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Old 12-09-2013, 12:51 AM
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Hey guys so i figured it was time for me to start a build thread since i play to do some major mods in the near future. Most of you already know but i have a 2004 F250 5.4l.

Here is a pic of my truck just before i got it


and here is a more recent pic i have of my truck


Here is the list of mods that i have done and plan to do.
Exterior
Charcoal and black two tone.........Done
18x9 Monster Rims.......................Done
35x12.5 Nitto Trail Grapplers..........Done
3" Lift........................................Done
05 Front End conversion................Done
2 Hella 700ff 6k HID Retrofits..........Done
2 Hella 700ff 3k HID Retrofits..........Done
Bull Bar.......................................Done
AMP Research Steps.....................Done
RBP Black Gas Cap........................Done
Smoked Recon Brake Lights.............Done
Harley Lights with clear markers.......Done
8k HID Headlights..........................Done
08 Power Fold/Telescoping Mirrors....Done
Custom Billet Badges......................Done
Truxedo Lor Pro Qt tonneau cover....Done
08 Rear Bumper
08 tailgate with step
Reverse Lights
Swing Case
Under Bed Rail Lights
billet door handles (PTM or Matte Black?)
Pocket Style Fender Flares
Hellwig Front swap bar
Hellwig Rear Swap bar
PMF pinch weld covers

Interior
Pioneer AVH4400BH............................Done
Kenwood 6x8 speakers........................Done
Pioneer 10" Shallow Mount Subwoofers...Done
08 door Panels...................................Done
08 Dash Swap
Suede Headliner
Katzkin Seats
Pillar Gauges
Black/Charcoal themed

Engine/Performance
12v Cummins
BTS 4r100
Traction Bars
400hp goal
Mag Hytec Rear Diff cover
SS Hard Brakelines
46 Gal Diesel Tank
08 rear spring conversion
Dual Stablizer

Secutity and Electronics
Viper 5901 Alarm/Remote start
Front Camera
Rear Camera
OMA set up
Air Horns
Air Bags

Lastly I am going to rust proof this baby since i have so much invested in it and spent a lot in repairing the bed rust. I Plan to POR the whole frame and suspension parts and paint them a flat black. The most current project i am working on is the 08 dash swap, i have a lot of parts accumulated and am going to undertake this this summer once its warmed up and i have space to work again.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:43 AM
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Are you planning on doing the cummins swap yourself or letting a shop mess with it? I'm really considering a cummins swap when the 5.4 gives up.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:21 AM
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Looks like a great start seeing as they are never finished. Since you have been on FTE you know we like pics. Maybe you can put some more of the exterior and interior. Would like to see those door panels. Also what's the specs on the wheels? I need to get rid of my 08+ since I can't lock the steering.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:58 AM
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I'm not sure on the Cummins swap, I want to do it but I also don't really know enough. My girlfriends dad is doing one for his buddy though next month so I can always have him help.

I'll post up pics don't worry lol, I'll grab some more shots this morning. Also the wheels are -12 offset and I think they are 4.53 backspace but not sure sine the shoo that ordered them get them specifically for lifted truck....I guess there were two different kinds lol.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:45 PM
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Here are a few quick pics i snapped it snowed for the first time this year today and while i was out taking pictures it turned to rain and started to down pour so i didn't get very good ones of the interior but tomorrow morning it is supposed to clear up so i will get some clearer ones then. Right now I'm watching my dog run around the back yard lol he's a rescue dog from Tennessee and he's turning 1 this month so he hasn't ever seen snow before...its hilarious to watch lol.

Also what do you guys think of my current tire/rim set up do you think it will be ok for winter driving? I'm still debating getting some winter tires for the stock rims. Also the current set up throws snow all over the side of the truck lol if it didnt start raining literally an hour ago it looked like i owned a brownish white truck lol.






Also as you can see i have a rip in my seat from getting in and out hence why i want katzkins lol
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Personally I would get stock wheels and some snow tires and it might be better in the winter. Plus it will keep the salt (if they do that in your area) from ruining your new wheels. So the 08 door panels fit without rubbing or hitting anything?
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I'm gonna have to agree with trav, if you have the stock rims I would get them with a set of 265 or 285s if you don't have to there's no point in subjecting your nice rims to the salt.

Also are you planning on swapping out the 5.4 when it dies or before that point
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I have noticed on these SDs at least when me or my dad are driving 285s work better snow wise the 265s which is strange because usually in snow you want a narrow tire not wide.
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I will most likely do the swap before the 5.4 quits so that I can sell it for more and lower the cost.

The 08 panels do rub on some trucks and don't on others it's wierd. Only my drivers side does but not the passenger. I'm not going to correct it since I'm swapping the dash come spring.

Do you guys have any tires you would recommend? My town started the liquid calcium this year...hate that crap.
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BF Goodrich TA Kos are great mud, snow and all around tires. But for snow I would also ay goodyear wrangler duratracs. Those are my recommendations. As you have probably heard me say before don't get General Grabber AT2s they are the worse tire on the market in my opinion.
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Lol those are the same two I have been looking at ill probably go with the duratracs since they can be studded and will be dedicated winter tires.
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Ya our 97 expedition has them and being the expedition is so light it sucks in the snow but the goodyear duratracs help it out a lot.
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Subscribing as your progress is awesome so far. Really intrigued on the dash swap.

Very nice rig by the way....
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If your looking into a Cummins swap, FordCummins is probably the best company for it. They sell a manual on how to do it. They make a swap friendly exhaust manifold which moves the turbo forward. They also have controllers for the transmission. Bolt on engine mounts. Nearly everything except intercooler and down pipe and a few other miscellaneous parts.

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I've been looking into this for over a year. But probably won't do it. To me its not cost effective and to see any return would take several years. But if you want to go for it.

One other thing, I'm not sure if you have emission checks out there, but rule of thumb if you do is go with same year or one year newer engine if you have them. So if that's the case 5.9L Common rail is in your future. Other wise if not, the 12 valve is the way to go
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