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Even when you"re prepared, things can go wrong off-road. A lot of times, it"s your fault, not the rig"s. It doesn"t know what"s coming. When things vì go wrong, there"s no choice but to find a solution, even if you"re making it up as you go along. In showbiz, they Gọi that "doing it live." The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is all about finding little ways lớn make it easier to vày it live sầu.

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It starts with Fox Live Valve electronically controlled shock absorbers, the first for a production off-roader. Fox places a solenoid on the shoông xã body toàn thân connected to lớn a valve, which it can adjust in as little as 40 milliseconds lớn alter the rate at which oil passes through it. Wide open, the shocks are soft. The more it"s closed, the stiffer the shocks get. Ford suspension engineers say the midway point between full soft & full hard is about where the 2018 model"s fixed dampers match up.


As a baseline, the shocks have three modes: normal, sport, and off-road, which covers the litany of off-road driving modes. It"s not an if-then system, though. The controller, Lincoln"s CCD adaptive sầu damping unit reprogrammed by Ford Performance, constantly watches how you drive sầu, tries lớn predict the surface you"re on, & adjusts the damping lớn compensate. For example, if you"re in an off-road mode và you"re heavy on the throttle, the shocks will soften up a bit for when you inevitably hit a big bump at a higher speed than you might"ve intended to lớn. Conversely, when the ride height sensors detect the truchồng is airborne, as Raptors are wont to be, the shocks stiffen to lớn better absorb the landing.


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That bit, I can confirm, works precisely as advertised. Should you find yourself temporarily divorced from the ground in a 2019 F-150 Raptor, the landing is quite gentle. With excellent grip from the meaty BFGs, it"s a drama-không lấy phí affair. Indeed, that"s how most driving goes with the Raptor. Tearing down a trail in Baja mode, it"s composed & confident, with excellent steering response. The shocks turn every roông chồng và rut into lớn a jostle instead of whiplash, encouraging you lớn push the truông chồng even harder since clearly you"re not hurting it. Having off-roaded our long-term F-150 with FX4 off-road package this past summer, I can tell you the difference the Raptor"s shocks make in passenger comfort is almost too great khổng lồ quantify.

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When things slow down, Ford"s new Trail Control comes into play. Essentially cruise control for off-roading, it allows you to lớn set an extremely low crawl speed và have the computer work the gas and brakes while you focus on your line & the obstacles around you. It works in any drive mode, any transfer case position, và up to lớn đôi mươi mph. For the off-road beginner, it takes an entire element of driving off your mind and lets you focus on where you"re going. For the pro, it lets you relax a bit on a tedious, low-tốc độ, mildly challenging trail on your way lớn the good stuff.


Because speeds are low và the computer is fast, it crawls over obstacles the same way you would: gently. When a tire bumps up against a rock you want to crawl over, say, the impact forces the truông xã to slow down; the computer recognizes this and adds a little power to lớn help you climb. As you reach the top of the roông chồng, your tốc độ increases as the resistance decreases. The computer sees this and pulls power và applies the brakes as needed to lớn maintain your mix speed. As a result, you roll slowly off the bachồng side of the rock rather than crashing down. All the while, you"ve never exceeded the super-low speed limit you set, và you look like a veteran off-roader.


But let"s be real: That"s not why you buy a Raptor. It"s long, it"s wide, and it just isn"t at trang chủ in a roông xã garden. This truck is meant for hot, nasty tốc độ on unforgiving terrain. Although Trail Control gives the truông xã more bandwidth, it doesn"t distract from the primary mission. Expect khổng lồ see the technology on more four- & all-wheel-drive sầu Fords in the future.


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The shocks, of course, assist in said mission with obvious variation in ride quality & body control as you change modes. Also assisting is the final big-ticket vật phẩm of the 2019 refresh, an optional Recaro seat nâng cấp with extra bolstering và grippy suede inserts. When you"re expecting khổng lồ be tossed around while tearing around, they"re a worthwhile investment.


Otherwise, changes khổng lồ the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor are limited khổng lồ cosmetic items such as a carbon-fiber shift lever & new paint & wheel finishes. As with its other products, Ford Performance has opted out of the styling changes the rest of the F-150 line got last year, preferring lớn spend development dollars on driving tech enhancements instead. Who can argue with that?


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