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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Raptor Conversion Looks Pretty Awesome

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The Ford Explorer Sport Trac was a popular pickup variant of the Explorer SUV that lasted two generations, and it still has its fair share of fans today. But while Ford conjured up the very cool Sport Trac Adrenalin – a high-performance sport-utility truck (SUT), it didn’t bother to create a Raptor version, mainly because the first Ford F-150 Raptor launched in 2010 – which was also the last year for the Sport Trac. Regardless, there are a couple of aftermarket companies out there that sell Ford Explorer Sport Trac Raptor conversion kits for those that desire that particular combination.

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

That appears to be what we’re looking at in this picture, too – a legitimate Ford Explorer Sport Trac Raptor conversion – and it actually looks really good, in our opinion. One might think that meshing together lookalike parts from a newer full-size pickup with the Sport Trac might result in disaster, but that certainly isn’t the case here at all. In fact, this conversion looks like it could have rolled off a Ford assembly line as-is.

2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

In addition to F-150 taillights and a Raptor front clip, the Sport Trac has also been fitted with beefy fender flares, black beadlock-capable wheels (or at least ones with fake beadlocks), and meaty, all-terrain tires. The suspension looks a little wonky, however, as the truck sits a bit higher in the front than the back. According to one of the commenters who claims to know the owner, the CV axles in the front don’t have much angle and he notes that the proper way to lift a Sport Trac is by installing a Dana 44 front axle.

There’s also a pretty big gap between the front grille and bumper, so there’s definitely some work that needs to be done here. Regardless, we like where this project is headed. Presumably, with a little bit of work to iron out the imperfections, this would be one seriously good-looking ride that would fool a lot of people, and turn a lot of heads.

We’ll have more cool builds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I bought a Sport Trac Limited 4×4 with the 4.6L V8 in 2007 and kept it for 164k miles when the rockers started to rust away and that’s when I traded it for a 2018 F-150 with a rust proof aluminum body. I would be interested to know how they lifted the rear suspension since the factory IRS half-shafts actually passed through vertical slots in the frame rails which severely limited how far one could be lifted. I really liked the size and maneuverability of the Sport Trac and would seriously consider a Bronco truck if Ford actually decides to build one.

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