aFe Ford Raptor MACH Force XP Exhaust Install
From top to bottom, the stock Ford Raptor is built for serious off-road capability. The Raptor comes equipped out of the gate with a host of performance, whether it be the 2.5 Fox coilover shocks or the impressive 6.2-liter V8 engine. So finding areas to improve upon the Ford Raptor are not easy to come by – but that doesn’t mean the aftermarket hasn’t found ways to do so.
SoCal SuperTrucks in San Bernardino, California, recently got its hand on a new Raptor shop truck, and the search was on to further improve its off-road savvy and overall performance. The shop started out by installing a host of suspension upgrades from Icon Vehicle Dynamics, including new billet upper control arms, adjustable 3.0 remote-reservoir coilovers, bump stops and sturdy K-80 Deever springs for the rear, just to name a few.
After the suspension attention, the crew shifted over to the motor and fitted aFe’s Cold Air Intake kit on the 6.2-liter V8 engine, which not only provides improved airflow to the motor but also shelters the incoming air from the hot engine compartment to aid in performance.
Next SoCal SuperTrucks shifted its attention to the exhaust, with the shop looking to replace the stock system with aFe’s 3.5-inch MACH Force XP cat-back exhaust for the Raptor 2010 to 2014 Raptor (fitting Raptors with a 144.5-inch wheelbase). The installation for the kit is fairly straightforward, as the bolt-on kit will use much of the stock hardware and mounting locations. The aFe exhaust is constructed of 3-inch and 3.5-inch mandrel-bent 409 stainless steel and comes with a free-flowing muffler, exhaust tip, band clamps and all necessary hardware. Although aFe doesn’t claim any specific performance figures, it does note its free-flow exhaust will increase horsepower, torque and improve throttle response.
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Installation of the kit should run less than 2 hours at most shops. The install certainly can be performed at home in the garage or in the driveway, provided there’s an extra set of hands to help remove and install the exhaust components (note: aFe does suggest professional installation on its products, however). We did run into a few tight spots during our installation, including a bolt for the upgraded Deaver springs coming close to the muffler and the rear tailpipe just clearing the rear of the spring itself. Once tightened down, however, there weren’t any clearance issues with the upgraded springs.
Sure, the Ford Raptor may offer some impressive performance out of the box, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many owners who still want more. aFe obliged with its Cold Air Intake, that we previously featured, and its MACH Force XP exhaust system. With a fairly simple installation, the MACH Force XP exhaust is a no-brainer upgrade for Raptor owners looking to squeeze additional horsepower out of the already impressive Raptor.