Huh? This Owner Sold His 2019 Ford Raptor To Buy An Older V8 Raptor! Dude, I Love My Ride!

Dave from Texas swapped the EcoBoost V6 powered gen two Raptor for the old-school, gen one 6.2-liter V8 Raptor

Ford Raptor Gen 1 and Gen 2
What a difference 5 years makes. The V6-powered Gen2 Ford Raptor (left) and the V8-powered Gen1 Raptor.

In a two-for-one edition of “Dude I Love/Hate My Ride,” we introduce you to Dave from Texas. He came through our headquarters in Colorado to pick up his new truck, a 2014 Ford Raptor Special Edition, from a local seller. And he got here in his 2019 Ford Raptor that he has since sold to a dealer. We wanted to know: Why would anyone give up a perfectly great Gen2 Raptor for a Gen1 Raptor with 73,000 miles on it? Turns out it has to do with Dave’s big plans for modifying his truck—and being able to afford it.

2019 Ford Raptor
Dave’s 2019 Ford Raptor

Raptor with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

This 2019 Raptor was Dave’s first truck ever after driving sports cars. As you can guess, the Raptor got him hooked, in particular, its capability for high-speed off-roading. The twin-turbo V6 pumps out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. torque via a 10-speed automatic. It features factory-installed Fox shocks with reservoirs that connect to the truck’s computer to modulate and adjust the suspension on the fly.

But Dave had a problem. After spending just under $70,000 for this beaut, he didn’t have much money to spend on modifications. So he did some math, got plugged-in to various Raptor owners’ forums, and realized that he could buy a stock first-generation truck with the 6.2-liter V8 for half the price of the 2019. Then he could use the leftover dough to go to town on his build.

2014 Ford Raptor
Dave’s 2014 Ford Raptor Special Edition

Raptor with 6.2-liter V8

After a long search, he found the perfect platform for his Raptor dreams: A 2014 Raptor Special Edition for sale on craigslist here in Colorado. The one-owner truck had a complete maintenance history file, no rust, and while the price wasn’t cheap at $33,000, it felt fair for a fully-loaded Raptor in this condition, according to Dave. Compared to the V6, the 6.2-liter V8 pumps out 411 hp and 434 lb-ft. torque (when running on premium gasoline).

Texplex Park map
Texplex Park, off-roading nirvana south of Dallas, Texas

Dave got hooked on Raptor-style high-speed off-roading at Texas’ Texplex Park outside Dallas. With his new 2014 Raptor, he can now start working on his ultimate build, starting with a suspension mod that will enable him to put 37-inch tires on his Ford a take it on a Baja run. We wish him the best. Send us photos, Dave!

For now, check out his Raptors in the video below and let us know in the comments: Did he make the right decision? Any upgrade tips you have for him?