We’ve only had our 2011 Ford Super Duty for a few months now, and it’s already been an even more pleasant experience than we managed to have with our old ’03 Super Duty. It’s not that we don’t love our big, old Super Duty. In fact, we’ve grown very fond of it and will probably find another life for it instead of putting it out to pasture.
But now we’ve got a new ’11 F-250 to work on. And you know it was only a matter of time before we started in with the modifications. After all, we’re not Truck Trends. Instead we modify trucks and test them out in off-road conditions. Sure, it’s a ton of fun, but we also get valuable experience in the dirt that we can relay to the manufacturers and to readers. That’s why we just couldn’t leave well enough alone—even on our new truck.
But we wanted to start lightly. Though we have some big plans for this F-250 in the future, it’s not often that we get a stock truck to start from scratch with, and we want to make our decisions carefully.
A big priority was to get the truck a little higher in the air with a Daystar spacer lift. It didn’t necessarily need brand new, bigger, and more expensive tires just yet (there is still a lot of tread we haven’t burned off these stock ones), but we already put a dent in one running board and bent the other, so a little more ground clearance would be nice.
We could also improve ground clearance by getting rid of the running boards, altogether. But this truck is already a tall one, so a pair of Bestop PowerBoards will give us the step to get in, and without the loss of ground clearance when the door is closed.
For our first engine modification, what project vehicle would be complete without an aftermarket air intake? That’s why we had Airaid send us out their MXP Series air intake for the new 6.7L Power Stroke diesel that lays under the hood of our truck.
For some first steps, we feel like we did well and took it easy, not going too crazy with a brand new truck. After all, we should probably at least put a scratch or two on the bumpers and wheels before we pull them off and get radical with this F-250.