Building Justin's 2017 Ford Raptor From Stock To Badass | 35" Tires + 2" Lift + Tune - The Haul

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Feb 23, 2018


Building Justin's 2017 Ford Raptor From Stock To Badass | 35" Tires + 2" Lift + Tune - The Haul
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  • On this episode of the Hall, we're gonna put all of this onto that and have a whole lot
  • of fun in the process.
  • Well, here it is guys.
  • My 2017 Raptor is in the shop, finally.
  • I've own this thing for about a year now.
  • It's been awesome.
  • I'm having a lot of fun in it.
  • But, as you can see, it is still painfully stock.
  • Now, don't get me wrong, a stock Raptor, is still not that bad at the end of the day,
  • but it's time to start moding this thing.
  • So, we're gonna dive into the suspension a little bit more, give this thing some stopping
  • power that it needs.
  • Of course, add some performance, some armor, some lighting, and then at the end of the
  • build, take it out, have a little bit of fun, get it muddy.
  • Maybe take it off a sweet jumper, too.
  • You're gonna wanna subscribe to our YouTube channel guys for more cool builds like this,
  • product overviews, and so much more.
  • But for now, let's get this pig in the air, take these wheels off, and get into it.
  • Now, one of the first things Joe and I are doing this morning with my Raptor is actually
  • taking off one of the parts that makes it a Raptor in the first place, removing the
  • Burley Fox Racing internal bypass stuff and replacing it with these absolutely massive
  • three-O coil overs from our friends over at Sway-A-Way.
  • Now, Sway-A-Way has been around since the late 1960s, making hardcore off-road suspension.
  • And sure, they might not have that big flash name like Fox Racing or King.
  • They certainly know what they're doing.
  • Now, recently our friends at AFP power took over the shop division here at Sway-A-Way,
  • made a few tweaks, and are basically carrying the torch for the brand moving forward, and
  • this is one of the newest products available for the second gen trucks, but just check
  • these things out, man.
  • Absolutely massive, true three-inch coil over here, mono tube design, and again, you have
  • this big old reservoir.
  • So, what's that mean?
  • You're getting a lot more fluid in the coil over itself here, making for a lot more damping,
  • and you're separating that fluid from the nitrogen in the reservoir, so a lot less shock
  • cavitation, a lot less shock fade, things like that.
  • The hearts of these things are work.
  • You're gonna get more consistent shock performance overall.
  • And on top of that, guys, you're just getting a lot of adjustment here with the Sway-A-Ways,
  • in fact, independent of one another compression and rebound adjustment, so you can tweak these
  • things to suit your driving style, your terrain, things like that, and you're also getting
  • some height adjustment out of these things as well.
  • Now, right out of the box or set up, to give you a roughly two to two-and-a-half inches
  • of lift for the front end here making for a more leveled appearance overall, help you
  • stuff some bigger rubber under there as well.
  • We really can't wait to see how these things handle both on and off road.
  • All right.
  • So, some small progress here, guys.
  • The Sway-A-Way front passenger side is in, reservoir is mounted, and I got my stock tie
  • rod end in my hand.
  • Why?
  • Well, because the next part we're installing comes with these beautiful new Billet tie
  • rod ends to make room for what's gonna go here.
  • Any guesses?
  • Well, if you get big brake kit, you would be correct.
  • So, I'm gonna stop talking, and get to work, and get these beautiful new pieces in place,
  • and find what to do with this.
  • This right here is one of the most exciting parts for my build.
  • I know it might not be that exciting to you guys watching at home, but for me, this is
  • an incredible part.
  • What you're looking at here is outcomes front and rear brake setup for the Gen two Raptors.
  • And I actually caught my first glimpse of these things at the 2017 SEMA show.
  • They had this thing stuffed behind a 17-inch wheel, but was more important or more I guess
  • mind-blowing, was that this thing, this kit equipped on a Gen two Raptor was stopping
  • from 60 miles an hour to zero and about 90 feet.
  • Now, guys, for reference sake, that's roughly the same as a C6 ZO6 Corvette, absolutely
  • mind-blowing.
