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The Damping Support Is Now Double What It Was Before

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Jump Suspension Fox Valve dampers passive bypass
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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.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
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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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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