Can a truck be simple and still turn heads? It's the ideal situation, and we're here to help break down the formula for a daily driver which can easily be used for work and for play. Our goal was to dress up a newer Ford F-150 with off-the-shelf parts that required as few tools as possible and could be handled by any truck owner at home with a decent amount of mechanical knowledge. In a nutshell, we wanted our truck to be worthy of getting a big thumbs up at the local watering hole or pulling into your favorite trailhead.
To bring it all together, we chose a suspension lift kit from RIZE Industries. RIZE lists the kit as an 8-inch front system with a 6-inch rear. To be safe, we checked off the RIZE order form for the 1½-inch add-a-leaves just in case. Everything up front was kept as the base kit, but should you want better options and you have deeper pockets, RIZE has a fully prepped coilover system that would make the truck a much better performing vehicle on- and off-road. The last option was for the matching traction bar system. A suspension alone would not do much, so we also chose to add some accessories from RBP. It may not sound like a big deal, but RBP's grille and 5-inch black exhaust tip were the little details that made the whole picture come to life. RBP also supplied the 20-inch 96R wheels and we wrapped those with Cooper's newest off-road tire, the 35-inch Discoverer STT.
We had the truck in the Northern California area, and with Outkast Kustoms residing on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, we made the drive over to handle the install. In speaking with the owner, Nicholas Germano, he suggested as part of the install we check out the new line of Bone-Series LED lightbars from Bulldog-Lighting. He nailed it with that suggestion and set us up with a 20-inch two-row, which he had a secret spot for, and a 50-inch two-row light for the roof that was switchable between white and amber—the only one of its kind on the market. We were all set to makeover this Ford in just one day.