2001 Ford F150 - Customization 101

Trick Additions That Make A Difference

Dan WardOct 1, 2007
Photo 2/23   |   Out of the box, we found the most luxurious and well-packaged grille we've ever seen. Strut prides itself on making sure the grilles arrive in perfect condition.
What bolt-ons can I add that will really make my truck stand out? This question, and many like it, is what we are bombarded with constantly. In this story, we'll show you several mods that no truck should be without. While putting our Project Sinatra F-150 together, several key parts were on our wish list. New HID headlights were at the top of the list, and one call to Xtralights.com quickly answered that question. For hundreds of dollars less than we had thought we were going to pay, we received and installed a set of 8,000K digital HID lights that perfectly complement the Lincoln Navigator front end. It also helped to make the front-end swap look more legit. In addition to the awesome lights, we installed a Strut crimped-wire mesh main and lower grille to the VIS Racing front end. This style of grille was a fresh alternative to the typical billet or race-style we usually install, and it added to the elegance of the truck transformation. Finishing off the basic bolt-ons, we called Sport Truck Direct for a pair of Matrix LED taillights and a third brake light. Having the latest in light technology on the front of our truck meant the rear had to follow suit. The power for all of this extra lighting came courtesy of a 200-amp high-performance alternator from Powermaster. Check out the photos below to see just how easy it can be to make your truck really stand out.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 3 Hours
Degree of Difficulty: Beginner
Tools Needed: Screwdriver (Phillips and standard), wire cutters, wire crimpers, standard sockets, and a ratchet.
Parts Used:
{{{Matrix}}} Smoked LED taillights for SuperCrew 09-2043-{{{LS}}} $249.95
Matrix Smoked LED third brake light for SuperCrew 09-480-B $99.95
Powermaster {{{200}}}-amp alternator 47764 3G natural $313.95
(Pricing from summitracing.com)
Strut Wear Manhattan crimped-wire mesh grille (upper and lower) $4,500
Xtralights.com Digital Xetronic HID 8,000K 9006 headlights $459.00
Total Cost: $5,622.85
From The Driver SeatBeing big fans of lights, we knew this truck would be equipped with the best available, and after three hours of easy work, it is. The HIDs are super bright and crystal clear, without being too obtrusive to oncoming motorists. The install was a breeze and the weather-tight connections ensure there is no wiring problems. In regards to the LED taillights and third brake light, everything was simply plug and play. The third brake light was a little finicky, as the terminals had to be straightened out from the package after rattling around during shipping. Juice is no longer an issue, thanks to the killer Powermaster alternator. The voltage gauge doesn't even flutter under a full load. As far as the four month's mortgage, also known as the Strut Wear grille, it is really nice. It was a tough decision to blow the budget on a single item, all in the name of being different, but one we can live with after seeing the front end fully dressed up.

Sources

South County Auto Body
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-859-7990
www.southcountyautobody.com
VIS Racing Sports
City Of Industry, CA 91748
626-839-9833
http://www.visracing.com
Sport Truck Direct
www.sporttruckdirect.com
Xtralights.com
Richmond, V6X 2T1
www.xtralights.com
Matrix, GR Motorsports Inc.
Montebello, CA 90064
www.tunedbymatrix.com
Strut
San Clemente, CA 92672
www.strutwear.com

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