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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default Raptor beadlocks in production?

from it sounds like the 2013 will have factory beadlocks, or wheels that can be beadlocked?

anybody have more details?

The baddest truck in captivity - the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor - gets juiced-up for 2013. Ford is offering industry-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels to help increase grip in low-traction conditions, which is a big deal because it marks the first application of a wheel that has both conventional and beadlock-mounting abilities – a solution so innovative that Ford has filed for a patent on the system. “Raptor’s exclusive beadlock wheels give the customer the best of both on- and off-road worlds,” said Adam Wirth, SVT chassis engineer. “Tire inflation can be dropped to a very low threshold for maximum traction under extreme conditions, yet holds tight – and stays tight – when returning to the road.” Other good stuff for the Raptor includes HID headlamps, SYNC® with MyFord Touch® and an funky new earth-toned color called Terrain. These new Raptor offerings build on the existing internal triple-bypass FOX Racing Shox™ dampers, Torsen® front differential and front-mounted camera technologies, adding even more high-performance off-road capability. The SVT Raptor is available exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque hooked up to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic® functionality. The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle features the Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential. SVT Raptor sales are up 20 percent in 2012, breaking last year’s record in the January to May period.
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