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Friday, August 18, 2017


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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More patriotism for the 4th of July!

again- thanks to @RappyGraphics for their awesome vinyl work!

✰✰✰ Happy 4th of July! ✰✰✰

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Patriotic Raptor - thanks Rappy Graphics!

Gotta go full USA on the truck - RappyGraphics has this awesome vinyl for the FORD logo on the Raptor grille.  What do you think?

Looks awesome on the Avalanche color scheme!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

$600 for a premium sound system - is it possible?

The Sony Sound system in the 802a package is pretty nice, but it's lacking in clarity and needs a little more 'punch' on the low end... so I have a fun DIY project that I'll be pursuing...

While I'm not an audophile, I do enjoy music and if you have long trips - may as well be good to your ears!  :)

Here's the running list of parts - the total cost is about $570 which includes enough Dynamat to cover the whole inside of the truck!

Here's the thread that started my quest!

Some Dynamat to install around the doors and other places...


Ok, let's talk speakers - this is what 'talks' to you - right?  In doing some research, the Pioneer A-series are the 'bang for the buck' and at these prices, I don't see how you can go wrong!

Front Doors are 6x9 with brackets

Rear Doors are 6.5" with brackets

Front pillars have 7/8" tweeters (need a brace for them), and the center dash uses a 3 1/2" speaker


Now we need the subwoofer, amplifier and wiring!  This retrofits into the existing subwoofer cabinet.


Retrax Pro MX tonneau cover - what an amazing add-on!

 When we had the bed line-x'ed we added a tonneau cover...  this essentially makes the truck bed like a HUGE trunk! :)

he RetraxPRO MX retractable truck bed cover is part of our Premium Aluminum Series covers. The Premium Aluminum Series covers are constructed from industrial strength aluminum slats that provide unsurpassed strength and ruggedness. The RetraxPRO MX combines industrial strength aluminum construction with an incredibly resilient matte finish. The matte finish on the RetraxPRO MX provides incredible scratch resistance and adds style to your truck. The RetraxPRO MX not only provides rugged protection for your truck bed it also provides a patented low-profile design that enhances the appearance of your truck. The compact storage container features a unique spiral track system that prevents the cover from coming into contact with itself as it opens and closes. The operation of this cover allows it to always stay flush to the rails and creates a dependable seal to help keep the elements out and protect your cargo. The RetraxPRO MX has a sealed ball-bearing roller system that glides effortlessly along the rail with a convenient handle that eliminates the need for pull straps, Velcro, snaps or springs. The RetraxPRO MX is key lockable in any position that gives you unlimited flexibility in your hauling capacity. 

Also notice the Bullring 2015 - fits perfectly in the cutout :)


Hope this helps you figure out if you'd like one on your truck! :)

Line-X bed-liner - GREAT STUFF!

Well you can't have a pickup without using the bed - but you want to protect the bed too!  I mean you wouldn't throw a desk, table, and chairs on your freshly painted door would you?  heck no!   So I opted to get the bed Line-X premium coating - it's the pinnacle of bed protection wife a lifetime warranty.  The guys at Line-X Rancho Cordova were AWESOME!

Here's the Raptor bed, with it's naked Avalanche paint...  purdy :)   but let's keep it that way!

So here's some pics of the bed with the fresh coat plus UV protection (part of the Premium package)

Do you notice the bed bolts and screws?  YES!  Line-X removes all those - sprays the bed then re-assembles everything so it looks like it came from the factory this way!  Actually, if you buy the factory bedliner, they spray over all the bolts... ugh!

And we had the rear fender wells done too - it really protects and makes it easy to clean up!

Friday, April 21, 2017

starting to get warm - got sunscreen?

It's starting to get warm out here! If you hate burning your hands on your steering wheel when it's 100F+ outside this is the correct sized Cover Craft sunscreen if you have the rearview mirror camera option (802A).  These are amazing, thick sun screens and do excellent work at reducing interior temps and offer the best in UV protection!

Cover Craft UV11386SV UVS100 Sunscreen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

McGard Tailgate lock - well worth it!

Tailgate thefts are on the rise!  Why? Well the average modern tailgate costs north of $2,000 - yep!

That's crazy!  The Raptor tailgate has a camera, an LED light, a built in shock to gently lower the tailgate, an integrated step and the applique which cost $500 just from the factory order - so YES I want to protect it!

Pickup tailgate theft is on the rise, insurance industry says

In comes a simple solution - use a 60 cent hose clamp!

Well yes while a hose clamp will work, I'm not about to put it on my new truck - so in comes the McGard 76029 Tailgate Lock

McGard is a well known name in vehicle security and for less than $20 you can securely know that your tailgate is much safer than before!

