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2000 Ford F350 SuperDuty - Big Red

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2000 Ford F350 SuperDuty - Big Red

As the sport of off-roading increases in age, it is increasingly being looked upon as a family recreational pastime. Brian Brody's family is no exception to this budding part of American culture. He and his 2000 Ford F-350 are the product of several generations of off-road enthusiasts. Whether it's towing his boat to the river, hauling material to a job site, or just cruising around the sand dunes of Glamis, Brian and his 4x4 Ford live in true character of the Super Duty ideology.

Brian was introduced to off-roading at an early age on family camping trips, although his off-road existence was not solidified until his fifteenth birthday. His father passed down the gift his father had given him a couple of decade's prior: a '70 International Scout, the old family camping vehicle. He spent his fifteenth year fixing it up to be his daily driver. The experience left him with a good taste in his mouth, ready for many more off-road vehicles to come.

After several years with the Scout, Brian had worked hard enough to earn himself a new ride. With a brand-new Super Duty in his name, Brian found himself with a blank canvas. With a desire to attract some more attention than the stock red truck, there was no question as to what he would do next. It was time for the bright-red beast to get some substantial size tucked underneath. He took the truck to his local specialty shop, Custom Motorsports in Riverside, California. Before the company could install the tires, the truck would need to be lifted. They decided on a Fabtech Suspension lift kit. This would provide an extra 8 inches of fender clearance.

The comprehensive kit from Fabtech supplied everything needed, except a set of shocks. Custom Motorsports began unbolting the old leaf springs and bolting up the new higher-arched spring packs. The Fabtech shock mounts were installed, and all that was left were the shock absorbers. The all-inclusive kit left Brian with many options for shock absorption: Rancho, Bilstein, or whatever his heart desired. Brian choose Fox Racing shocks. The mid-price-range shocks provide most anyone with more than enough shock to outlast the toughest of conditions. They are completely rebuildable, and hence, adjustable for any type of terrain.

The trustworthy Ford has made Brian all but forget about his old Scout. "It's kind of sad that thing is just sitting on the side of the house since I got my Super Duty." And so the Scout remains in the family, waiting for the next generation of the Brody family to stake claim on it. Until then, Brian continues to enjoy the benefits of owning a brand-new truck. Only time will tell what the next upgrade for Brian's Super Duty will be, but whatever it is, surely it will only improve his off-road fun.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner/hometown : Brian Brody/Riverside, California
Make/model : 2000 {{{Ford F-350}}}
Engine : Ford V-10
Transmission : 4R100 four-speed Overdrive
Suspension : Fabtech 8-inch
Shocks : Fox Racing 2.0
Wheels/tires : 16-1/2x9-3/4-inch Weld Typhoons/38-inch
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Additional features : Billet grille

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