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Old 11-25-2008, 05:09 PM
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2005 f-250 build...pics before and after

Well we are just finishing up the latest project...a 2005 f-250 Supercrew 4x4. Started this build with the notion of keeping it pretty basic for the most part, trying to see what you can get done on a fairly tight budget. Decided on a 6" Rize Radius Arm Drop kit with a Bilstein upgrade all around and the Icon 6" blocks and a 2.5" Skyjacker add a leaf in the rear. Kevin from TruckToyz hooked us up with a great setup. Instructions from Rize were excellent which made the installation go very smoothly...only ran into a few slight problems. First problem was finding a socket big enough to the the retaining nut off the pitman arm...of course this was at 9pm on friday so everywhere was closed. Ended up using a massive 1 7/8 socket to get it off (it was bigger than needed but won't strip something that big). Once that was off, came to realize the puller we had wouldn't fit around the massive pitman arm on these superdutys. For future reference Lisle makes a puller thats perfect for superdutys. Seeing as all the stores were closed, and the stock pitman arm is of no use anymore, hit it with the angle grinder until the puller could slide over. Besides that hiccup, everything on the front went very smoothly. The rear also was super easy, just dropped the axle to swap everything out. No problems whatsoever.... Used the shim kit from Icon to drop the carrier bearing, have it so almost all vibration is gone, just need to fine tune it as there is still a very slight takeoff vibration. Threw the 37"x13.5 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 18" Rockstars on the truck and it looks great. Finished her off with some N-fab steps which are a great addition, for both looks and usefulness of getting in and out. Performance wise, power is great with the SCT xcal2 with some tunes by Eric at Innovative Diesel . Waiting on a Magnaflow 5" turboback stainless exhaust which is in the mail thanks to Aden at GOS performance. Next up we are going to block off the EGR at the same time we do the exhaust until we fabricate our own bypass for the whole system....then its time to decide on whether or not to step up to 4.56s and whether or not some traction bars are going to be needed. Overall, very happy with the setup... both looks and performance of the truck. Was somewhat concerned with how the ride quality would be after deciding against doing the 4 link, but I am very satisfied with the ways it rides and handles. Some before, during, and after pics are below.

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before (did a little bumper swap with the black truck)


gettin some help from Colt (he makes quite the shop dog)


track bar drop bracket and drop pitman arm installed


Icon 6" block and u-bolts (before we put in the add a leaf)


Sorry no more installation pics, but got a few of the *almost Finished product




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Old 11-25-2008, 05:18 PM
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that truck looks freaking awesome!!!! That is my dream truck
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:19 PM
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Man that looks real good! I almost went with the same tire/rim set-up as you. I love the rockstars, I almost with I had.
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Very nice
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where did you get those nerf bars?
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:48 PM
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Nice job. Rig looks Killer
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:15 PM
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thanks guys... and I got the n-fab bars from 4 wheel parts
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:23 PM
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so just how loud are those Mud Grapplers? lol
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a little off topic but how did you like the coopers u had on it?
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The mud grapplers are loud, but no where near as bad as super swampers including SSR's. The cooper tires were great. I recommed them to anyone looking for a quiet, great riding, and low priced tire.
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