Best Upgrades For The F-150 Raptor

Best Upgrades For The F-150 Raptor

Last Updated February 5, 2020 | Sam Padgett

Raptor owners will never be satisfied with their truck, and that’s partially the appeal of this vehicle. Even in stock form, the Ford F-150 Raptor is an absolute beast of a truck. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine screams right from the factory, and the Fox racing shocks can conquer the rockiest roads at high speed without a second thought. That all being said, there's still room for improvement. If you want to take your Raptor to the next level (and don't know where to start), then this guide of the top Ford Raptor mods and upgrades is for you.

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Ford Raptor Performance Upgrades

There are several simple and easy to install mods that can breathe new life into your Raptor. For example, a cold air intake can help your Raptor breathe easier and both boost power and help other mods work to their fullest extent. Regardless of which generation Raptor you drive, there are ways to make it more powerful.

Also, an ECU reprogrammer can tinker around with the settings of your truck to squeeze even more grunt out of your Raptor’s engine. Beyond amplifying its power output, they can also adjust otherwise inaccessible settings. Things like your pedal throttle response or idle RPM can be altered with the proper tuning chip.

Roush Cold Air Intake for EcoBoost Engines

An upgraded exhaust is another essential mod for your F-150 Raptor if more power is your goal. The faster your engine can expel exhaust, the faster it can fill back up with air. Even though an aftermarket exhaust can make some very serious horsepower and torque gains for your Raptor, they might be even more desirable to give it powerful roar that it deserves.

Lighting Mods

F-150 Raptor With Several Light Bars

Lightbars and extra bright LEDs are to off-roading rigs what aggressive spoilers are to hill climb cars. Not only are they a great functional addition to your Raptor, but they give it that quintessential rugged look that off-road trucks are expected to have.

There are plenty of ways you can brighten up your Raptor. Lightbars are one of the main options, but individual LED lights can give you a more modular approach to upgrading your Raptor. Whatever lighting array that you can imagine, you can make possible with the options here at CJ’s.

Light upgrades are a fantastic investment as they can nearly double the amount of time that you can have fun with your Raptor. With a nice set of LED lights, you can run your truck at night just like you would during the day. Just be sure to watch out for deer, as they will be especially stunned.

Suspension Upgrades

F-150 Raptor With Lifted Suspension

At the end of the day, the F-150 is both a truck and an off-roader, and both of those types of vehicles are the most likely to have upgraded suspension systems. From lift kits to increase the Raptor’s ground clearance to heavy-duty shocks that can absorb the sharpest of impacts, there are plenty of ways to further beef up your raptor.

With the right combination of suspension upgrades, your Raptor can be transformed into a legitimate trophy truck, ready to catch massive air and run races like the Baja 1,000. The Raptor isn’t only capable of pure flexing, but being able to keep the truck stable when traveling quickly over uneven surfaces.

Raptor Accessories

Running Board With Ford Raptor Logo

There are plenty of other things that you can add to your Raptor to give it a nice upgrade. It all depends on which part of your Raptor you want to change. If you plan on doing some heavy off-roading with your Raptor, then a winch is a great upgrade to consider. With this, you can save yourself and others if push comes to shove on the trails.

Mud flaps are another upgrade that is especially typical of trucks. These aren’t just for looks; a pair of mudflaps can help protect your Raptor’s undercarriage and help keep it from corroding early.

One thing that you shouldn’t neglect either is comfort! Just because your Raptor is a performance machine doesn’t mean that it has to have a cold, no-nonsense interior. Small and easy to install upgrades like a seat cover or a floor mat can help keep your Raptor’s cab comfortable and clean. These mods can help keep the driver’s seat of your truck your happy place.

Raptor Wheels and Tires

If you want to make a single upgrade that will both increase your Raptor’s performance and looks, then a new set of wheels and tires are for you. There are plenty of options that can help your Raptor be the type of truck you want it to be. It's easy to put new wheels on your Raptor, and in a matter of minutes, you can seriously improve both your truck's capabilities and looks. If you don't believe that, check out the above installation video from CJ Off-Road's YouTube channel.

For example, a larger set of wheels can allow for larger tires, increasing your off-road capabilities. A set of beadlocks won’t only just look awesome, they will keep your wheels sturdy and inflated while on the trails.

Additionally, if you have already given your Raptor a lift, then you can install 20" wheels. If there’s any one thing that’s universally true about truck owners, it’s that the bigger the wheels, the better.

Even though the F-150 Raptor is close to a lot of people’s idea of the ideal truck, there’s no reason to stop it from becoming the perfect performance truck. So, if you have your sights on any form of trucking greatness, then this guide of the best upgrades for the Ford Raptor can help you achieve your truck dreams.

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Best Upgrades For The F-150 Raptor

The F-150 Raptor is one tough truck, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat it to a whole slew of upgrades. Here’s our list for the top ways to take your Ford Raptor to the next level.

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