  • I'm gonna be eating my steering wheel, standing on the brake pedal once these guys are fully
  • installed, but Billet aluminum bracket tree, really nice rotors and calipers.
  • Again, that's where that tie rod kick came into play because we are just growing this
  • thing a little bit more.
  • So, you need to make room for it.
  • And again, you're stuffing a 6-piston caliper behind a 17-inch wheel, which is crazy.
  • Not too many people are doing that in the market.
  • And I know my Gen two owners out there watching this, you know how bad the brakes kind of
  • suck in these trucks, tends to do everything else pretty well, but stopping is just not
  • one of them.
  • Well, that's all gonna change here.
  • Thanks to our friends at Alcon
  • All right, guys, well, to keep things consistent, we are yanking out the Fox Racing stuff in
  • the rear just like we did up front to replace it with the corresponding Sway-A-Way 3Os.
  • Look at that, compression adjustment, rebound adjustment on that side.
  • You also have to finish up the Alcon brakes back here as well.
  • And then, one of the trucks up in the air, we're just gonna finish up a couple things
  • underneath the truck, throw an exhaust on this, attempt to make the EcoBoost sound a
  • little bit more angry, and a little better.
  • All right, so the boys and I are just finishing up the Corsa Sport exhaust system here on
  • my second gen Raptor.
  • Yes, I know, I'm putting an exhaust on an EcoBoost truck.
  • A lot of you guys probably feel a certain way about that and hell, I can't blame you.
  • But, of course, it has been known to make things sound a little bit better no matter
  • what platform, and I had full confidence that this system will do the same for my rig.
  • Talk about bigger is always better, right?
  • Well, 5-inch black PVD tips, these things are coated in a way to really take some high
  • temps, and they just look so damn good on there.
  • So, even if this thing doesn't sound as good as a V8, it's certainly gonna look the part.
  • If I wanna turn off the volume down the road, I can always add the resonator delete kit,
  • essentially, turn this thing into the face-melting extreme.
  • But I'm gonna kind of ease my way into a little bit more volume here with my Raptor.
  • We're gonna do a couple more things underneath the truck here including a diff cover from
  • our friends over at AFE power, dress things up a little bit, nothing too crazy there.
  • Now, let's get the truck down a little bit and head up front or you got some more cool
  • stuff waiting to go on.
  • The biggest performance killer on any forced induction application is heat and heat so.
  • Well, as you can see, right now, we're carrying that problem here on my second Gen Raptor.
  • Thanks to eliminating this puny little stocker and replacing it with this massive core and
  • N tank setup from our friends over at ADD.
  • Now, this thing, obviously, as you can see, just absolutely dwarfs the stocker in every
  • way, which should help lead to more consistent performance through more consistent intake
  • air temps.
  • And again, as a Gen two Raptor owner, I can tell you, repeating performance is a little
  • tough with these trucks because once they get hot, they tend to fall on their face.
  • And we saw that with our stock Dyno numbers.
  • So again, we're gonna be curing that, but in addition to helping our performance, we're
  • also making room for so much more activities down here with the help of our next few modifications,
  • which you will see very soon.
  • Now, it's actually gonna move up into the grille opening.
  • Another thing I really like, there's a certain bad ass tree to this thing when installed,
  • seeing that big front now peeking out behind that grille.
  • So that's our next step.
  • We're getting this guy in place.
  • Then we're gonna show you why we're moving this thing in addition to helping the performance.
  • Well, check it out, guys.
  • We're making some serious progress.
  • Up front here, we have the addictive desert designs from mount in place like we already
  • showed you, because we added the Stealth Fighter winch bumper down below.
  • Now, the first time I saw this thing on a Raptor, I fell in love, like, "That's the
  • bumper for me.
  • I have to get it."
  • So, here it is, guys, with the winch in place.
  • And listen, as someone who has gotten stranded on the beach and stuck before, it is not fun
  • especially when you don't have any buddies around.
  • So, I wanna make sure that is not gonna happen to me again.
  • We also have the KC HiLites flex or a 40-inch bar in place.
  • Joe is just finishing up wiring our barricade 9,500 pound winch.
  • It's looking really good up front here.
  • We did some small little goodies from Factor 55.
