Placement Suggestions for 2017 Ford F-150 Gen2 Raptor

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Greetings. My initial thought is I would be going with ALP. I reside in the south west and would like to be covered for now and in the future the best I can. I assume given the width of this vehicle I need three (3) heads front and back. The question I have is more around placement and types of heads (Rx only or must I also have a Tx in the mix).

I have included the front with the various measurement estimates. Ideally the “green” would make for the easiest install (no grill cutting), however, the bumper bar might be in too close of proximity for transmitting. Not sure if it would block any of the light transmission or not (see next picture for those measurements). The “yellow” location would give me ~10” from the bumper bar vs. 3” for the “green” location.

Also, given the width of the truck and the reflective LED bar the entire width, would I be better off with the regular ALP heads that both receive and transmit?

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As you can see, the “green” location is 3” higher than the bumper bar and set back by about 6”. Would the light “cone” that emanates out while transmitting be in any blocked by the bumper bar in this case? I am guessing not but I defer to the experts.

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And finally, the rear seems straight forward. If I had three regular heads with 24” spacing I should be covered. Again, same question on needing a Tx in the center?

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So to summarize:
  • Assuming ALP
  • Assuming three heads front and rear (or could the rear go with two?)
  • Question on best placement on the front.
  • Question of regular heads versus needing to include a Tx head.

Thanks for any thoughts and input. I really appreciate it. Please let me know of any clarifying questions.
 

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ALP is a good choice for your vehicle because of how sensitive the heads are; they can cover a greater area with less heads compared to competition.

As for the TX head, where do you reside? The guns you face will dictate if it's necessary or not. Another thing to consider is if you can get full rx coverage with only two regular sensors on the front of that truck.
 

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if you are going to face DE frequently (aka Georgia, Ohio etc) then you will probably want the TX front and rear. If not the 3 RX heads up front and two in the rear will solidly cover you against everything else. There are a few folks here with raptor installs so if you dig you may find a few you can use as a guide and also what their test results were. For folks with larger Pickups we have seen good performance against DE with the 2RX 1TX setup. if you do go with the TX head you will probably need to mount it above the ford logo to avoid hitting the light bar for sure.
 

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...As for the TX head, where do you reside? The guns you face will dictate if it's necessary or not. Another thing to consider is if you can get full rx coverage with only two regular sensors on the front of that truck.
I am in the southwest but will be traveling across several states periodically - across the midwest and up to Michigan. That is why I am trying to plan for all guns. I do share your concern around being able to cover such a wide front with two regular sensors...
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... if you do go with the TX head you will probably need to mount it above the ford logo to avoid hitting the light bar for sure.
Thanks. Given the size of the TX head it will fit nicely within the grill as you describe.
 
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I am in the southwest but will be traveling across several states periodically - across the midwest and up to Michigan. That is why I am trying to plan for all guns. I do share your concern around being able to cover such a wide front with two regular sensors...
many of the large pickups such as @Logan T and @Dukes did very well with with the 2 RX and 1 TX setup on the front/rear. The older guns you can cover pretty well with just two rx heads even on a large front end as the sensors are very sensitive. If you do three RX heads it will reduce the amount of receiving sensors against dragoneye as the three Rx configuration receives on the center head and fires the outer heads when hit with DE, whereas with the 2RX a/1TX configuration the outer heads receive and the TX fires against DE, against other guns all heads fire. Each receving head covers roughtly a 24 inch radius circle during normal lidar encounters so if you place them carefully that should cover the bulk of the front of the car for reception coverage... and it's not a hard limit either.
 

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... If you do three RX heads it will reduce the amount of receiving sensors against dragoneye as the three Rx configuration receives on the center head and fires the outer heads when hit with DE...
Wow, thanks for the enlightment. I was not aware of the reduced receiving coverage in this scenario.
 

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