2013 FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR – HEAD RUSH FEATURING ICON VEHICLE DYNAMICS IN TRUCKIN MAGAZINEPosted on October 18, 2013
With an elevation of more than a mile high, the city of Golden, Colorado, takes a toll on a person’s breathing. Mother nature isn’t kind to newbies to the area, and more often than not, you’ll see people pausing to let their bodies catch up to the extreme conditions. For brothers Jake and TJ Hill, natives of Golden, dealing with the altitude is no big deal, however, once you throw in their 2013 Raptor into the mix with 590 angry horsepower, you have an off-road–ready rig that will make anyone woozy. The duo are accustomed to pulse-racing trucks as they’re part of the Five-R Trucks and customtruckhq.com family. When it came time to create a truck representative of their capabilities, interests, and the Colorado landscape, the SVT Raptor was a natural choice.
Ford SVT engineers worked tirelessly to get the Raptor dialed in for most off-road terrain, but as any good gearhead will tell you, what left the plant can always be better. To help the Raptor soak up some serious Colorado landscape, Five-R Trucks added a complete Icon Vehicle Dynamics 3.0 Stage 2 suspension system. Keeping the SuperCrew planted to the rock/dirt/sand/snow of the Colorado seasons, a set of Toyo Open Country A/T-II all-terrain tires were mounted to 20-inch American Force forged wheels. Helping offset the Raptor’s looks from other F-150s, the crew had Lawson Paint & Body, also of Golden, paint the wheels black with blue lip rings and center cap accents.
Thwarting any pesky rodents, an Addictive Desert Designs (A.D.D.) front Stealth bumper was bolted on with paint-matched aluminum inserts. Lighting up the night is a barrage of Rigid Industries LED lightbars mounted on and inside the front bumper, on top of the wiper cowl, and even on top of the A.D.D. bed rack, which houses a fullsize spare wheel and tire combo. Five-R Trucks pulled the new-for-’13 HID headlight housings apart, had Lawson Paint & Body custom paint them, and then capped off the front end with an RBP grille. Out back, a paint-matched A.D.D. Venom bumper adds to the custom and rugged look, while a Monster Hook receiver hook makes vehicle recovery a snap. Capping off the good looks of the F-150, Lawson Paint & Body painted the fender flares, door handles, mirrors, and fender vents, and Colographics of Denver applied the bed graphics.
Good looks and a capable suspension are all well and good, however, the hidden jewel of this Raptor makes itself known every time the ignition is fired. Roaring to life by way of a 3 1/2-inch MBRP exhaust, the Blue Oval now belts out 590 hp from a Roush supercharger forcing 7 psi of cool air into the combustion chambers. Whenever the Hill brothers want to get rowdy out on the trail, a simple depression of the go-pedal provides all the dizzying affects one could ask for.
In just a few weeks time, Jake and TJ, along with the rest of the Five-R Trucks team, created a beast of a Raptor. Fast, agile, and eager to hit the dirt, this F-150 is sure to give you a head rush.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Owner and City/State: Jake and TJ Hill • Golden, Colorado
Type: 6.2L V-8
Induction: ROUSHcharger Stage 2 TVS2300 supercharger with cool-air intake
Exhaust: MBRP 3½–inch with black coating
Fuel System: Roush high-flow injectors
Engine Management: Roush ECU calibration
Output: 590 hp and 590 lb-ft (at the flywheel)
Built by: Five-R Trucks
Transmission: SelectShift six-speed auto
Rearend: Electronic locking differential
Chassis Front suspension: Icon Vehicle Dynamics billet upper A-arms, adjustable coilovers, lower control arm skidplates
Rear suspension: Icon Vehicle Dynamics piggyback bypass shocks
Wheels & Tires Wheels: 20×9 American Force Baus SS6
Tires: 35×12.50R20 Toyo Open Country A/T-II
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