Ford F-150 Raptor: Coil Spring Suspension

F-150 Raptor Coil Spring Suspension | Brownsville, TX

One of the oldest automotive designs still in use today is the leaf spring suspension. It is currently used on the Ford F-150 and is known for its simplicity and effectiveness. However, recently, a Ford F-150 Raptor prototype was spied using a coil spring suspension.

According to Automotive News, Ford will not confirm if F-150 Raptor coil spring suspension will be a thing in the future. Coil spring suspension systems are more complex than leaf spring suspensions and often offer superior off-road performance, which would be a great addition to the F-150 Raptor.

A coil spring suspension can help give a truck a smoother, less bouncy ride. It is often the preferred choice for high-performance trucks and is a newer addition to the automotive industry. It first appeared on pickup trucks during the 1960s.

Another benefit to coil spring suspension systems is that they lend themselves well to customization with additions like sway bars and stiffer springs. You will almost always see them on highly-modified off-road trucks.

As for the current leaf spring suspension system, it still delivers trusted performance that can withstand heavy loads and is less expensive to install and maintain than a coil spring suspension. Leaf spring suspensions are the preferred setup for normal, on-road driving.

Whether you like to drive on or off road, Tipton Ford has the perfect Ford truck for you.

Ford King Ranch® Edition: King of Pickups in the Lone Star State

Ford King Ranch Edition | Tipton Ford Blog | Brownsville, TX

While it might not come as a surprise, Texans buy more pickups than any other state in the U.S. In fact, one in every four vehicles sold in the state is a pickup, according to W.F. Strong for KUT 90.5. And, among Texas trucks, the Ford King Ranch® edition is the top of the line. 

The Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition represents the luxury model of Texas more so than any BMW or Mercedes, adds Strong; 40 percent of King Ranch® models are sold in the state, which indicates that it’s a truly special trim level.

In the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition you’ll find an intense Ford V8 engine paired to a 10-speed transmission that delivers 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of toque. There’s standard LED lighting, chrome trim, and special badging. Plus, the interior has dual-zone auto climate control, leather trimmed seats, and the available B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.

“The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch® edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness,” writes Strong. “It was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.”

To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition, visit Tipton Ford.

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards | Tipton Ford Blog

Each fall in Las Vegas, the automotive industry comes together at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. It puts the best after-market equipment on display and shows off some amazing custom vehicles. This year, three Ford vehicles earned SEMA Vehicle of the Year awards.

The Ford Focus earned the title of Sport Compact of the Year, while the Mustang and F-Series earned the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards, respectively.

“We are honored that SEMA Show exhibitors have bestowed Ford with these prestigious awards,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “We make a point of embracing the aftermarket and appreciate this endorsement from the SEMA community as we strive to keep our best-selling nameplates among the most customized vehicles around the world.”

The F-Series has long been a favorite at SEMA. In fact, it has earned the Truck of the Year award eight times in the past nine years, which is as long as the award has been around. The Mustang is also a popular choice and this was its sixth SEMA award since it has won Car of the Year four times and Sport Coupe of the Year twice. This is the fourth SEMA award for the Focus.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, come to Tipton Ford and see the Focus, Mustang, and F-Series trucks for yourself.