Roger The Raptor

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Well boys I finally did it. Bought a first gen Raptor. Knowing I could never afford one 10 years ago, I slowly built my ranger which kept the itch away all these years. After starting a family, buying a travel trailer, adventuring every other weekend (it seems like) weather it was the desert, mountains, beach or full hookup camp grounds, jumping back and forth from my ranger to out 5th gen 4runner, the itch came back in full force. It was apparent i needed a bigger truck! To be honest I never thought it would happen. It just worked out in the best way and I now have a Raptor in the driveway. Roger is a 2012 Ford F150 6.2L SVT Raptor with every option available at the time. It was built at the Canada plant and shipped just a town over from me in Hanford Ca. Bought off of the original owner with 95k miles. I’ve had if for 4 weeks now and all smiles. With any “build” of my caliber everything starts pretty slow and drags out forever. Starts with basic shit like fluid changes and clean up. Slowly making the truck mine. This will probably bore you now but i have cool plans for this truck.

Started by getting familiar with all the different settings and figuring out how everything worked. It’s actually pretty trick. I feel like it was ahead of it’s time in 2012. Im a total noob when it comes to these trucks so I joined a couple raptor forums which has given me a few “new buyer” pointers.

Completed so far is changing all the incandescent lights to LEDs, carbon fiber antenna, black widow venom 250 muffler with resonator delete (also deleted the lame duel exhaust out the rear), front side window tint, rear pinion seal, tailgate assist and your average new to me truck clean up.

Prep is underway for thanksgiving trip out to Cal City. Rebuild all shocks, add Eibach springs to coilovers and “mid perch” adjustment to raise the front, rear dust light(s), gear management in bed, race radio, front bumper lights and fuse 27 relocation kit install.

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theycallmeWALLY

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Is it even a Raptor if it doesn't have Methods???? I know a guy...

Rad truck dude. I've always wanted one just like you... not to offroad, but would be a solid DD IMOP. Their just so nice and they look cool.
 

the bodj

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So stoked for you, Brandon! Seems like you've been busy on it. Doesn't seem like a slow start to me!
 

dwphoto

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Hell yea brother! Congrats on the new ride! What are the plans for the ranger?

I see what you did there 👏
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WW_RANGER_X

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Hell yea brother! Congrats on the new ride! What are the plans for the ranger?

I see what you did there 👏

Thanks dude! Well the plan is to fix what’s needed on the ranger, clean it up and put her up four sail. It’s bitter sweet for sure but it’s something that needs to happen. Having 5 vehicles that require either a lot of money or attention (or both) is exapensive lol. Being able to throw a big chunk of money at the raptor for parts would be nice too.

With that said I picked up a couple things today.

A set of KC C3 amber pods. My initial intentions when I bought these were to run duel dust lights. After thinking about it I think that might be a little excessive, so I might just run one rear dust light. Possibly order another set and run 3 in the front bumper. We’ll see 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Also scored some Raptor take offs. This will help me rebuild the shocks and not have the truck down.

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And I totally forgot to mention that Desert Steve made me these Clean Dezert door logos. Just haven’t put them on yet. Scared as hell lol. Putting them on the ranger took 2 tries.

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DesertGoat

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nice dude, congrats.
I love mine as a dd that occasionally goes to baja.

it aint fast in the dirt but damn they look good & are super comfy.
FYI - PCI makes a radio mounting kit that lets you just drop in a radio to the center console for near zero money & no cutting required.

and you probably already know this but when you get ready to drive this thing, beware of rear frame taco'ing. many companies make frame brace kits that bolt on & add a rear bump stop. mine's from SVC and the fit/finish is pretty nice.
 

theycallmeWALLY

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nice dude, congrats.
I love mine as a dd that occasionally goes to baja.

it aint fast in the dirt but damn they look good & are super comfy.
FYI - PCI makes a radio mounting kit that lets you just drop in a radio to the center console for near zero money & no cutting required.

and you probably already know this but when you get ready to drive this thing, beware of rear frame taco'ing. many companies make frame brace kits that bolt on & add a rear bump stop. mine's from SVC and the fit/finish is pretty nice.
Can attest to this... Bent the frame on one myself at a Texas Event. Wasn't even jumping that big haha
 
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