just got done saying it's a desert runner.

Holy smokes man, you've lost it now.

So you're saying the Raptor sucks are off-roading in mud? Should Raptor owners stay away from anything other than desert stuff?

FYI plenty of guys that do strictly desert off-roading have IWE failires all the time.Well until they spend big money for aftermarket manual hub locks.

Nope. Use anything in mud and things will break. You clearly don’t know how off road is, things will break, even your precious GM.


Get a load of these two guys, wow. 😂😂😂😂🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

@ Frank

Can u beleive this guy. He doesn't remember what he typed on the other section about knowing how to off road? Here is what he said:

Raptor is a FAST Desert Runner.

Did you not read #1, slow and steady, much like what this truck was built for.

Way to go...TNTRVLLER

The guy doesn't even remember what he posts. Meds anyone??

The Raptor's 4x4 IWE's are a joke. Cheapest 4-wheels drive design used on a halfton today. I'm glad I don't have to deal with them anymore. I don't know how Ford managed such a feat, but the new ones are even less reliable than the older IWE's. I love when those seals go bad and water and dirt get pulled into the system too.

Brawndo

99% of people don't know about the plastic hub gears and as long as you don't abuse it and drive thru deep mud and rev it like a moron those gears will never fail
most people don't know or understand how a 4x4 works or the mechanical workings and parts used
but everyone knows the F-150 Raptor is the most serious off-road truck out there
the plastic gears are there to fail first before the axle breaks or the transfer case splits apart and is a cheap and easy repair if they fail
like my F-150 the throttle body is cheap at $160 and can be installed in 5 mins
when you crack the plastic hubcaps on your pretend truck those hubcaps are $400 each where you can buy a REAL metal alloy wheel for that much

@ecoboost rules

WTF?

So all the Ford guys constantly say GM copies Ford, well these shocks are exactly like the shocks GM uses. Whats your excuse now? Just curious??


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 9:17:03 AM

If an inventor does not patent their invention or even if they do it only ptrotects them for a period of time. Chrysler Trademarked the Hemi name so its always protected by law.

In your mind, but in editors mind the ZR2 has come out on top!!! Enough Said!!

Posted by: TNTGMC | May 24, 2018 10:50:25 AM

The ZR2 is a nice truck. I'd pick it over the Raptor for true off road use because of it's size. It is comparing apples to oranges though to say one is "better" than the other. For the 95% who will never take either off road, a faster roomier Raptor is probably "better". I personally would never pay that much for a vehicle, period. I don't care who makes it.

99% of people don't know about the plastic hub gears and as long as you don't abuse it and drive thru deep mud and rev it like a moron those gears will never fail
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 25, 2018 12:01:08 AM

A Raptor is supposed to be the "ultimate" offroad truck. If that's the case, it should be able to handle a little "abuse". Revving the truck had nothing to do with the IWE failure. It's the cheap plastic construction of the system: plastic valves, plastic vacuum lines, plastic gears, etc. It's a cheap, unreliable setup.

99% of people don't know about the plastic hub gears and as long as you don't abuse it and drive thru deep mud and rev it like a moron those gears will never fail
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 25, 2018 12:01:08 AM

A Raptor is supposed to be the "ultimate" offroad truck. If that's the case, it should be able to handle a little "abuse". Revving the truck had nothing to do with the IWE failure. It's the cheap plastic construction of the system: plastic valves, plastic vacuum lines, plastic gears, etc. It's a cheap, unreliable setup.

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most people don't know or understand how a 4x4 works or the mechanical workings and parts used
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 25, 2018 12:01:08 AM

99% of Ford pickup owners may not realize their 4-wheel drive relies on plastic gears to transfer power to the front wheels, but many would probably not be happy when they figure it out after they get stranded on a muddy trail.

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but everyone knows the F-150 Raptor is the most serious off-road truck out there
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 25, 2018 12:01:08 AM

LOL are you seriously going to claim that while also admitting that the F-150 and Raptor's 4WD system is cheap and can't handle "abuse", as you yourself put it.


99% of people don't know about the plastic hub gears and as long as you don't abuse it and drive thru deep mud and rev it like a moron those gears will never fail

May 25, 2018 12:01:08 AM

Translation to actual Raptor usage: "The Raptor 4x4 gears are fine in mall crawl mode".

This is not the first pissing contest in the Comments section regarding so called plastic gears in Ford 4wd systems.

My experience tells me that metal injected moldings can be a useful substitute in mass production for machined forgings. My experience is not sufficient to make a judgement re gears however.

This could be a good topic for a PUTC story, no?

Here's what the plastic gear looks like. The one on the left was damaged:

https://www.stage3motorsports.com/assets/images/Project%20Cars/2011%20F150%2050L%20XL%20Work%20Truck/IWE%20Fixes/IWE%20System%20Repair%2001.jpg

http://www.jimboileau.com/fordforum/Actuator%202b.jpg

The biggest issue with the IWE setup is that there are too many potential failure points that all result in 4WD failure and destroyed plastic actuator gears.

-Vacuum pump failure
-Vacuum solenoid failure
-Check valve failure
-Vacuum line leaks or failures (it doesn't take much of a vac leak)
-IWE hub seal failures leading to ingestion of water and dirt.

Leaks at the IWE hub allow water and mud to enter the system, eventually leading to failure. I've even heard of IWE's being submerged in water and allowing water to get pulled into the vacuum system, causing damage to the entire system. It's a poor setup in its current form.

The plastic hub gears can get damaged using the ESOF feature too. The gear either wears out as the plastic drags across the teeth on the axle shaft, or they engage suddenly and the shock of it breaks teeth off.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/cimg/www.ford-trucks.com/500x375_85/836/4wdactuator-23836.jpg

Ford uses them in the Superduty too. My cousin was constantly dealing with the auto hubs failing.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1126397-locking-hubs-on-f250.html

The iwe's are terrible. My cousin has gone through 3 pairs of them in the last 2 years. Makes GM's old vacuum 4x4 look reliable lol.

LOL the Ford guys got really quite when everyone brought up Ford's worthless plastic 4WD! Too funny hahaha!



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