It’s not easy being the best.
Don’t get it twisted, it's not like we’re against modified trucks or anything, but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from the knowledge that with a factory-built special edition off-roader, the engineers thought of everything. It’s not the same as adding individual mismatched parts from a catalogue until the truck is something else entirely, and even though truly skilled tuners can usually outdo the automakers, it’s a tough thing for any master of the welding rig to outbuild the F-150 Raptor.
Unlike a tuning shop, Ford is an auto giant with parts suppliers ready to build whatever it wants. Fox was one of the main contributors to this masterpiece, helping cushion the blow between 2.5 tons of truck and the harshest terrain traversable by a vehicle without wings or tank treads.
It’s why Ford asked Fox to cook up a set of shocks 3-inches in diameter. None of that fancy adjustable magnetic fluid damping is going on either, it’s much better than that. In its place, these stocks get nine zones in which to move through, giving it ample support when on the road and stability is favored but being able to take a nasty jump without falling apart. To see it in action, YouTube channel TheStraightPipes takes a Raptor through the rough stuff at high speeds after placing cameras where they can see what the suspension is up to. Even with the impacts jostling the wheel like it was a rag doll, the truck's body seems to stay pretty stable itself. You see that? That's called engineering.