If you've been reading Truckin for a while, then you know that we're not the type that lets a lot of time go by in between projects. After wrapping up a couple lifted GM builds, we figured it was high time to get a Ford in the mix. We happened to have a bone stock 2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT waiting in the wings for a whole host of real-world upgrades. That means we're going to make this truck a lot better looking and a lot nicer to drive without even coming close to breaking the bank. On this truck, the interior was dirty, and the bed was pretty beat up, but other than a couple dents and scratches, the rest of the exterior looked pretty good. Of course, all of the chrome would be going away, but that is a story for another day. For this installment, we will be focusing on getting the suspension and brakes looking and performing better than ever and upgrading the wheels and tires.
The Readylift SST 3.5-inch lift kit fits 2009-13 Ford F150 2WD and 4WD trucks and includes tubular steel Control Arms with heavy duty ball joints. The CNC-machined billet lift spacers feature a unique offset bolt design engineered to position the strut into the stock position. This translates into proper suspension clearance and guarantees the truck to ride like stock. Also included is a machined billet spacer that installs between the top of the spring and the bottom of the strut hat to pre-load the spring. Finally, the kit includes OEM style cast iron rear block, as well as a carrier bearing spacer to maintain correct driveshaft angle. This combo allows for up to 35-inch tires. Best of all, there is no cutting of OEM Parts or welding, factory ride is maintained, and Readylift provides a limited lifetime warranty.
You've seen us use EBC brakes many times before on these pages, and the reason is simple: It is cheap insurance for your truck, and you get great bang for the buck because the high-carbon slotted brake rotors and Green Stuff pads look good behind the wheels. And they also provide much better stopping power than your old warped rotors and worn pads. Plus, you're working on the suspension anyway! Another great brand that we've earned plenty of frequent flyer miles with is Fuel Offroad. Their desert-inspired wheel designs are always an easy choice when we're looking to finish off our projects. In this instance, we chose the 18-inch Vectors in black. And while we were there, we also opted for Fuel Gripper A/T tires in LT295/70R18.
Once all of our components arrived, we headed out to Westminster, California, to New Century Tire, where Junior and the crew performed the install in just a few hours. Soon, we were back on the pavement, and the lifted and leveled out stance, along with the "almost 35s," made a huge difference in the way this F-150 looked and drove. We've got big plans for this truck, so make sure you check back right here soon and see everything else we have in store for this Ford!