Ford and FOX create new shocks for 2017 F-150 Raptor

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has improved suspension courtesy of a new set of FOX shocks.The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has improved suspension courtesy of a new set of FOX shocks.

Ford released a new 2017 F-150 Raptor video today demonstrating new shocks that it created with the FOX suspension company.

Ford reports that the new 3.0-inch FOX shock adds a base valve piston that enables lower gas pressure, resulting in a more comfortable-riding truck on the road.

“The internal bypass in the front and rear shocks has nine distinct zones that progressively manage shock forces, allowing for smooth on-road trips along with hard-hitting off-road driving,” said Sam Schembari, Ford Product Communications Coordinator.

“The final zones act like hydraulic bump stops to send fluid through the top of the piston while the shock is fully compressed, preventing Raptor from bottoming out. This allows Raptor to maintain a comfortable ride, and leads to improved confidence for the driver to explore all of its extra-long suspension travel.”

F-150 Raptor’s front and rear FOX shocks have grown from 2.5 inches to 3.0 inches in diameter for improved performance, offering 44 percent more volume for increased heat dissipation and fade resistance. Nearly two inches more suspension travel over the previous truck’s 11.2-inch front and 12-inch rear bring 2017 F-150 Raptor shocks to 13.0 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear, roughly a 15 percent increase in overall suspension travel.

“With a larger-diameter outer body and internal piston, the new FOX shocks allow Raptor to handle harder impacts while reducing harshness to the driver,” Schembari said.