Extang’s 2015 Ford F-150 4x4 Lariat - Ultimate Work
A Jobsite-Ready 2015 F-150
One of the most talked-about and highly anticipated new truck launches of 2014 has been that of the all-new, aluminum-bodied ’15 Ford F-150. It’s been for good reason too, because when the top-selling pickup manufacturer embarks on a makeover this dramatic, the whole world seemingly takes notice. In an effort to help build buzz with enthusiasts and give the aftermarket industry a jump on designing new products, Ford gave a select group of partners access to early prototype trucks. About a dozen of these trucks were handed out, and they all made their debut at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Extang, the tonneau cover folks, were one of the lucky companies chosen to receive one of the trucks to use to both prototype new products and build for display at the SEMA Show. The truck delivered to them was a four-wheel-drive ’15 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew with a 6 ½-foot bed and powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6. This would be their blank canvas for building the ultimate work truck.
A project of this size is difficult to undertake alone, so Extang partnered with Washtenaw Community College’s Custom Cars and Concepts program to help complete the build. Modifications were made from head to tail, inside and out, with the key feature being the company’s newest generation of the Solid Fold hard folding tonneau cover. The cover protects a bed full of utility features, including a sliding bed tray by BedSlide, a Dee Zee headache rack and toolbox, and a Rhino-Rack roof rack. Slung on the roof is a fiberglass ladder from Michigan Ladder Company. Secured to the bed tray is a Power Tank CO2 system, a Wilton vice, and a marine-grade cooler to keep beverages frosty on the jobsite. A Sportliner bed liner by BedRug rests underneath it all, protecting the bed’s finish from use and abuse.
BASF supplied a unique two-tone custom paint package, which was applied by WCC’s students. When the sun goes down, a custom-built lightbar with Rigid Industries LED lights provides a clear view into the night. Custom Extang graphics, Ford Accessories black step tubes, and Bushwacker fender flares complete the look. On the inside, a set of Ford Accessories heavy-duty floor liners protect the carpet from the dirtiest of work boots, and an updated sound system by Kicker provides the tunes while getting to and from the jobsite.
The upgrades didn’t stop there. To maximize engine performance, an Airaid MXP cold air intake kit and Ford Racing exhaust system were added. For increased ground clearance, a 4-inch suspension lift from BDS Suspension was utilized. The kit was installed with upgraded Fox coil-over shocks in the front and monotubes in the rear. Rounding things out are a set of 20x10-inch American Force Burnout wheels and 285/60R20 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.
Extang set out to build a truck that embodied the spirit of the working man—a truck that could spend its days at the jobsite and weekends on the town. And we feel, with the work they put into this ’15 F-150, they hit the nail squarely on the head.