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I think the Ridgeline platform is linked to the Pilot. They went away from the funky angle walled sides of the bed to a more conventional looking bed (front still looks like a current model CRV or Pilot). I got the 4wd and I don’t think the towing capacity was that different from the Tacoma, good for a small trailer, jet ski, etc. As I said originally, the selling point was a roomier interior and better (classier?) options than I’d get with Tacoma for the same money. It also has this full size, lockable, waterproof  trunk hidden under the bed. Didn’t give much of a shit when I bought it, now it’s one of my favorite features so I can still haul around grocery bags, straps, jumper cables, random shit without junking up the back seat of my cab. 
 

19-21 mpg has been underwhelming though. 

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40 minutes ago, fattyflattie said:

That is the best style, color, and graphics package they ever did imo. I’m not really a taco guy, but this truck is bad ass. Always loved that one, particularly. 

McFly!

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I’m finally getting my spray in bed liner and bakflip cover. So excited 

I’m getting anxious about upgrading the suspension, slap some 33’s in there. 

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Loved that truck.  Of course, at the time, my preference still ran more toward something like this:

1984-chevrolet-k-10-4x4

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2 hours ago, utee94 said:

Loved that truck.  Of course, at the time, my preference still ran more toward something like this:

1984-chevrolet-k-10-4x4

The Fall Guy and Invasion USA Chuck Norris agree !

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I’m finally getting my spray in bed liner and bakflip cover. So excited 
I’m getting anxious about upgrading the suspension, slap some 33’s in there. 


What suspension shocks will you end up going with?

Saw this today and it looked pretty sweet (stance/height).

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1 hour ago, texas08 said:


What suspension shocks will you end up going with?

I’ll most likely go Roush Fox or BDS. 

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11 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

I’ll most likely go Roush Fox or BDS. 

I’m starting to be really torn on suspension upgrade v spacer.

im basically going for Raptor type look. 

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I was thinking about lifting the front of mine, but the rake works well for towing, which is really why I bought the truck.  So I'm a little torn.

 

(But willing to be swayed by the fine folks on this Forum :) )

 

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46 minutes ago, texhorn said:

2020 SuperDuty facelift looks legit. Still can't stomach $60-70k for a truck. 

 

i never thought i'd drop $50k for a truck 

i remember several years back being somewhere and they had new trucks out on display. i told my buddy 'man if i had fuck you money, id drop $54k on a denali truck !'

I'm glad I wised up and a got a King Ranch instead 

Edited by tx 3 putt

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also a side shoot, i can see myself getting a mat black or carbon fiber wrap at about 50k miles or so. damn that looks very interesting 

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2 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

I'm glad I wised up and a got a King Ranch instead 

How's that?  Our Denali has been a great truck.

2 hours ago, texhorn said:

2020 SuperDuty facelift looks legit. Still can't stomach $60-70k for a truck. 

Easy 70k for well equipped.  I was pricing 250's last week and $74.5 was best i was seeing on a KR on a '20.  Down from 83k sticker.  I'd prefer a 350 single wheel but not going to pay the premium for it.  5 years ago when a loaded one was 55k, yeah, but not a chance now.  My buddy ordered his '17 KR and got out for 70, back when they first came out.  I thought that was crazy but looks like they took another bump since then.

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I’m starting to be really torn on suspension upgrade v spacer.

im basically going for Raptor type look. 

 

 

You don’t wanna go down the raptor look road....

 

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I’m not man enough for that truck 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 That looks great 
 

but a lighter version would suit me 

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@texas08  What is the thought process behind building a raptor in lieu of grabbing a factory one?  Even better components, cheaper, other?    I've never really looked into the Raptors in detail as they wouldn't work great for what I do, but just curious. 

Truck looks great btw. 

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[mention=618]texas08[/mention]  What is the thought process behind building a raptor in lieu of grabbing a factory one?  Even better components, cheaper, other?    I've never really looked into the Raptors in detail as they wouldn't work great for what I do, but just curious. 
Truck looks great btw. 


Disclaimer. Those are not my trucks...but I do know people who have very similar modded trucks and I know that Baja world very well.

It honestly comes down to time and money vs no time and not as much money.

If you like that off road look, but you don’t have time...and you want a quick “nothing too expensive”...but still legit as hell truck, you get the Raptor and you’re done.

If you have time and a bit more money to throw on a toy, you get a 5.0 and build your own Raptor style truck.

The sound, just the sound. 5.0 vs not 5.0. If you look at real Trophy Trucks (Baja professional trucks)...how do they sound? Like fucking beasts. Those trucks can also reach 1mil or so to build. Race, break, build again...not as crazy $ as formula 1 or even nascar, but it’s still very very costly.

The aftermarket parts are much better than Ford factory parts. Who owns these legit aftermarket shops? The guys who race Baja or supply parts for those 1 million dollar trucks. Other than the Fox shocks on the Raptor, practically everything else is Ford factory on a Raptor. If you pick and choose your parts to “try” and emulate a trophy truck (but with comforts), you build your own starting with a 5.0...because of the sound that it can create (and you want to emulate a trophy truck), you start there.

