2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty - Rize To The Occasion
This F-250 Is Big And Bad - And Works
The market for lifted trucks has grown by proportions that not many could have imagined a few years ago. New companies have joined the fray and often come out with innovative, cutting-edge products. No longer does the longevity of a company guarantee that they have the perfect products for what people want. Rize Industries is an aggressive, relatively new company in the off-road market, specializing in bolt-on suspension. Just because the company is new to the scene doesn't mean that the principals are inexperienced.
Together, the partners have more than 30 years of experience in the automotive fabrication and engineering fields having designed products for (and built) one-off customs, monster trucks, race cars, and motorcycles. Rumor has it they also have a background in designing lift kits for two of the biggest names in the off-road industry. So the freshness of the name Rize is not to be confused with inexperience. From what we've seen, Rize uses outside-the-box design and engineering tactics and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques.
As a rolling demonstration of its engineering prowess, the crew at Rize built this Harley-Davidson-edition '05 Ford F-250 Super Duty with some pretty outrageous parts. The crew cab, longbed truck came with a Power Stroke diesel, Torqshift transmission, and all the doo-dads that come with a Harley truck. What Rize did was get that pickup in the air while solving the problem of excessive caster- and pinion-angle change throughout the suspension cycle that is inherent in the stock radius arm system.
The 12-inch Quad Link suspension system features fully adjustable upper and lower quad links with Kevlar-lined spherical bearings for maximum articulation and includes the Rize coilover conversion kit (comes with a Bilstein 9100 coilover and a 9100 triple bypass shock on each corner). The Panhard rod drop bracketry is heavily gusseted and features an adjustable Panhard mount. A forged drop pitman arm, as well as all other necessary bracketry, is included to make this kit a straight-forward bolt-on installation. The rear end is lifted using a Deaver 12-inch leaf spring package that incorporates four Bilstein 7100 shocks with reservoirs. The rear traction bar kit is also from Rize.
To keep the driving experience plush, the truck uses a Rize dual-steering stabilizer that uses Bilstein 7100 shocks. Wheels are an important part of the tough look of a lifted truck, and the 22x12 XD-Series Rockstar wheels fit the bill in sinister black. Toyo Open Country M/T 40x15.5R22 tires are wrapped around the wheels and offer excellent off-road performance while maintaining good road habits.
Performance on the truck was enhanced with a Predator Programmer and a Hog Performance 4-inch polished exhaust. Of course, performance is the key to a successful diesel truck, and Rize has delivered in this example of their work. We drove off-road with the truck after our photoshoot, and it is not only smooth and comfortable but plenty capable too.