Ford Raptor Frames Bending - Bed Alignment issue!

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  1. POWRQST

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    I went back and looked at the pictures and realized it is on the inside of the frame. My bad. It's there. :smiledown:
     
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    Well, now I'm reconsidering whether to take my truck off-road at all, especially considering it was specifically designed for high performance off-road driving in case I also suffer this damage. I saw the note saying that there are vendors who can apply a fix, but the question is, if this is a design flaw, then why is Ford not liable for fixing damaged trucks under warranty and recalling all other Raptors before damage occurs?
     
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    I am pulling my hair out over this. All I can say is I am happy to not be an owner and am able to sit here and make the best choice. If I had one I would be in denial but honestly the issue seems serious. I wish something else broke but frame damage is just devastating for resale and to worry about alignments etc would suck.

    I really dont think I will be buying unless something is done about this in 2012. The truck is so damn cool but a frame is nothing to turn your head at. I loose interest in things that are damaged real fast and would not want the truck if this happened to me.
     
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    I wouldn't let 10 trucks out of thousands decide your purchase fate! The guys that had damage all hit the same kicker at roughly the same speed. Ford cannot predict every situation a customer will put the truck in. I have had my truck since early 2010, and have no damage what so ever. I have had times off road, where the pucker factor was high, but the truck held fast. Is the bump stop location, and design, leave a little to be desired, "Yes", but it's not a deal breaker. If you look back in the thread you will find pictures of Bluesvt undercarrage, to me a 2011 with 6000 miles, should not look like his. Anyone with any common since, would look at his undercarrage and draw the same conclusion, "Road hard and put up wet". Can you complain about Fords stance on the issue, "Yes", but can you blame them "No". The Frame damage to these few trucks is devistating to the owners and could have an impact on sales, but what you have to remember, this is "Not" a wide spread issue, as internet blogs would have you think. It is an issolated issue with just 10 trucks all of which were doing the same thing, Running at a high rate of speed, Off Road on unfamilar terrain, plain and simple.

    P.S. Also look at the Videos posted of the run, they will show you the real story!
     
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    I will be the bastard here as I can be. I was Truck #1 on the Raptor Run. I did NOT bend my frame. I believe I am the only person who didn't. If Ford fixes these, I will be surprised. Why? The trucks were driven past what they are capable of. You do not buy a GT500 and expect it to drive like a race car, why would you buy a Raptor and expect it to handle and take the abuse of a trophy truck? A few jumps and high speed runs does not mean you put the truck through what we did. While it was not a challenging route we took, we caught quite a bit of air, jumped the road, hit numerous G Outs at faster than anything sensible, hit speeds off road in excess of 125mph (I did) and had a shit load of fun doing so. How were most of the bent frames caused? Inherient weakness in the frame and over driving the truck. Is there mods to fix this for those of you who are scared? Yes. Drive slower in the desert and know the road you are driving. I have had my Raptor rock crawling and off roading in Big Bend National Park, Terlingua and outside of Austin. It performs like a dream. Slow down through the "whoops" and the rest of you will be fine. We'll see how many more (including me) have bent frames at the next Run.
     
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    Right from the horses mouth! Can't ask for anything better than that! One outlieing factor most will overlook from your post! You have deminstrated your a driver and don't just Point-and-shoot with blinders on!
     
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    All Raptors, both years. Except me :gy:
     
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    I apologize, apparently this post was considered to be antagonistic. So I am sincerely sorry for stating facts that are contrary to the opinions of BlueSVT and other mods here. I will refrain from any other posts in this thread as I do not want to derail the witch hunt against Ford any further. I guess my experience with my truck in not valuable for any newcomers here to help come to their own conclusion. Have fun with the Kool-aid....

    Now that was antagonistic!!
     
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    Thanks for posting,

    I think I've seen your Big Bend pictures posted but can't recall and thought about the trip my self.

    Anyhow, I was wondering how you're able to reach speeds of 124mph? My truck shuts down around 100mph.
     
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    Also, what are you running as fair as mods...particularly the rear like springs etc.

    Thanks.
     
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    He has a tuner (ECU programmed software with Speed Limit removed) installed from one of the aftermarket suppliers like Hennessey, 5Star, etc.
     
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    AFE CAI, Stainless Works Long tube headers & 3" dual exhaust, 5 Star Tunes and I removed the speed limiter with the SCT
     
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    ?

    Were the shocks, leaf springs, and springblocks on your Raptor stock and in the factory configuration on the first Run?

    Thanks!
     
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    Suspension, all stock. Top Perch mod. That is it.
     
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    Thanks,

    I've heard people doing excess of 100+ but wasn't sure if it was with a tuner or not.
     
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    So how fast was you hitting these kickers?
     
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    payload rating

    Agreed. My 2005 FX4 SCrew hauled, estimating, 2,200 lbs a few times. The 2009 Platinum transported, maybe, 1,400 lbs or so on occasion. My SCrew Raptor less than 400 lbs, so far.

    Any speculation why the Raptors have a slightly lower payload rating than other current F150s? Would a side-to-side swap of the Raptor springblocks, putting the shelfs outboard, increase the effective payload capacity in your opinion?

    Thanks, again!
     
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    Varied. I do not look at my speedometer unless I am in a flat with no hills. All depended on how fast I was going initially and how far ahead I looked for them. A lot of time, I kicked in the ABS mashing the brake down to drop speed then flooring the skinny pedal to hit the kicker. Some of them I was amazed upon landing that I didn't break anything because I landed wrong quite a few times.
     
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    Hey sounds like a big issue i have not been on post for awhile im going to search for some mods and fix mine before it breaks any tips or pics would be great thanks.
     

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