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2005 Ford F-150 - To Dye For

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Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted April 1, 2005

Mark Dye's Cool Arizona Four-Wheel Independent F-150

In the chrome-saturated environment of the SEMA show in Vegas, many people didn't give this understated black F-150 a second glance. However, truck lovers with a keen technical eye were left speechless when they eyeballed this Ford. The reason? It harbors a multitude of cool modifications including a prerun-ready independent rear suspension (IRS).

FST Motorsports engineer Torrey Porter was inspired to build this F-150 for his boss, Mark Dye, after watching (ahem) rental IRS-equipped Ford Expedition SUVs being used as chase vehicles at off-road races. Impressed by their handling and ability to absorb abuse, he worked with FST Motorsports fabricator Brian Mead to create this very unusual IRS-equipped machine.

Clearly, this F-150 is all clean and pretty in these photos, but the team at FST says that won't last long because the vehicle will immediately be put to use as a chase vehicle for their off-road racing team.

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General
Owner: Mark Dye, Phoenix, Arizona
Vehicle/Model: '05 Ford F-150
Estimated Value: $75,000

Engine
Type: 5.4L OHV V-8
Aspiration: Fuel injection (a Whipple supercharger is on its way), custom FST 3.5-inch after-cat exhaust
Output, hp and torque: N/A

Drivetrain
Transmission: 4R75E
Transfer case: Two-speed

Suspension
Front: IFS, modified 6-inch Fabtech coilover kit producing 4 inches of lift
Rear: Ford Expedition IRS, custom FST 4-inch-lift kit with Bilstein replacement struts and FSTaluminum trailing links with QA1 spherical rod ends.

Axles/Differentials
Front: Stock differential, FST aluminum tie rods with QA1 spherical rod ends
Rear: Stock Ford Expeditiondifferential
Ring-and-pinion: 4.56:1, West Coast Differentials

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: 17x8 Ford wheels with Champion bead locks and Goodrich Technologies PermaStar finish
Tires: 35x12.50-17 Goodyear CORR-spec

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