Like everything in life that is exciting, magazine project vehicles must come to an end. Our Race 150 is no exception. No sooner do we get it finished then it's time to move on. In four months we took a stone-stock F-150 and worked with the best in the business to convert it into a desert-eating beast and jump-start the aftermarket with products for Ford's new baby. We had JD Fabrication prototype a long-travel front suspension kit to work with Bilstein 9100 series race shocks and Deaver Spring rear leaf packs for a daily-driver suspension that kicks butt in the rough stuff. By adding a set of Glassworks Unlimited bulged fenders, we were able to fit 37-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs with only a 4-inch suspension lift when everyone else needs a 6-inch lift to clear 35s! If we had more time with the truck we'd find stiffer front springs (something in the 700 lb-in range) to keep the front end from bottoming. We'd also add a rollcage that ties into the front half of the frame to help spread the load on the chassis when landing. Of course, we'd still like to swap in 4.88 gears, add a supercharger, a Dana 60 axle, maybe four-link the rear...we could go on and on. But we think you'll agree our Race-150 is a heck of a start! To match the Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass fenders with the rest of the truck, we hauled our Race 150 up to KC Customs in Santa Rosa, California. The plan was to keep the truck red but add a few graphics to draw attention to the front end. Scott De La Montanya and Bryan Kinney laid out these granite tears over the front clip to follow the theme of our Ultimate Avalanche that they painted last year.To match the Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass fenders with the rest of the truck, we hauled After the five coats of clear had dried, Tom Burke and Tim Swan went to work polishing the new paint to a show-winning finish. Then the door handles, weatherstripping, and sideview mirrors were carefully reinstalled. Finally the bumper, bed cage, and wheelwells were shot with black paint to tie the look together.After the five coats of clear had dried, Tom Burke and Tim Swan went to work polishing the To clean up the bed and hide the scars of its past life, we had Line-X of Santa Rosa spray the bed with its protective coating. Michelle Merritt and her crew prepped, masked, and sprayed our truck in under two hours while we hung out at the off-road shop next door. We were tempted to have the bed cage and bumper coated with Line-X too, but we didn't want to cover up the beautiful fabrication work.To clean up the bed and hide the scars of its past life, we had Line-X of Santa Rosa spray It's too bad there aren't Les Schwab Tire dealers across the country because the crew at the Rohnert Park, California, branch made us customers for life. Jeremiah Cook manhandled a set of 37x12.50R17 Wrangler MT/Rs onto these lightweight 17x8.5-inch Weld Racing Renegade XT wheels for us. We didn't add bead locks because Weld's one-piece forged-aluminum design features a very shallow drop center so the tires tend to stay on the wheels even if the sidewall momentarily flexes away from the wheel's lip. The chrome-plated Renegade XT wheels' design really complemented our F-150, and the bolt-on center cap hides the dual pattern (6-on-135mm and 6-on-5.5-inch) hub.It's too bad there aren't Les Schwab Tire dealers across the country because the crew at t Before shooting last month's cover, we brought the Race 150 back to JD Fabrication to add Bilstein bumpstops and steering extensions. The lower chromoly A-arms were reinforced and a wear pad was added to take the hit from the bumpstops. To cope with the 14 inches of suspension travel, we added Crown brake lines and extended the vacuum lines to the wheel hubs with rubber hose. We still need to add some limiting straps to finish it up.Before shooting last month's cover, we brought the Race 150 back to JD Fabrication to add Deadlines dictated that we cut the Ford halfshafts and weld in spacers (arrow) to cope with the truck's wider front track width. This has worked so far, but it's not a durable solution. Our plan is to have Superior Axle make longer halfshafts that will work with the Ford outer CV-joint and find an inner CV-joint that permits more angularity.Deadlines dictated that we cut the Ford halfshafts and weld in spacers (arrow) to cope wit 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!