  • The fairlead is in place right now.
  • I also have one of their pro links going on as well, red, of course, because little white
  • and red things happening all over the truck.
  • What can I say?
  • I'm OCD.
  • I really dig the look, but we got a matching Stealth Fighter rear bumper coming on with
  • some KC HiLites cubes.
  • We'll get that on.
  • And now, we're gonna add some performance goodies.
  • And it's almost time to fire this thing up and makes some noise on the Dyno.
  • I'm finishing up the Roush quarter intake now, easily, one of the most popular systems
  • for the 3.5 EcoBoost including a Raptor.
  • It looks really OEM underneath the hood, and that's kind of Roush's MO.
  • They like to make stuff that looks like it could have come like this from the factory
  • and case-in-point here.
  • The cold air fits right in nicely.
  • We're gonna finish up a couple of things and see how this thing is doing.
  • That last lug nut, the build is essentially complete here.
  • Yes, we still have to upload our tuned, Dyno everything, but let's talk about this wheel
  • and tire combo.
  • Black Rhino makes these wheels.
  • It's called their sprocket.
  • I really like what this company is doing in the truck market.
  • They also have a wheel called the armory, which is very military looking.
  • It's like an H1 wheel, but they're doing things a little bit differently in the truck wheel
  • market, and I really dig this mesh style wheel.
  • Now, it's wrapped in the very capable Nitto trail grappler 35 by 12.5.
  • I didn't wanna go up to a 37.
  • Yes, I know, it probably would look a lot tougher, but I drive this truck every day.
  • Gas mileage sucks, and I have a long commute.
  • So, I didn't wanna take a chunk out of that gas mileage any further by stepping up to
  • a 37.
  • And listen, guys, ever since Vaughn Gittin Jr. and I won the Ultra4 Nationals on a DOT
  • trail grappler, I know what this thing is capable of.
  • So, that is definitely the tire for me, but trucks looking good.
  • I can't wait to get it down on the ground, load up our tune, head to the Dyno, and see
  • if we're making some more power.
  • We're at our next part of the build, the custom tune.
  • Now, yes, this is an EcoBoost truck.
  • And our experience, these things like to make a lot of power and more importantly a lot
  • more torque just using a simple calibration, a couple more pounds of boost, things like
  • that.
  • We're actually gonna use a tune from our friends at ID Motorsports loaded onto the new Rev-X
  • device here.
  • So, we have a 93-octane tune on this thing and hopefully, we'll improve on those baseline
  • numbers with the help of our new goodies, of course, and this custom calibration.
  • Well, if you're on the fence about tuning your EcoBoost powered F150 or in this case
  • Raptor, here's all the proof you need to sway your decision, right?
  • Before the truck is making roughly 359 horsepower, 396-pound feet of torque to the tire, the
  • truck is now making a whopping 428 horsepower and 477-pound feet of torque.
  • The truck is making a lot more power underneath the curve.
  • It's gonna feel like a monster pretty much everywhere in the power band, but especially
  • down low.
  • We're getting those nice fat torque gains before about 3000 rpm.
  • So, I'm gonna get it out on the street, bed those new Alcon brakes.
  • So, they're good and then we'll go out and have some fun.
  • Yeah.
  • I mean, it feels way stronger now than it did before with the ID Motorsports tune.
  • The truck feels stronger mainly down low and mid-range.
  • Now, mostly your time in the power band is gonna be spent down low mid-range, things
  • like that.
  • Sure, you're gonna floor it once in a while and then you really light those turbos, but
  • for the most part, I'm really digging this ID Motorsports tune.
  • And listen, it's hard not to love that kind of power gain.
  • And on top of the tune, thanks to that front mount from ADD.
  • It's making repeatable power.
  • He took nearly as bad as it did before with the stock intercooler in place.
  • Now, when we had the truck on the Dyno, we showed you those initial numbers.
  • I wanted to run it back just to see if the power drop-off, if it would heat soak really
  • bad.
  • And honestly, the truck made within four to five horsepower and same thing in the amount
  • of torque back to back with this thing being hot.
  • So, the fact that it made that kind of consistent power is a huge upgrade compared to what it
  • was the before.
