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Old 01-12-2019, 08:31 PM
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Now that I have my truck set up to off road. I figured I would start a thread and share some info.

Here is what I have
2014 F150 Limited 4wd 3.55 gears
BDS 4" lift
Front: Fox 2.5" coilovers with DSC
Rear: 17/18 Raptor takeoff Fox 3.0"
Procomp add a leaf
Nitto Ridge Grappler 295/55/r20

Today was an easy day to more or less break everything in since it all got installed right before Christmas.

Mostly riding in washes and fairly decent dirt roads You need a higher clearance vehicle to make it here but 4wd wasn't really needed
Here are my thoughts about the performance.
Overall 200% better than stock. The DSC is well worth it. I adjusted them a couple of times for the wash/rock situation and it was a nice feature.
The Raptor take offs are amazing. So smooth, even better than the front and I did the add a leaf in the back so it should be stiffer in reality but it is not. For the $270 I paid for them. I would do it again in a heart beat. The only issue was airing down to 20psi, the driver side rear tire was slightly rubbing on the rear shock. So factory wheels with +44 offset and 11.5" wide tires are DEFINITELY the closest you can go if you want to run this setup. I am actively looking for some different wheels now with a better offset.

Overall though. I still prefer my RZR 800s with shock therapy custom valved and RT PRO dual rate springs. I drove this road before on the RZR (Actually broke an a-arm on this road and walked 5 miles before getting picked up by another off roader and taken to cell service). The RZR just floats over all of this stuff. The truck is good, but no RZR, not that I really expected a 6000lb vehicle to compete with a purpose built 1500lb machine. Advantage to the truck though, we did not have to do a loop back to a trailer and could exit the trails near a small town and grab dinner and take highways back home.




According to the Dash Off Road Screen. This was 15 degree incline and the truck was at 8 degree tilt.



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This is actually where I broke the A-Arm on my RZR. So I had to stop the truck in the same spot and get a picture!






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This is Castle Hot Springs Resort. Look it up. A lot of cool history and NOT easy to get to.




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Very nice, I've done a few of the same things to my truck. I really hope to find a set of Raptor take-offs for the rear. I would do a lift in a heartbeat if the truck would still fit in my garage.
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Very nice, I've done a few of the same things to my truck. I really hope to find a set of Raptor take-offs for the rear. I would do a lift in a heartbeat if the truck would still fit in my garage.
If you can, those are amazing. I paid $270 for my set right around middle of November. They will be hard to find though as they are only going to be on the 17/18 raptors as the 19 uses the new live shock system.

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Went and had some fun in the snow (about 18" in some parts) just north of Phoenix yesterday.

Only downside was that my 4wd solenoid decided to die (not stopping the vacuum so wouldn't shift into 4wd). I unhooked the vacuum lines at the solenoid for a temp fix and placed some electrical tape around them to try and keep dirt out of them. New one is ordered. I will say, that caused some nasty sounding grinding from the front end and it took some figuring out on why it was happening and what was causing it. I hope I didn't mess up my half shafts or IWE's. I don't think I did but only time will tell.
















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On another note, the Fox 2.5" coilovers with DSC. I found running about 4 clicks from wide open of high speed compression really helps keep the truck level. Any less than that, it starts to get too bouncy, the shock must be compressing too much when it needs to compress quick and can't get back down in time for the next bump. This is the case both on and off road. On road I have noticed with this setting it just absorbs any bigger potholes or constant expansion cuts in the road.

I am running full open on my low speed currently and it seems to be about the best that I have found so far. No issues on any low speed bumps.

Also, yes I know, the low/high speed is shaft compression speed and not vehicle speed.

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