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MDJAK 12-17-2018 05:11 PM

*****my 2019 performance blue raptor
I'm not a frequent poster here, though I do a lot of lurking. I post mainly on the Macan forum, even though I no longer own a Macan.

In 2017 I bought my first truck, a Raptor. I figure, go big or go home. It was my only vehicle. I've been enamored with the Raptor since Gen 1, though I never knew much about it except it looked so darn cool. And as my favorite toys when I was a kid were Tonka, I figured the Raptor was an adult Tonka. After about 10 months, having come from a Porsche, I missed the handling of it, etc. I traded that Raptor but never forgot it and always missed it. Fast forward a couple of Porsches, my most recent F150 Platinum, and I fell back in love with the 2019 Raptor, especially the changes. One thing I did not like about my former Raptor was the seat cushion I felt was a bit short. I'm a shade under 6' and it didn't adequately provide under-thigh support. I was spoiled by the awesome seats on my Porsche which, like some BMWs and I believe the GT350, has adjustable fore and aft under thigh support. When I got the Platinum I immediately noticed the seat cushion was longer and felt better. The Platinum had soft, comfort steering and that made it a bit tough to handle on winding roads as I felt it a bit sloppy. As I said, I've not that much experience with trucks.

Well, this past Sunday, as I posted elsewhere, I got a very good trade value on my 2018 Platinum with 7k miles and bought the new Raptor. The graphics package, while quite a pricey option, is a big improvement and is actually 3D, with raised design. Very nice and high quality.

The suspension, and I've obviously only been on road as I only have it two days, is the major improvement, and believe me when I tell you, it's a huge difference. I don't know if the frame of the truck has also been strengthened but it now feels as one, instead of a cab and a bed over large bumps. It has a very composed ride, and I've been aiming for every pothole I can find. I'm going to have a long-term love affair with this truck. The Recaros are very comfortable and hug just right, not too much to as to be confining or intrusive, but just enough. The material is also nice.

The adjustable steering, which my last Raptor also had, seems better sorted with the sport setting much more usable. It feels tight and responsive.

I won't bore you any longer. Here are some pics. Please feel free to comment, slap me down if I've stated something wrong and set me right.
CF interior. Just noticed a line across. Not sure what that is. Will check.
Begging to go for a ride.
Nice blue stitching all around to match the seats:

MDJAK 12-17-2018 05:11 PM

Love these seats. Proper firmness, not too hard, not too soft, just about perfect.

Nice trim continues on seat back.
Didn't have the beadlock capable wheels last time. I like them.

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Shane803 12-17-2018 05:33 PM

Very Nice! I often want to go this route. I pay 600 on a Mustang I rarely drive and almost 600 on my 18 F150 XLT. I could have one baddass Raptor....augh.....Congrats!

MDJAK 12-17-2018 05:48 PM

And btw, I measured the seat cushion. On the 17-18 Raptor is a 20”. On the 19 with Recaros it’s 21”. On my Platinum it was also 21. That one inch at least to me makes a big difference.

MDJAK 12-17-2018 05:50 PM

Sorry for multiple posts. I should note I had a pedal commander in my Platinum. That thing is amazing, but I set it to city after a while and just left it so I don’t know if I will even use it again.

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