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Truck Thursday: Ford Raptor rolls three times, laughs

Kamil Kaluski September 13, 2012 Hooniverse Truck Thursday 31 Comments

Some love the awesome Ford Raptor, some say that’s its low payload capacity and maximum tow rating make it nothing more than a toy. Whatever your opinion is you got to give credit to this Ford and the new and improved roof safety standards. This thing took three slow rolls and at first glace looks almost perfect, certainly drivable.

[Source: raptorforumz.com via thesmokingtire.com]

From the owner in the forums:

So… here is the story… Roads were a bit slippery so I was driving a bit under the speed limit on my way to work at 06:00 with a coworker who was riding shotgun.

We are on a straight stretch and up ahead 500 yards or so we see a truck on the side of the road with its flashers on so I start to coast to slow down a bit as we get closer. About 150 yards out from the stopped truck I lightly tapped the brakes and the back passenger side slid out on me and we slid across the oncoming lane (luckily there was no oncoming traffic) and into the ditch and pretty much everything was a blur until we stopped (wheels down luckily).

We sat there stunned for a few seconds, me still clinging to the steering wheel asking eachother if we were ok.

My iphone was still plugged into the usb and sync was trying to call 911 but it couldn’t get through as there was no cell service there. Looked around the truck for my buddies glasses which ended up on my lap. We got out and stood in the ditch by my truck and waited as we didn’t want to get hit by anyone else sliding on the ice as other vehicles were coming upon us and sliding all over the place when they tried to brake.

The truck sitting on the roadside up ahead turned out to be one of our coworkers who had stopped to check on a dodge on its roof in the ditch and let people know that the road ahead was closed as the roads were worse ahead. He watched my truck roll and came back to rescue us. According to him we rolled at least 3 times, possibly 4. A couple other people I work with stopped and checked on us and decided it wasn’t worth the danger to continue on.

Back to town we went and to the hospital to get checked out. Luckily the only injuries we got were pulled muscles from the seatbelts. My neck and the right side of my chest, arm, and hand are quite sore and my passenger had pretty much the same injuries.

I spent the day dealing with insurance and had to wait until late afternoon for them to retrieve my truck as it turned out there was ten other vehicles in the ditch over the day on the same stretch of highway and the road was closed for the rest of the morning. Got the call that my truck came in and went over to see it get unloaded off a flatdeck. The white dodge in the one picture is the truck I mentioned that rolled just up from me. I met the driver at the insurance place and he said that he only rolled once and stayed on his roof. Considering I rolled 3 or 4 times I think that says something about the care ford takes to build a solid truck. I am very very pleased with the engineering and safety features. I knew I had side curtain airbags but there was airbags popping out of places I didn’t even know of and I am very thankful for that. BUILT FORD TOUGH!

Not bad, maybe those thick blind-spot producing pillars are good for something after all. Chances are that the insurance company totaled it but this might have otherwise made a cool project of some kind. Glad the driver is safe and probably moved onto another Raptor.

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    • Irishzombieman


  • I didn't like being upside down in my new Raptor so I got upside down in my new Raptor.

  • PowerTryp

    The juxtaposition of the Dodge was excellent for a laugh (glad every one came away safe). Fantastic news and all the more reason to love the Raptor.

  • LordDeb

    Cool!<img src="http://tinyurl.com/c7gx5zk&quot; width="1" height="1" />

  • smalleyxb122

    Luckily the only injuries we got were pulled muscles from the seatbelts.

    Clearly, he should learn from this, and not wear his seat belt next time. Then he would walk away completely uninjured.

    That's how physics works, right?

  • Scandinavian Flick

    "I knew I had side curtain airbags but there was airbags popping out of places I didn’t even know of"

    "What the hell happened? All of a sudden, this car turned into a cannoli."

    Very impressive!

    • There'd be even less damage if they'd just put airbags on the outside.

      • Exodus

        Volvo is doing it- perhaps a leaving handshake from Ford…, 😉

  • MVEilenstein

    "I ain't dead yet." [youtube eOxMu4zAOJc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOxMu4zAOJc youtube]

  • Ziploc

    I refuse to believe that roof had much (if any) weight on it. Vehicles can roll. And depending on the cirtumstances, very little weight can be put on the roof. This picture really doesn't tell us the whole story really.

    Notice how the Volvo's roof barely touches down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqNITUm3WA8

    • jeano

      I rolled a VW Passat station wagon years ago- the built -in roof rack bars weren't even bent, you couldn't tell it had rolled without careful inspection. The physics of rolling over differ in each case, sorry Ford fanboys http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/images/12/2012/0

    • sinisterwhit

      thats a VOLVO this is a FORD

  • PowerTryp

    Of course the roof may have been the first part to touch ground if the vehicle was made airborne at the initiation of the roll. I can't access Youtube but there is a good wire diagram in this document here: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/umtrireport.pd

  • Irishzombieman

    Aside: As much as I like the Raptor, the fake mud splatter decals are just about the most annoying thing on earth. I block them from memory periodically, and shall have to go through that process once again immediately.
    Starting. . . right. . . now.

    Whoa. Where the hell am I?

  • dukeisduke

    Well, what a drag, but, lots of good parts there, starting with the 6.2l Boss engine.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Yo! Oy! Yo! Oy! Yo! Oy! Yo!

    apologies and inspiration to Irishzombieman

  • Man, I put an Explorer on its roof one time and that thing locked up like Fort Knox. Every door and hatch on it jammed, and the only reason I got out was I happened to have the window down when I wrecked. Lucky I hate air conditioning, huh?

    • Shitty at the time but when you're 80, I'm sure it will be one of your most vivid memories.

  • Sjalabais

    Well, Ford, welcome to 1966.

    Yours truly
    Volvo 144

    • FrankTheCat

      I was driving down the Taconic parkway once, and it was overcast/drizzly weather. Normally I wouldn't take the Taconic during any sort of inclimate weather, but I didn't have cash for tolls. I hadn't seen a car in a while (because who the eff would take the Taconic while it was raining [except for brokeass me],) until a Volvo 240 wagon blew past me doing at least 70 on a road I'm afraid to do the speedlimit on.

      I saw it a couple of miles later, way out in a field on the outside of a particularly tight turn, with quite a few pock marks in the dirt from the car rolling. The driver was standing outside of it with a dazed look, cellphone in hand. Other than a cracked windshield and a dent in the roof, it looked like a normal Volvo 240 wagon just sitting in a field.

      • Sjalabais

        Was probably sold to a wideglassed hipster as a "survivor 240". Thanks for sharing your story!

  • So they put Firestone tires on Raptors now?

    Also, new avatar. Woot!

  • Van_Sarockin

    Raptor No Rupture!

    • Vairship

      Or Rapture…

  • sandman4X4

    I have a ? for you, did your Raptor land on it's wheels? and did the Dodge land on it's wheels also? or on it's roof? that is not in the story, and if the Raptor rolled over at a high rate of rolling over, it might not have even put much stress on the roof, but when a vehicle land on it's roof, it is usualy with a lot of stress, and that is where all that damage came from, all I can say is to thank your luck stars, or your Guardian Angel if you so believe, oh and did you and do you still have a St.Chistophers medal in your truck?