Building a SEMA show vehicle for a manufacturer can be tough, especially if you're the kind of guy who's prone to cutting things apart, altering them nearly beyond recognition, and then painting it all in mind-bending hues. The OEMs tend to frown upon taking something they worked so hard to design and throwing it all out the window, so when Kyle Gann, of K-Daddyz Kustoms in Bakersfield, California, proposed a build for a 2010 Ford F-150, he had to tread lightly. He'd 'bag it, but not body drop it. He'd give it a custom paintjob, of course, but he wouldn't shave the door handles. He'd leave the engine stock, at least internally. He walked the fine line between building a truck that all of us truck enthusiasts would drool over, and a truck that everyone would immediately recognize as a '10 Ford F-150.
Given instructions to build a sturdy suspension, Chris at Roughcut Customs in Bakersfield, began the build by fabricating some of the beefiest trailing arms we've seen on a 2WD truck this side of a SCORE race. The four-link's boxed arms mount the factory-width rear axle and use Air Lift 'bags and an AccuAir e-Level system in conjunction with AccuAir's VU4 valve manifold to maintain a level ride height no matter the load. The front suspension uses DJM Calmax control arms and Air Lift 'bags to get the right stance, but there's more. Mounted to the factory spindles are huge Baer six-piston calipers with drilled and slotted rotors. The rears required a little ingenuity on Kyle's part, as Baer makes rear rotors, but not calipers, at least not yet. Kyle machined a billet aluminum caliper cover to perfectly match the front. To get the right ratio of chrome to paint, Kyle chose a set of 24x9-inch Hipnotic Diva wheels wrapped in a set of grippy 285/30R24 Nitto NT420 tires. The 10-inch-wide tire would be put to the test when it came time to handle the horsepower that Kyle had planned for the F-150.
With the right wheels and stance courtesy of Roughcut Customs, Kyle turned his attention to the Ford's bodywork. In the rear, a metal roll pan replaced the bumper and a Warn winch was mounted between the framerails. The fairlead was frenched into the roll pan and the remote was routed inside the bed. Now the F-150 was ready to pull just about anything onto a trailer. Stripping off all emblems, the door handles, and the mirrors, Kyle filled his spray gun with DuPont paint and applied a black and charcoal two-tone to the truck as well as the SnugTop fiberglass tonneau cover and Street Scene mirrors before layering candy red over the bottom half, coating the charcoal. A Hot Hues Silva dividing graphic was sprayed on, with red pinstriping highlighting the transition. In place of the factory pieces Kyle removed, Rhino Manufacturing billet door handles and Mackey Machine mesh grille inserts and emblems were bolted on for a luxury touch.