Lift, Wheels and Tires Make for One Badass Ford F-150

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Common upgrades go a long way in helping a new F-150 stand out from the many similar trucks.

Each year, Ford Motor Company sells hundreds of thousands of F-150 pickups and while there are plenty of different configurations, the fact that so many trucks are sold leads to a great many trucks that look identical to each other. If you go to any crowded event in almost any American suburb, the odds are good that there will be a handful of Ford trucks that look just like each other.

The fact that the Ford F-150 is so common leads many owners to seek out upgrades that will allow their truck to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, due to the huge aftermarket for the F-Series lineup, there are endless options for customization, but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to stand out. As this video from the Custom Offsets YouTube channel shows, common upgrades can lead to a very uncommon truck.

James Ford F-150

James’ Project Truck

The video begins with Fuller from Custom Offsets introducing the 2015 Ford F-150, owned by a guy names James, who traveled from New Jersey to Wisconsin to have his truck lifted and fitted with new shoes. The owner has already added a Raptor-style grille, aftermarket LED taillights and window tint, so this F-150 already had a bit of custom feel, but the next step in the project makes a far-greater impact.

James Ford F-150

While at Custom Offsets, this 2015 F-150 is getting a BDS six-inch lift kit with five-inch blocks and Fox 2.0 shocks out back, giving the truck an aggressive rake. Once the dark green half-ton is sitting higher off of the ground, the team is adding a set of 20-inch SOTA AWOL wheels wrapped in 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires, resulting in a truck that sits considerably higher than any stock pickup sold in America.

James Ford F-150

The End Result

After we spend a minute watching the Custom Offsets team tear out the stock suspension bits and install the aftermarket upgrades, we head outside for a look at the finished product. Installer Banker explains that the wheel-and-tire package sticks out about two inches past the edge of the body, which is minor enough for a daily driver in most areas. Of course if your state requires the tires to be within the body, a simple flare package would make this combo legal just about everywhere in the United States.

James Ford F-150

As an important note, thanks to the BDS lift kit, these huge rollers fit without any trimming of the wheel well liners and there is no rubbing on turns or over bumps. However, the key point to be taken away from this video is that a significant lift and huge wheels make a massive difference in the overall look of a Ford F-150, allowing it to stand out in any crowd.

James Ford F-150

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