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2015 Ford F-150 Baja XT & XTR Deegan Special ADD Built Trucks

The Raptor’s Rapture

Chris Shelton
May 20, 2015
Photographers: Chris Shelton
Late last year a collective cheer resonated among Fordophiles. The occasion? The company announced that it would stamp the ’15 F-150’s body from lightweight aluminum thereby shedding some 700 pounds from each truck. For those of you who daydreamed during science class, reducing weight has the same net effect of increasing horsepower but without the fuel-consumption penalties. In fact, reducing weight increases fuel economy. Who knew? But a few minutes later a collective moan emerged from the peanut gallery. Ford killed the beloved Raptor. Oh the humanity.
’Tis true, the Blue Oval won’t make its blue meanie until 2017. That’s a gigantic hit for those who’ve come to appreciate the Raptor’s abundant curves and performance. It’s like Beyoncé … in battle fatigues. But, if anything, the aftermarket has taught us that even when the OEMs aren’t willing, there’s still a way. At the ’14 SEMA Show, Arizona fab shop Addictive Desert Designs pulled the covers off of its three newest monsters.
Photo 2/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Built By Addictive Desert Designs
What ADD did was effectively pick up where Ford left off when it clipped the Raptor’s wings. Chances are that ADD was the right shop to do it. “We worked with Ford for some time, all the way back to the beginning of the Raptor program,” says Greg Foutz, ADD’s general manager.
This was a pretty tight partnership. Immediately prior to the Raptor’s release, Ford produced a documentary about its development, Raptor—Born in Baja. “We built that truck before real Raptors existed,” Foutz reveals. “While Ford was doing the engineering to bring the street truck to market we took a normal F-150 and put the Raptor bodywork on it, modified the suspension, and put a rollcage in it. At the end of the day, the way that Ford branded it was a Ford Raptor, but race prepped.”
Photo 3/17   |   Spare Tires And Bed Cage
These three new models, the XT, the XTR, and the Deegan 38 Special Edition represent the Raptor’s original intent. Legally, of course, they can’t be Raptors. In fact, they’re better. They’re basically production-class race trucks with windows and interior yet without the cumbersome cage. “Most of the stuff on the Baja XT and XTR are next-generation pieces that we designed for the Raptor over the years,” Foutz notes. Quite literally ADD builds them from the parts that it designed to update existing Raptors.
The core of all kits is ADD’s 7-inch-wider suspension. The front consists of the company’s fabricated control arms, spindles, and tie rods and Raptor axleshafts. ADD ditched the stock rear axle for a Currie Enterprises 9-inch with 35-spline axles and floating hubs. Other components common to all series are Fox internal-bypass 3-inch-diameter coilovers up front and an Alcon brake kit at each corner. The kit includes six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) fixed calipers plus better-vented rotors. To compensate for the larger tires and to enhance acceleration ADD re-gears the trucks with 4.56:1 screws.
Photo 4/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Driving In Dirt
Then, there’s the body. ADD, like Ford, laminates the front fenders from fiberglass. But, in this case, so too are the bedsides fiberglass. Because the ’15 has a new body, ADD had to create an entirely new shape. “We tried to make the body look factory, wider, and very clean like the Raptor,” Foutz says. “The best compliment we got at SEMA was countless people saying, ‘Hey, it’s the new Raptor.’ We’d tell them that it wasn’t a Raptor, but still we thanked them for thinking it was.” And it’s a professional deal, too: ADD delivers the kit with OEM-style inner-fender splash panels to close off the body properly.
The components exclusive to the XT include Fox three-tube external-bypass and external-reservoir shocks mounted on relocation kits. Deaver leaf springs lift the chassis; hydraulic bumpstops on frame supports control compression. The front gets an ADD Stealth bumper and a 40-inch Rigid RDS-Series lightbar and the rear a Venom bumper. Like the Raptor, the XT has rock sliders too. KMC designed the Machete wheel specifically for the Raptor. Those wear 37x12.50-17 General Grabbers.
Photo 8/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Rear Three Quarter
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2015 Ford F-150 Baja XTR Deegan Special Edition
Owner and City/State: Addictive Desert Designs; Mesa, Arizona
Chassis
Front Suspension: ADD control arms, spindles, and tie rods with Raptor axleshafts, Fox internal-bypass 3-inch coilovers
Rear Suspension: Long-travel Fox dampers with four-tube external bypasses mounted inside bed cage
Shocks: Fox three-tube external-bypass and external-reservoir shocks mounted on relocation kits
Brakes: Alcon brake kit front and rear
Drivetrain
Engine: 3.5L EcoBoost with oversized turbo and intercooler
Rearend: Currie 9-inch with 35-spline axles and floating hubs
Body
