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Old 05-17-2019, 11:44 AM
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Hello guys,

Im not sure Im in the right forum but I thought Id try here first.

Im trading in my 2016 F250 Scorpion and going to do something Ive wanted to do for some time now... 5.0 with a dealer installed Rousch Supercharger. We have ordered a white crew cab short box Lariat

First up, Im hoping you guys can help with your experienced opinions here.

Im concerned with lifting too high due to shaft angles and excessive/premature wear on CVs and U joints, and yet I want that off-road look. My 2014 and now 16 F250 Ive ran 3.5 lift with 35-12.5-20 tires and yet Im thinking I need to help keep the weight down to go to maybe a 33 but I love the raptor look too. So 17 vs 20.... Im getting older (58yrs) and not building for top speed but looking forward to seeing what this build will be like from 0-80mph, thats got my interest for sure.

So ya many questions,

Do I just level the front off and run 33s on 17s or 20s with just enough negative offset to use same type fender flare as raptor OR give it a bit of Suspension lift. As good as 35s are, Im concerned with excessive weight and rolling resistance

Id honestly love to give it that Raptor look and stance while keeping the Ford Factory Honeycomb front grill
Id like to find a wheel that resembles the older raptors even if itll be a pain to clean with all the different holes in it

Id appreciate some input from guys here with more experience.

Tnx in advance.
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If you want the Raptor look, you don't lift the truck. The Raptor is only 1.3 inches taller than a regular 4x4.
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In short, buy a Raptor!

I'm kind of kicking myself for not exploring that option more fully.
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4 lift with 33/12.5/20 -18 offset, I also love the raptor look and I get where your going with 5.0. The second pic is with 35/125/20 on 10 rims, same offset, good luck!
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Sounds like you'd be intrigued by my set up. 20x9 Raptor aftermarket wheels in gloss black on 33 inch (P275/60R20) Falken Wildpeak AT3s. Leveled with Bilstein 6112s set at 2 inches up front, set of 5100s out back. Rides great.



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I wouldn't be worried to much about "premature wear". I've had to swap out a front cv shaft after a wreck and the body shop broke the stub shaft for the axle nut and wouldn't fess up. Cost me $100 and about 3 hrs to do one side. Not a huge deal. As with my 14' 5.0 I've had 295/70/18 (34.5") and a tune and highways mpg really didn't suffer as long as I kepty foot out if it. City just sucks regardless. I've since worn those tires out and gone to a 275/70/18 (33") without a tune and it feal the same. If I keep it 65ish on long drives I can still eek out 18 mpg or so combines going from WA to WY. I believe the roush is supercharged and it won't care what size tires you run.

For comfort I'd go with 17" wheels. With my 295s I was running a 1.5" strut spacer, got new smaller tires and went icons 2.0s and Im pulling them off after 20k miles. I prefer the ride of my bigger tire on stock struts than the stiff as a board "performance coilovers" that are adjusted down to near stock height. Washboard they sick as bad as stock regardless of speed. They do absorb some bumps better at 45+ offroad, but with the terrain I live in those speeds aren't sustainable.

So I vote level and 33s or 4" and 35s lol
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I'm of the opinion that too many people drool over the raptor and ....

1) think they should mod an f150, spend stupid amounts of money making some frankencrap truck with zero value added.

2) think they should mod an f150, spend 90% of stupid amounts of money in the quest to make some wannabe frankencrap raptor and just give up..

Both scenarios end in the owner finally coming to terms with the fact that it would have made sense to simply buy a raptor... After much frustration, probably tears, and certainly money.

That's just my opinion on the matter, it's worth exactly what you paid for it, there will be someone shortly to come along screaming about how I don't know jack and whatever else. These are the immutable laws of the internet, after all.
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With all the different threads on this subject I would spend some time looking through them at the pictures until you find the "look" you're looking for and copy what they did.

I will say that having originally leveled my truck with spacers, go with aftermarket coilovers to achieve the 2" lift in front if you don't end up "lifting the truck".

Reading your post, doing something like 2015LariatFX4dude is probably your best bet.

Best of luck whatever you do.
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Originally Posted by msgtord View Post
If you want the Raptor look, you don't lift the truck. The Raptor is only 1.3 inches taller than a regular 4x4.
Although I like the look of the Raptor, Im torn between giving it a slight lift and just enough tire to fill that wheel well. Sometimes using too small or big of tire just throws the entire look off so ya Im still undecided
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4 lift with 33/12.5/20 -18 offset, I also love the raptor look and I get where your going with 5.0. The second pic is with 35/125/20 on 10 rims, same offset, good luck!
Sharp ride but I feel for the power this Roush will be making and the well respected advice from my dealer I think Ill heed that advice and keep those shaft angles down. Makes sense though, the higher the lift the more wheel (up to a 35) we can go, and I never thought Id be admitting to feeling a 33ISH would be the look Im after especially knowing factory wheel are what 32.1 or close to that.

Sadly that grille you have on your truck wont fit the new ones and Im seriously considering the Proven Ground front bumper and have my buddies company sandblast and colour match the Oxford White paint. Im thinking instead of the Factory 2 bar Lariat grille to go with the Ford Honeycomb grille instead. Many choices in making a sharp ride

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