X-Ray look inside Fox’s live valve shocks
2024 Ford Ranger Raptor coming soon
The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor is getting Fox Shocks. The Live Valve dampers are designed to manage the truck over the harshest terrain, staying cool even when conditions heat up. Now Ford is showing us inside.
Ford is fitting the Ranger Raptor with 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve shocks. These shocks have a valving that can be continuously changed to balance comfort and performance. Each wheel can be altered independently with dozens of sensors in the vehicle contributing to what the computer needs to know.
The internal bypass allows the shocks to have the right amount of damping even in the most jarring impacts. It’s for fast-travel big movements, like jumping. When you land, anti-bottom valving in the shocks makes sure you have some damping left to stop the suspension from bottoming out. Piggyback reservoirs on the rear shocks allow Ford to have more oil for each shock and keep it cool on the toughest terrain.
Fox’s system changes its damping based on the drive mode, too. There are normal, tow, slippery, off-road, rock crawl, and Baja modes, all with suspension and driveline settings to suit.
All of this off-road capability doesn’t come easy, though. So on top of the Fox dampers, Ford has heavily reinforced the Ranger Raptor. The truck gets beefier front frame rails and shock towers, stronger rear shock brackets, suspension mounting points, and other areas of the truck have been reinforced.