How to Make Your V8 Ford F-150 a Budget Raptor R

How to Make Your V8 Ford F-150 a Budget Raptor R

Earlier this week, the new V8-powered Ford Raptor R debuted with an alleged 700 horsepower and a price of $ 109,145. There is a hefty amount of scratches, and it does not include tens of thousands in markings that will inevitably get Sharpie on window stickers. But again, it’s a hefty piece of hardware – the engine power seems like enough to slow down the earth’s rotation when pointed straight east, and the truck weighs 5,950 pounds. With such a high price and such an adjustable engine, it raises the question: Can you make your own 2022 F-150-based V8 monster for less money?

As I originally wrote about for our sister publication Car Bibles last fall, it’s possible to buy a giant Whipple compressor directly from Ford Performance – warranty and all – and have your local Ford dealer put it on top of any Coyote V8-powered Ford F-150 . This investment is not cheap, it was reported to cost $ 7,350 for the supercharger set and $ 3,000 for labor last year, but it seems that the retail price of the supercharger alone is $ 9,500 now. But considering you can throw it on a V8 F-150 4X4 with a locking rear differential that costs $ 41,085 by destination, you’re still well below the six-figure on the truck. This combination is good for alleged 700 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which is less torque than R (by 640 lb-ft), but a shorter axle ratio of 3.73 (as opposed to a standard 3.31) on the Ford Built sheets can help offset that when it comes to acceleration.

To begin with, this is not an apple-to-apple comparison because the Raptor R has huge terrain chops in addition to making all that melting power to the ice cap. But because the low-end F-150 4X4 with a large compressor costs so much less money, you can dig into the glorious aftermarket and still make your own Raptor R for less than what Ford asks for? Let’s discuss.

Wheels, tires, suspension and armor


A good deal of Raptor’s and Raptor R’s energy is rooted in being able to roll over anything. Getting in the air, riding comfortably over washboard surfaces in the desert at high speed, digging through deep sand, pulling off rocks and ruts – all of which make them street-legal Baja racers.

There are a bunch of options for raising a regular F-150, like these sets from Eibach, Fox and many other manufacturers.

When it comes to wheel and tire packages, there is no shortage of 35- to 37-inch tires that match the Raptor R’s mighty flesh, or any taste of off-road wheels to tickle your subjective style. Once again, Ford’s catalog has some nice things for sale. Personally, I think a solid set of offroad-ready steelies would look so cool. To ensure that rocks and boulders are just a scratch for any terrain scenario, several companies make undercarriage reinforcement as well as steel bumpers, some of which come in practical terms.


2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (this one wanted the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine) Ford

We do not need to talk more about shock power, since the previously mentioned supercharger adds a lot to our hypothetical lawless Raptor R construction here. For good measure and theatrical, any Raptor R impersonator will need a good exhaust system. But more importantly, everything that takes on this Baja blaster must stay cool and composed in the hot desert heat.

The most important way to extract the heat is by installing an upgraded radiator, but it is also important to keep an eye on oil and automatic transmission oil temperatures as well. Therefore, it is a good idea to screw up an upgraded oil cooler and matching transmission cooler.

I have already mentioned suspension adjustment, but an upgrade that is divided between suspension and cooling is the reservoir (or “resi”) shock absorber. The addition of a reservoir increases the shock fluid capacity, which helps the shock to stay cooler longer, as the shocks become hot during repeated high-speed compression and return.

Here is a rough outline of what one can merge from all of the above sources to emulate the mighty Raptor R:

  • 2022 Ford F-150 4X4: $ 41,085
  • Supercharger: $ 9,500
  • Four-inch Fox Shocks Suspension Lift: $ 4,067
  • Wheels and off-road tires with new TPMS sensors: $ 2500
  • Steel bumpers, front and rear: $ 1,895
  • Aftermarket Exhaust: $ 1426
  • Slides: $ 1100
  • Rock Sliders: $ 1540
  • Upgraded radiator: $ 778
  • Upgraded oil cooler: $ 470
  • Upgraded gear cooler: $ 429

Of course, installing all that is not trivial. And the total would end up being higher with taxes and shipping and stuff. But think about how much satisfaction you are going to turn around in a truck that you called in yourself! Or even if you pay someone to throw in those things – you’ll still be in for less than a Raptor R list, and much less than what they’ll actually sell for the next year or two.

We can dream


It is fun to come up with cheaper aftermarket-based interpretations of what the car manufacturers offer from the factory. Imagine getting a $ 25,000 budget for aftermarket parts and seeing what you can weave together from a supercharged 2022 F-150 4X4.

And we did not even talk about one of the biggest bonuses of going this aftermarket route rather than buying a Raptor from the factory – you can make your own F-150 monster as a single bed single cab!

There’s more to the Raptor R than just a raised F-150 with a ton of power, upgraded cooling and some armor. But I bet the budget version will still come pretty close. At the very least, it would still be an explosion to toughen around in. And if we find that retailer surcharges send R-prices into the stratosphere, all the more likely to be a little creative.

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