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Old 02-08-2019, 04:23 PM
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I currently have a 13 F150 XLT with a stock 5.0L motor. I believe the hp is 365 and torque somewhere around the same number. The towing capacity is 9,200 lbs. I am looking at a new Raptor with the 3.5L TT that produces over 450 Hp and 500 ft lbs. but the towing capacity is down to 8,000 lbs. any idea why? I would have thought that the higher HP Torque would allow for a higher towing capacity

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Hi

I currently have a 13 F150 XLT with a stock 5.0L motor. I believe the hp is 365 and torque somewhere around the same number. The towing capacity is 9,200 lbs. I am looking at a new Raptor with the 3.5L TT that produces over 450 Hp and 500 ft lbs. but the towing capacity is down to 8,000 lbs. any idea why? I would have thought that the higher HP Torque would allow for a higher towing capacity

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The suspension mainly...

However it should be noted that a more powerful or torquey motor doesn't mean something is capable of towing more. The frame is a huge factor, as well as suspension (as mentioned) and the rear diff as well.
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Thanks for the replies

I did more research and it appears that the Raptor has one less leaf spring than the std F150 to make the suspension softer for off roading. Aftermarket fixes include the Timbren upgraded bumpstops which limits supension travel or nitrogen gas shocks which firm up the back end.
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well, the payload on Raptors is less also, because of the suspension. Nothing aftermarket will actually increase payload, which is really the limiting factor in towing.
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Default Read the fine print in regards to towing

The single biggest factors are tongue weight (regular hitch) and whether you use a weight-distribution hitch, which is the ONLY way you get the advertised towing capacity on ANY F-150. To see what I'm talking about, do an internet search for car towing trailer wrecks videos to see what happens when you use the brakes on your vehicle while towing a load that is too big (the trailer loads down on the tongue, which acts like a fat kid on the teeter-totter and lifts the front of your vehicle up via the rear axis fulcrum point).

My XLT has a 500 pound tongue weight (common) and something like a 4000 pound (going from memory) towing weight limitation. You can look it up (crawl under your bumper near the hitch for details).
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