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2011 Platinum - a lower altitude...

I custom ordered this one. It is a 2011 Screw, 6.5' bed, 3.73:1 Max Tow package with no navigation. Apparently the screw with the 6.5' bed is fairly rare in the south and you cannot find a Platinum without navigation.

I knew from the beginning I would be lowering this one and probably going crazy performance-wise so I ordered exactly what I wanted since I'll own this truck for the long-haul.

Here's how it all started:

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I'm not much of a picture taker and this is one of the few pictures of the truck exactly as it rolled off the assembly line.

This is the truck as it stands today:

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I'll go into more detail in the posts to follow this one.
 

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The first major change was a Full Race intercooler that I bought slightly used for a smoking deal on another forum. It's annodized black and has meth bungs installed:
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Next was a set of EcoPowerParts catted downpipes. I won't go into detail here since I did a full write-up of the install: http://www.f150ecoboost.net/forum/13-f150-ecoboost-performance/6886-eco-power-parts-catted-downpipe-installation.html

I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a ported OEM throttle body from RX Performance. I can't say it was a big performance gain but I figured it was a building block towards the overall goal and it was relatively cheap. I haven't had any problems with it but I've since purchased a BBK to replace it. It's sitting in the box along with too many other parts...
 

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The biggest changes so far are in appearance. I don't like chrome. I know, why buy a Platinum? I wanted the creature comforts of the higher-end model. The 2011 Lariat had the ugliest interior trim color ever produced and it didn't have the automatic running boards so it was out. The Limited was only available with the 6.2 V8 and I wanted the EB so it was out. I'm not a Harley guy and it also only had the 6.2 V8 so I was left with a Platinum.

I have a friend that does body work for a living and then on the side so I had him do some work for me:

  • The whole front end was replaced with Harley bits - grille, bumpers, headlights
  • The tail lights were replaced with Harley lights
  • The chrome body side moulding was removed. This meant welding the alignment holes in the body and painting the lower part of the truck
  • My favorite, most subtle change was removing the F150 fender badges. This also required welding alignment holes and repainting.
  • The tow mirrors were replaced with standard size mirrors (this one was tough, I LOVED the functionality of the tow mirrors but they destroyed the sporty look I was headed for)
  • Chrome door handles were painted to match
  • Chrome strips on the power running boards were painted black to make them disappear
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This is a close-up of the alignment holes that had to be welded and then cleaned up.
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Two of my close friends have nice stereos in their trucks. After taking long trips in them, I knew my next truck would get a bad-ass stereo. I have another friend that manages a car-stereo shop so I got some smokin' prices on a full host of parts:

  • All factory stereo equipment was removed.
  • Kenwood DNX9990HD head unit
  • Focals in all four doors
  • Amps installed on the back wall
  • Shallow mount 12" sub (Stereo Integrity BM MKiii) in a custom built box to fit under the small seat in place of the OEM sub.
  • I bought a Scosche install kit and had the dash bezel painted gloss black so it fairly closely matches the other interior trim pieces
I couldn't install a stereo like this and not get the most out of it. I bought a kit from https://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com/ to eliminate as much outside noise as possible. I can tell you it's worth the money. The kit is not cheap (roughly $650 for my truck) but this thing does not sound like a truck anymore. It was surprisingly quiet from the factory but it's quiet on a whole new level now. The sound deadening is a 3-step process and it took forever. We completely gutted the truck and spent the entire Memorial Day (3-day) weekend on the whole sound deadening and stereo installation process. It was a major PITA but I don't regret the decision.

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This is the box I modeled mine after. Mine looks identical to this. No pics of mine.
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I wish I could somehow convey the sound quality, but you'll have to take my word for it. I watch the chase scenes from "Gone In 60 Seconds" and you can feel it down to your core. Simply awesome.
 

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The last major appearance mod is wheels and a lowering kit. I bought Black Rhino Traverse wheels in 22x9.5 in Silver. The tires are General Exclaim Grabber UHP's in 305/45 R22. I think they're too big. I should've followed the norm and bought a set of 285/40 R22. When these wear out, they will be replaced with a smaller tire. They rub a bit on the fender opening. I am ordering air bags this week to help with the rear. I'll keep a close eye on the front and may raise it 1/2" if needed.

I used a Belltech 3/4 kit to lower it. The front was set up for 3" lowering (it's adjustable) and it actually lowered the front 3.25". The rear is a flip kit and it actually lowered the rear 5" from stock. I love the stance. As long as I can keep everything from rubbing, I'm a happy camper!

Of course it started raining during the lowering kit install so we pulled out the easy-up canopy and worked on one corner at a time. And yes, the garage is a complete wreck. We're getting ready to move and have already started moving stuff from the house to the garage.

