“Peeking out from behind the mighty tires is, for my money, the Raptor’s secret ingredient: the dual-strut Fox shocks with bypass valving. These dual-stage shocks are the only things keeping the Raptor from wallowing in its own elasticity, a three-ton Shake Weight. The truck’s body control and ride refinement are quite good, actually, apart from a brief, pneumatic tremor when the big tires brush off a pothole, or Honda Civic.
“Of course, trophy trucks live Out West. Here in the pine boonies of North Carolina, I found the Raptor to be a bit of mixed bag. It can climb, crawl and churn through the deep suck, no problem, and boil dust off a logging road at three-digit speeds. About the only thing it can’t do is follow a Jeep CJ down narrow trails between close-set pines. We have a lot of them around here. So wide is not a universal good.
“Still, broadly speaking, the Raptor is awesome.”