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Old 08-18-2018, 05:14 PM   #26
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Yes sir, great ones in fact, and not that far from ya. From 635/75 interchange, about 35-40 minutes but I do not divulge my routes online. Used to be busy on the weekends on rides on my bikes but sportbike market has tanked so pretty free except for the squares you have to pass. A lot of fun. I ride most weekends until we dip into the 30’s, then I take the car and slide through turns. Subaurban sprawl will kill them over the next ten years and when their cooked my plan is to be outtie 5000.
That's why I moved further east. There are some decent roads out this way but my last bike got stolen and once the insurance check came in I bought a jetskis.
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:50 PM   #27
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:54 PM   #28
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:54 AM   #29
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The new Ford Ranger Raptor is like no other pick-up currently on sale in the UK, but does that mean it's worth the near £50k asking price?

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The Ford Performance-tuned Ranger Raptor has carved itself a unique place in the market simply because it’s like no other pick-up currently on sale. The engineering modifications have turned the already likeable Ranger into a seriously impressive bit of kit – both on and off-road. And while surprisingly small, the 2.0-litre diesel engine doesn’t detract from the feeling the Raptor is an easy car to fall in love with. A guilty love, if you will.

Meet the car that, in any normal universe, wouldn’t exist. The new Ford Ranger Raptor takes its attitude from the American F-150 Raptor, and its inspiration from Dakar-style rally specials. Yet you can go to your local Ford dealer and buy one tomorrow.

The Ranger is a familiar sight on UK roads – it’s the best-selling pick-up on the market, in fact – but Ford has decided to hand over the reliable workhorse to its Ford Performance division to create, well, a performance pick-up.



The pick-up market in the UK is pretty straightforward. Most are conventional, and bar a couple of posh V6 candidates like the Volkswagen Amarok and Mercedes X 350 d and a handful of tough Arctic Trucks-converted offerings, there’s nothing on sale that combines the type of bonkers off-road credentials and fine on-road handling the Ranger Raptor promises. In theory, it’s pretty unique.



On paper it sounds pretty niche, too. Ford Performance has ditched the standard Raptor’s leaf springs at the back and fitted the type of suspension you’d find on a Ford Fiesta World Rally car, not a builder’s barge. So there are coil springs and a Watt’s linkage for the rear, and Fox Motorsport dampers all round. In fact, the whole chassis has been strengthened to not only improve both normal on and off-road performance, but also to toughen it up for Dakar-style driving – should you encounter such terrain on your morning commute.



Park a Raptor on the street and it’ll dwarf a standard Ranger – despite not being considerably larger in raw numbers. It’s 44mm wider, 168mm longer, and 52mm taller, while the ground clearance has swollen by 51mm and the departure angles are better. But it’s the bodywork that really makes the Raptor stand out. The wheel arches are flared, housing 17-inch black wheels that wear meaty BFGoodrich tyres (the sidewalls are 20 per cent stiffer, too). The front bumper is attached to the chassis, and beneath it there’s a skid plate and specific tow hooks. The grille – just like the F-150 Raptor – has ‘Ford’ stamped on it in huge letters.



On the inside, the changes are harder to spot – but that’s to be expected, really. There’s a pair of leather and suede seats that are heated and electrically adjustable, a sports steering wheel, a smattering of blue stitched leather on the dashboard, a different instrument cluster and Ford’s decent – but not outstanding – SYNC3 infotainement system set within an 8.8-inch touchscreen.

All of these engineering modifications have resulted in the Raptor being a tad less practical than other, more conservative, Rangers. The payload capacity drops from one tonne to 680kg, and the Raptor can only pull 2.5 tonnes rather than 3.5 tonnes. All of this means the Raptor can’t be classed as a commercial vehicle (though you do pay commercial vehicle VED), so if you’re buying one for your business, you can’t claim the VAT back. Consequently the Raptor costs a rather sizeable £47,982 – about £10,000 more than a Ranger Wildtrack.

Whether that’s a price you’re willing to pay is up to you, but if you’re after the ultimate on and off-road pick-up then it probably is – just. The on-road driving manners have been completely transformed, and the new rear suspension set-up eradicates the traditional shudder and patter that’s inherent on pick-ups fitted with leaf springs.

The steering is light and surprisingly accurate for a 2.5-tonne truck, and the body doesn’t sway or lurch into corners. There are six driving modes designed to change the car’s characteristics; Sport pumps into some rather questionable V8-like artificial noise into the cabin, but on the whole the modes are worthwhile.



