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My current Daily is a Raptor, which I love. 

it is such a well designed truck.  perfect size for me and what I use it for.

Primarily, I drive it to work, on the road... and it drives great.  I do some off roading, I like the 6.2 L a lot, and no haven't jumped it... ;)

 

I'll post up updates now and then.  I do have a few minor things i'd like to do.  The raptor really doesn't need much.

 

When they came out I really wanted one, but I waited a few years for the price to become more "reasonable" and pulled the trigger in'15.   

I knew I wanted 3 things:
1) white or silver paint

2) optional blue accent interior.

3) factory 13-14 graphics

 

Found my truck - dealership trade in in Rapid City, South Dakota. with 27K on the OD.

reserved it over the phone, unseen and went and got it the next weekend!

 

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It had studded tires so i "HAD TO" replace them..... tires come with wheels, right?!

 

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Few minor tweaks:

 

BackFlip cover

Ford cargo thingies - Usefull 

LED backup bulbs

and I got the vanity plates I thought appropriate!

 

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This is Goblin Valley UT and the desert west of that area :)

 

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Note: I added the black vynal to the tailgate.   I think it goes perfect.  looks factory.

 

 

 

 

 

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Few months back we went down to the Joshua Tree Forrest area, SW corner of UT.  Pretty place!

 

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I like this Kodiak Tent.  Pretty handy and not too bad to set up.  air mattress in the bed and we're set!   I like not having to setup or sleep on the ground!  :)

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I love the pre-16 Raptors! I know everyone seems to love the ecoboost, but the red blooded American in me just can't get excited about it vs. a 6.2L (honestly the ecoboost doesn't excite me in anything Ford puts it in). That and I always really loved the styling of your body style Raptor. Seems kind of unnecessary to put studded tires on a Raptor, doesn't it? I've never heard of anyone having any trouble in the winter with one lol. I like seeing that you've gotten it out in the wilderness a bit, it's such a shame when people literally never even take them off the pavement. That bed tent is pretty sweet.

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Love me a white raptor! Never knew that they came with a blue accent interior package, that's pretty damn cool IMO. I'm with you guys on the new ecoboost being a buzz kill in the 16+ model year. They just straight up sound baddddd. 

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very cool truck , it kinda has me wanting one now , and I too am glad you use it for off road adventures

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On 12/28/2017 at 4:37 AM, 95riosnake said:

I love the pre-16 Raptors! I know everyone seems to love the ecoboost, but the red blooded American in me just can't get excited about it vs. a 6.2L (honestly the ecoboost doesn't excite me in anything Ford puts it in). That and I always really loved the styling of your body style Raptor. Seems kind of unnecessary to put studded tires on a Raptor, doesn't it? I've never heard of anyone having any trouble in the winter with one lol. I like seeing that you've gotten it out in the wilderness a bit, it's such a shame when people literally never even take them off the pavement. That bed tent is pretty sweet.

I agree w/ ya Dan.  the new raptors don't look as tough.  The 10 speed auto is nice on the new ecoboost, but there's something about the growl of a nice V8.  

Agree on the styling too.  more betta.  

 

Not sure why he had studded tires, must be a SD thing?  Still have the stock wheels with them on.  haven't had occasion to need them.

Thanks for the props :)

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On 12/28/2017 at 11:03 AM, Det_Riot said:

Love me a white raptor! Never knew that they came with a blue accent interior package, that's pretty damn cool IMO. I'm with you guys on the new ecoboost being a buzz kill in the 16+ model year. They just straight up sound baddddd. 

Thanks B!  

here's the sound of an Ecoboost in an F150   pheeeeeerrrrrrrrrttttt.

 

 

 

Thanks Yeahlol

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Here's a picture of a new one....   Doesn't look nearly as good IMO :ph34r:

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I also Don't love that Ford Perf absorbed SVT....  I think the SVT badge has well earned prestige!

