Installed: SVT (Gen 1) Raptor Rear Shocks on Tremor

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I was doing research on rear shocks and came across the specs for the gen 1 SVT Raptor suspension. While the fronts are way off the rear shocks turn out to be a very close match to the Tremor. These are 2.5 inch diameter internal bypass units with a piggyback. The actual piston size inside is a little under 2 inches and they have 7 zones of dampening. Compressed they are 17.9 inches (plenty of room to smash the bump stops) and 29.3 inches fully extended. The extended length is a little short as what I have seen here is the stock shocks go to about 29.5 inches under full articulation. I am willing to loose a few tenths :). The SVT has a listed 12 inches of rear travel just like the tremor.

Install was a breeze and they bolted right up like any other rear shock. Only real challenge is compressing them when they are at full extension. The last bypass zone is SUPER stiff but once you get past the first 1 1/2 of compression it’s gets a lot easier. So far they are super great on road. The “ride zone” is really comfortable and obviously has much improved damping from the stock setup. They are not floaty and really just feel planted. The Gen 1 raptor is about 400 lbs heavier over the rear axel than our trucks. I am excited about that as I normally have 200-300 lbs of stuff in the bed when I’m actually off-roading. I haven’t taken it out on a trail yet but I will report back when I do.

Now for what I view as the best part. I got these new online for $825 shipped. For new Fox elites you would pay basically twice that. I purchased them here https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mof-ash24541 and summit price matched them from rockauto. They are listed as a Motorcraft (fords oem manufacturer) part but say fox all over them. Not sure if they are made under license or if they are old fox stock. Either way they look great and ride great. Best part is it’s a stock part that should continue to be available for a long time.
 

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Rock auto has these for $325 each as of right now.
 
This is really tempting. At $325 they aren’t that much more than the Billstein 5165’s that some here are running. And these look sick.

Have you noticed any additional body roll? I thought I had heard that that was a thing with fox shocks.

Do you do any towing? I’ve been really interested in getting something for the rear that is adjustable so I could crank up the firmness while towing but not have it rock hard otherwise. Interested to hear how they do towing.
 
That’s great the price is even lower! It was $370 when I purchased mine in early Oct. taxed and shipped should be $750-$800.

No increase in body roll that I can tell. The ride zone is soft but remember these are tuned for a steal body f150. The gen 1 raptors are almost 1000 lbs heavier than our trucks. I haven’t towed anything yet so I can’t speak to squat.

Where I have noticed the biggest improvement is rebound control. They do soak up the bumps in the best kind of way. Not floaty but also not harsh at all. Also very little secondary motion.
 
That's great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Digressive are still going to be the preferred shock for heavier payload/towing but these sure do seem like a no-brainer for most.
 
I just put Bilstein 5100s on my truck 1500 miles ago. Now you've got me looking at these.

After I installed them I said in my build thread "I'd be really interested in trying a set of progressive shocks like the Fox 2.0 if they made them. Unfortunately I think the cheapest progressives that would fit are $800 a pair. I'm not that interested."

At $650/pr these sit in the middle ground. I'm interested in hearing your report. I have a camper shell and bed slide on the truck. That's ~350lbs I'm carrying around all of the time. Seems like that would put these right in their sweet spot.
 
Any issues anyone know of using these on our trucks?
 
Other than them being about an inch to short at full extension, No. Our shocks fully extended come in at around 30.5", so the compressed length is fine but the extended length is off a little, will that matter much, depends on use, if you flex your truck out often it could cause premature failure, for the vast majority though it will never be an issue.
 
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Other than them being about an inch to short at full extension, No. Our shocks fully extended come in at around 30.5", so the compressed length is fine but the extended length is off a little, will that matter much, depends on use, if you flex your truck out often it could cause premature failure, for the vast majority though it will never be an issue.
Yep the extended length is just short. Ford did put a good amount of extra length on the stock shocks. The springs limit travel to 29.5 inches or so but topping out is topping out even if it’s just a few tenths. One nice advantage of the bypass design is these get VERY stiff the last inch or so of travel top and bottom. Great for slowing down if they do top out and great for coming off obstacles.

I have only been running them for about 2 weeks and I’m not sure anyone else has tried them yet. So if any issues are going to pop up it will probably take time to find them. I am planning an off-road trip in mid Nov to go fishing. Hopefully I can report back then with trail driving experience. Until then it’s just California potholes and hitting curbs ;)
 
GK I’m about to follow your lead on this one. My local dealer was able to get these for me in just a couple of days. They couldn’t quite match that super low online price as they said it’s actually just under their cost but they got within 25 bucks and they let me use my Ford Points that I had saved from the 23’ Tremor and 23’ Bronco purchase. Got my actual price down to 250.00 all in. Hopefully will get them installed before the Turkey Day festivities start this afternoon.
 
Yep the extended length is just short. Ford did put a good amount of extra length on the stock shocks. The springs limit travel to 29.5 inches or so but topping out is topping out even if it’s just a few tenths. One nice advantage of the bypass design is these get VERY stiff the last inch or so of travel top and bottom. Great for slowing down if they do top out and great for coming off obstacles.

I have only been running them for about 2 weeks and I’m not sure anyone else has tried them yet. So if any issues are going to pop up it will probably take time to find them. I am planning an off-road trip in mid Nov to go fishing. Hopefully I can report back then with trail driving experience. Until then it’s just California potholes and hitting curbs ;)
How did the off-road trip go with these?
 
Am I the only one who likes soft Cadillac suspension? 🤣 I loooove how soft and mushy the ride is on my stock 21
 
Am I the only one who likes soft Cadillac suspension? 🤣 I loooove how soft and mushy the ride is on my stock 21
soft suspension is good, until it packs up and becomes as stiff as a steel rod like these do. Then the rear will float/slide all around. Not something that instills confidence when off-road or on rough roads.
 
Am I the only one who likes soft Cadillac suspension? 🤣 I loooove how soft and mushy the ride is on my stock 21
All good until you get on the Arizona washboard roads and then things get scary pretty quickly… I’ve had a lot of trucks and SUVs and never experienced anything like it.
 
How did the off-road trip go with these?
My first trip ended up being just kinda crappy dirt road so nothing to extreme to test yet. Overall still really happy. Soaks up bumps really well and great control overall. Like I said before the most impressive part is the rebound control. Trying to get up to the mountains in Dec when work is a little slower.
 
GK I’m about to follow your lead on this one. My local dealer was able to get these for me in just a couple of days. They couldn’t quite match that super low online price as they said it’s actually just under their cost but they got within 25 bucks and they let me use my Ford Points that I had saved from the 23’ Tremor and 23’ Bronco purchase. Got my actual price down to 250.00 all in. Hopefully will get them installed before the Turkey Day festivities start this afternoon.
Great Idea, Will be heading to local dealer to see about pricing, I have a ton of points built up !
 
Anyone able to share some off road / rock crawling experiences with these shocks ?
I'm a little concerned about the overall length being a little short...
I've been trying to be patient for updates but Christmas is almost here and I want to put these on my list !
 
I just installed mine today. Trimming the Husky liners was the time consuming part. If I had to do this again, I would take both rear wheels/tires off and do a tire rotation in the process. Needed to use a ratchet-strap to compress the shock to get them on the lower perch. Slightly sketchy.

No off-roading yet. Maiden voyage around the neighborhood just a few minutes ago and they recover so, much, faster. No wallowing around. It’s even obvious in something as simple as a tight u-turn.
 
I should add that I have a little over 600lbs in/on the bed. An RSI SmartCap, Yakima Lock n Load on top with a Decked Drawer system and cargo slide in the bed.
 

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