#TENSEMA16: Ford Shows Off Custom Super Duty and Raptor Before SEMA 2016Posted in News on October 28, 2016
#TENSEMA16Ford gave us a peek at what its partners have cooking for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, and while all the company has shown are mere illustrations, we like what we see so far. In addition to the previous batch of Ford SEMA specials, which will be based on the standard F-150 pickup, this latest round features such hotly anticipated trucks as the F-150 Raptor and F-Series Super Duty, with a couple Transit vans thrown in for good measure.
Headlining this second round of SEMA teasers is a prerunner-style 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, built by DeBerti Design. DeBerti, the company behind the stupendous F-650 six-door from the 2006 SEMA Show, envisioned the Raptor using an aggressive Foutz Motorsports suspension, widening the truck by 3 inches on each side and making space for 40-inch tires. A Gibson cat-back exhaust and K&N cold-air intake improve the twin-turbo V-6’s breathing, while Alcon brakes help keep it all under control. Custom fenders by DeBerti give the exterior some flash, while a custom roll cage, five-point harnesses, custom embroidery, a leather headliner, and significant audio upgrades round out the interior.
One of the most common vehicles at SEMA is the Ford F-Series Super Duty, and the company is taking full advantage of that popularity with several different designs. Among them is the Air Design USA 2017 Ford F-250. The accessories company kitted its Super Duty out with a ReadyLIFT Suspension 3.5-inch leveling kit and Bilstein shocks, while Fuel Off-Road 22-inch wheels and Gripper M/T 35-inch tires provide some rolling attitude. An Air Design front bumper guard, hood scoop, fender flares, roof pods, door moldings, floor liners, and tailgate spoiler are some of the exterior changes, along with a Pace Edwards locking electric tonneau cover. Custom black and white leather matches the similar exterior paint scheme.
If maximum height is a priority, the Fabtech “Shockzilla” might be the perfect SEMA F-Series. Thanks to massive 4-inch shocks at each corner, the F-250 Super Duty should enjoy a well-controlled ride from its 8-inch lift kit. In addition to the Fabtech suspension components, Dirt Logic coilovers and Deaver Spring long-travel leaf springs help provide altitude. 20-inch wheels on 38-inch tires look good under the elevated wheel arches, which are trimmed by Fabtech’s fender wells. Rigid Industries LED lighting, Bushwacker fender flares, AMP Research steps, a Rhino Linings bedliner, and custom paint by Haynie Designs improves the Super Duty’s appearance, while an aFe Power intake and Fabtech custom exhaust stacks help with performance from the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V-8.
Going to the other extreme is the 2017 F-250 Super Duty from TS Designs. Although it features flared fenders like some of its peers, they serve a different purpose, improving the looks of this widebody pickup. Atlas Spring gave the F-250 a custom-fabricated lowering kit, suspending 26x10-inch front and 26x13-inch rear wheels. A Whipple supercharger, CGS Motorsports exhaust, and K&N filter help improve power from the 6.2L gas V-8. Inside, Katzkin leather and Kenwood audio lux up the very smooth, sporty-looking truck.
Looking for all the world like a toy come to life, the Skyjacker Suspensions F-350 gets the nickname MBX350 Matchbox, thanks to its 8.5-inch four-link lift kit, 40-inch tires, and law enforcement–oriented modifications. Fab Fours provided the front and rear bumpers and roof rack, with an A.R.E. Accessories bed cap. HIDProjectors, Whelen Engineering, and Rigid Industries provided LED illumination, while a Bedslide 1000 is mounted in the bed for easy access to its contents. Bushwacker fender flares add some style and safety to the truck. Inside, Katzkin seating, a Lund Industries police console, sPOD power distributor, Magellan off-road navigation, a bevy of tactical equipment, and a Kicker audio system make this one impressive police truck.
The final Super Duty on offer from Ford’s SEMA team is a big one. Sitting low over massive 28-inch wheels, the F-350 dualie from Mad Industries has undeniable presence, thanks in part to its wide hips that hide single-piece forged rear wheels. Powered by a 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, the Mad Industries F-350 gets a 4-inch Gibson Performance Exhaust with a complete DPF system and 6-inch ceramic tips. Crown Suspension and Deaver Springs supplied some of the truck’s underpinnings, while the bodywork features BASF waterborne paint and ceramic paint coating applied by the masters at LGE-CTS Motorsports. LightWurkz custom headlights, Invisishield paint protection film, a Pace-Edwards electronic tonneau, Line-X bed protection, AMP Research running boards, extensive LED lighting, and a Ford Accessories fifth-wheel hitch kit provide some exterior flash. Inside, custom leather seating, window tinting, and an audio system featuring Focal and Rosen components make the tow pig as comfortable as it is imposing.
Two Transits will also appear at the 2016 SEMA Show, including a Power Stroke 3.2L Transit 350 modified by the band Good Boy Daisy. With a side-exit exhaust from Full-Race Motorsports, polished aluminum Alcoa rims, and Slick Shot custom paint and bodywork, the Transit looks like a great way to tote a band around. Helping back up the visuals are a custom 13x16-foot deployable stage, Kicker in-car audio, and massive loudspeakers and subwoofers for impromptu parking lot concerts.
Students at Wyotech provided ideas and manpower in building one of the 2016 Transit 150s that will be shown at SEMA. Inspired by the custom van movement in the 1970s (heralded by Ford’s own Econoline), the Transit gets a wild color scheme with gold-leaf paint, a custom bubble window, custom rear window louvers, Katzkin leather, Webasto front and rear sunroofs, a Kenwood audio system augmented by Rockford Fosgate speakers and subs, HushMat soundproofing, 20-inch Samsung TV screens, and XK-GLOW interior lighting. Michelin Redline tires mounted on Rocket Racing 18-inch wheels in a vintage design complete the retro theme.
With a massive amount of custom work on display, the Ford booth should be one of the most interesting attractions at the 2016 SEMA Show. We’ll be there next week to bring you the real scoop on Ford’s partnerships, and we can’t wait to inspect these trucks in person then.