Mods: Laminated fiberglass front fenders, fiberglass bedsides, custom wrap with Brian Deegan logo and numbers on the bumper and rock sliders, ADD Race-Series R bumpers and side steps, ADD Race-Series R chase rack with KC modular Cube series lights
Interior: Custom leather with Deegan 38 logo on headrest
Stereo: Rockford Fosgate components in the cab and in the bed
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 17-inch KMC designed Machete XD128
Tires: 37x12.5R17 Mickey Thompson Deegan 38s
Photo 9/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt
“Then there’s the Baja XTR, which has the race-series rear suspension,” Foutz adds. The centerpiece is a pair of longer-travel Fox dampers with four-tube external bypasses that mount to a bed cage. “It’s the same axle and all that, but it has 18 inches of rear-wheel travel,” he reveals. A host of other changes follow. The XTR has ADD’s Race-Series R bumpers and side steps. That model comes with one of two light kits: Rigid Dually lights or KC Cube Lights.
The cream of this gritty crop is the Deegan 38 Special Edition, in fact a Baja XTR with Brian Deegan-licensed special equipment. Outwardly it differs from the XTR by a body wrap and Deegan’s logo and number on the bumpers, and rock sliders. Mickey Thompson makes the Deegan 38 wheels and tires.
Photo 10/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Rear Three Quarter
The Deegan truck also bears a chase rack—also with the racer’s number and logo—adorned with KC’s modular Cube-series lights. A linear actuator aims the light and folds it back for garage clearance. The Deegan truck also comes standard with leather upholstery embroidered with his logo. Its party piece is a Rockford Fosgate audio system. Even the truck’s exclusivity is exclusive; ADD will build as many kits as it takes to make XTs and XTRs, but only 50 Deegans.
Embroidered leather trim packages exist for the XT and XTR models. Likewise, both models are available with a Race Series chase rack with Rigid or KC lights and an actuator that aims the lights and folds them down for clearance. The XT can also get a bed cage similar to the one in the XTR. It doesn’t serve the shock-mounting function but as the one in the white truck shows it can be configured with a tire mount with provisions for a jack and gas cans. Incidentally the chase rack and bed cage are independent; each doesn’t require the other.
Photo 11/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Rear Bumper
From there the trucks are eligible for any number of other modifications. The white XT here has the baseline 2.7L Ecoboost V-6 whereas the 3.5 Ecoboost in the Deegan example has an oversized turbo and intercooler and oversized power to match: approximately 500 hp if you can believe it.
The company presents at least three options to acquire one of its Raptor replacements. Customers can buy the raw kits from any one of the company’s 200 retailers, but most will choose one of the two dealer plans. For one, ADD will install the kit in its Mesa, Arizona, shop. But chances are the other option will gain purchase. “We can just as easily send the kits to a Ford dealer for full installation,” Foutz reveals. And to answer your question, yes ADD covers the components with its own warranty. It varies per part and is independent of Ford’s warranty (Ford isn’t likely going to replace another company’s control arm, for example).
Photo 12/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Driving In Desert
“When Ford converted its assembly lines to the ’15 a gap opened up where the raptor doesn’t exist,” Foutz laments. “We built a truck (for) the enthusiast who wants that kind of truck and performance and not have to look at another brand or build a one-off custom truck.”
So it’s true that at least for the foreseeable future a new Raptor isn’t in the cards. However, it’s entirely possible to get a truck cast in the Raptor’s likeness, only better. And if you play your cards right, it’s entirely possible to get one far rarer than even the lowest-produced vehicle available, a truck tuned by Addictive Desert Designs, the same people who made the original Raptor even better than Ford—and possibly the rest of us—thought possible.
Photo 13/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Bed Cage
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2015 Ford F-150 Baja XT
Owner and City/State: Addictive Desert Designs; Mesa, Arizona
Chassis
Front Suspension: ADD lower control arms, spindles, and tie rods with Raptor axleshafts, Fox internal-bypass 3-inch coilovers
Rear Suspension: Deaver leaf springs with hydraulic bumpstops
Shocks: Fox three-tube external-bypass and external-reservoir shocks mounted on relocation kits
Brakes: Alcon six-piston front and four-piston rear
Drivetrain
Engine: 2.7L EcoBoost
Rearend: Currie 9-inch with 35-spline axles and floating hubs
Body
Mods: ADD Stealth front bumper with 40-inch Rigid RDS-Series light bar, ADD Rock Slider side steps with LEDs, ADD Venom rear bumper, ADD inner fender splash panels, ADD Race-Series R chase rack, tire mount in bed
Interior: Custom leather seat kit with Baja XT embroidered on the seat back
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 17-inch KMC designed Machete XD128
Tires: 37x12.50x17 General Grabber
Photo 17/17   |   2015 Ford F 150 Baja Xt Bed Cage

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