You have heard the term KISS, "Keep It Simple Stupid" and we've learned that sometimes it's the simple things that contribute the most to revitalizing a factory ride. Each month we demonstrate modifications of suspension lifting or lowering, adding new wheel/tires, and bolting on an intake and exhaust system so that you can separate your truck or SUV from the rest of the daily drivers on the road. We recruited a Blue Oval faithful who was willing to make some mild aesthetic and engine performance mods to his everyday driver, an '07 Ford F-150 equipped with a 5.4L. We contacted Stylin' Trucks and ordered a mild 2/4 suspension drop using a pair of McGaughy's Suspension 2-inch lowering coil springs up front and a pair of McGaughy's Suspension 4-inch lowering leaf springs in the rear. To finish the look, The Custom Truck Shop, in San Dimas, California, took care of the new wheel/tire combo for the F-150. A set of black Raceline CR2 22x9-1/2-inch wheels with General Grabber 305/40R22 rubber were bolted on and really got the Ford ready to cruise the streets.
Under the hood, we observed an unmolested factory 5.4L three-valve V-8 Triton powerplant that was in need of some bolt-on performance upgrades. After placing an order at Auto Anything, the top of the list was an Air Flow Engineering (aFe) air-intake kit that would improve throttle response, feed fresh air into the engine, and help squeeze out a few more miles per gallon. Sandwiched between the engine's intake manifold and the throttle-body was an aFe Silver Bullet billet aluminum throttle-body spacer. To complete the Triton's improved cardiovascular system an aFe after-cat exhaust would be installed.
A Street Scene front urethane lower valance was a last minute addition that gave the Lariat a more stylish, aerodynamic leading edge.
We teamed up with Louie Morosan, the owner of The Custom Truck Shop to install the modifications and the F-150 was looking good in less than a day's worth of work. On the following pages you will witness as Louie and TCS install technician J.T. Turner transformed a ho-hum daily driver into an intimidating boulevard prowler.