Following its global debut, the redesigned 2024 Ford Ranger was revealed for the U.S. back in May, right along with the Ford Ranger Raptor, which will be sold in that market for the very first time. Though the new mid-sizer has experienced some issues during its launch thanks to supply chain issues and a six-week-long UAW strike, FoMoCo has been releasing some interesting tidbits about the technology present in the Ford Ranger Raptor, specifically, some of which has since been emulated by its competition. Now, it’s doing precisely that yet again with an explanation of how the pickup’s 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve shocks work, too.
As most are well aware by now, suspension plays a big role in the Ford Ranger Raptor’s off-road capability, as is the case with every Raptor model in FoMoCo’s lineup. The next-generation model is equipped with class-exclusive Fox Live Valve shocks designed to actively manage damping when the truck is traversing harsh terrain, which utilize coilovers at all four corners with piggyback reservoirs in the rear to help reduce heat build-up.
In addition, the Fox Live Valve internal bypass system is able to change damping performance via the Ranger Raptor’s drive modes, which include Normal, Tow/Haul, Sport, Slippery, Off-Road, Rock Crawl, and Baja. The off-road pickup’s front frame rails, front shock towers, rear shock brackets, suspension mounting points, and other key areas have all been specially reinforced as well, helping to ensure that the Ranger Raptor can better handle harsh conditions.
Each of the four dampers present in the Ford Ranger Raptor are controlled independently by a computer, while sensors monitor conditions at each wheel hundreds of times per second, making adjustments on the fly. Inside the dampers, shock fluid bypasses the main piston through a series of bleed holes to increase comfort, and eventually, force fluid through the main piston to help control hard bottom-outs, as well as provide a softer landing. The result, according to Fox, is race-level performance – albeit in this case, in a vehicle that’s easily capable of providing a cushy daily driving experience as well.