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Fabtech Motorsports’ Brand-New and Improved 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Fabbed to Perfection

May 11, 2017
Photographers: Wes Allison
The highly anticipated ’17 Super Duty had fans of the heavy-hauler series chomping at the bit for the release and for good reason, too. The Blue Oval went all in with a complete redesign that was long overdue, offering a lightweight aluminum body that shed hundreds of pounds that was smartly reinvested in frame strength, a heavier-duty driveline, as well as an increase in hp and torque with the 6.7L Power Stroke snarling its way above 900ft-lbs.
Photo 2/20   |   Fabtech 2017 Ford F250 Rear
With all the improvements that were slated for this fourth-generation monster hauler, the aftermarket was feverishly designing products of all sorts to make the Super Duty that much better. Fabtech Motorsports out of Chino, California, was no different. As a Ford favorite, the company was able to snag a preproduction unit in late 2016 to design and test-fit suspension components and be the first-to-market company to make this new platform that much better. Wasting no time, they stripped this ’17 F-250 and started installing a whole host of newly designed suspension and exterior upgrades.
Photo 3/20   |   Fabtech 2017 Ford F250 Suspension
To highlight what Fabtech does best, they installed an 8-inch lift with a set of custom Dirt Logic 4.0 coilovers equipped with 4.0 bypass shocks, Dirt Logic dual steering stabilizers, custom billet sway bar arms, and endlinks were teamed up with Speedway torsion sway bars to keep the front half of this monster firmly planted and able to swallow up all of what the front end gets subjected to. In the rear, they started with a Fabtech designed four-link system, a custom rear bed cage, holding four Dirt Logic 4.0 bypass shocks and a custom long-travel air bag system, Deaver long travel springs, and a set of custom floating traction bars. That is a lot to fit on the available real estate of the rear axle, but the Fabtech installers were up to the task. A quartet of Dirt Logic hydraulic bumpstops were installed in place of the stock bumps, with the rears having to fit into a notch in the frame and then frenched in.
Photo 4/20   |   Fabtech 2017 Ford F250 Suspension Dirt Logic
Built primarily as a promotional vehicle for all the newly designed components coming out of Fabtech’s R&D department, this F-250 still had the heart of a work truck and would still be used as such. So the frame was first smoothed to accept the frenched-in stops and also strengthened with laminated steel plates to take the strain of being a tow rig.
The 6.7L already pushing out 440 horses with 925lb-ft, there was little that needed to be done, but that didn’t stop Fabtech from being a little creative. So they installed an aFe intake system and an in-house custom cat-back exhaust system with square stacks that shoot out the bed and follow the cab lines. The driveline is capped off with a custom heavy-duty front drive shaft, and custom carbon-fiber and steel-ring diff covers front and back.
Photo 5/20   |   Fabtech 2017 Ford F250
A custom billet grille was cut in-house mimicking the upper stock grille, while the grille and side emblems were wrapped in a short-lived color from Aslan: Brushed Copper. The headlights were split apart so their reflectors could be painted Candy Copper, then plastic welded back together. Fabtech had been on a roll, producing so many of the components that went on this truck, they just shrugged their shoulders and built fenderwells out of aluminum front and back. They also tubbed the bed to allow for the tubular shock system, which tied into the bed cage and featured a custom in-bed spare tire mount. Fabtech, again, made some custom billet tow rings to fit onto their tubular bumper guard, coated in House of Kolor Copper Bronze Satin Candy with all paint, graphics and wrap applied by Haynie Designs in Corona, California. About the only things Fabtech didn’t develop for this truck or custom make themselves was the Bushwacker fender flares, AMP PowerSteps, and Rigid LED bar.
Inside the cab, Fabtech worked their magic by transforming almost every surface. Alea leather graces the seats in a black-and-tan color scheme, the dash and door panels were coated Gloss Black with Copper Pearl highlights, the trim rings were painted with that same Copper Candy. And if that was not enough, Fabtech custom-made door sill plates. All of the fab work came from Fabtech, all the installation was done by their crew, even the interior swap was done at the headquarters in Chino.
Photo 6/20   |   Fabtech 2017 Ford F250 Interior
Rubber meets the road in the form of 38x15.50R20 Nitto Mud Grapplers mounted to 20x10 Moto Metal Link Wheels, which provides one eye-pleasing wheel gap after all had gone together.
With this build, Fabtech not only wanted to show its design and fab skills—and develop loads of new products for the new ’17 Super Duty—but also give a striking example to anyone who wants to upgrade their new Ford. It can be done with a bit of style and proper proportions.

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner and City/State: Fabtech Motorsports; Chino, California
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 8-inch lift, custom front Dirt Logic 4.0 coilovers 4.0 bypass shocks, Speedway Torsion sway bars, custom Fabtech billet sway bar arms and endlinks, Speedway torsion sway bars front and rear, Dirt Logic hydraulic bumpstops front and rear, Fabtech four-link, custom rear bed cage with four Dirt Logic 4.0 bypass shocks, custom Fabtech floating traction bars, custom Fabtech long-travel airbag System, Deaver long-travel rear leaf springs
Frame: Rear framerails notched to allow the Dirt Logic bumpstops to be frenched in, strength plates added
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.7L Turbodiesel V-8, aFe intake system, custom Fabtech cat-back dual exhaust stack system, custom carbon-fiber and steel-ring diff covers front and back, custom heavy-duty front driveshaft
Body: Custom billet grille built for the bumper opening to mimic the upper stock grille, grille and side emblems were wrapped in a Brushed Copper film, headlight reflectors painted Copper Candy, custom front Fabtech inner aluminum fenderwells, in-house tubbed bed for the tubular shock system and built aluminum inner fenderwells, Bushwacker fender flairs front and rear, Custom Fabtech billet tow rings, custom Fabtech tubular bumper guard covered in a Copper Bronze Satin Candy, Rigid LED lightbar, AMP PowerSteps, Fabtech in-bed spare tire mount, paint supplied by House of Kolor with paint and graphics applied by Haynie Designs
Interior: Alea Leather, black-and-tan leather seating surfaces, dash and door trim parts painted Gloss Black with Copper Pearl, trim rings painted Copper Candy, custom Fabtech doorsill plates
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x10; Moto Metal Link Wheels
Tires: 38x15.50R20; Nitto Mud Grapplers

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