Lowered Center of Gravity on a 2012 Ford F-150

Getting a performance stance with Belltech suspension

Harley Camilleri
Dec 1, 2012
Photographers: Dan Ward, Harley Camilleri
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Notes still pop up on our digital media spaces questioning why we would ever lower any truck. That is an easy question to answer. We respond that it produces great looks, better aerodynamics, improved fuel economy, and not to mention upgraded on-road handling for the twists and turns of your favorite canyon road. We can also go on by saying the truck is left undamaged and still has its full trailer and weight carrying capacity in most cases so it’s still a functional truck. If you add up all those answers, then it begs the question, Why wouldn’t we want to lower trucks?
Having been in the industry since darn near the beginning of time, Belltech performance suspension has been a long time leader in truck lowering technology. When we had the opportunity to install a lowering kit on a 2012 Ford F-150, we jumped at the chance to use Belltech’s latest lift/lower front strut system. For trucks like our F-150 that have a front strut, Belltech supplies the kit with coil seat spacers that will allow nearly everything from two inches of lift to three inches of lowering in half-inch increments. Should you want to get down farther, you can always add in one of Belltech’s performance lowering coils. For our application we were going to do a full 4-inch front and 6-inch rear drop, but after some measuring for the planned tire size, we decided to stop at three inches up front and five inches out back.
Follow along as we chase the Custom Truck Shop of San Dimas, California, around the underside of a new Ford F-150.
Photo 18/18   |   16. To make the most of the truck's newfound handling, we wrapped a custom pair of Street Scene 22-inch wheels in Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires, sized 285/45R22.

2015 Ford F-150 Specifications

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Fair Market Price $25,309
MSRP $25,800
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Mileage 18 City / 25 Highway
Engine 3.5L V6
Horse Power 283 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
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Sources

Yokohama Tire Corporation
Fullerton, CA 92831
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com
Custom Truck Shop
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-2228
www.customtruckshop.com
Belltech
Sanger, CA 93657
800-445-3767
www.belltech.com

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