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Old 11-07-2012, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Still debating whether I will get a Raptor next year or maybe a loaded FX4. I'm curious if some of you have experience off-roading with both of these vehicles. I know the Raptor is designed for high speed desert travel but as an overall 4x4 how do they compare? My vehicle will experience varied terrain from desert to alpine mountain locations. Just curious to see if someone has gone through the paces in each vehicle and what their thoughts are strictly as a 4x4.

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I live in the Midwest.. There's no deserts around these parts. The Raptor excels in all 4x4 environments.

Mudding in a Raptor requires a different mindset, it is not a high horsepower light Jeep. It is a 3 ton pig in the mud and floatation is not an option. Using the beast's momentum and and shear horsepower will get you through most mud with a good set of mud tires (not stock tires). It is not pretty or graceful and requires you to pick your line before committing.

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I live in the Midwest.. There's no deserts around these parts. The Raptor excels in all 4x4 environments.

Mudding in a Raptor requires a different mindset, it is not a high horsepower light Jeep. It is a 3 ton pig in the mud and floatation is not an option. Using the beast's momentum and and shear horsepower will get you through most mud with a good set of mud tires (not stock tires). It is not pretty or graceful and requires you to pick your line before committing.

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I don't expect either one to come close to my '68 Bronco that has been in the family since September of 67 (best stock 4x4 ever in my mind) but I'm just curious what various owners who may have owned both think about their 4x4 capability. Thanks for your input.
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The Raptor far exceeds stock FX4 with torsen and electronic drivetrain control. It rides better than FX4 (Raptor is plush car ride compared to FX4 stiff suspension)
The Raptor is the ONLY truck I have driven 14+ and not be stiff/sore/cramped up afterwards.

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Def. agree on the road trips. The wife and I love. Very comfortable.

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No comparison,

A friend has a loaded out 2012 FX4, I was not at all impressed with it but he absolutely loves my 2011 Raptor and cannot believe how comfortable it rides he will be trading it in on a 2013 Raptor


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I sold my FX4 in April to buy my Raptor. The FX4 is a great and very capable truck that I loved, but compared to the Raptor it's night and day! The FX4 was good off-road but only for mild offroading. The wide stance and amazing suspension of the Raptor is obvious the 1st time you drive it. Hwy ride is so comfortable!

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No comparison,

A friend has a loaded out 2012 FX4, I was not at all impressed with it but he absolutely loves my 2011 Raptor and cannot believe how comfortable it rides he will be trading it in on a 2013 Raptor
This is exactly the kind of info I want to hear. Tks!

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I sold my FX4 in April to buy my Raptor. The FX4 is a great and very capable truck that I loved, but compared to the Raptor it's night and day! The FX4 was good off-road but only for mild offroading. The wide stance and amazing suspension of the Raptor is obvious the 1st time you drive it. Hwy ride is so comfortable!

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Interesting. I'll be curious if anyone comes on with higher praise for the FX4 and it's off-road capability. There's a stretch of Mosquito Pass (in CO) that I often take a break when I'm mountain biking up and down the pass and that F150's have always done well over this stretch. Often times better than anything else.
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Originally Posted by WyoStorm View Post
This is exactly the kind of info I want to hear. Tks!

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Interesting. I'll be curious if anyone comes on with higher praise for the FX4 and it's off-road capability. There's a stretch of Mosquito Pass (in CO) that I often take a break when I'm mountain biking up and down the pass and that F150's have always done well over this stretch. Often times better than anything else.
Maybe it's more how confident the Raptor makes you feel off-road?? Until you drive both its hard to describe! I did plenty in my FX4 and it handled everything I threw st it, but I wouldn't have dreamt of doing the things I do in my Raptor in my FX4! A few weeks ago I hit 138-140mph on a dirt road in my Raptor and it felt like 65mph on the hwy! I didn't even go 80mph in my FX4 on the same rd.

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Maybe it's more how confident the Raptor makes you feel off-road?? Until you drive both its hard to describe! I did plenty in my FX4 and it handled everything I threw st it, but I wouldn't have dreamt of doing the things I do in my Raptor in my FX4! A few weeks ago I hit 138-140mph on a dirt road in my Raptor and it felt like 65mph on the hwy! I didn't even go 80mph in my FX4 on the same rd.

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Now that's impressive! I know some desert areas I'd like to try that. At least a 100 mph lol!
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