 

 

 

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My truck has extended factory warranty, last month while in for service they gave me a new F150 ecoboost for the week.

I gotta say I liked it.  it's quite, and really moves.  on day 4 i pushed the tow/haul button (for fun) and discovered there's (4) modes in there. 

Wet/snow/economy/SPORT..   SPORT.>>>>>  it's a nice option.  it holds your gears to keep you in the boost between shifts and is pretty dang quick.

 

Following this My dad was looking to replace his SuperDuty and I had him drive this for a day.

 

2 weeks later I ordered this for him:

 

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XLT, split bench, all other options.

I had the dealership put on these wheels, same tires I have and spray the bed.

also installed a front level kit.  Pretty good looking truck IMO.

 

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If you tap the traction control button twice, it'll switch to AdvanceTrac Sport Mode. Basically, it raises the threshold for the TCS and STM allowing more fun.

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we went in KNOWING that the coyote would be what we'd walk out with....after driving them both for a while, a 16 ecoboost lariat is what we ended up with and absolutely love it.  they certainly surprised me

 

that red really pops in the sun

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On 1/2/2018 at 3:54 PM, White95 said:

If you tap the traction control button twice, it'll switch to AdvanceTrac Sport Mode. Basically, it raises the threshold for the TCS and STM allowing more fun.

DUDE!  I didn't know MY truck had this feature.   Tried it out yesterday.  Thanks Buddy!  :drink_to_that:

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On 1/3/2018 at 6:55 AM, Prokiller said:

we went in KNOWING that the coyote would be what we'd walk out with....after driving them both for a while, a 16 ecoboost lariat is what we ended up with and absolutely love it.  they certainly surprised me

 

that red really pops in the sun

I hear ya.   They're pretty sweet!  props man.

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I detailed my truck a few months back, after over a year of driving with nothing but handwash and car washes....  horizontal lines, yes...

 

after polishing,  I put down a product from Justin at Obsessive: DR Beasleys Nano Resin, and so far it is an excellent sealant

The truck looks better (thats a given..) more shine, and washing - dirt and grime washes off noticeably easier.

I'm on mo. 3 and it's supposed to last around 12 months...   super easy to apply and remove as well.  I was thinking, "that's it?!" 

ez sause.  you can apply it over graphics, HL's, tails...  good stuff.

 

here's some PIX:

 

 

this was after wash/dry/clay bar and wipe down with tar remover....

 

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my buddy Jason stopped by, put him to work  :)

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1 Pass rotary, 1 pass orbital with PP3n

 

Polish LUV

 

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And DONE

 

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9 hours ago, Dalamar said:

DUDE!  I didn't know MY truck had this feature.   Tried it out yesterday.  Thanks Buddy!  :drink_to_that:

 

The student has become the teacher 😎

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Ermagherd.... 

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I was mowing my lawn the other day, and for some reason I was like "action compaction" - just talking to myself weirdly.  Then I was like "Hey, where's Dalamar been anyways?"

 

Now i know ;)

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On 7/9/2018 at 9:03 PM, Number Tew said:

I was mowing my lawn the other day, and for some reason I was like "action compaction" - just talking to myself weirdly.  Then I was like "Hey, where's Dalamar been anyways?"

 

Now i know ;)

 

Just workin my brotha!   Interesting story :D

 

 

 

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Thinking about these.  the factory fox shocks are due for a replace/rebuild ....

 

 

http://www.rogueracing.com/shocks/king-raptor-10-30-race-series-front-remote-reservoir-coil-over-pair

 

 

What do you all think of this front bumper?

 

I like that it fits the stock lines of the truck, looks clean, recessed light and gains some clearance....

 

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On 7/9/2018 at 5:57 PM, White95 said:

Ermagherd.... 

had to look this up.... LOL White!!

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I like the bumper, and I LOVE the dimple die holes.

 

That truck is going to be a monster with a Whipple, and it's going to scream with LT's!

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