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who wants a do it all boom box with a Ford logo?

This is so retro cool - who wants to buy me one?

it's badass!
8-inch woofer, 3-inch tweeter, and 100-watt peak power amplifier pumps up the volume - great for outdoor adventure!IPX4 water-resistant - okay to leave in the rain"All-terrain tire" rubber-treaded body and 75-hour rechargeable battery for uninterrupted fun from a durable speakerTelescoping handle, wheels, and two side carrying handles give you all you need for portabilityIncludes 12V input jacks and cable to keep your speaker working while you're on the go

Installation of the Ford Raptor Lights Kit - you can do it!

From a previous post, I jumped on the Black Friday deal at and had a custom setup delivered.
When the kit arrived, I was super excited.
I've never owned a truck, and I've never wired up lights before - but the new Ford Raptor makes it REALLY easy with the AUX switches that are built into the ceiling console.  For some, this is a trivial install - but it's fun to try something NEW!   Here's the process and steps I took to install...
Custom Triple Bezel Kit Full With Wire Harness Brackets  KC HiLiTES Flex Lights and all hardware × 1 KC HiLiTES FLEX amber covers × 1 BAJA SQUADRON SPORT DRIVING COMBO PAIR BAJA SQUADRON PRO SPOT PAIR

Unboxed everything, all in great shape!  Seriously good quality in this build - the frames are SOLID and each piece fits together perfectly!
Here's a closer look at one of the frames with the KC HiLites 10W LED and amber cover.
 One of the amb…

Whipple Stage 1 Kit for 2017/2018 Ford Raptor Group Buy is ON till 11/27

Whipple Stage 1 Kit for 2017/2018 Ford Raptor


Group Buy will close Monday, 11/27/17 - let me know if you want in on this!  Already up to 18 interested folks who are committed to buy!
Once the group buy closes on Monday, I'll update the list to be finalized and Whipple will send out emails to contact the buyers.

Original price $1,999 includes tuner, intake, intercooler

5-9 = 15% off $1,699
10-19 = 20% off $1,599
20+ = 30% off $1,399

Here's the new programmer!  No need to ship your PCM!

Some of the basics it can do and keep in mind, its an OEM based tool so it will never have all frills some of the other tools will have.


Read/erase codesUpload stock file, save to SD card (can back up on PC)Download modified calTire/axle changingCrank relearnData logging, 2gb SD card includedRead live data

Cals comes from Whipple serverWhipple server notifies you if an update becomes availableMore advanced logging and graphing features.
Whipple, known for its industry l…

Gonna lite up the nite with FordRaptorLights setup!

While the LED headlights are pretty good IMHO on the '17 Raptor I'm going to light up the night with this 6-light setup from  they have an early Black Friday '17 Sale going where you get $75 off and a $50 MIR from Baja Designs!  

Here's my order - see what you think?
Custom Triple Bezel Kit Full With Wire Harness Brackets  KC HiLiTES Flex Lights and all hardware × 1 KC HiLiTES FLEX amber covers × 1 BAJA SQUADRON SPORT DRIVING COMBO PAIR BAJA SQUADRON PRO SPOT PAIR

I chose these three setups for brightness and distance, the outside KC Flex will have a good spread pattern with amber covers to have a wide path for fog.  The Squadron Sport will be great for daily driving - bright but not overly so.  The Squadron Pro Spot will really send the light when truly needed...  All done with the AUX switches onboard!!
KC FLEX™ Single LED feature bright CREE LEDs in a spot or spread beam pattern inside a compact, rugged Aluminum housing with precision reflectors…

code: XMASRAP will get you 25% off for Raptor T-Shirts!

Who doesn't like new clothes for Christmas? code: XMASRAP will get you 25% off! @ Raptorlicious - got modes?


If you liked my last thread on Ford SYNC 3 Version 3.0 - this is even better!  A new build!

Nav Version Mirror: Here
Non-Nav Version
Mirror: Here

(Follow official pdf instructions below) Installation instructions: 
1. Download. 
2. Unzip onto desktop. 
3. Grab a USB Flash Drive, 32GB minimum
4. Format the drive to exFAT.

5. Put the extracted files inside the flash drive. 
6. Turn car on. Turn bluetooth off, just in case(optional). Or master reset before beginning.
7. It might take 5 mins for Updating System Software message to pop up, then 19 mins to install from there on

Depending on the Ford model, it might reboot automatically after installation is complete, if navigation maps don't come back don't worry turn off/on the car again.

**CAUTION:There are FOUR versions to this update, MY 16 Nav/Non-Nav, and MY 17 Nav/Non-Nav, a single file will not work for both years! Even if they appear identical, use the one for your model year! You risk …

Common Replacement and Maintenance parts for the Ford F-150 Raptor

Here's some simple stuff that I've found perusing the internet to consolidate into one simple post.  BTW if you use Ebatesyou get Cash Back from certain stores too!




Adding visibility for lower cost...

Looking to add more visibility (other than the head-turning looks!) - there are some great options to add functionality for relatively low cost. 

I'm opting for the OPT7 model just for a bang-for-the-buck option... what's your take?

Redline OPT7 60" LED Tailgate bar is only $59  it's weather sealed and comes with 2 year warranty...

Redline OPT7 60" Triple for $89

You can go a step up with Putco for $209

Using FORScan to tweak your ride...

After a few days of researching, I have finally figured out how to download and use Forscan for the Raptor.

Here are links that I used to install/buy/download everything you'll need.  Do this all at your own risk. It's pretty simple, and always have a backup stock file if you start playing around.
First order your favorite OBDII adapter - these have great reviews! 

Download Forscan from the extended license in order to use it. 
You'll need to make an account on the forum site. It takes a about 30min or so for an admin to accept you, afterwards, you're good)Watch this video to learn how to move around. 
Here's a link to all the "As-built" codes discovered so far.  It's pretty straightforward and can be a little time consuming since when you re-code anything you have to cycle the ignition, but it's worth it.

USB upgrade to Sync 3 version 3.0

Well, if you're like me - you love the Ford Sync 3 interface - while it's not perfect, it's pretty darned good!  Carplay is a nice update but if you've updated to IOS 11 - you'll notice some weird things going on - but guess what!? If you don't want to wait for the WiFi update - you can install SYNC 3 Version 3.0 using a USB drive!

There are new features for CarPlay with  IOS11 New Nav Icon. Fixed keyboardadded symbol $MUCH faster interface smoother, snappierSupport for new apps
**disclaimer - do this at your own risk! not my fault if it goes belly up!**

Installation instructions: 1. Download. 2. Unzip. 3. Grab a USB Flash Drive, 4GB is fine. 4. Format the drive to either exFAT or FAT32. 5. Put the extracted files inside the flash drive. 6. Turn car on. 7. Plug in car and enjoy!!

***** Note that depending on your USB device it might take up to 10 minutes for the stereo to show "Updating System"... *****

The US…


PEDAL COMMANDER - it's the best money I've spent on the Raptor YET!

You can get a great deal using AUG10 at Freedom Motorsports!

O M G!!! If you like burnout videos like this one by Ken Block

you need to get the Pedal Commander!

Seriously it's a 5-minute install and 0 to 10 seconds of smiles from ear-to-ear!  My heart is still pounding from my first test drive... Sport PLUS mode is WAY too much for the street - I'll have no tires left if I keep it in Sport+  LOL