Even though Ford F-150 is more youthful than the likes of Toyota Tundra, it packs more punch to embarrass peers in the job site and off-roading. The first generation Raptor came with a powerful 5.4-liter V8 and upgraded in 2014 to a 6.2-liter V8 with 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque.
A later F-150 came with EcoBoost 3.5 l V6 twin-turbo making an impressive 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Its grunt and ferocious surge forward gives the owners some deserved bragging rights. Acceleration is incredible. Even on the beaten path, you can easily forget you are in a 5500-ton pick-up.
Raptor is a desert racer and comes with the tools to do just that. This comes in handy when you need a proven work truck when the job is far away from civilization.
What about its Ability to Haul Stuff?
The 5.5-foot load bed has a decent 52.8 cubic feet capacity to haul enough materials. With the capability to carry up to 1000 lbs. for the SuperCab and up to 1200 lbs. for the the SuperCrew, you have no reason not to transport the stuff in one fell swoop.
A few can outperform the Raptor in its ability to haul stuff, but it makes up for the slight difference through its off-road capability. Of course, most gearheads or contractors would choose a blend of off-road capability and power to carry lots of stuff.
At 36.4 inches off the ground, some will complain the tailgate is too high, but the Raptor comes with a power lock.
Owning a Ford F-150 is a dream come true for most off-road enthusiasts. But it is also a match made in heaven for the worksite, considering its impressive horsepower and torque. The only shortcoming is its price tag. It does not come on the cheap, but the best never does, does it?
In the US, pickup trucks have been quite popular for decades. The trend is picking up in Europe, mostly because the new generation pickup trucks are coming with modern-day creature comforts and a huge range of handiness.
Ford F-150 is ahead of the pack in terms of sales and popularity, and it’s for a good reason. Well, it’s hard to ignore such features as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist and split-view 360-degree camera, among others. You can choose the 5.0 litre V8 or the EcoBoost V6 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged.
Tips to Keep your Ford F-150 in Shape
Mind your Tires
The best time to check on the tires is when you are doing an oil change. Rotate the tires often, especially when doing routine maintenance to ensure even wear. Rotating also ensures a smooth ride and durability of the tires.
Typically, the tires experience uneven wear depending on the drivetrain of your vehicle, and this can exert more burden on the suspension.
Remember also to balance the tires to distribute the weight equally around the axle to reduce wear on the suspension. And if you happen to notice that your Ford F-150 is pulling to one side, then it indicates misalignment, and it can increase wear and tear on the tires. Get them aligned.
Remember the Oil Change
Oil change is one of the things that should never slip your mind. According to Ford, change the oil after every six months or 7500 miles, whichever comes first. For older than 2008 models, always replace the oil filter, every time you do an oil change.
Keep an Eye on the Driving Conditions
The driving conditions will determine the maintenance needs of your Ford pickup truck. Driving off-road and carrying heavy loads will require special maintenance. Your vehicle cannot sense the driving conditions, and it is up to you to determine and set the maintenance schedule. Talk to your mechanic.
A1 Performance Auto Repair European Specialists can help you with your Ford-150 maintenance. Reach out!