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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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