Some might think the beadlocks on these 17-inch Method wheels were matched to the paint, but it was actually the other way around.
Author: Jordan Powell Photos: Icon Media
A luxury prerunner is like having the best of both worlds. You get all of the amenities that come with a Trophy-Truck, like limitless amounts of horsepower and suspension travel, plus you get all the creature comforts you’re used to in your daily driver, like a cushy interior, cup holders and air conditioning. Some might even say it’s being selfish, but what do they know? At Dirt Sports, we think you should be able to have your cake and eat it too.
For Darin Collins, frigid Arizona winters were not exactly ideal for prerunning in his four-seat, V8 buggy. A person can only take frostbite and numb extremities for so long before they try to remedy the situation, and in Collins’ case, the remedy was a closed, crew cab truck. After spending a couple of months searching around, Darin came across this Mark Johnson Race Prep-built 2009 Ford F-150. With features like a Redline LS7, Stewart Raceworks steering and custom suspension, it was the perfect fit for Collins. However, it was far from finished. Enter CWF Off-Road.
“Basically, my customer, Darin Collins, needed a prerunner to go with his 7200 truck,” explained Jeremy Cheshire. “The truck was in an unfinished state when he first bought it, and we supplied the work to get it where it is now, but it wasn’t easy. We tore the truck down to a bare chassis, prepped the whole thing, and then had it painted. For us, it was one of our biggest projects, and we’re thankful for the opportunity Darin gave us.”
While many may think that starting with something that was halfway built may have been easier, in some cases it added to the complexity and length of the build, as Cheshire had to determine what was worth keeping and what was not. After a couple months of hard work, CWF Off-Road was able to turn the partially completed machine into this eye-catching luxury prerunner. While it has yet to hit the dirt, we are sure Darin will enjoy having a windshield, a comfy interior and gobs of suspension travel and horsepower. After all, who wouldn’t?
Before you even get a chance to check out the fine details on the exterior of this F-150, the vibrant orange paint job robs your attention. Collins happens to be a fan of the eye-catching color, and wanted his prerunner to match his 7200. As you begin to move in for a closer look, you’ll notice the wide stance. To accommodate the massive 93-inch track width and 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires, Fiberwerx outfitted this noble steed with their F-150 Trophy-Truck one-piece front clip and bedsides. Last but not least, a combo of Vision X HIDs and Rigid LEDs allow Darin to see whatever is in front of him in the darkest of desert nights.
Even the coils were
powdercoated orange to control the custom Mark Johnson-built suspension. With 18 inches of wheel travel, the big Ford can plow through the roughest terrain with ease. FRONT SUSPENSION
Up front a one-off Mark Johnson long-travel kit provides this 2009 F-150 with the necessary 18 inches of travel needed to prerun. Controlling the movement of the upper and lower A-arms is an army of Fox components: 2.5 three-tube remote reservoir bypasses, 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers and 2.0 bump stops. If you look closely, you’ll even spot the Stewart Raceworks swinger steering and Howe components.
To complete the rear axle, heavy-duty Dirt-Tech hubs were sourced.
Found in the rear of Darin Collins’ prerunner is a three-link using Dirt-Tech links, which offers 26 inches of wheel movement. To keep the rear end under control, a set of Fox 2.5 three-tube remote reservoir bypasses, 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers and 2.0 bump stops were incorporated into the design. A heavy-duty Dirt-Tech housing was filled with 5.13 gears and full-floating 40-spline TCS 300M axles.
A C&R radiator ensures proper temperatures.
Giving this orange beast every performance upgrade possible was the goal for Collins, which is why he chose a Redline Performance GM LS7 427 cubic-inch power plant. With 630 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft of torque on tap, Collins also replaced the stock transmission with a Mogi Turbo 400 transmission to meet the demands of his high-performance engine. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the engine was also pushed a foot and a half back to create better weight distribution.
What would a luxury prerunner be without a custom leather and suede interior? The folks over at Friendly Upholstery in El Cajon, California, knew the importance of Collins’ vision, and provided him with this attractive interior. The seats, steering wheel, dash and side panels were carefully wrapped in the finest of leather and suede materials. Safety is also important to Collins, which is why he had four MasterCraft Safety seats and harnesses installed into this F-150. Communication is also a breeze through a Racer X four-person intercom system and a Kenwood race radio.
As a precaution, the inside of the cab was equipped with a fire extinguishing system.
DATA LOGGER Vehicle: 2009 F-150 Owner: Darin Collins Builder: CWF Off-Road Significance: A clean example of a prerunner