When the Ford F-150 Raptor was unveiled in 2021 last week, one of the most interesting new features of the off-road-focused truck was the brand new suspension at the rear. Already present in the current Ranger Raptor (and potentially the next generation model) and Raptor’s rival – Ram TRX – we first saw the new F-150 Raptor coil spring rear suspension in October last year, and now we see it live and in the flesh.
Now that we’ve seen a Ford F-150 with a spring rear suspension, the next logical question to ask is – will this setup fit into future variants? We already know that the Raptors’ little brother – the Ford F-150 Tremor in 2021 – will come with leaf springs, albeit rearranged for further ground clearance. But the new Raptor can certainly open the door for future F-150 variants to use the new rear spring.
The new 2021 F-150 Raptor spring suspension consists of a five-link setup with extra long rear arms, a Panhard bar and 24-inch coil springs – the longest in its class, and beats out the Ram TRX by 0.378 inches. TRX also uses a layout with five links.
The new 2021 F-150 Raptor’s spring rear suspension provides better joints over obstacles, reduces friction in the spring system and weighs significantly less than a comparable leaf spring system. It also makes it possible for the 2021 F-150 Raptor to achieve 15-inch rear suspension when equipped with 35-inch tires, which is 25 percent more than its predecessor and two inches more than the Ram TRX.
In addition to the tangible benefits, rear suspension provides better ride quality and handling than leaf spring layouts, so it seems like a natural next step that Ford may offer them in other F-150 models in the future, especially now that the 2021 F-150 Raptor has a .
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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Pictures
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