Creating A Better Daily Driver: Part 1

Form Meets Function with These Easy-to-Install Upgrades

Dan Ward
Feb 1, 2013
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/23   |   1302tr 01 Creating A Better Daily Driver Part 1 2012 Ford F 150 Lariat
Don’t you love it when your friends who don’t own a truck call you up and ask for help moving, hauling, or transporting something that won’t fit in their econobox. With today’s incredible new trucks riding smoother than ever, getting impressive mileage, and providing room enough to sit five adults comfortably, there isn’t a good excuse for not having a pickup in your driveway. To prove this theory, we modified a 2012 F-150 Lariat with easy-to-install parts that added to, not took away from, the Ford’s everyday functionality.
Making the nation’s best-selling truck even better only took four hours and the total cost for the four upgrades totaled $1,725.00 (from www.autoanything.com). You only get one chance for a first impression, so to help the front end of our F-150 turn some heads, we added a T-Rex Upper Class mesh grille. Providing a weather-tight bed area, we moved to the rear of the truck and easily installed a Truxedo LoPro-QT low-profile soft roll-up tonneau cover. Saving our knees and protecting our bed floor and bed walls, 20 minutes was all we needed to upgrade our bed with a Bed Rug kit. Finishing off our four hours of work, we moved inside the Super Crew’s four doors and swapped the cheap warehouse store floor mats for a set that fit perfectly from Weather Tech. These upgrades don’t require much mechanical ability, don’t break the bank, and yet each one added both form and function to our daily driven F-150.

2015 Ford F-150 Specifications

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Fair Market Price $24,627
MSRP $26,030
Editors' Overall Rating
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

T-Rex Grilles
Corona, CA 92880
800-287-5900
www.trexbillet.com
Auto Anything
San Diego, CA 92123
800-874-8888
www.autoanything.com
TruXedo
(877) 878-9336
truxedo
WeatherTech
800-441-6287
www.WeatherTech.com
Bed Rug
bedrug.com

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Mileage: 18 / 25
Engine: 3.5L V6
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