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Rapture

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Dale Martin
The name Keg Media has clout in the custom off-road scene, rendering some of the toughest rigs around. Each year they're constantly whipping out insane builds and owner Robbie Bryant is at the helm of it all.
But it's not just all work for Bryant, who indulges in a few of his own wow factor builds like his 2015 SEMA Ford Raptor-inspired build that's his own interpretation of what the upcoming all-new Raptor should look like (despite not being available until 2017). "Since Ford hasn't released the new Raptor yet, we wanted to build our version of it, but oversized," he confesses. "This is why we called it 'Rapture.'"


Rapture


To bring his vision to life, he ordered the newly designed F-150 and didn't waste any time designing his ideal Raptor that would later come to life with the help of the Five-R Trucks crew. The goal was to create a daily driver that would also be show worthy in under three months to make the 2015 SEMA Show deadline. With the SEMA crunch in full effect, the guys knew it would take countless man-hours to complete.


Rapture


Bryant knew he wanted it to be have a charcoal and bronze theme and admits to having the build design swimming around in his head ever since he first saw photos of the new body style F-150. No expense was spared to get the build perfect and Bryant made sure he teamed up with the right people to get the look just right. For Bryant, it was all about getting the F-150 to look as aggressive as possible, which is what the Addictive Desert Designs bumpers, chase rack and rock slider steps provide (complete with Rigid Industries' Midnight Series light bars in the bumpers and rack).


Rapture


Once the exterior was ready, the guys turned their attention to the suspension, adding a custom 12" Bulletproof lift, Icon coilovers and reservoir shocks and Atlas rear leaf springs before adding a custom powder coat treatment from Prismatic Powders. Towering high above the ground allowed it to fit 40" Toyo Open Country MTs with 24x14 American Force Fuse wheels.


Since Bryant is used to building custom rides of a certain caliber, the Rapture was no different, making sure that even the smallest details complemented the overall theme. The custom Rapture grille from Gravel Empire and all the billet badges make it a one-off truck, while the brushed bronze and matte Grigio Avery Dennison Wrap (installed by Impacted Wraps and Graphics) makes the Rapture one of his best creations to date. "The graphics are another awesome thing about this build," he says. "It's the first time that a brushed vinyl has had a printed design over the top of it. If you look closely at the graphics you will see a destroyed city as the actual Rapture is taking place and people rising to the heavens."


Leaving no stone unturned, Bryant made sure that the inside looked just as good as the outside and worked with Alea Leather to design a bespoke interior that includes custom laser-etched leather and leather belts that perfectly matches everything.


While this F-150 looked great inside and out, it needed to perform like a true Raptor, and its EcoBoost engine was rebuilt by Walsh Motorsports and loaded with upgrades from AFE Power, Precision Turbos and SCT Performance – all boosting the power to 515 hp. Usually, when crunched for SEMA, you're bound to run into a few snags, but Bryant was lucky that no huge challenges came up. "Working with Five R Trucks is always a plus when you want to do a build with no issues," he details. "Also Reagan at Impacted Wraps and Graphics did a killer job on the wrap and graphics and the crew at Lawson's Paint and Body did a great job on the paintwork and fiberglass fenders/bedsides. Elite Performance and Tuning handled the custom tune via the SCT Performance tuning software."


Bryant loves the attention it gets, which is totally deserved! "Everyone loves the truck, everywhere we take it. People always compliment us on how detailed it is. Now we take the build around to different shows all over the country to showcase all the sponsors involved and their products."


Specs: 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

Suspension

12" Bulletproof suspension lifted with Icon coilovers in front and Icon piggyback resi shocks in back. 10" Atlas Suspension leaf springs in rear with Bulletproof Traction Bars

Mag Hytech rear diff cover.

All suspension powder coated matte vegas nutmeg and seaside bronze using Prismatic Powders


Wheels/Tires

24x14 American Force Wheels Fuze 6 powdercoated matte vegas nutmeg Prismatic Powders

40X15.50R24 Toyo Open Country M/T tires

VV Concepts Spike lug nuts


Interior

Custom leather seating by Alea Leather featuring laser etching, custom stitching, grommets, perforated and embossed Rapture logos

P3 Cars custom retrofit digital gauge in the passenger side air vent


Audio

Kicker Soundgate sound system upgrade designed to work with your factory audio


Exterior

Matte Grigio wrap with brushed bronze graphics with a printed Rapture themed design using Avery Dennison material. Wrap installed by Impacted Wraps and Graphics

Addictive Desert Designs front and rear bumpers, steps and chase rack

Addictive Desert Designs baja fiberglass fenders and bedsides

Rigid Industries Midnight series LED bars 40" Radius on front bumper, 50" on chase rack and 20" in grill. Rigid Industries rock light kit on the suspension

Custom made grill featuring Rapture logo by Gravel Empire

OR-Fab spare tire mount

Custom painted headlights by Lawson's Paint and Body and fitted with Diode Dynamics LED boards

LINE-X spray in liner

Huper Optik window tint

R1 Concepts brake rotors with engraved Rapture logo MGP Caliper Covers

HornBlasters train horn kit powered by Viair compressors

Monster Hooks swivel hitch mount


Performance 3.5L Twin Turbo EcoBoost engine

custom tuned by Elite Performance and Tuning

Walsh Motorsports built up our factory Turbos using Precision Turbos internals

AFE Power Magnum FORCE Stage-2 "Limited Edition" Cold Air Intake System

AFE Power 4" Exhaust with Y Pipe

AFE Power BladeRunner GT Series Intercooler with Tubes

AFE Power Transmission and Oil Pan covers

AFE Power throttle body spacer

SCT Performance Livewire TS+ performance programmer


Sources Build by Five R Trucks Golden, CO

Body and Paint by Lawson's Paint and Body Golden, CO

Wrap by Impacted Wraps and Graphics Englewood, CO

Tuning by Elite Performance and Tuning Littleton, CO