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Old 03-11-2018, 08:37 AM
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With all the help Iíve received here, I figured Iíd start a build thread to track my progression. This is my first fill size pickup. I used to roll a Nissan hardbody way back when. Iím NOT a Ford guy. Iím not really a brand loyal guy at all. But ford makes great trucks and the safety rating made my chick want this more than a ram. So ford it is!! I live in SoCal and flew 1k miles to Boise Idaho to get the truck. My local ford dealers couldnt find the truck I wanted, and when they did, it was at a price I wasnít willing to pay. Not many people in SoCal want a longbed 4x4. Thatís not really a big city friendly truck.

Truck is a 2017 XLT 302a in lightning blue with sport package, 4x4, max tow, 3.5 eco and of course, LOOOOWNG bed.

How she looked when I picked her up from dealer


Plan on doing a full stereo upgrade


Also plan on doing an HID projector retro. Was thinking something like this


But Iím afriad itíll look a little too ďriceyĒ so now Iím leaning more towards something like this



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Old 03-11-2018, 08:54 AM
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Added a 2.5Ē level and some Cooper discovery at3 tires in 285/75r18. Tire size works out to a 35x11.5 which fits well with no rubbing on stock rims.




Even with the level I still have about an inch of rake. I was originally planning on doing billsteins up front, but didnít want to wait any longer and this truck may see 5K miles/yr at the most, so I didnít see a reason to go with anything other than a level. I also plan on adding a set of billsteins to the rear. Ride wasnít at all affected by the level. Just as soft and mushy as stock. And with the LT tires @ 40psi, I still didnít notice much of a difference. Hope to get into Forscan today and adjust tires size. Wish me luck!

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Off to a good start
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Never can have too many blue trucks!
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Man, that's a nice truck! Can't ever get tired of that color
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I love the blue! cant have too many of those for sure!
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Originally Posted by 96grimreaper View Post
Off to a good start
Thanks Grimm! Iíll be bugging you for some tips when it comes to baking open my lights.

Originally Posted by Summers22 View Post
Never can have too many blue trucks!
I was originally thinking the exact some truck, but in silver. Soooo glad I went with the blue.

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Man, that's a nice truck! Can't ever get tired of that color
Thanks Cody!

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I love the blue! cant have too many of those for sure!
Thanks Andrew!


I also finally ordered the rest of the parts for my headlights. Going to use morimoto mini H1 for the lows and a dummy projector for the highs. Plan on doing a switchback angel eye on each lens. Hope it looks good.
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Started the stereo




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Very nice truck. Keep posting pictures of your audio installation progress.
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Very nice truck and I love the color. I'm very interested to see the creativity of the design of the sound system. It's going to be awesome. Post plenty of pics.
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