2017 F-250 Build Makes this Beast Even More Badass

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2017 F-250 Flexing Front

Forum member’s Super Duty is super-cool with its new wheels & lift kit. And its amped-up sound system ensures it sounds as good as it looks.

In stock form, the 2017 Ford F-250 FX4 is a solid off-road machine, but adding new wheels, tires and suspension transforms this hard-working heavy-duty pickup into a badass beast of a truck. One of our members beefed up his new F-250 and he put together a build thread detailing the process – giving us a chance to see his truck before, during and after the common upgrades.

The Introduction

This 2017 Ford F-250 FX4 build project was originally shared in the forum by “Bigaaron“, who is the lucky owner of this great-looking Super Duty. He explained what he planned to do and why, along with sharing a picture of his big Ford pickup in stock form.

I ended up going to King Shocks today and spoke with a tech. I also picked up my first mod for the new truck. I got a King steering stabilizer that is a direct replacement upgrade for the factory one. If this doesn’t end up being enough, I could always add one on the axle. The dude that helped me actually has a Ford F-250 with a similar setup to what I will have, and he said he really likes the way their bolt-on replacement works, and didn’t feel any need to make it a dual setup.

We also decided that a 2.5″ IBP shock with the remote adjuster should be plenty for my purposes. It’s not like I’ll be prerunning for hours, so the extra capacity of the 3″ really isn’t needed. The 2.5″ version is also about $800 less than 3″, so that helps O.o The IBP gives you extra bottom out resistance in the last few inches of travel, and the compression adjuster on the remote reservoir lets you quickly dial in the compression for different conditions. I love tuning shocks and being able to dial in the valving, they can get me in the ball park right off the bat, and then I can make an adjustment if needed after a test session. I am going with a separate coil spring and shock because it allows for more wheel travel than the coilover conversions. The coilover only gives you about 7″-8″ of travel. With my setup I would like to have it in the 11″-12″ range.

After almost 2 weeks of online research my list is looking like:
King high mount steering stabilizer
King 2.5″ x 12″ internal bypass shocks with compression adjustment on the remote reservoir
Pure Performance 4 link conversion (X Factor Plus, without the rear lift blocks or u-bolts)
Deaver progressive rear springs (stock height with a little less spring rate and more wheel travel)
20″ Ion 134 wheels (20″x9″, 0 offset, 8×170)
37″x13.5R20 tires (maybe 38″)

Stock 2017 F-250

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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