Click for Coverage
  • JP Magazine
  • Dirt Sports + Off-Road
  • 4-Wheel & Off-Road
  • Four Wheeler

Project Desert Crewzer

Posted in Features on August 17, 2002 Comment (0)
Share this
Contributors: Randall JachmannMark Dustin

From the original concept of this project, Fabtech set out to use an F-150 as a development tool to design a new line of four-wheel-drive products while involving other manufacturers and custom shops to create a full-blown project off-road truck. For more than six months, Fabtech's Desert Crewzer has been transformed from a stock SuperCrew to a truck with cutting-edge style and plenty of off-road capabilities.

The SuperCrew was first used as a platform in Fabtech's R&D shop to design and build a 6-inch performance 4x4 suspension system complete with triple front shocks, rear dual shocks, floating traction bars, a front-end Desert Guard, and a custom rear bumper guard. Stock tires and wheels were replaced with P315/75R16 BFGoodrich A/Ts that were mounted on 16x10-inch Weld Stonecrushers.

To keep the horsepower from the 5.4L V-8 at full power, the front and rear gears were replaced with a pair of 4.56 precision gears. Under the hood, K&N supplied a high-flow induction system coupled with a Gibson after-cat exhaust system with a Hypertech programmer, dialing it all in for excellent throttle response.

The exterior of the Desert Crewzer received a pair of Fabtech's fiberglass fenders fitted with custom aluminum inner fenderwells along with a Street Scene grille, Car Wear headlights, PIAA lights, and four Kodiak steps to help climb into the big Ford. Behind the skidplate of the front-end Desert Guard, a Warn 9,000-pound winch was installed for those solo off-road trips.

Following the graphic rendering, L&G massaged the body and applied the intense blue, black, and magenta over the factory white paint with a thick clearcoat on the brush for protection. Line-X shot the bed with its polyurethane protective coating for rough cargo use.

New leather seat surfaces from Katzkin provided driver and passenger comforts while carbon-fiber overlays from Quality Laser Craft on the dash and door panels added an edgy style. A 1,500-watt MTX sound system complete with DVD and LCD screens was fitted into the cab with a custom subwoofer and amp box by Car Audio Craftsman. Fabtech fabricated a 1-3/4-inch interior rollcage for additional occupant safety and had it powdercoated blue to match the exterior paint.

After months of intense shop time, Fabtech's Desert Crewzer is a feast for the eyes. The details and craftsmanship have to be seen firsthand in order to really appreciate the professional level of this truck. On- or off-road, the Desert Crewzer tears it up with style and performance. It's great to see a company that has previously captured the two-wheel-drive market with its innovative expertise and desert racing background jump into the 4x4 zone, raising the bar.

0210or 01zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Passenger Side View Door Deep In Mud
0210or 02zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Front Passenger Side In Front Of Hill
0210or 03z+Ford F150 Super Crew+Front Driver Side View Of Wheel Close Up
0210or 04zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Front View Of Truck Entering Mud
0210or 05zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Close Up Wheel
0210or 06zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Close Up On Shocks
0210or 07zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Front Driver Side Close Up Of grille And Front Of Truck
0210or 08zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Close Up Front Skid plate Bumper Guard And Winch
0210or 09zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Close View Of Passenger Front Fender
0210or 10zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Engine Shot Focusing On Intake
0210or 11zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Rear Shot Of Traction Bar
0210or 12zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Wheel Well Shot Of Shocks
0210or 13zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Interior Shot Of Amps And Subwoofers Under Back Seats
0210or 14zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Interior Shot From Rear Door Towards Front Seats
0210or 15zoom+Ford F150 Super Crew+Rear Shot Of Bumper Guard And Tailgate


We've got videos! From mud to the beach, we have more coverage than most of the girls we shoot. Enjoy our dirt every day lifestyle and motto! Let's Go Watch The Videos!

Connect With Us

Newsletter Sign Up

Subscribe to the Magazine

Sponsored Links