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Two Frames and a Five-Link Rear Suspension for the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

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Ford’s desert-race darling Raptor has offered two frames before, but that was to accommodate different cabs. Now offered in SuperCrew configuration only, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor gets a separate frame just to handle the beating it will take from the new Raptor 37 variant’s Big Foot 37-inch tires when bounding off rocks and across arroyos. Let’s examine the frames, the Live Valve Fox Shox, the “trombone exhaust,” and other technical highlights that promise to make this third-generation Raptor the baddest of them all.

Two New Frames

All 2021 Raptor frames differ greatly from those of their lesser F-150 brethren to accommodate the longer-travel independent front and all-new five-link, coil-spring, live-axle rear suspension setups. In front are taller, stronger shock towers and a unique rear lower control arm pivot. At the rear, there are the control-arm mounting brackets, upper spring perches, and reinforced shock mounting locations

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The 2021 Ford Bronco 4600 Race Truck Is Today’s Slice of Radness

The Blue Oval recently unveiled the Bronco 4600 at the King of the Hammers off-road event in California, and from the outside, it looks not so dissimilar from a standard two-door Bronco—just with a sweet red, white, and blue paint scheme. With a Sasquatch-package two-door as the base, it even uses the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine (here making 310 hp and 400 lb-ft) and 10-speed automatic gearbox available on higher trim models. However, peer under the skin and you’ll see some serious upgrades, some of which were inspired by what Ford learned from the Bronco R Baja racer.

The new hardware includes heavy-duty portal hubs by 74 Weld, which are mounted to Triton Engineering control arms, and the rig also gets a beefier Howe steering rack with a dedicated cooler, a Dana AdvanTEK electronic differential with custom half-shafts for the front wheels, Triton Engineering rear links, a Dynatrac ProRock XD60

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Everything We Know About the V-8 Supertruck

The 2021 MotorTrend Truck of the Year-winning, 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX caught Ford a little flat-footed, appearing out of nowhere when the third-generation F-150 Raptor was too far along in its development to order a supercharged V-8 course correction. So for 2021, the F-150 Raptor gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 engine that carries over with mild revisions and (yet to be finalized) output figures that won’t much close the 252-hp and 140-lb-ft gaps relative to TRX. That job will fall to the Raptor R, which is expected to arrive in a year.

Powerful V-8 Confirmed for Raptor R

Ford F-150 marketing manager Brian Bell confirmed the Raptor R will get “a powerful V-8” in an interview. So, which one? The Super Duty’s new 7.3-liter pushrod Godzilla V-8 isn’t a revver, and thus would be a poor fit for the racy Raptor. Our intel continues to point to a truck-ified

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Non-HPD 2021 Honda Ridgeline Comes Into Focus, Looks Just as Beefy

When the refreshed 2021 Honda Ridgeline debuted, its more muscular styling, wider track, and meatier tires generated a lot of buzz. But the truck we saw then was festooned with Honda Performance Development (HPD) parts that will be offered as a $2,800 styling upgrade package—including fender flares, special wheels, a unique grille, and nifty graphics. Thus, the Ridgeline Honda showed the world was an exaggeration of what the actual midsize pickup would look like when it went on sale. Or so we thought. The 2021 Ridgeline is officially on sale, and it turns out, the base truck resembles its HPD-modded version, for the most part.

Regular Ridgeline vs. HPD Ridgeline

Right off the bat, the non-HPD-equipped Ridgeline is less expressive-looking. The grille is a simpler affair with horizontal slats instead of the HPD grille’s nostril-y wavy mesh, and the fender guards don’t look like they’re suffering from inflammation.

The wheels,

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