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Old 01-19-2019, 03:14 PM
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Looking for some help on what to do and where to look. I have a 2002 F150 Fx4 Off Road with the 5.4 v8 with 295 tires on it and want to get into a little more serious off road adventure. tried look around for better suspension and feel like many sites don't have things for a 2002 year.

So my questions are if anyone has a similar year truck and what you have done to it as well as where you have found aftermarket parts. The list i have kinda created to look into are
Shocks
winch
bumper

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I'd take a look here:

https://www.stage3motorsports.com/19...cessories.html

What tires are you currently running? Are they off-road tires? I'd definitely start there if they're not off-road tires. Then take a look at that link above and see what you can find.
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1) tires / gears / posi or lockers
You need more aggressive tread, preferably larger tires with appropriate gearing and traction 'enhancers' like a posi / Torsen or better yet, lockers. The goal is the largest tire with the least amount of lift.

2) suspension
Are you looking for an all-around wheeler or environment specific (mud, desert, rocks, etc...)?
No need in blowing the coin on a prerunner setup if all you are doing is trail riding and exploring.

3) winch
Get the highest rated you can afford.

4) power
If you are geared right, this is more want than need.

90% of folks can get away with 31-33 inch tires, an inch or two of lift and gears/lockers with good all terrains. Get a set of coilovers you can adjust, a better leaf pack (stay away from blocks) and a set of LT shackles (give a little extra droop).
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FIRST: find out where it's LEGAL in your area. Wheeling while trespassing makes it harder for everyone, and can cost you LOTS of time & money.

2) Learn what the truck is built to do before trying to do something that will damage it, costing you LOTS of time & money. Your owner's manual should contain a section (or a separate pamphlet) about off-roading (usually called "4-Wheeling with Ford"). But read the owner's manual, too.

3) Learn HOW to wheel where you want to wheel; driving in snow is not the same as driving in mud or sand, or on rocks, or on dirt in a forest. To start, read p.160 of FM 21-305. For even more, read FM20-22.

You can't build a truck that will go off-road; it takes a DRIVER that knows what he's doing. And there are plenty of YouTube videos showing people wheeling 2WD cars beside stuck Jeeps. That truck will do any trail you want right now, but it's YOU that's holding it back.
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Believe they are Nitto Terra Grapplers all terrain tires. Been pretty happy with them so far. Thanks for the Link.
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Was thinking of an all around type. I know there are some adjustable shocks out there from what I have seen. I was thinking just a smaller suspension lift would work to start out on. I have done 4 wheel drive trails in Utah when I have lived there or visited up around Moon Lake. Crawled through some deepish ( about 3/4 up tires on the mountain trail) mud, loose rocky trails, and done shallow water crossings, Have been thinking of making a trip to Moab and do some rock crawling.

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Thanks for the links. Plan on reading them tomorrow.
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