The Ford Raptor is an extremely capable rig right off the dealer lot, but in this world, we always want more. There are many ways to get that extra boost. Not all are created equal. The front suspension design of the second-generation Ford Raptor, 2017 to current, uses Fox 3.0 shock bodies set up in a coilover design. With this combination, a spacer can be added that moves the lower spring perch higher on the body, pushing the overall loaded height up.
RPG Off-Road has put an incredible amount of focus on the performance of Ford trucks, specifically Raptors, F-150s and Rangers. Their extensive product offerings are proof enough that they mean business. We caught up with the guys at Baja HQ in San Clemente, California to follow along on an install and catch other tidbits they do to elevate a 2nd-Gen Raptor onto 37-inch tires.
“RPG is one of a few companies that we like to use for Raptor lift spacers.” explained Danny Ellender of Baja HQ. “They have great quality and fitment, so we always know the install will go smooth and the parts will last.”
CNC-machined from the same OEM-approved material used to construct the Fox shocks on the Raptor, the 1.5-inch lift spacers are available in anodized black or matching Fox Blue. They are also available in 2.25-inch lift and 3-inch lift heights. Designed to replace the OEM-collar, the two-piece design clamps to the body using opposing threads with recessed stainless steel allen head bolts.
The overall install takes about two hours and requires a spring compressor. No other specialty tools are needed. Just a well-rounded toolbox will do the trick. The install is certainly one that can be done in a driveway, though dealing with compressing coilover springs can be daunting and many local shops can handle the job.
The factory suspension on Raptors is good, even better with a little extra height. Disconnect the sway bar, tie rod and upper control arm to give the coilover enough room to be removed.
RPG Off-Road’s Coil Spring Perch Collar have an integrated lift spacer built into them. The CNC-machined pieces are durable and will outlast most everything else on the truck.
After removing the coilover from the vehicle, the spring gets compressed. The old collar pieces are removed and the new RPG unit is installed. Make sure the shock body is free of debris that may interfere with the spacer clamping the body properly. “I like to make sure the logo faces the same way as the Fox logo.” Said Patrick, a technician at Baja HQ. “It is an extra detail that makes the whole thing look better when it’s done.”
The new assembly then drops right back into the same location. Reattach all components just as they were, and you’re set!
At this point, you could be done. Go get the truck aligned and off you go. This is where Baja HQ goes the extra mile. When putting 37s on a Raptor, the tires typically rub at the back of the wheel well. Instead of just letting it rub or simply hacking the inner liner, they’ve got a much cleaner way.
Pull the fender flare off the truck to let the inner liner free. Behind the liner, remove the plastic or foam piece that acts as a spacer between the liner and sheetmetal.
Both the fender and the inner sheetmetal get trimmed. After trimming, crimp any sections of sheetmetal that have separated, then paint the bare metal.
Reinstall the fender flare using the factory clips and screws. The flare also helps hold the inner liner, so make sure to reinstall those screws as well.
Now that space has been made behind the liner, it gets pushed up against the sheetmetal and is secured using self-tapping screws. With this section of the liner out of the way, the tires will no longer grab or rub it during use.
All set! The new spacer collar blends in nicely with the factory components and the trimmed and tucked area is barely noticeable.
A set of 37×12.50R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrains were mounted on Method Race Wheel 17×8.5 305 Series Matte Black wheels.