Some praise for Ford Engineering...

Discussion in 'Ford F-150 Raptor General Discussions [GEN 2]' started by lawdog, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. lawdog

    lawdog Full Access Member

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    I think we all can be quick to complain about the little (and some big) things that we don't like about this truck, but it really is a pretty phenomenal piece of machinery.

    I have taken mine from coastal SC up into the Western NC mountains twice in the past month, and I have to say I was very impressed with how the transmission performed in Sport mode in the twisties. Only a few times would/might I have made a different shift than the truck did, and it was a lot of fun. Definitely not like my old Audi B5 S4 from back when I was single, but very fun/capable, given the physical limitations of any large pickup.

    Now, if I could just get it not gag on my iPod...
     
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    Yeah normal mode is a little of a slouch and sport is nice. I wish there was something in the middle too.
     
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    I like it going up hill in the mountains but down hill it is a little agressive. Sometimes it will hold it at like 5500 rpm for way too long. It was doing it the other day so I stabbed the throttle to get it to go to 4th and it missed the shift and bounced off the rev limiter for a second before it hit the next gear. Only done it once.
     
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    Tow mode is handy for engine braking in the mountains. Disables overdrive and holds gears going downhill, but nowhere as aggressively as you described.
     
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    I've found shifting manually overcomes some gear issues when in Sport. I did a lot of manual shifting for fun in my last truck so I'm kind of used to it..

    Funny, my truck seems to gag a little with my Android...
     
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    Let's be honest here.... There are no real "mountains" in North Carolina. Just large hills... I spent a lot of time in NC back in the day, and I always got a chuckle anytime a local referred to them as mountains.
     
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    I love driving my truck and we do have a few grades here in Southern Kalifornia and that little 3.5L torques up them like they're not there...
     
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    It's all relative...I'm sure there are sherpas in Nepal who do the same thing when an Idahoan shows up.

    I was headed to Highlands, NC, the 2nd highest incorporated town east of the Mississippi at 4,118ft, and the roads in and out of there are most definitely mountainous in nature.
     
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    4,118... LMFAO... Hahahaha
     
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    I'm glad you're so proud of those mountains you had nothing to do with. Can you throw a football over them too, Uncle Rico?
     

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