In a recent issue, MaxTrac Suspension helped jack this F-150 higher into the sky, which increased its ability to travel any unpaved path it comes across. Larger, off-road tires were also thrown at the truck, and that’s where the first minor hiccup was introduced during Ford’s restyling process.
WHAT WE STARTED WITH
The problem with the 37-inch Nitto Tire Grapplers was that they were rubbing up against the factory front bumper at full lock. Leftover time, the tires would’ve ended up chewing away at the corners of the bumper, making it look terrible and possibly damaging the tread. The solution, however, was as easy as scouting out an aftermarket bumper, one that had enough clearance for the tires and that possessed a bolder look than the plain ol’ factory piece. Enter Addictive Desert Designs (ADD). Its Stealth series front bumper would be just the trick, and to make the deal even sweeter, the company even offered an equally cool rear bumper to complete the look. These bumpers look aggressive as hell with their hammer black finish, dimpledyed side profile and exposed rivets and mesh detailing. Installation was as simple as bolting the new pieces to the existing mounting points—as easy as can be.
To take the styling and functionality of the Ford’s taller stance further, the MaxTrac crew opted for ADD’s LED-lit Rock Slider running boards to make hopping into the cab (especially at night) much easier and safer. The boards feature the same rugged finish of the bumpers and come complete with a pre-installed inner light bar that shines bright when opening the doors at night. To capitalize on the theme of increased visibility, ADD’s front and rear bumpers have been designed to accept a front LED light bar and rear reverse lights, which were also thrown into the mix for good measure. Rigid Industries’ RDS series light bar was a perfect addition to the front because it emits a wide spread of light output and a custom two-bolt mounting system that makes for easy adjustability and strength. For the rear, two DS series LED housings were installed in the rear bumper to serve as reverse lights. Darkness will never put this truck into a threatening position from which it won’t be able to free itself ever again.
The time has come for the second installment of this F-150’s transformation. Once again, the fellas at MaxTrac Suspension will be turning the wrenches and taking matters into their own hands. Follow along as every we document every single step.
Addictive Desert Designs
THE FRONT BUMPER
REAR BUMPER INSTALLATION