  • Intercooler is doing its job on top of that tune making awesome power.
  • All right, the exhaust.
  • Yes, I know.
  • There's gonna be some comments.
  • There always are.
  • Obviously, these things don't sound nearly as good as a 6-2 or even a 5-4, but that being,
  • said, Corsa, I really like what they did with this system.
  • They're using their muffler.
  • Of course, you get that drone free operation.
  • So, obviously, this thing's whisper-quiet while driving on the street.
  • It's a nice bump up over that factory system without being obnoxious.
  • Let's see what these brakes are all about, shall we?
  • There you go, 50 miles an hour.
  • Hey, look it.
  • There's that tool I've been looking for the last couple of months.
  • Now, that was a full-blown panic stop mode, but it was pretty damn close.
  • Listen, guys, the Alcon stuff is extremely nice.
  • You're getting the six piston calipers up front, just these monstrous calipers, tons
  • of clamping force.
  • You're also getting a 4 Piston rear caliper, which just dwarfs the stock rear caliper.
  • It's a noticeable improvement all around.
  • Last but not least, the suspension, right?
  • I mean this stuff is completely bad ass.
  • Overall, the trucks fit a lot nicer.
  • In my opinion, not so much nose down rake, no rubbing whatsoever with the offset and
  • the 35 by 12.5, which by the way are surprisingly quiet even on the street.
  • It's a little firmer than stock.
  • I will say that.
  • But at the same time, it's not offensive.
  • I don't think my family's gonna mind.
  • I don't think my wife's gonna mind one bit, but not bad, not bone jarring.
  • On road impressions, truck rides really nice, but that's enough on road stuff.
  • What do you say we get this thing to where it belongs, off road, wind it up a little
  • bit, and have a little bit of fun.
  • [inaudible 00:13:26] holy shit there.
  • Man, this thing feels awesome.
  • So far, so good with the Sway-A-Ways.
  • Now, one thing that one of the engineers at AFP controlled told me about was that these
  • bypasses, they're gonna make a little bit of noise, that check valves working hard obviously
  • doing its thing on the shocks.
  • It is something you have to get used to, but the end result is definitely worth it.
  • My god.
  • We are rolling about 50 through this field.
  • And honestly, guys, yeah, the truck is getting sideways.
  • It's stepping out a little bit, but never do I feel out of control on this thing at
  • all.
  • But I think we seen a little jump.
  • Okay, it's not a huge jump, but, you know, we got a crawl before you walk, right?
  • Here we go.
  • Okay, a little bit of speed.
  • Oh, shit.
  • It felt way more violent inside the truck.
  • It probably maybe got 6 inches of air, but it felt pretty damn awesome.
  • I'm speechless, guys.
  • Again, I can't believe.
  • You see my child seat back there.
  • I mean, this is my daily.
  • I take my daughter to school in this thing, but we're out here jumping it, bombing through
  • fields at, you know, 50, 60 miles an hour.
  • See?
  • Watch, I'll show you.
  • What do you think?
  • One more jump for the road?
  • Absolutely, let's do this.
  • Well, guys, you see that smile.
  • That's the sign of a good build and a great time out here off-road in the fields with
  • my newly pumped up Raptor.
  • This was a fun one, gang.
  • We hope you enjoyed it.
  • And as you get a little bit of air underneath these little trail grapplers and the truck
  • a little bit dirty, but don't worry.
  • We'll be fixing that here soon.
  • We're gonna be going off-road a lot more of this thing.
  • Trust me, you're gonna wanna subscribe to our YouTube channel to see that and more.
  • Guys, we wanna thank Addictive Desert Designs for all the goodies, AFV Power, of course,
  • ID Motorsports for the killer tune, and all the other great vendors that work with us
  • here in this build.
  • It's certainly looking the part, it's driving the part.
  • And I am having an absolute blast in this thing.
  • We hope you enjoyed it again.
  • Thanks for watching.
  • And for all things F150 and bad ass Raptors, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.

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On this episode of The Haul Justin's 2017 Raptor gets a whole new look from bumper to bumper. He will go over all the new mods and specs and then go for a test drive. Let us know what you like about the build!

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