1st time Raptor owner - build thread.

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Long time reader, new member and first time poster here on Ford Raptor Forum

After several months of consideration and Internet research, I finally bought my first Raptor, a 2017 and then some parts to accessorize it. Purchased the truck from Frisco (Texas) Chrysler, Jeep Dodge.

I really wanted a Raptor R, but could not justify paying the over invoice (impatient TAX) that truck is still fetching…….so, naturally me knowing NOTHING about Raptors, desert off-roading or V6 turbocharged engines set out to build my own version of the Raptor R. Seems very ambitious for someone who knows so little, so I am REALLY hoping I can find good folks along the way to help me!!!

Feel free to snicker a bit here…..I definitely deserve it, but if by some huge stroke of luck combined with Devine intervention I get it right in the end, it will be that much more sweet, because learning new things is what makes me tick.

My goal for the truck, beyond being a fun daily driver, is to go on one of the Baja Raptor Runs. Those look really fun, and who doesn’t like fun.

Parts for engine upgrades:
GooseTuned Gen2 Raptor Tuning Package w/TCM for Big Turbos
2 days @ GooseTuned dyno tuning
(2) Garrett PowerMax™ Stage 2 turbocharger
1050cc Fuel Injectors 1050.34.14.14.6
Motorcraft - Spark Plugs SP-542 (Gap to 0.028)
S&B Filters Cold Air Intake 2015+ EcoBoost Dry Extendable Filter, #75-5081D
AMS - High Flow Catted Down Pipes
AMS - Boost Tubes
AMS - Turbo Adapter Kit
ADD - Intercooler Relocation Kit FMIC
KHC - High Clearance Tail Pipe Kit

Parts for suspension upgrades:
King 2017+ Ford Raptor 3.0 Internal Bypass Front Coilover (KRS-30001-403)
King 2017+ Ford Raptor 3.0 Rear Bypass Shocks (KRS-30001-404)
Camburg Billet Aluminum UCA
RPG Tierod ends in King Blue
Deavers +4HD Progressive Rate Rear Leaf Springs
RPG 2” drop shackle
Camburg Bolt-On Rear Bump Stop Kit w/ King 2.5"
RPG Billet Traction Bars in King Blue

Parts for lighting/bumper upgrades:
Morimoto XB LED Headlights
Morimoto XB Smoked Tailights
ADD - Pro V1 Frame Cut Front Bumper
(7) Baja Designs SP Squadron PRO - Amber Driving/Combo and flood
ADD - Bomber Rear Bumper
(2) Baja Designs - SP Squadron Pro - Driving/Combo - reverse lights

Parts for wheels and tires upgrades:
McNeil Racing - +2" Fiberglass Front Fender
Front Wilwood Brakes slotted and drilled w/ 6 piston caliper (Lines/Calipers/Pads/Rotors)
(5) Method Race Wheel 304 - Double Standard - 6x135-17x8.5+0-Machined
(5) General Grabber X3 37x12.50r17
(24) Lug Nuts - Black Spline 14x1.5

Parts for communications upgrades:
Material and labor to fabricate, powdercoat and install aluminum bedtop rack
Starlink in-motion satellite internet package
Kenwood NX-5700 package from PCI Race Radio
Bulletproof Diesel 3rd brake light antenna mount kit with Baja Designs rock lights

That is what I have so far, but as we all know, every time you change one thing out, it has that domino effect….and many dollars later there you are wondering how buying a used Ford truck turned into this!!! LOL.
 

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Nice! Welcome to FRF!

Question: If you’re going with fiberglass fenders, why not do a 40” tire?

Looking forward to following the progress!
 

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Welcome! Yours looks like my twin minus the wheels. I can’t tell if you have the hood or tailgate graphics
 
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Nice! Welcome to FRF!

Question: If you’re going with fiberglass fenders, why not do a 40” tire?

Looking forward to following the progress!
Since i have no relevant experience in this sport, every answer will have to start with, from my reading (mostly on FRF) rotational mass is huge factor, so 37's were as large as i wanted to go hoping to keep rotational mass as low as possible?!?! Not sure how valid that thought is, but that is how i ended up picking those tires. Good thing about mud tires, in 8,000 - 10,000 miles, i will need new. I do know that from many past trucks and hunting vehicles
 

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Since i have no relevant experience in this sport, every answer will have to start with, from my reading (mostly on FRF) rotational mass is huge factor, so 37's were as large as i wanted to go hoping to keep rotational mass as low as possible?!?! Not sure how valid that thought is, but that is how i ended up picking those tires. Good thing about mud tires, in 8,000 - 10,000 miles, i will need new. I do know that from many past trucks and hunting vehicles
Perfectly reasonable. :favorites13:
 
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