The latest spy images of a 2021 Ford Raptor prototype show an obvious lack of rear leaf suspension. What’s going on? Will the Ford Raptor switch to coil springs and a 5-link rear suspension design similar to that of the Ram Rebel? Why ditch the rear leaf springs? Here are a few answers.
2021 Ford Raptor
New prototype images of two Raptor truck show a camouflaged rear suspension. There is still a solid axle in the back, but the rear leaf springs are missing. The original Raptor had rear leaf springs, and so does the current second generation truck.
The image below is from Ford, and it shows the latest 2019 LiveValve FOX active shocks on top of rear leaf springs.
Here is a look at the Ram Power Wagon rear suspension that is also using a 5-link design with coil springs.
Why ditch the rear leaf springs. The leaf spring rear suspension design is a great way to handle massive payload and weight. An off-road truck like a Ford Raptor is not about carrying heavy payloads. A truck like this is more focused on wheel travel, high-speed off-road running, and overall capability to soak up big bumps.
Ford engineers may be looking at ditching the rear leaf springs for the updated Ford Raptor in search of more axle articulation, suspension travel, and cornering stability.
Here is how the current 2019 Ford Raptor compares to the Ram Rebel and Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss in Moab, Utah.