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Old 06-11-2024, 07:56 PM   #1
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Towing with a Gen 3 Raptor

Anyone else towing with a Gen 3 Raptor? Wanting to know how you setup your WD hitch to accommodate the extremely soft rear suspension or anything else you add to level the load.

I can get most of the sag out with my Fastway E2 WD Hitch, but you definitely feel it, tows great but looking to see what others with Raptor specific experience are doing.

Trailer is approx 6k with 675 at the tongue.
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Old 06-12-2024, 03:55 PM   #2
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Not a Raptor but my '22 Tremor is similar. Close to 700lb on the tongue. Using an E2 WD hitch.

We took a trip last Fall and the rear-end squat was a bit more than I liked. We had started with a 600/6000lb hitch that was setup by the techs at the trailer dealership. That was before I figured out the true tongue weight.

This Spring we were heading down to Southern California (5000 miles roundtrip) so I upgraded to the 800/8000lb hitch and set it up myself. I also installed the Road Active Suspension HD kit and swapped out the OEM rear shocks for Bilstein 5100's. Two days before we left I also swapped out the stock 4-ply rear Grabbers on the truck for the 10-ply version.

HUGE difference! Like night & day. No wandering, porpoising and the rear end is exactly where it should be. Every penny spent was well worth it.
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Old 06-12-2024, 04:18 PM   #3
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As for the hitch setup, I started with 6 washers because the bars are not exactly level. It worked well this way so I left it like that. I could try leveling the bars and removing one washer, if I decide to experiment.
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Old 06-12-2024, 11:31 PM   #4
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As for the hitch setup, I started with 6 washers because the bars are not exactly level. It worked well this way so I left it like that. I could try leveling the bars and removing one washer, if I decide to experiment.
Thanks a ton, this was all really helpful! I cant really do any suspension modifications except maybe airbags as anything different would negatively impact my truck off road. What are your thoughts on the angle of my bars in the close up pic? They are a little more than level, my concern is having too much preload, however seems to drive fine and with all my measurements the front end lift/droop is exactly at spec.

Steering is definitely firm, weight is being transferred, but doesn't feel over burdened. The one I have now goes up to about 1k lbs, just trying to get the adjustment right and keep it safe.
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Old 06-13-2024, 05:27 AM   #5
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The front end of your truck is definitely lifted.
Did you follow the hitch set up instructions?

Does it wonder while towing?
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Old 06-13-2024, 07:38 AM   #6
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I love the stock suspension on my Tremor which is why I went with the RAS kit and Bilsteins. We do two big tows per year, once in the Spring and one in the Fall. I can remove or install the RAS and shocks in 60 to 90 minutes.

You definitely have more load on your bars than mine which are set up to be one hole "weak" but my trailer is only 4400 lbs fully loaded. How tough are they to put in place? I am no expert but you might be able to level the bars and add a washer or two.

If the front end is in spec and the truck handles well you may be ok though but once again, I'm no expert.
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Old 06-13-2024, 05:41 PM   #7
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The front end of your truck is definitely lifted.
Did you follow the hitch set up instructions?

Does it wonder while towing?
Zero wander, it actually drives great except for some porpoising while going uphill, especially on terrible CA freeways. I just added a little more preload and wanted to be sure the sway bars weren't too far out of parallel with the ground.

So in the pic where its a bit more level, the front end is only .125" higher than the stock measurement without trailer... But the rear still sags quite a bit due to the coils being so soft.

Dealer setup the hitch as part of the trailer purchase, they had the bars adjusted all the way to the lowest setting, I had to move it up 1 setting to prevent the friction brackets from hitting the ground when I leave my driveway (steep drop off) even when the load bars are disconnected. I can add or remove a washer if needed (mine has 5 on there). I also feel it could ride a little better. Going to try this setup out and see how it feels on the road.

Its not too hard to get the bars on, I jack up the truck with the trailer jack and can easily leverage them on with the tool.
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