Now, starting with a 6.2 Gen 1 Raptor, and then modding...well you’re a hardcore MFer and you know what you’re doing.

Folks also mod Gen 2 Raptors of course, but again, it’s that sound vs no sound and a few other things here and there.

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I’m starting to be really torn on suspension upgrade v spacer.
im basically going for Raptor type look. 
If you don't want to spend Fox money, why not look at Bilstein 5100's. Fronts can be adjusted for varying degrees of lift, they're suitable for mild/casual offroading, and are relatively inexpensive.
Then you can avoid spacers, which likely will leave you with a shitty riding truck. Don't know if you can achieve a Raptor look going that route though.

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researching the following :

Fox 0-2" Front Coil-Over | Fox 2.5 Factory Series Reservoir

Fox 2.5" 04-08 4wd and 09-On 2wd/4wd Ford F-150 Rear, 2.5 Series, P/B, 11.0 in , 0-1.5 in Lift

BDS Upper Control w/ Sealed Ball Joint 2004+ Ford F-150 2wd/4wd

Amp Research Power Steps plug-n-play 2015-17 Ford F150

 

S&B - Cold Air Intake For 2018 Ford F150 5.0L

Magnaflow - 15-16 F150 V8 5.0L Extended/Crew Cab SS Street, Series Exhaust System Single Side Exit

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37 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Dumb question, but doesn't all that nuke your warranty?

I’m still researching

Ford dealership can do all the work, 100%  warranty 

Edited by tx 3 putt

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On 1/21/2020 at 5:58 AM, TwiceHorn said:

Dumb question, but doesn't all that nuke your warranty?

I had a neighbor that bought a new Dodge truck.  The first thing he did was install (himself) a lift kit. 

Then, he started having issues with the truck.  So, he'd take a day off work, remove the lift kit, then take the truck into the dealership for warranty work, then, once the work was completed, he'd take another day off and reinstall the lift kit (and then take the truck in for alignment).  I saw this process repeated a half-dozen times.  

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Most warranties are only void on aftermarket parts if the part caused the problem. So if someone takes off suspension parts to get their a/c fixed under warranty then that’s ignorant.

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I no longer tinker with the motor until the warranty is expired.  All of these programmers and chip manufacturers will tell you "Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act" yada yada yada but it's not worth the trouble to me. 

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The magnetic shock (GM's magnetic ride control a/k/a magneride) on one rear wheel on my Denali went out. Makes for a rough ride because it throws the whole system out of whack.

Apparently they have to be replaced in pairs, for about $1800. Or replace them all with regular shocks and buy a kit to stop the vehicle from throwing a code. Ouch.

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Dumb question amnesty:

If I replace just the muffler with an aftermarket, say Borla, is that going to affect my performance/mpg at all, or do I need to do the entire exhaust system to see any sort of difference?

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dumb answer amnesty: If a different exhaust system will make your truck "better", wouldn't it come from the factory with that exhaust?  

Everytime I hear about a simple mod that promises better performance and mileage, I'm skeptical. 

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3 minutes ago, Gil Bang said:

dumb answer amnesty: If a different exhaust system will make your truck "better", wouldn't it come from the factory with that exhaust?  

Everytime I hear about a simple mod that promises better performance and mileage, I'm skeptical. 

Money. Nobody builds the best machine they are capable of, would cost too much. That’s what aftermarket is for. Improve where you want with what you can afford. 

Edited by Pato del Muerto

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So, how much more would it cost a manufacturer to install the "improved" exhaust?  I'm guessing a few bucks if any.

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2 hours ago, Gil Bang said:

So, how much more would it cost a manufacturer to install the "improved" exhaust?  I'm guessing a few bucks if any.

Because most people don’t want loud, throaty exhausts. Truck enthusiasts do, and will put up with the side effects like cab drone and additional costs. 

It wouldn’t cost much to make it louder.  To make it more quality, like all stainless, mandrel bent, etc. it is quite a bit more expensive than what is currently stock on most. 

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4 hours ago, 4th and 5 said:

The magnetic shock (GM's magnetic ride control a/k/a magneride) on one rear wheel on my Denali went out. Makes for a rough ride because it throws the whole system out of whack.

Apparently they have to be replaced in pairs, for about $1800. Or replace them all with regular shocks and buy a kit to stop the vehicle from throwing a code. Ouch.

Almost everyone I know rides on high end regular shocks with the little cheaters plugged in to turn off the light.  No one has complained really.  The cheaters are extremely cheap iirc. 

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I would think magneride is major overkill on a truck, although it is supposedly fantastic on cars.  I suspect it's also failure-prone on a truck.

 

And, aside from the sound, the best exhaust is going to be bent-tube headers and dual exhaust with twin catalytics (if in warranty or expected to pass an emissions inspection) and dual mufflers.  As opposed to the stock cast manifolds, single exhaust with one catalytic and one muffler, with two outlets.  The cost difference there is at least $1000.

And once you start fucking with the exhaust, you really need to match up the intake, which could be accomplished with just a tune, but optimally requires porting the cylinder heads.

So, nah, no OEM is doing that, unless it's a Corvette or something similarly hi-po and high-cost.

Edited by TwiceHorn

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