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But The Ford Has The Bigger Tires

Ford F-150 Raptor R Suspension Articulation Flex

When choosing between two $100,000+ trucks that both have supercharged V8 engines, both produce at least 700 horsepower, and both are built in Michigan, it’s fair to examine every little detail of data. Lest you put six figures into the wrong truck. And in the infinite expanse that is the internet, there’s certainly no shortage of content to parse through. With that, we’d like to bring your attention to the latest addition of supertruck data between the Ford F-150 Raptor R and Ram 1500 TRX.

Car and Driver recently published a video on its YouTube channel showcasing the suspension of the F-150 Raptor R, and put it on the ramp to test its suspension articulation. After some math, the Raptor R has a ramp travel index (RTI) score of 525, which is lower than the regular Raptor and lower than the Ram TRX. For comparison, the standard Ford Raptor with 37-inch tires has a rating of 537; meanwhile, with the standard 35-inch tires, that rating goes up to 559. That decrease is due to the travel restriction due to the tires’ size. Meanwhile, the Ram TRX has an RTI score of 602.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX suspension articulation Rear Exhaust
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.


The Ford F-150 Raptor R has a slightly lower rating than the standard Raptor with 37s due to the stiffer suspension Ford integrated into the front of the vehicle to account for the added weight of the 5.2-liter supercharged Predator V8. However, as the Raptor R is lighter than the TRX, it might be more comfortable off the beaten path than the Ram TRX, but that all comes down to preference.

The video shows that the F-150 Raptor R incorporates Fox Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks, which can deliver twice the amount of damping support. What’s more? The shocks are controlled by an algorithm that processes data 500 times per second, which enables the shocks to adjust for various situations in a flash, whether you’re defying gravity for a short moment or crawling up some rocks. On-road comfort is likely also superb due to this feature.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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