Took about 5 minutes to install...

Here is the kit unboxed, a collar for the tailgate hinge, the lock, a custom key for the lock, a cap to cover the lock and instructions.  I used my cordless drill to loosen/tighten the collar.

Once you get the tailgate open, you literally hold it 45 degrees and it slides out - no wonder they're stolen so easily!  It's crazy how simple!

Next - affix the collar around the cup on the bed - use the tape provided to hold the opening in place so it lines up with the cup opening.

Now you can set the tailgate back into position - notice how the cup covers the tailgate hinge.  Now you can discard the tape.

Here's what the cup looks like once the tailgate is setup and laid flat...

Now wrap the collar around the cup with the key facing up - thread the clamp and tighten

Make sure the lock is facing upward in the same position as the tailgate bed - place the cover over the keyhole and you're done!

Now you'll just want to keep the key in a safe place and register your key code with McGard!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Some subtle yet useful mods... tiedowns, antennas and rain guards!

Gotta make this ride unique (and useful!)

Starting with some subtle mods

It's a truck, so I need more things to tie crap down with - these Bullring Tie Down anchors are cheap and identical to the Ford ones that cost 3X as much!   They're nice and flush when sitting normally, and they lock in the 'up' position when needed! 

The stock antenna is HUGE, it swayed in the wind like crazy - this 'Stubby' sure is small, but I can't tell the difference between this one and the long OEM antenna!  Well worth it!

And finally - I love these rain guards!  Weathertech makes some of the best, they're super flush fit - and fit INSIDE the window channel.  Keeps the rain out, but lets cool air in/out of the truck!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Planning the drive home... using

We're buying the Raptor in Colorado and driving home in a few weeks.  We were looking for some things to do along the way - and I found!  What a cool site!

You can add SO many different things, gas stations, shopping, lodging, even off-the-beaten path stuff too!

Here's our plans to drive 2 days home - almost 1,000 miles of exploring 👀

2017 Raptor Drive Home on Roadtrippers

Can't wait - getting so close!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Iron Remover Comparisons - gotta love Autopia Forums!

When you get your new car - it looks shiny after the dealer preps it - but many times it's a simple wash-n-go which leaves lots of contaminants in/on your paint... if your vehicle was transported by train - you'll most likely have 'rail dust' embedded in your paint.

Paint contamination consists of any airborne chemical compounds, ferrous (iron containing) particles, adhesives, industrial fallout, rail dust, acid rain, bird droppings, road tar, grime, tree sap, bugs, water spots, brake dust, road salt, oil, paint overspray, etc. either on or embedded in the paint surface. Some of these contaminants, particularly fresh contaminants, may come off the paint surface with the initial washing. Some other contaminants, however, will actually penetrate and/or bond to the paint and, over time, eat into the clear coat thereby causing pitting, premature clear coat failure, and/or overall accelerated degradation of the paint.

The guys at have a great Iron remover comparison.
Full post here

Here are the contenders!!

just crazy!  You can't see this until you chemically treat it!

What do you think?  Do you de-iron your vehicles?

So what's new in Ford Sync 3 version 2.2?

Seeing a lot of folks wondering what is 'better' when you upgrade from SYNC3 v1 to Version 2.2.

Here's a list of changes from the Ford Website 👍👍
You can learn more about the update here:

Monday, March 13, 2017

My 2017 Raptor Wish List

Here's a list of things I'm hoping to get for the 2017 Ford Raptor...
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  SPD High Flow Turbo Exhaust Adapters

install bits for the adapters :)

It's just a start! 💗💙💚💛💜

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Raptor Ecoboost Review - Ford F150 Raptor Official Comparison, Spec...

The journey of buying our 2017 Ford Raptor - Preamble...

I've always been amazed with the Ford F-150, never was really a 'truck guy' to be honest, but
respected that a vehicle can last 40+ years in production, and leading the way most of those years...

When Ford announced the 2017 Ford Raptor - on the refreshed body style introduced in 2015 - it caught my eye.  Not only did the styling look amazing, but the V6 twin-turbo was intriguing.  The Ford Ecoboost strategy has done very well in recent years.  Every automaker goes through ups and downs in manufacturing, but Ecoboost has caught on in a big way.  We love our 2016 Ford Focus ST with the 2.0L ecoboost motor... decent MPG and excellent power in such a little car!

So many different sites to get information on these trucks - a few of my favorites listed here:

Looking for a 2017 Raptor for Sale? 

more posts to come...  the truck is almost here!