My Rescue & Recovery Raptor

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I’m a volunteer for the 4x4orce Rescue & Recovery group here in Colorado. We were extremely busy after the blizzard we just had.

The Raptor makes a great Rescue & Recovery vehicle!


 

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Nice! Can you lock the front diff? And have you considered adding a winch to the front, maybe one in a cradle for the rear with big gauge wiring or maybe a secondary battery in the back, fed by the standard charging system?
 

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Nice! Can you lock the front diff? And have you considered adding a winch to the front, maybe one in a cradle for the rear with big gauge wiring or maybe a secondary battery in the back, fed by the standard charging system?
It only has a rear locking diff.

Yes, I’m putting a winch on next week as a matter of fact! Warn 12-s Platinum.
 

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Hard to get stuck with a winch
 

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That’s a great top-shelf winch. The only thing I’d recommend is to swap out the hook for a safety thimble instead if you’re going to be doing a lot of recovery with it. One less link to break, and between a couple of different size clevis shackles and a proper synthetic tree saver in the tool bag will let you hook directly to or around nearly anything. Plus dumbasses will be less tempted to do dumb stuff like wrap around something and hook to the rope itself. I see that happen all the time and it makes me cringe every time.
 

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That’s a great top-shelf winch. The only thing I’d recommend is to swap out the hook for a safety thimble instead if you’re going to be doing a lot of recovery with it. One less link to break, and between a couple of different size clevis shackles and a proper synthetic tree saver in the tool bag will let you hook directly to or around nearly anything. Plus dumbasses will be less tempted to do dumb stuff like wrap around something and hook to the rope itself. I see that happen all the time and it makes me cringe every time.
Yup I have all the Recovery gear!
 

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BUILT FORD TOUGH :)
 

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Nice to see the rap working like that. Of course I'm biased. I love my Gen 2!
 

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3.5TT?


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Very Nice! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice job. Been pulling people out all winter here too. I was pulling one guy out in a silverado this winter down a gravel road, he moved over for a car and slid in. Well we just hooked the strap up to both trucks, both of use had 4 ways on, no traffic so I cut across the road to yank him out but it was super icy so I stopped to reposition my truck and some DIPSHIT in a car drove between us and OVER the strap that was still connected to both our trucks!!! I was so mad. Could have hurt someone and damaged multiple vehicles. Anyway, the guy offered me $40 for the help, to go get breakfast and coffee... I declined and went on with my day.

I sold my old winter beast in 2013. It was a 2007 Lariat, 8inch lift, 37s, 4.56 gears, Detroit trutrac in the rear with an Eaton e-locker up front. It was a fun truck and I'd just drive around in storms to help people out...Never took money from people, but one guy offered me a couple bags of Walleye fish (which is some of the best white meat fish you can eat if you haven't had it) so I took that because it's delicious haha

I would suggest looping and shortening your strap in half when pulling people out of the ditch. You can angle them out quick rather than pulling them 100 feet to try to get the vehicle up and over. I carry a 20 and 30 ft with different size shackles to make things work for any vehicle but for steep ditches I usually loop the 20 footer around and I can pull them right up and out without dragging them.
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I don't care what anyone says, but Duratracs are by far the best winter tire if you're not going dedicated snow tire. I've ran a lot of different tires including those and there's no comparison for snow traction.
 

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I don't care what anyone says, but Duratracs are by far the best winter tire if you're not going dedicated snow tire. I've ran a lot of different tires including those and there's no comparison for snow traction.
I’ve heard nothing but good things on the Duratracs for snow. However, I’ve also heard that their wear life is not that great. My neighbor has them on his Ram 2500. That’s his main complaint- that they wear really fast.

I don’t have any reason thus far to switch tires. I’ve been more than happy with the KO2s. I don’t doubt that the Duratracs may be even better in the snow, but the KO2s have served me well and have not let me down. I’m impressed with all aspects of the K02.
 

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However, I’ve also heard that their wear life is not that great. My neighbor has them on his Ram 2500. That’s his main complaint- that they wear really fast.
I already knew before reading further it was going to be a 2500/3500 truck. Lol

It's a softer compound tire so of course running it on a heavier truck, especially diesel units will reduce tire life. You're better off running a bit harder tire on those but it's a trade off. The traction on Duratracs is too good to care about that IMO. The last set I had on my F150 before selling it, I put 65,000Km on them (40k miles) and they were still roughly 40-45%. I could have ran them until 100Km.
 

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