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It's not your thing and totally understandable. In my case though, I've done more damage on the road, then off.
With your knob tires, you will be throwing rocks and debris every where = more paint damage.

Also, yes just the thought of having to clean it terrifies me!

It's ok, my boss is a backwoods guy with a chevy 2500 gasser and gives me **** too. I always respond he can talk all the ****, but just remember my "little" truck makes more power and will pull yours all day! Gets him wound up.
 

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With your knob tires, you will be throwing rocks and debris every where = more paint damage.

Also, yes just the thought of having to clean it terrifies me!

It's ok, my boss is a backwoods guy with a chevy 2500 gasser and gives me ** too. I always respond he can talk all the **, but just remember my "little" truck makes more power and will pull yours all day! Gets him wound up.
That's what they mudflaps for... ;)
Ha, yeah I get it. I like to keep my truck in good shape, but also like to drive it in many different environments.
 

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@WooBoost, that's the BEST thing about trucks! They can be so many different machines. Incredibly versatile. And while I admit that I have a truck that I will go through considerable effort to avoid door dings and the like, I've also had a couple that I would park anywhere anytime and not be the least concerned. :)

@GearHead_1, so we share history yet again. In this case, a Ranchero regret? Lol

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4x4 is made for going through a little bit of stuff, it does not mean going through mud holes and all kinds of that. What it is made for, is towing.

If i lived up by these guys with all the area for offroading, I would simply have a side by side, which truck can tow, and beat that up and not my expensive machine. PLus those things area turbo chanrged now too. Very fast.
 

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4x4 is made for going through a little bit of stuff, it does not mean going through mud holes and all kinds of that. What it is made for, is towing.

If i lived up by these guys with all the area for offroading, I would simply have a side by side, which truck can tow, and beat that up and not my expensive machine. PLus those things area turbo chanrged now too. Very fast.
lol that’s the thing though, are you under the assumption it’s all nice paved roads to get to the atv trails as well? You’d still be beating your truck up in your eyes on the roads to the trails here regardless.
When I’m talking about getting to the camp spot, it’s the rough roads/trails into them that I’d like to be able to tackle without damaging the truck! Usually it’s from camp that the Jeep’s and atvs get taken out to the trails
 
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@WooBoost, that's the BEST thing about trucks! They can be so many different machines. Incredibly versatile. And while I admit that I have a truck that I will go through considerable effort to avoid door dings and the like, I've also had a couple that I would park anywhere anytime and not be the least concerned. :)

@GearHead_1, so we share history yet again. In this case, a Ranchero regret? Lol

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I definitely like to keep my trucks clean as well, I mean I’ve even got it parked for the winter, so even if it’s not lowered it’s still going to be pretty babied. My last truck I color match box linered the wheel wells to avoid the damage that @WooBoost is concerned about. Potentially will do the same on this one!
 
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4x4 is made for going through a little bit of stuff, it does not mean going through mud holes and all kinds of that. What it is made for, is towing.

If i lived up by these guys with all the area for offroading, I would simply have a side by side, which truck can tow, and beat that up and not my expensive machine. PLus those things area turbo chanrged now too. Very fast.
I would love a side by side, but to buy a decent one, would be $20k+. The other side of the coin is that you then need to buy a trailer, pull it around and have a place to stage, store, etc. I've lived pretty heavily in the "Toy" life, there are some cons there too. Use your truck for what you want to, that's what's so cool about trucks. They have great versatility.

I'm not kidding when I say this, but at my Dad's place right now there are:
  • 3 side by sides
  • 5 ATV's
  • 8 Modern Snowmobiles
  • 10 Classic Snowmobiles
 

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I orriginally wanted to lower my XL. I'm a big fan of road racing and did a bunch of slalom and drag stuff in the 1970's. But since putting together a 4wd Ranger I've had a wish for a 2wd pre-runner style pickup. It's still a work in progress! KM
 

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But just think how good that lowered RCSB would be with a new 3.5 Eco.
 

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What suspension set up did you go with? I know Beltech but how low? 2-4?


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What suspension set up did you go with? I know Beltech but how low? 2-4?


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It had dropped it a little over 2” in the front and had lots more to go, when I maxed out the fronts when I first got shocks just to see, it was nearly tucking tire under the fender.
The rear was about 3.5” drop, removing the rear block and a 2” drop shackle to achieve that.
 
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Been working the last few days at this, have everything off the front end. Now eventually I can put in some new 14+ style LCA’s, Dorman IWE deletes and front coilovers to replace the belltechs!

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This truck is gonna see some serious change here pretty quick!

