Just a few thoughts from my experience.I feel the 2022 Raptor $5,250 37 Performance Package option is worth the coin. The 37” tires really help fill out the wheel wells and help make the stance look PERFECT. After viewing a 37” Raptor it makes a 35” Raptor look odd.
The optional 17” black bead-lock wheel option alone will run you $1895. That’s a $3,355 price difference. Then add the unique 37” graphics package that costs $1,075 (and looks way worse) on a 35” model and your down to $2,280 price difference. Choosing the 37” package will also get you a unique to 37” frame, unique sport tuned Fox shocks and black tint carbon fiber accents. Add the 37” limited production exclusivity and resale value and I think the 37” package is a winner.
I have been phoning and e-mailing tons of Ford dealers in the Western section of the country in the hopes of finding one that will accept a 2023 37” Raptor order at MSRP. The hunt continues…
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Cool thing is you can customize the truck the way you want and do what you want to do a raptor.-especially as SVC and RPG figure out how to improve the Gen 3. You have mentioned a lot of things around the differences between the two models. Some of which are true and some which come with trade offs (travel, frame differences) without mentioning them or are purely cosmetic.
Not sure about how you value limited production, exclusivity and stickers. Fact is 35 vs 37 ain't gonna make a difference if the R comes out and then everything else will be a a V6 vs an R or a Mustang GT vs a Shelby 500.
You want a turnkey solution and run 37s go for it-best production out of the dealership straight to offroad- truck you can get IF you want 37s. You want the best truck for x dollars, for lots of people that could be actually taking the 99% percent of what is the same and take the 5K and make the truck better for their needs and wants. Neither approach is wrong.
BTW, I am running 37s on a 35 package with an inch more travel than a stock 37 and been loving it everyday since early November while lots of people are waiting another 6-12 months for their truck. For those of you shopping dealer trucks, takeoffs will fetch 2-2.75k for 5 wheels and tires with low miles based on my experience.
Having driven my Gen 1 and Gen 2 exclusively on 35s, I agree 37s look better and perform better in certain offroad situations but there are performance tradeoffs-slower, worse gas mileage, more yaw, etc. That is also with running the BFG 37s too vs a true 37 like Toyos. Heavier tires will make those pros and cons more pronounced.
a few thoughts from one person. Nothing more.
enjoy the ride.