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Old 04-03-2011, 02:51 AM
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I just got this '04 F250 about 10 days ago. The truck is VERY low mileage (43,000) and has a lot of life left. I will most likely have it for a long time so I am looking for suggestions on accessories to add or changes to make to the truck that would give it a unique look. I like the looks of the truck for the most part so no big tires or smoke stacks sticking above the cab. I don't have a lot of money to dress it up but would like to consider a few items. I will soon be ordering a soft Tonneau cover, that is a given. If I had the money I would put black rims, black grill guard, and black running boards on it. I think that would look pretty good but I don't have the $ to do all of that right now. The truck will be pulling a 5th wheel camper part time.
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If you are pulling a 5th wheel, just limit your customization to wheels and new stock size tires. Maybe some chrome on the mirrors, grill and door handles, and maybe some new steps. I want to replace my factory steps (think they hang too low) but my wife likes the low step up.
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Nice looking truck.

As far as dressing it up goes, everyone has their likes and dislikes.

Just do what YOU like......after all......it's YOUR truck.

I'd like to add a couple things to mine as well, but like you, the money is a little tight right now
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Yeah farmer, I know that everyone has different likes/dislikes. I was just looking for suggestions because I thought I might get a suggestion I hadn't thought of. Thanks for chiming on.
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In my opinion i think you should add some roof clearance lights
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I assume that you have the 6.0L diesel engine. I would change all the fluids and filters for a start. Later, I would go with 18" or 20" wheels and 33" tires of your choice. Also, you may want to install Bilstien HD or Rancho RS9000LX shocks for a better ride. Finally, I would add gauges to better monitor the engine and transmission.
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@redford, my wife likes the low step too our I would consider replacing them with a higher step.

@acf6, I like the idea of clearance lights. I'm gonna look into that. Any recommendations a far a brand names?
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You should do an OEM Ford setup from your dealer or a junkyard, and if you dont like the orange covers you can get smoked or clear covers from recon with amber bulbs. I would probably stay away from their entire cab light setup though, have heard lots of water leak stories about them on here..
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How about an F650 lower dash which allows for uplifter switches and gauges that provide useful information e.g. transmission temp.

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I should have mentioned that it has the v10 motor. Fluids and filters have been changed. What would bigger tires and rims do to me as far as towing ability? I have a trans temp gauge, what gauges would you add?

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I am looking for suggestions on accessories to add or changes to make to the truck that would give it a unique look.

If I had the money I would put black rims, black grill guard, and black running boards on it.
Since you are talking about cosmetic changes to make on the cheap, I would suggest getting the windows tinted nice and dark (~$300) and getting the stock rims powder coated black (~$300). Then, as money permits, you could get the running boards and grill guard powder coated black to match.
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Love the looks of the F650 lower dash, and it's functional.

The window tinting is a definite possibility although I will have to check to see how dark I can go according to state law.

I wonder if I would be money ahead by powder coating my stock rims black or buying black rims and selling my stock rims. Definitely something to think about.
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Maybe a 05-07 headlight w/relay upgrade or a full blown 05-07 front end upgrade? The 05-07 headlights w/relays are a must IMHO. The relays provide a full 12+ volts at the headlights instead of the stock voltage of somerwhere around 10.5 running through the switch. You can find more information in my albums.
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Hawg......I would stick with OEM wherever possible.

Cab lights are going to be my next job
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I should have mentioned that it has the v10 motor. Fluids and filters have been changed. What would bigger tires and rims do to me as far as towing ability? I have a trans temp gauge, what gauges would you add?

I have not heard many good things about recon.

If it's the factory gauges...it's almost worthless! All of the factory gauges work as a glorified idiot light. Example, the oil pressure will ready normal if you have anymore then aproximately 7 psi. The other gauges work the same. I'm installing autometer gauges to replace all factory dash gauges and adding a trans temp gauge. I'll have pictures within a week or so. You can also consider a scan gauge...these offer most real time readings for much cheaper.
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