F-150 Fights the Mud with Lightning Power
F-150 with a gigantic lift and a modified, supercharged V8 from an SVT Lightning makes one wicked mud truck.
It is rare to see a Ford F-150 SVT Lightning playing in the mud, as this street performance pickup was only offered in rear-wheel-drive, but there is no question that all of that supercharged power would have been fun in the pit. Fortunately, one 2002 F-150 owner swapped the big, blown V8 from the SVT pickup into a lifted four-wheel-drive half-ton, creating a monster mud truck with the heart of a legendary street truck.
In the video above from the YouTube channel of Jacob Strickland, we get to watch the Lightning-powered pickup show off its abilities in grand fashion.
The truck in action in the video above is a 2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew and while we don’t know what engine is featured from the factory, the stock mill has been replaced with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 from the SVT Lightning. In stock form, that supercharged V8 offered 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, but this engine isn’t stock. The owner has added an aftermarket camshaft, ported cylinder heads and a smaller supercharged pulley, leading to more boost.
We don’t know how much extra power the engine upgrades add, but it is safe to say that this F-150 is making well over 500 horsepower, but this isn’t just an average F-Series truck with an engine swap.
The owner has also lifted the truck by more than 20 inches, adding a four-link front suspension setup with 16-inch King 2.5 shocks and larger rear leaf springs with traction bars. All of that lift makes space for the 44×19.5×20 Pitbull Rocker tires, providing the footing needed to dig through the deepest mud.
Flexing the Mud Muscles
The video begins with the Lightning-swapped F-150 easing into a long, muddy trench that progressively gets deeper. It is all going pretty smoothly at first, but as the mud gets deeper, we see that the truck is in rear-drive mode, and without the help of the front tires, the high-riding Ford is just spinning the rear tires.
After a few seconds of wrestling with the mud in two-wheel-drive, the driver engages four-wheel-drive, backs up and gets another run at the deeper slop, digging through to the other side with the sweet roar of the supercharged V8.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!