One particular setting that deserves some special attention is ‘Baja’. This, says Ford, is the Dakar rally mode where the engine and chassis are set-up to cover rough ground very quickly indeed. And on our off-road test route the Raptor made easy work of deeply rutted tracks, small boulders and tree stumps, while still travelling at a decent pace. It was impressive in West Sussex – probably even more so in the Sahara desert.

With such mad looks and amazing driving manners no matter the terrain, you’d be expecting the Raptor to be powered by a fat petrol engine from the Ford GT (just like the F-150 Raptor) or, at the very least, a thumping V6 diesel. Sadly it isn’t, as Ford has fitted its meanest pick-up with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine pushing out 210bhp.

Thanks to two turbos it’s certainly a strong, punchy engine and develops slightly more power than the 3.2-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine in other Ranger models. But it just doesn’t match up to the macho image. That said, this is the UK after all, and fitting a fuel-guzzling engine into a car that already has a questionable image, is probably a step too far.







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Old 07-05-2019, 11:06 AM   #30
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So its in the UK and AU with no plan to bring it stateside......mmmkay. Didnt realize the diesel was only 2 liter. The absurd is strong here.
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I'm just giddy that of the ranger raptor comes stock with 33's then 35' probably won't be out of the question. Plus the aftermarket support would be huge.

That's my biggest beef with my zr2, the dn square wheel wells are harder to get a larger tire in
That and there are so few wheels available for our bolt pattern. Little beyond bangly fake rockrings and stars and such.

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The diesel Colorado is awesome in any trim. 82k miles and loving it.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:14 PM   #32
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Ranger Raptor available in Horizon 4 starting today. I haven’t got it yet, just thought that was cool.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:40 PM   #33
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That and there are so few wheels available for our bolt pattern. Little beyond bangly fake rockrings and stars and such.



The diesel Colorado is awesome in any trim. 82k miles and loving it.


I had ~35k-ish miles when I dropped mine off 8 months ago. Hopefully I'll be getting her back soon. I got tired on waiting for aftermarket support so I paid someone to build me what I wanted
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I had ~35k-ish miles when I dropped mine off 8 months ago. Hopefully I'll be getting her back soon. I got tired on waiting for aftermarket support so I paid someone to build me what I wanted

What are those and where can I get them?!?

I have a midnight edition diesel Colorado and those rims in that colour would look amazing.
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“Ranger Raptor” = Fiesta ST .... LOL
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:36 AM   #36
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What are those and where can I get them?!?

I have a midnight edition diesel Colorado and those rims in that colour would look amazing.
https://www.relationsracewheels.com/...ado-zr2-wheels

The color is grape soda, and believe it or not these are actually spray dipped. Yes they look every bit as good in real life as they do in the pic. Everyone that has seen them in person thinks it's actual paint. Best thing about it is that that it only cost me $150 to have them done and if I get tired of the color I can go back to black or do another color with just a simple peel


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Wow, those are unique, you had them made to spec or just the color scheme? Hoping for some simpler designs to come along for us old bores, i cant back up the flashiness! Method 701/702 comes closest for me, but hate that they dont offer silver. Annoying to have to color them myself. I want old 5 slot 70’s-80’s mags, ARE makes some that are. Close but not in 6x120....and with rings. Not everybody wants the darn rings. Its like a red or yellow car, i like to enjoy it on others’ vehicles but wouldnt want it for my own.

That looks amazingly good for spray dip, seems like an unforgiving color for blemishes, etc. They did a great job. Should throw us a pic when you get one. What color is your truck?
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Wow, those are unique, you had them made to spec or just the color scheme? Hoping for some simpler designs to come along for us old bores, i cant back up the flashiness! Method 701/702 comes closest for me, but hate that they dont offer silver. Annoying to have to color them myself. I want old 5 slot 70’s-80’s mags, ARE makes some that are. Close but not in 6x120....and with rings. Not everybody wants the darn rings. Its like a red or yellow car, i like to enjoy it on others’ vehicles but wouldnt want it for my own.

That looks amazingly good for spray dip, seems like an unforgiving color for blemishes, etc. They did a great job. Should throw us a pic when you get one. What color is your truck?
What do you want me to show you a pic of? The wheels?
Those are my pics. The wheels are from relations race wheels. I just had the color custom. I was gonna powder coat them the same color but I didn't want to spend that kinda money if I hated it. The wheels will be mounted on 35x12.5 maxxis razr mt's.

Truck color will be this




It will be a used and abused show truck. It will be at next year's mint 400 too.

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