What are you going to do for tires? The 420s’ aren’t going to cut it...


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Well I am only two years behind on starting this but I know the truck is far from complete so it will be nice to have a place to document all of the changes along the way. Seeing @Blown F-150's thread on the FX4 slowly making progress and how much information can be found throughout it with great discussion and trial and error hopefully I can share my experiences as well!

I will try and keep the timeline in order for November 2018 till now!

November 20, 2018 I was back and fourth with the dealer for about a month at this point but took the the truck home. Here's how it looked, stock as can be. I really wanted this truck specifically, the platinum had all the features which I thought was sweet even though who really needs them.
Most of all I liked the Pearl White, I knew I wanted to make the truck faster and whenever you see anyone driving one of these pearl white platinum's its almost always someone 50+ so I thought it would make a great little sleeper.

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I made it one whole day before plugging in the SCT and at least giving a canned tune a go.. Within a couple weeks I had the urge to get a little sound out of it but I told myself I wasnt going to spend much on this truck so I opted to just cut out the muffler and replace it with a piece of pipe.. This went horribly for many reasons.. My fiance hated it so much she even offered to go halves on a new exhaust for me!

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After I got a little more sound out of it I was already back to being hooked researching what to do next, I had done the VTA "mod" the first week as well which I thought made it sounds pretty cool..

However, on the local classifieds I came across an AFE intake for only $150 so I went to pick it up ASAP. I ended up having a 1hr+ conversation with the seller, who blew his motor running a Diablo canned tune on his truck. By the end of the conversation he figured I was pretty into it all and told me he had a few other things he thought I would like... So from his toolbox he grabbed a Turbosmart BOV and Roush Vent boost gauge, which he just gave me for FREE!

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The truck now sounded pretty sweet in my opinion between the exhaust, intake and BOV! but I thought the stock look was pretty lame. Prior to this truck I owned a 6.0L f350 that I always wanted to lower but never did. I figured I would go that route with this truck so I started by removing the rear blocks.. It wasnt enough for my liking so a couple weeks later I ordered Beltech front Struts and Shackles/shocks for the rear. The truck now sat like this!

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I also had way to many light bars in my f350 which I missed dearly when driving back roads or highways late at night when no one was around.. I decided the f150 needed more light than anyone needs.. 2 x 32" light bars, a 42" and a 20"..

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I also wanted to be able to see when reversing but didnt want the lights to be visible so I mounted them underneath the truck, you can only see them if you really get down there!

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I would later remove this setup, even though I never had any troubles with cooling even in the summer, I figured if I wanted to focus on performance I should let more airflow through!

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The first summer with the truck was coming and I knew how hot black leather gets so I went with 30% front tint to help keep the truck a little cooler!

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After lots of asking around facebook groups and reading on the forum, I bought my first real performance mod, MBRP catless Downpipes. I had also been running a tune from gearhead for 5-6 months at this point! Part way through the summer I got the chance to Dyno the truck.

It was a mobile Dynocom Dyno and my only real mods at this point were the downpipes and gearhead tune. 384/463 was good enough numbers for me, for now.....

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I thought I would try and make the truck a little more aggressive so I added some 1 3/4" coyote wheel spacers, Which the truck looked great and all but the rubbing when turning and constant image of my wheels falling off on the highway resulted in me removing them only a couple months later.

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Probably about 5 more posts and I will catch up to current day...
Oh! I thought you were talking about me. Old man sleeper.
 
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Why do you want to go to 14 LCA? It is different mounting for strut.

If you're going to go down that path, look into 15+ alum spindle. I think you can use it with 15+ LCA or have your control arm and put 15+ balljoint in it. IDK all the details, it haas been done though.
 

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This truck is gonna see some serious change here pretty quick!

What are you going to do for tires? The 420s’ aren’t going to cut it...


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haha most definitely it’s going the other direction 😅!
Well I think I’m gonna just continue to copy you and get a 33-34” set of tires I can use year round! Still going to keep the 420’s for when it’s track time or long road trips!

I think I’ll probably go the cheap route and find a set of take off 18’s for wheels hopefully!
 
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Why do you want to go to 14 LCA? It is different mounting for strut.

If you're going to go down that path, look into 15+ alum spindle. I think you can use it with 15+ LCA or have your control arm and put 15+ balljoint in it. IDK all the details, it haas been done though.
The shocks going on the front are 14+ mounting style so I needed the LCA to go with, after asking on some other forums you’re correct I would need a 15+ knuckle and UCA to use them so I just ordered a new set of 14 LCA’s
 

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