2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Big Wheels, Big Jack
September 02, 2010
The last time I towed with our 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT, I piled a bunch of stuff in the backseat. Namely, plastic bins that I wanted to stack back there. However, the giant jack in the fuzzy satchel got in the way and made the boxes sit all cattywampus. That's all I was really after with this blog entry.
Then I became curious about the satchel's contents. Bad idea.
I mean, I knew it held the jack bits. So why'd I have to go messing with it? That felt satchel is an intricate piece of ancillary equipment that must have taken twelve Ford engineers six months to develop. Each one of those jack bits above has its own little pocket with a velcro flap closure. There are then extra fuzzy layers to ensure no metal touches other metal (that would make unseemly clanking noises, after all). It then flips and folds and ties in a very specific way that took me about ten minutes of futzing and head scratching to sort out after I'd unceremoniously shaken out the contents.
To help jog my memory I even consulted the jack's instruction sheet, which was conveniently folded into the satchel within its own dedicated pocket and closure. It didn't help for the reassembly, but what's cool is that it's laminated to make it impervious to the inevitable mud and water in which you'll be replacing the tire.
Anyway, let this be a lesson. Don't be curious about what's in the jack satchel. They're just jack bits.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor