Tips for Off-Roading in Your Raptor

When the spring weather hits, it’s hard for truck fanatics to resist the call of the unpaved wild. There’s no better off-roading vehicle than the Ford F-150 Raptor, built to tackle the roughest terrains like it’s nothing.

The Raptor is the real deal, and if you’re interested in trying your hand at off-roading, we highly recommend stopping in at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what it has to offer. When you do finally make your way to the trails, follow these tips for off-roading for a safe and successful adventure.

Come Prepared

Even the most experienced off-roaders get stuck sometimes. Push your pride aside and come prepared for the worst. Bring tools like a heavy-duty tow strap and an electric winch if you plan to go alone, plus a first aid kit just in case.

Know Your Path

One of the easiest ways to encounter a problem is through surprise. Make sure you’re well aware of what you’re getting into by studying maps, asking around, and even getting out of your truck and hiking ahead a little to scout the area.

Shift into 4WD Right Away

Don’t wait until the path gets extra tricky—turn on your 4WD as soon as you leave the pavement. This way, you won’t forget to do it later, and you won’t get stuck in the meantime.

Changes for the New Ford Raptor Include New Engine

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor - Sauk City, WI

The 2017 Ford Raptor is going to be incredible. Will you be in the market for one?

Whether you want to tackle sand dunes or you just want to drive the best looking truck on the road, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is going to get you there. The Raptor takes the best-selling truck for 39 years and, simply put, takes it to a level that can only be described as awesome.

This year Ford has opted for a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 as opposed to the outgoing V8. The result is a Raptor that is both more powerful and more efficient. Ford also equipped the new model with a 10-speed transmission, controllable via paddle shifters.

The latest changes for the new Ford Raptor include some exterior improvements, changes that make it more outdoor capable and give it a more attractively aggressive look. Both the front and rear bumpers have been rounded off a bit, making it less a chance that they can get in the way as you negotiate those dunes.

The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is 500 pounds lighter this year. Add that to the new engine and you won’t have much need for roads.