Lightning-swapped F-150 Tears Up a Muddy Trail!
Supercharged 5.4-liter V8, a big lift setup and big tires make this F-150 an off-roading beast.
This week’s “Muddy Monday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Jacob Strickland and it features a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup that packs SVT Lightning power. Unlike the Lightning, which was designed to dominate paved roads, this supercharged half-ton has been built to conquer the worst off-road conditions in a hurry.
Lightning-Swapped Mud Truck
The truck in the video above is a 2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup with a big lift and even bigger tires. According to the video details, this truck has “about 22 inches of lift” with a four-link front suspension featuring with 16″ King 2.5 shocks while the rear is leaf sprung with traction bars. This upgraded suspension setup makes plenty of room for the massive 44×19.5×20 Pitbull Rocker tires at all four corners and the combination of the tires and the suspension upgrades would transform a standard 2002 F-150 into an admirable mud machine.
However, it never hurts to have more power and that is where this F-150 differs from your average 2002 Ford mud truck. The owner has replaced the original engine with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 from an SVT Lightning. The engine has been modified with a new camshaft, ported cylinder heads and a new blower pulley, so this Lightning V8 is packing even more power than the 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque that the go-fast pickup offered from the factory.
Lightning Power in the Mud
The video begins with the Lightning-powered F-150 slowing approaching a mud pit, easing into what appears to be fairly shallow slop at first. As the truck gets further into the hole, the mud gets deeper, the truck sinks in and the rear tires begin to sling mud.
Realizing the rear-wheel-drive isn’t going to conquer this pit, the driver engages four-wheel-drive, backs up and gets another run at the mud. This time, spinning all four tires allows the supercharged F-150 to clear the mud as planned.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!