Better appearance. Better handling. Better performance. We really don't need any other reasons to take a brand-new Ford F-150 and conduct a few parts switcharoos. Ground Force's mild drop kit installed with ease, and actually saved us a few bucks since we were able to reuse the factory front shocks. The ride wasn't altered, yet it handles more precisely and the steering feel was improved. A drop wouldn't be complete without new rolling stock, and Falken delivered a knockout of a one-two combo with their attractive wheels and high-performance tires. We went with a 265/40R22 tire because it was the same overall diameter, 30.3 inches, as the OE tires, but after installing them, they measured in at just over 29 inches. This discrepancy left a larger-than-desired fenderwell gap. To resolve this, we'll add a set of Falken 305/40R22 tires (31.6 overall diameter) to fill in the void and give the wheels more protection. As far as muscle goes, the dB Exhaust system and Spectre intake brought a healthy portion of power to the table considering how simple it was to install their products. Well, Spectre's prototype intake wasn't whipped up in a matter of an hour since precise measurements and multiple tests were run in order for us to see results, but installation will be a snap once the kit goes into full retail production. Providing a powerful rumble, the dB Exhaust is completely stealth at highway speeds, with little to no in-cab drone, but step on the throttle and the 5.4L sounds like a sporty Mustang rather than a truck. We were completely impressed with installation and quality of the exhaust system. In a matter of a few hours of real installation time, we transformed our stock truck into a sporty hauler that is better equipped to take on the streets.


Time Spent Working: 7 Hours
(not counting research and design time spent at Spectre Performance)
Degree Of Difficulty: Intermediate

Tools Needed:
Assorted wrenches and sockets, Sawzall, air impact gun, assorted screwdrivers, hammer, and a spring compressor.

Parts Used:
Ground Force 2/4 drop kit #9861 $1,218.95
Falken ZIEX S/TZ04 265/40R22 tires $193 (each)
Falken Executive 22x9.5-inch wheels $267 (each)
Spectre Performance intake Retail Pricing Not Available
dB Exhaust by Corsa kit #24310 $519.95

TOTAL: $3,578.90
(prices taken from,, and discounttiredirect, and do not include shipping and installation costs)

Falken Tire
13649 Valley Boulevard
CA  92335
dB Performance Exhaust
140 Blaze Industrial Parkway
OH  44017
Ground Force Suspension
714 Braddock View Drive
Mt. Braddock
PA  15465
Spectre Performance
1720 South Carlos Avenue
CA  90761