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  • In 2010, Ford introduced the F-150 Raptor, which was inspired by BAJA 1000 racing trucks. It built a following of enthusiasts eager to modify these trucks—which led top custom garages in the US to create some of the best modified Raptors.
  • F-150 Raptors made by Galpit Auto Sports, Hennessey Performance, Roush Performance, and Shelby feature tuned engines and rugged-looking exteriors.
  • Meanwhile, Rocky Ridge Trucks, Steeda, KEG Media and Five-R Trucks, and PaxPower have made F-150 Raptors that have upgraded body kits and supercharger upgrades.

The Ford F-150 has no shortage of die-hard fans. Known for its performance, durability, and heritage, it is without a doubt one of the best-selling trucks in America.

Since its introduction, Ford has attempted to offer the F-150 in special variants to suit the contemporary market. In 2010, Ford introduced the F-150 Raptor, which took inspiration from BAJA 1000 racing trucks. Geared for performance, it built a following of enthusiasts eager to modify these trucks—which led top custom garages in the U.S. to create some of the best modified Raptors.

Here are our picks for the eight best Ford F-150 Raptor builds:

1. Ford Raptor S – Galpin Auto Sports

The Ford Raptor S is the most luxurious custom Ford F-150 Raptor. This truck was a joint project by Galpin Auto Sports, 1221 Wheels, and internet sensation Salomondrin. The 552-horsepower truck looks serious with its all-black paint scheme, plus its wide stance and honeycomb grille further adds to the “mean” appeal.

The interior is the complete opposite of the exterior. The starlight headliner and black-and-white upholstery are a welcoming sight.

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Other creature comforts include a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system and climate-controlled massagers.

2. Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 – Hennessey Performance

Hennessey Performance is a company known for modifying performance vehicles to extreme levels. Its Hennessey Velociraptor V8 is a good example.

The truck can be distinguished by its custom front and rear steel bumpers, as well as its “Hennessey” and “VelociRaptor V8” decals.

 
 
 
 
 
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The second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor came with the EcoBoost V6, which Hennessey swapped out for a supercharged Ford 5.0-liter V8.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 produces 785 horsepower, propelling the truck from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

3. 2019 Roush Ford F-150 SC and Nitemare – Roush Performance 

Roush has a reputation for tuning American vehicles, and one of their projects is the Roush Ford F-150 Raptor. Their most recent builds, the 2019 Roush F-150 SC and Nitemare, are spectacular specimens that boast a sinister exterior and a truly powerful, supercharged performance.

The SC delivers 650 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque, an upgraded suspension system for a two-inch front lift, 20-inch Roush wheels, and a performance exhaust system that offers a bold, custom sound. As for exterior modifications, this F-150 build is styled with a custom grille and fender flares with Roush’s trademark accent lighting.

“Extreme” and “aggressive”—these are the two words Roush used to describe the 2019 F-150 Nitemare. It has all the same upgrades, but with a sleek, all-black look and a sporty lowering kit.

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4. Shelby Baja Raptor Gen2 – Shelby

Shelby made a name for itself tuning Mustangs and Cobras. But this did not prevent the company from tinkering with another vehicle from the Ford stable. Lo and behold, the Shelby Baja Raptor.

The Shelby Baja Raptor gets a performance cold-air intake, high-flow air filter, aluminum intercooler, and an ECU tune. These powertrain modifications boosts the engine output to 525 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. It also gets adjustable three-inch Fox Racing shocks to further improve the handling.

The truck’s exterior is distinct because of its dual intake ram-air hood, two bed-mounted spare tires, front and rear steel bumpers, along with “Shelby Raptor” decals.

5. Ford Raptor Stealth – Rocky Ridge Trucks

The Ford Raptor Stealth is a custom package by Rocky Ridge Trucks. Its design emphasizes street and off-road performance.

The Raptor Stealth’s power output is boosted by the Hypertech System Calibration. It also gets a 4.5-inch coil-over system to improve its stance and handling, while the aggressive-looking 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler gives the truck more traction while on the trails.

As for aesthetics, the Ford Raptor Stealth gets Vengeance Low Profile bumpers. The boxy body and panels are complemented by the seven-spoke Black Off-Road wheels.

6. Steeda Ultimate Raptor – Steeda

The guys at Steeda combine creativity and experience to build Steeda’s “The Ultimate Raptor.” This custom Ford F-150 Raptor was inspired by the off-road trails of Moab and Sedona.

The engine produces 525 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque thanks to Steeda and Whipple Mega Cooler’s custom tuning.

The Steeda Ultimate Raptor is also equipped with front and rear steel bumpers, LED auxiliary off-road lights, and Extang bed covers. The exterior panels also features subtle “Steeda” decals.

7. Ford F-150 Rapture – KEG Media and Five-R Trucks

Robbie Bryant, the owner of KEG Media, teamed up with Five-R Trucks to create the Ford F-150 “Rapture” for SEMA 2015. The “Rapture” was equipped with fiberglass fenders and bedsides, along with steel front and rear bumpers from Addictive Desert Designs.

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These parts, along with the rest of the body, were given a matte gray and gold paint job.

This truck is not just all show because of its performance modifications. It has a 515-horsepower 3.5-liter Ford EcoBoost twin turbo engine rebuilt by Walsh Motorsports. Supporting the engine block are AFE intake and exhaust components.

8. PaxPower Ford Raptor – PaxPower

Some first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor fans were dismayed when the second-generation Raptor came out with a smaller Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. PaxPower offers a Ford F-150 conversion kit to address the market’s sentiment.

The PaxPower Ford Raptor kit includes the Fox Racing suspension components, improving the stance and handling of the stock second generation Ford F-150.

The 5.0-liter Ford V8 engine also gets a boost from a supercharger to churn out 758 horsepower.

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