Multimatic DSSV dampers are the envy of the off-roading scene. Able to deliver on supple on-road quality in trucks such as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 (and soon-to-be Silverado ZR2), while at the same time providing incredible levels of competency of the road. The patented system has so far gone relatively unchallenged in the off-road space. That is, until 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor debuted, with what seemed to be an answer to GM’s suspension supplier. They’re the new Fox Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks. And while it’s a mouthful, the video below simplifies how it works.
To summarize, here are two main takeaways: the Fox Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks are able to deliver twice the amount of damping support to the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor compared to the outgoing Raptor, and the Fox shocks are actually controlled by an algorithm that processes data 500 times per second.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Suspension: The Biggest Yet
When equipped with 35-inch tires wheel travel on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is an incredible 14 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear. These Fox Live Valve Shocks are also largest-ever shocks on a Ford F-150 Raptor, which in part allows the suspension to more effectively resist heat buildup for long days out on the dunes. The massive 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies are filled with all-new low-friction shock fluid specially designed to decrease frictional losses inside the damper for improved off and on-road comfort. New electronically controlled base valves are race-proven with an upgraded design enabling upward of 1,000 pounds of damping per corner at desert speeds.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor asks a price of $64,145, which is another income bracket more than the $53,455 base price than the last-generation Ford Raptor, but below the $70,325 MSRP of the 702 horsepower Ram TRX. This new Ford Performance truck is expected to launch in July, just after the 2021 Ford Bronco.
The 2021 F-150 Raptor will be available with the largest tires ever to fit a production pickup truck. These come by way of the 37-inch Tire Performance Package, which carries an MSRP of $7,500. The package may include goodies such as a reworked chassis, beefier suspension components and beadlock-capable wheels, but it remains pricey regardless. Speaking of beadlock-capable wheels, those will cost customers $1,895 as a standalone option. Should you want the Carbon Fiber Package for your F-150, that’ll be another $995. Toss in other extras like the Exterior Graphics Package ($1,075), the Power Tech Package ($1,995), the Raptor Convenience Package ($795), or a 4.10 front axle with a Torsen LSD ($500), and it’s clear how quickly things can get expensive.
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