8 Hottest F-Series Builds at SEMA 2017

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From slammed sport trucks to off-road adventure rigs, Ford had an F-Series for everyone at SEMA Show 2017.

Ford’s F-Series is one incredibly versatile truck. Despite the pickup’s humble beginnings as nothing more than a work horse, today it has become a true do-it-all vehicle. And what better place to show off that versatility than the amazing showcase that is SEMA?

For 2017, Ford rolled in with a whopping eight different F-Series pickups built in-house. Each one is wholly unique, and a fantastic representation of just what these trucks are capable of. Armed with nothing more than an F-Series and a burgeoning aftermarket. All that stands between you and the truck of your dreams is your bank account balance.

Project SD126: No Mission is Impossible

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This 2017 Ford Super Duty XLT is an extremely capable vehicle right out of the gate. Dubbed “Project SD126,” it optimizes a 2017 Super Duty for ultimate off-road performance. Starting with a standard cab, this truck was converted to a short bed for the 126-inch wheelbase before transforming it inside and out with race-proven BDS and FOX suspension technology, a stout powertrain, and a wider body to accept the massive 42-inch tires. The cab features a pair of racing seats and harnesses along with an off-road GPS and custom stereo.

Lightning Fast Meets High Performance

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This custom 2018 F-150 recalls the sport-truck mania of the 1990s with continued emphasis on outright muscle. Its powerful stance creates an aggressive attitude powered by Air Design’s new line of Street Series Accessories that include full body styling kit, hood scoop, fender vents, rear spoiler and rear tailgate applique. Each custom piece is specifically CAD designed and crafted to fit the new 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew, backed by Air Design’s long history of innovation and sleek designs with easy installation.

Adventure with a Purpose

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This bold truck flips the script for trucking adventure and caters to the outdoor enthusiast. The result is a sleek, clean design for the “Modern Adventurer.”

The “Modern Adventurer” project combines products that elevate this F-150 XLT SuperCrew to the mecca of technology and innovation, while serving a variety of uses for the ultimate adventure seeker. The custom black and red tonal paint job immediately grabs attention, while the all-new A.R.E. Z Revo cap protects the storage system and gear located in the bed of the truck. This F-150 was designed from bumper to bumper to modernize the adventure truck experience.

Ready for Adventure, Wherever the Road Leads

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When there’s a bend in the road and rough terrain ahead, this custom F-150 is up to the task. As fun to drive on road as it is off with an eye-catching paint scheme and the seven-inch lift kit, this truck makes an instant impression. To make sure this monster can move, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine pairs with a custom tune. For a little extra growl, a Ford Performance exhaust was added. Whether it’s the mountains or Manhattan, this F-150 can conquer any terrain in style and luxury.

A Race-Inspired Pickup with Attitude

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Inspired by performance on the track this F-150 XLT SuperCab is sure to turn heads.

Race-inspired ground effects deliver road-hugging handling. A functional ram air hood keeps the truck running cool while providing an aggressive front end. The custom two-tone paint job matching the wheels and tires really sets off this striking street truck.

More Power, More Fun, More Muscle

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The Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck is just as comfortable with a full load in the bed as it is doing donuts, playing in the dirt, jumping or spirited driving with friends. With a low, wide, aggressive and purposeful stance that incorporates modern design language, this truck is a new style and approach to F-150 multi-purpose machines capable of performing both on and off-road.

The Tradition Continues

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The 2018 Tjin Edition Ford F-150 is a follow-up to the Ford F-150 that wowed the crowd at SEMA in 2012. A custom Air Lift suspension sits the truck down low. That enables it to hug rocks custom 24-inch Rotiform wheels, Falken Tires, and massive Baer big brakes. Inside, you’ll find a custom black and orange Katzkin interior, with performance upgrades that include Ford Racing exhaust.

This Adventure Rig is a Smooth Operator

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A purpose-built recon adventure rig called “The Operator,” this 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat sees just as much time off-road as it does on. A combined love of trucks and a passion for the outdoors results in this ultimate recon adventure vehicle. This Ford Super Duty features a bed-mounted UTV supported by Hellwig’s Big Wig air springs and front and rear Big Wig sway bars. The custom hand-painted digi-camo paint scheme combined with a powerful 6.7-liter Powerstroke means this truck has style and substance with enough power to climb any dune even with a UTV in the back. From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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