While Ford’s F-150 Raptor is a truck that certainly needs no introduction, Jeremy Dixon’s Ford F-250 “MegaRaptor” does.
Mr. Dixon, who is based around Tucson, Arizona, has built a business out of modifying Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks into capable off-roaders with aggressive styling cues. For $28k, he’ll take any 2005 or newer F-250 and perform a whole range of upgrades to transform it into a bona fide desert-eater worthy of the moniker “MegaRaptor.” (There is also a lesser “SuperRaptor” conversion that runs $22k.)
To make a MegaRaptor, Dixon and his company – F250R.com – start off by removing the factory F-250 hood and front fenders, replacing them with a custom fiberglass piece – essential for accommodating the truck’s enormous 46-inch tires on their 20-inch wheels. That fiberglass panel is forward-opening, like on a tractor unit or a classic Jaguar. The bed also gets a pair of gigantic fender flares, although it is otherwise left unaltered.
Underneath the skin, the MegaRaptor features softer Bilstein dampers and a 4.5-inch lift kit from ICON Vehicle Dynamics. The front axle is also moved forward a bit to lessen the front overhang. And – get this – the hubs are replaced with special, 10-lug military-spec units to ensure that this Ford F-250 / bringer of death is ready for (almost) anything.
The result: a tough, unique-looking Ford F-250 Super Duty that can tackle the harshest trails you can find. We should also mention that F250R.com will perform these conversions on both gasoline and diesel trucks, which makes it probably the simplest way to put a diesel-powered Raptor in your garage. For those a bit more cash-strapped, the lower-cost “SuperRaptor” treatment retains the factory Ford F-250 hubs, and uses 40-inch tires on 17-inch wheels.
For more on the Ford F-250 MegaRaptor and SuperRaptor models, visit F250R.com.