Upgrading The Platinum Edition Ford F150 - Top-Notch Blue Oval

Upgrading The Platinum Edition F-150

Maxwell Matthewson
Aug 1, 2011
Photographers: Maxwell Matthewson
Buying a new truck can get expensive quick, but despite the cost, no one wants to drive around in a stock truck. Luckily, there are options out there to let you customize a truck without having to spend an extra arm and a leg. Daystar makes some of these products, offering several lift options with polyurethane lift spacers that are inexpensive and quiet. For this install, we are going to use Ford’s new F-150 Platinum edition and Daystar’s 2-inch leveling kit to help fit bigger wheels and tires without trimming or rubbing.
Photo 2/60   |   BEFORE
Along with the Daystar leveling kit, we installed RBP’s newest RX-III black mesh grille with chrome accent, RBP 94R 20-inch black powdercoated wheels, and BFGoodrich’s brand-new Rugged Terrain tire in size P275/60R20 (equivalent to a 33-inch standard tire). We chose the RBP wheels because they match the grille and help achieve the rugged look we were going for, and the Rugged Terrains are new and we wanted to be able to provide a good review of them. Follow along as the team at J Star Motors, in Anaheim, California, made quick work of this install.
Photo 3/60   |   AFTER
Highs:
  • Simple Install
  • Inexpensive
  • Clears 33s with no rubbing
  • Better Capabilities


Lows:
  • Needs to cut strut mounting studs
  • New BFGs are very narrow
  • Grille cannot be returned to factory
From The Driver Seat

After taking the truck for a quick shakedown, we noticed that the ride did not change at all. The tires did not rub, even when turning on off-road terrain. Even though the tires are more aggressive than the factory tires, they did not drone on the freeway and worked great in loose sand. Of course, the grille increased the looks immensely.
Your Questions Answered
Time Spent Working: 2 Hours
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Tools Needed: Assorted sockets and wrenches, sledgehammer, Loctite
Parts Used (prices from manufacturers and do not include tax, shipping, or installation):
Daystar 2-inch Leveling kit PN# KF09124BK: $129.99
RBP RX-III Black and Chrome grille: $1,490.00
RBP 94R black wheels 20x9: $442.00 each
BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain 275/60R20: $290.36 each
Total: $4,549.43

Sources

Daystar
Phoenix, AZ 85043
800-595-7659
www.daystarweb.com
RBP
Corona, CA 92880
951-272-9090
www.rollingbigpower.com
J Star Motors
Anaheim, CA
1-866-906-0586
www.jstarmotors.com

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