Dave Gutwillig 2018FordF-150Raptor

4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 574

Owner Name: Dave Gutwillig

Location: Houston, TX

Vehicle Make & Model: 2018FordF-150Raptor

Builder: Daveandhisteam@BraveMotorsports

Years in sport: 20+


Engine: 3.5V6 Twin Turbo Ecoboost4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 579

Engine Modifications: Cobb Intercooler, S&BIntake, Engine and Transtuning by Cobb Accessport

Transmission: Stock

Front axle: Stock 8.8

Gear Ratio: 4.10 (stock)

Locker: none

Modifications: RCV Axles-extended length for RPGsuspension

Rear axle: Stock 9.75

Gear Ratio: 4.10

Locker: Factory E-locker

Modifications: None, only Ruff stuff diff cover

Plans are a full truss and convert to full float

Transfer case: Stock

Drive Shafts: Stock4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 577

Steering: Stock electric rack with RPG Tie Rods

Innov8 Racing G400 17×9

Wheels Brand & Size: Beadlocks

Tires Brand & Size: 39×13.5r17BF GoodrichKM3


Front Type: Independent

Parts used: ADS Racing 3.0 coil over w/ compression adjuster, ADS3.03-tube bypass, RPG Bolt kit, Brave Motor sport supper shock mounting, frame plating and gusseting. Pulls 16.5″ travel.

Rear Type: Leaf spring-spring over4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 576

Parts used: ADS Racing 4.05-tube bypass, Icon Vehicle Dynamics leaf springs, Brave Motorsports shock mounting (bed cage/tire mount). Pulls 18″travel.


Front Bumper: SVCSmurf, highly modded by Brave

Rear Bumper: Mazzulla Offroad, modded by Brave

Armor: None, yet.

Winch/Recovery: ARB Tred Pro Recovery Boards


Seats: Stock Cage

Material: None

Entertainment: Stock

Navigation: Stock head unit w/Gaia maps, iPad for Leadnav

Communications: PCI Race Radios 50 watt

Lots of small custom touches done at Brave. Front lower control arm mounts have been overlayed with .190″ 4130, then added weld washers to all the control arm bolts. Frame area around front suspension has been plated with .190″ 4130. Bed cage and bed supports all built in-house. Shock mounting front to rear has been dialed in to match each other, so we have similar amounts of uptravel at ride height. This makes it fly very nice, and skip right through big whoops without the typical Raptor rearend “kick”.

Mcneil Racing 4″ wider fenders and bedsides. Fiberglass was wrapped by Underground Graphics here in Houston, and somehow almost matches the factory Leadfoot Gray color.

4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 575Baja Designs LP6 lights on the front bumper.

Lots of shock tuning by ADS Racing Shocks and Brave Motorsports.


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