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Old 07-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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This is build thread for my new 2013 Ecoboost F150 XL 4X4. Besides needing to haul regular stuff, I need my pickup for getting my canoe/fishing gear to and from the lake. I also occasionally do some remote truck camping and need it to be a capable off road rig.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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For a while I had to strap the canoe down to the truck bed. It worked out okay except that the canoe stuck out 7 feet behind the truck.Click the image to open in full size.
My first upgrade was the ADARAC truck bed rack system. They retail for just under $400 but I was able to get one on ebay for $340. The rack is made completely of steel and I read a review somewhere that it might rust so I went ahead and painted the rack to match my truck.
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Not too tall for this parking garage! (but pretty close)
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I tested the rack out yesterday and drove a couple hours to the lake. Rack is solid! Had a decent fishing day also. Lots of plans for this truck.

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looks great I am looking into a rack system to hold my 3 kayaks also.
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Nice! Time to get bigger tires and a levling kit
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Nice! Time to get bigger tires and a levling kit
Probably going to run the stock tires until I wear them down. They aren't the best A/T but they aren't terrible either. I'm trying to decide what to do with the hood next. I bought the truck with hail damage and it has a pretty big ding in the hood.
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Went to the lake today and took a few picturesClick the image to open in full size.
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This isn't much of a modification but I found that these bungee nets work really well with the tie downs on the ADARAC system. I got this net on amazon for ten bucks. Keeps gear from flying out at 75MPH.Click the image to open in full size.
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Just installed a Hunter bull bar. I was looking into light bars for a while until I came across this on ebay. I really like it because it allows plenty of airflow for the ecoboost intercooler and it lets me keep the tow hooks. Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.
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Went to Galveston a couple weeks ago
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Did some trails in Big Bend last week. GoPro video:

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