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2017 Ford F-250 Blue Oval Bandit

King of the Street

Jason Sands
Mar 12, 2018
Photographers: Jason Sands
Mike Dillehay is a textbook diesel guy, and he's a hard-core Ford fan, too. When it comes to his oil-burner accomplishments, the list is long and impressive. “I've made more than 1,000 hp on the dyno, drag raced, sled pulled, and had daily driven ‘race’ vehicles,” Mike says. “But, after a while, you just reach a point where you want to have a really clean, smooth daily driver.”
For Mike, a ’17 Ford F-250 is the truck of choice for street duty, a four-wheel-drive King Ranch with all the bells and whistles. “You'd think with the massaging seats and Apple CarPlay I would leave a truck like this alone. Nope,” he says.
The build started with a couple of exterior modifications that drastically changed the truck’s appearance. First, in lieu of adding bumpers and winches, Mike simply color-matched everything he could to the truck’s original Blue Jeans Metallic paint. He also added Rigid Industries D-Series Dually floodlights.
After the body mods came a change in elevation. Since the F-250 is his daily driver, Mike didn't go too crazy with height, using Precision Metal Fab’s 4.5-inch Alpha lift kit. The front end features King Off-Road Racing Shocks 3.0-inch coilover shocks along with dual steering stabilizers loaded with King 2.0-inch dampers. The pinion angle remains correct thanks to PMF’s adjustable front three-link bars. In the rear, King 2.5-inch bypass shocks are used along with PMF traction bars. Once the truck was lifted, the final exterior step was the addition of some stylish 22-inch Specialty Forged wheels and Toyo Open Country A/T tires.
Photo 2/25   |   Brand-new Ford pickups already ride nice, but Mike felt his needed some vertical lift, so he added a Precision Metal Fab 4.5-inch lift kit with King Off-Road Racing Shocks 3.0-inch bypass coilovers. The front suspension also received a PMF three-link kit and steering stabilizers.
Photo 3/25   |   The original leaf springs remain incorporated into the rear suspension. But they are complemented by King’s 2.5-inch bypass shocks.
Photo 4/25   |   The engine bay in Mike Dillehay's '17 Ford F-250 is quite a sight to behold. The polished piping kit from Midwest Diesel and Auto really grabs your attention, and the 76mm turbocharger from Precision Turbo & Engine keeps it there.
Photo 5/25   |   A polished Stage 2 cold-air intake from No Limit Fabrication ensures the big turbocharger gets all the airflow it needs—without triggering any check-engine lights.
Mike is used to having power at the press of the loud pedal, and he feels Ford's 440hp rating for its 6.7L Power Stroke engine isn't enough. The choice of cold-air intake for this rig is a no-brainer, since Mike owns No Limit Fabrication, a company that specializes in CAI systems for 6.4L and 6.7L Fords. After entering the Stage 2 intake, air is fed into a 76mm Precision Turbo & Engine compressor that feeds the stock turbocharger.
Fueling receives a boost by an EZ Lynk performance tune from Tyrant Diesel. Finally, exhaust exits through an MBRP stainless exhaust system with dual 5-inch tips. After a lot of hard work from 805 Diesel, performance is boosted to a dyno-proven 640 hp, along with 1,200 lb-ft of torque.
“The truck is everything I want it to be,” Mike says. “It drives and rides just like stock, it's quiet, and the power is there when I need it.” Has he found the perfect ride? We can't say, but with a mere 9,000 smiles on the clock at the time we interviewed Mike, he's just getting started with what we’re sure will be a long time enjoying his immaculate blue beast.
Photo 6/25   |   The atmospheric ’charger is part of a compound setup to increase boost (and power). The Midwest Diesel and Auto–designed turbo system adds an impressive 140 hp over a tuned stock turbo configuration.
Photo 7/25   |   Mike added a No Limit Fabrication polished intercooler to the mix, providing a chill to the air that feeds the turbos. Mike says the intercooler dropped peak and cruising exhaust gas temperature.
Photo 8/25   |   Precision Metal Fab Stage 2 traction bars were added in the rear to keep the tires firmly planted. The bars are built to handle the power and feature quieter polyurethane bushings instead of Heim joints.
Photo 9/25   |   Side steps can be quite useful with a lifted truck. Mike made sure to include a set of AMP Research Power Steps for his build.
Photo 10/25   |   With the engine bay polished and gleaming, it’s no surprise Mike went the polished route with the exhaust, too. An MBRP polished stainless steel system with 5-inch tips exits at the rear.
Photo 11/25   |   When Mike indicated his F-250 came loaded with almost every option Ford offers, he wasn't kidding. The package includes a bedliner.
Photo 12/25   |   The unique 22x12 wheels are Specialty Forged’s 009 models that match the contour of the wheelwell nicely. Spacing is set up to move the wheels out just slightly.
Photo 13/25   |   Deciding which tires to use can be tough, because such variables as ride, comfort, and noise all come into play. Mike chose to go with 325/50R20 Toyo Open Country A/T rubber, which works well in virtually any road condition.
Photo 14/25   |   There's no shortage of comfort when it comes to the F-250's interior. The King Ranch edition Mike selected includes cooled, heated, and massaging leather seats.

Fast Facts

Year/Make/Model: ’17 Ford F-250
Owner: Mike Dillehay
Hometown: Moorpark, California
Odometer: 9,326 miles
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8
Programming: EZ Lynk with tuning by Tyrant Tuning
Air: Midwest Diesel and Auto Add-a-Turbo kit, polished stainless steel piping, Precision Turbo & Engine 76mm turbocharger, No Limit Fabrication Stage 2 cold-air intake
Exhaust: MBRP stainless 5-inch tubing with twin 5-inch tips
Transmission: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 640 hp
Torque: 1,200 lb-ft
Tires: 325/50R22 Toyo Open Country A/T
Wheels: 22x12 Specialty Forged 009
Suspension: Precision Metal Fab 4.5-inch Alpha lift kit, adjustable-arm three-link, Stage 2 traction bars, King Off-Road Racing Shocks 3.0-inch shocks (front), 2.5-inch bypass shocks (rear), 2.0-inch steering stabilizers
Axles: 3.55 gears
Body: Blue Jeans Metallic color-matched bumpers, door, and tailgate handles; Rigid Industries D-Series Dually floodlights with Diesel Cartel mounts; Retro Shop headlights
Interior: JL Audio HD 1,200x5 head unit, Focal speakers (front and rear), JL Audio 10-inch subwoofers
Fun Fact: Mike is a true-blue Ford fan, and his first diesel-powered hot rod was a 7.3L Power Stroke–powered ’00 that competed in the 2006 Diesel Power Challenge. The engine eventually made more than 700 hp and Mike ran low-12-second e.t.’s with the very same truck.