I have been meaning to create a build thread for a while now, and thought since I'm coming up on a year anniversary with my truck, why not now. I Bought my 2004 F-150 5.4 SuperCrew 4x4 last November (2010). Had 70,000 miles on it when at the time. Modifications it came with; Ranch Hand grille guard, spray-in bed liner, dual exhaust, Iron Cross side-steps, and a cracked manifold . The truck was shipped here (Oklahoma) from Corpus Christi, Texas. Took almost four weeks to get here, but man was it worth the wait. When I saw this American beauty sitting outside my garage door, after I got home Saturday morning, the only thing I could say was, "Holy sweet Aunt Jemima!" Unfortunately, the first thing my friend and I did with the truck was "test" the four-wheel drive. Well, needless to say it worked, and I the only pictures I have of the truck stock are, well... Today, my truck looks completely different from where it was. I have a list of mods, or as I call them "things", to do to my truck still. Since I started late on the "build" thread, I will post my mods in order from when they were put on (if I have a thread already for that mod, I will attach the thread as well). Note, my "final" picture will be after those mods are posted. Also, if you want to see all of my current modifications, they are listed in "my garage." Don't worry though, my "list of things to do to truck", is only getting started, so this thread won't be going away anytime soon . Like my mom's friend told me, "Do it while your young." Well, enjoy!
"List of things to do to truck."
Wrap (vinyl "paint job") ☐
Front & back replacement bumpers (Iron Bull/Boondock) ☐
Fuel Off-Road grille or RBP ☐
Custom headlights (Sickhids.com) ☐
Black/Euro tail lights ☐
Black third brake light ☐
4th brake light, led tailgate light bar ☐
Offroad lights/ LED light bars for front bumper ☐
Ram-air hood (Functioning) ☐
37" tires (Nitto Trail Grappler's, probably) ☐
22" rims (Fuel, RBP, XD, who knows) ☐
Strobes in head lights (Don't ask) ☐
Fender vents ☐
Locking gas door and cap (Black) ☐
Have the entire bottom of my truck sprayed/painted (IDK) ☐
After I got my truck, the first thing on my list (then) was a lift. My thoughts were anywhere from 6" all the way to 12"! Well, I ended up with a 6" Pro-comp suspension lift, bought from 4wheelparts. Had a local shop put it in, only because my friend was the one doing all the work. I knew he wouldn't jack up anything. Along with the lift, I got 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers with 20" Black XD Monsters, oh and a Pro-comp skid plate. This was installed back in December of 2010. Sank my MPG to a solid "9"! Here are some pictures
After our worst winter ever, AKA, "The Blizzard of 2011," back in February of this year, I decided to begin "Operation GO GREEN." It involved buying everything, and anything, that would increase my MPG. Note, I seriously was getting 9.0 miles to the gallon back in February. The exhaust was first! Even though my truck had an exhaust system, it wasn't good enough for me , so I went to a shop and got the hook up. I wanted an exhaust that looked like a Ford Raptor. Well guess what, I got just that. A got true duals, Flowmaster mufflers, and tips. . . off a Raptor! The exhaust guy I went to, actually redid the exhaust on a Ford Raptor a few weeks before I got there, and he still had the tips. This system was installed back in March (2011).
After the exhaust system, I looked into getting a cold air intake. At first I was going to go with K&N, but my friend talked me into an AIRAID. Took me about a month after the exhaust was installed to get this one in, around March, but it got in! With the help from my friend (he did all of the work ).
Then, shortly after the CIA was put in, I financed a throttle body spacer (AIRAID), from 4wheelparts. By the way, watch out when you order a TBS from them, because they don't have either of the two AIRAID TBS's labeled to what F-150 engine. I was sent the 4.6 instead of the 5.4! Had to wait, like always, but was put in once again by my friend (hint he's a mechanic ). Installed in April. Got one picture...
To complete my "Operation GO GREEN," I saved my money and ordered a EDGE Evolution Programmer, in May (2011). I am proud to say I installed it myself! It was easy, and the GREATEST thing I have done to my truck. I can't stress enough how much better in tuned my truck. Before, my truck felt like a tractor shifting, now. . . well let's just say, it can move ! As for MPG, I went from 9.0 to 12-13 MPG (city), and 15 MPG (highway). Take into consideration this wasn't from the turner. It was from all of my upgrades combined, but still this turner is awesome!
My next mod, was a toolbox, done sometime May. Since I'm not a handyman, I didn't need, or want a giant toolbox. With that being said, I got a "small" trailer toolbox from a local Atwoods store. It was originally silver diamond plated. I got the knock bed-liner "junk-in-a-can," from a Home Depot store. Never buy/use it. It is terrible! It looks good, it took me 7 cans to even become scratch proof from a penny! Anyways, I sprayed it with that stuff and placed it in my bed where I wanted it. Then with 4 self-taping screws (Home Depot) and 2 washers, I drilled it down. The box already had two holes for screws, but I needed washers to hold them down. Also, put two more screws in, towards the front of the toolbox (didn't need washers, because the weren't any holes where I drilled the screws). By the way, this is the second mod done by me (fist pump)!
Then, for graduation (late May, 2011), I got something AWESOME(!), an Alpine 7" in-dash MP3/DVD/NAV deck. Trust me, I had no clue I was going to be getting this. The day it happened, I was up in my room and my mom yelled at me to hurry up and come out side. She said it was an emergency, so I ran down stairs. Then she told me to get my keys, to drive. I had didn't know what she was talking about, I figured someone had died. Running out side, I opened my truck door and the first thing I notice. . .
Well I guess if you have something like that inside your truck, you better get window tint. Once again in May, very shortly after I got the deck, I had window tint installed. The tint is 5% all around, except for the windshield (that's illegal here). No unibrow for me either, down here, we call that "Mexican" (no offense).