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Black Gold: KMC Wheels 2007 Ford F150

Posted in Features on September 1, 2011
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Building a complete vehicle in order to showcase a single component is a solid concept. KMC Wheels had several options when it came to building an F-150 to demonstrate its XD 123 Bully wheels.

Option one was probably the simplest: use a simple lift kit, adorn the truck with some graphics, and bolt on the rolling stock.

Option two would have worked as well: lift kit, graphics, rolling stock, and myriad bolt-on accessories.

While options one and two are perfectly acceptable, KMC’s XD 123 Bully wheels are true beadlocks. Not only that, but they are forged aluminum! Living up to such a wheel required a third option.

What’s option three? It’s a real rollcage, long-travel suspension, and shocks to match. Instead of in-your-face graphics, KMC went with stealthy black. When you add it up, it’s black gold: an F-150 worthy of its wheels. OR

Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150
Owner/Hometown: KMC Wheels/Cerritos, California
Engine: 5.4L Triton V-8
Front suspension: Camburg long-travel kit, Bilstein coilover, bypass shocks, and bump stops.
Rear suspension: Stock rear axle, Bilstein bypass shocks, Deaver leaf packs
Tires: 37x17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Wheels: 17x8.5 KMC XD 123 “Bully” true beadlocks. Forged and polished
Other: Desolate/Camburg rollcage, Optima battery, SCT programmer, Beard seats, Crow harnesses, Magnaflow muffler

This ’07 was treated to a Fiberwerx ’09 F-150 front conversion clip. Not only did the clip update the front end, the one-piece clip added girth to cover the long-travel track width. A trio of KCs light up the night.
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