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As it stands today:
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The only major exterior change left at this point is the tailgate. I've still got the chrome Platinum panel. I want to trade tailgates for a non-Platinum but I haven't found anyone to follow through with a trade yet. Worst case, I'll remove the panel and have my body guy weld the holes closed and repaint the tail gate. I'd much rather find someone to trade even but we'll see...

I've got a little work to do on the front end. Some pieces were painted white that should've been painted black, the bumper alignment is not even, etc. Minor stuff in the grand scheme of things but I see it every time I look at the truck.
 
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I'm in the planning/parts gathering stage for the performance side of things.

Currently purchased, awaiting install:
  • Borg-Warner "GT" turbos from Full Race (it kills me seeing these sitting in the box still).
  • Full Race radiator
  • BBK throttle body
  • LET Exhaust Cutout (I may sell this to go another route)
  • 170 degree thermostat
  • SCT X4 tuner (actually in the mail; probably going to get the truck tuned soon)
  • Banks cold-air kit
Parts I'm researching or just haven't bought yet:
  • Meth kit - I want to talk to the Alky guys
  • In-tank fuel pump upgrade
  • BOV and lower pipe for the Full Race FMIC
The main reason none of this is installed yet is time. I planned to do the install myself but I just don't have time. I need to find a shop to do the install but I really want to use someone that's familiar with the EB platform. I don't know of any shops in North Texas so I'm still up in the air on this part of it.


I've been considering exhaust from day one. I figure I'll need it once I get all of this installed but I don't want to sound like a ricer. I really want the exhaust to exit in front of the rear axle with a dual-tip setup but I haven't got a clue which manufacturer I'll end up buying.

A built bottom-end is always in the back of my mind but I can't make myself spend the $$ just yet. One of these days...
 

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You have done a lot of work. Looks very nice!
 

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You have done a lot of work. Looks very nice!
Thanks! I wish Ford would've offered the Limited with the 3.5 EB in 2011. Would've saved me a lot of hassle getting my truck to where it is today.

I just ordered the AirLift Slam Air kit with the wireless compressor setup so I can adjust each side independently from inside or outside of the truck. I'm picking up a new mower and a Kubota RTV this weekend and I'm going to use my wife's Expedition. I think the 20' trailer at 2,000 pounds, a 1,700 pound mower and 2,000 pound side-by-side would be too much for the truck without helper bags. I don't want to find out the hard way so the Expedition is going to earn it's keep this weekend. It's got the integrated brake controller and pulls rather well so I'm not worried. I just hate leaving my truck in the driveway...
 

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What happened with the AMR?
It's sitting in my office floor next to the turbos, radiator, BBK TB, etc.

I'm pondering selling it and keeping the Full Race FMIC. Still up in the air, but it'll likely find a new home. Want it back? ;)
 

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I left the house earlier and I had my windows down since I'm listening for noises after lowering my truck. I was getting a serious amount of squeaking, clanking type sounds coming from the back end. I immediately turned around, parked the truck in the driveway and took my wife's Expedition so I could locate the noise later.

I got home and took a peek under the truck to see if there were any obvious bolts loose, parts hanging, etc. All looked good on the U-bolt nuts, shackles, etc. and then I saw it. My spare tire worked it's way loose and was moving around, resulting in some very odd sounds. I love it when it's a simple fix...
 
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Love this truck. Keep up the work!!! Man that white and run combo is drop dead sexy
Thanks! I'm not sure what "white and run" means but I'll take the compliment...

I'm 95% done with the interior/exterior changes and now it's time to shift the focus over to the performance side of things. I'm watching your build close. I might be a copy-cat before too long.

This is posted in the TOTM thread but I'll add it here too since this will be my main build thread:

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Looks really good nice and clean!!
 
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Thanks! I'm not sure what "white and run" means but I'll take the compliment... I'm 95% done with the interior/exterior changes and now it's time to shift the focus over to the performance side of things. I'm watching your build close. I might be a copy-cat before too long. This is posted in the TOTM thread but I'll add it here too since this will be my main build thread: <img src="http://www.f150ecoboost.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=49439"/>
No idea what it means. Typo whoops.
 

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Love the look...clean and simple!!
Looks really good nice and clean!!
Thanks - that's exactly what I wanted. I'm not into "flashy" so all of my efforts on the outside were to minimize, debadge, simplify, etc. I've never done any appearance modification to any of my vehicles so this has been fun.
 

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A built bottom-end is always in the back of my mind but I can't make myself spend the $$ just yet. One of these days...
Quoting myself because, well...

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I have no ability to say no. Just ask Ryan. And my wife. She fully supports the junkie in me and always laughs when I give her price estimates. I'm a bit over double what I initially told her. :eek:

I'll post more pictures as the build progresses but you'll have to prepare yourself because it's going to be hardcore engine porn. Ryan and his supporting shops are artists and I can't wait to see what he puts together. Part of me doesn't even want to get it dirty but I can't wait to get this thing dialed in and break a bunch of hearts with it...
 
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