Importing an F150 Raptor into the UK

Importing an F150 Raptor into the UK

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rich12

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1,524 posts

99 months

Sunday 12th May
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Willpoyner said:
I’ve just imported a Black Ops F150 2016.
What insurance do you guys use?

I’m a little upset at the moment. I was hoping for the garage to fit UK compliant lights or at least consult me before drilling cheap LED lights on the bumper and bodywork.
I can't help with insurance but pics?
Who Imported it for you?

shovelheadrob

1,452 posts

116 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Try Brentacre or NFU for insurance, there's much better options that what they've done for lighting conversions, I'd be well pi55ed off with that on any vehicle.

Willpoyner

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4 months

Friday 17th May
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This is what they did for indicators

HD Adam

4,367 posts

129 months

Friday 17th May
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That's horrible.

Why didn't they just remove the marker function from the original indicators in the headlight and just go with that?

shovelheadrob

1,452 posts

116 months

Friday 17th May
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That's shameful, you can get switchback led bulbs that show white for side lights & amber for turn signals that will replace the original bulbs (need to add resistors or change relay) for the front, the rears can use the same bulbs in the back up lamps, but you have to change the bulb holders & a bit of wiring alteration is required. Still have to add a rear fog lamp, but that can be done using a hitch lamp.

Willpoyner

5 posts

4 months

Saturday 18th May
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I’m guessing they’ve done it to try and offer the best solution but I agree I’m not keen. I think it’s best to just get the car from them and find an expert to make the adjustments. It’s got to pass the IVA test first so I’ll leave it until it does.
The tester has failed it in its first test. He wants to see homologation figures from Ford for the headlights. It’s all a massive ball ache

Willpoyner

5 posts

4 months

Saturday 18th May
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shovelheadrob said:
That's shameful, you can get switchback led bulbs that show white for side lights & amber for turn signals that will replace the original bulbs (need to add resistors or change relay) for the front, the rears can use the same bulbs in the back up lamps, but you have to change the bulb holders & a bit of wiring alteration is required. Still have to add a rear fog lamp, but that can be done using a hitch lamp.
I think because the LEDs for the indicators maybe the Amber LED strip you can see? Otherwise sounds like an idea to look at if not

shovelheadrob

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116 months

Saturday 18th May
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Willpoyner said:
I’m guessing they’ve done it to try and offer the best solution but I agree I’m not keen. I think it’s best to just get the car from them and find an expert to make the adjustments. It’s got to pass the IVA test first so I’ll leave it until it does.
The tester has failed it in its first test. He wants to see homologation figures from Ford for the headlights. It’s all a massive ball ache
Never heard that before, US headlights have a flat dip beam so should be fine.

craigjm

9,803 posts

145 months

Saturday 18th May
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alexmckie said:
Just get a RHD one from SA or OZ....
The SA ones are not the same vehicle

rich12

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1,524 posts

99 months

Saturday 18th May
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Finally sold my F430 so hopefully an F150 Raptor is on the horizon..
Just dreading all the IVA stuff.

BespokeMotor

10 posts

144 months

Tuesday 16th July
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Hi All,

I have a 2014 F150 Raptor in US and i'm planning to bring it back with me.
As i live in US and have owned it more than 6 months, i should qualify to pay 0% VAT and duty, but "commercial vehicles are exempt" on the 'transfer of residence' form.

Anyone done this successfully?

thanks

Ashydxb

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Wednesday 4th September
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Hi Max,

Would you be able to help me please.

Going through the IVA process for importing my 2012 Raptor. Have been told I need to drill lights into the roof.

Cannot understand how there are all these other Raptors on the road with out this.

Any how, saw your post regarding the magnetic lights you put on yours to pass.

Please could you send me photos of these lights so I can get a set to run through the IVA.

It would be much appreciated.

Thanks


maxc said:
I've imported a couple of F150s including a Raptor last year. It is a pretty simple process to manage yourself if you use the right people. I bought my Raptor in Miami so had it shipped from there to Southampton. I used CF Rinkens, who in turn used their UK agent Autobox Logistics in Chelmsford to manage the process from this end. I bought from a dealer in Miami so they collated a lot of extra parts for me - bed liner, bed cover, spare brakes, loud exhaust, etc and delivered it to the Miami docks, handing over to Rinken's local agent.

The shipping took around 16 days and on arrival I paid the port fees, import duty and VAT via Autobox. I had to sign an export power of attorney form to allow the US dealer to act as the official shipper. Annoyingly the US customs insisted this was notarised, which slowed things up a little.

On arrival the container it was in was delivered to a local freight handler for offloading. They confirmed the tax had been paid and handed the truck over. I insured it against the chassis number so was able to drive it home. I received the NOVA form from Autobox , so was able to enter into the IVA process.

I did all the conversion work myself, running new wires for the lights and fitting a separate reverse light. It is a fiddly process as the Raptor uses a CAN bus to run a lot of the light functions so you have to dig deep - I picked up the brake light signal from the pedal switch to separate it from the rear lights. It will need a fog light with a warning light that is linked to the headlamps. I ended up feeding this via a diode. You need a chassis plate made up showing all the weights as the truck will not show the CGVW. The truck failed the first IVA test as they deemed it needed roof marker lights due to the width, so I added some small stick-on LED lights and it passed.

It was pretty simple overall and saved a lot of money so I'd recommend going this way. It'll be worth it!