C Y C AT yo O R tor?

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The short an­swer is no, mostly be­cause of the sub­stan­tial changes you’d have to make to the chas­sis. Even if you buy up­rated dampers, the ge­om­e­try and mount­ing points are com­pletely dif­fer­ent from Ranger to Rap­tor. Although the ride-height in­crease of 50 mm is pos­si­ble, it is tricky to widen the track by 150 mm. Spac­ers or off-set rims will place un­due strain on bear­ings and sus­pen­sion com­po­nents never de­signed for these ad­di­tional loads. By rais­ing a stan­dard Ranger by 50 mm (and so too the cen­tre of grav­ity), the roll-over risk is also greatly in­creased. Cal­cu­la­tions show the 150 mm in­crease in track width ac­tu­ally lessens the Rap­tor’s roll-over risk com­pared to the stan­dard Ranger. Ac­cord­ing to Ross, if you tal­lied up all the changes made to the Rap­tor and at­tempted to repli­cate this on a Ranger, you’d end up spend­ing a great deal more than the pro­jected price dif­fer­ence be­tween the two mod­els.

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