Here's how you can turn your stock Ford F-150 into a Raptor lookalike
Yes, you can make your F-150 look like a Raptor for a fraction of the price
The second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor may be one of the most capable and desirable off-road trucks around, but it doesn’t come without shortcomings.
The biggest of all is the price. There’s a huge gap between the starting MSRP of a base F-150 and the Raptor: the former is priced from $27,705 while the latter starts at $50,675 (both prices excluding destination charges).
This had many people question whether one can get a cheaper F-150 Raptor by accessorizing a stock F-150 with Raptor-inspired aftermarket parts. That’s exactly what the folks from AmericanTrucks set out to do, and they’ve documented the entire build in a video. Obviously, the list of parts is very long, so we’ll only give you the highlights here.
There’s a Roush by Fox 2.0 Suspension Kit, Barricade fender flares, front bumper, and grille, Westin Thrasher Running Boards, Axial Black Projector Headlights with LED DRL, Ford Performance by Borla Touring Dual Exhaust system with Black Chrome Tips, and Sota Off Road D.R.T. Stealth Black wheels shod with Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 tires.
Of course, all these aftermarket parts don’t suddenly transform the stock F-150 into a Raptor, since the latter is more than just uprated shocks, grille, and tires — it’s a proper hardcore off-road performance pickup. However, the modifications do help the F-150 look quite similar to the Raptor all while making it sound a lot better.
And the best part is the components cost around $5,000 — excluding what the mechanic will charge to fit them. The only downside I see is having to drive around with the grille that reads “DOOD” — although finding the letters “F” and “R” and fitting them to the grille shouldn’t be that hard.