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Installing ADD Steps and Raptor-esque Trim on Our ’09-’14 Ford F-150

Our project continues with custom steps, bumpers, and grille—and no more chrome!

Apr 30, 2020
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Installing a 3.5-inch Readylift kit on a '09-'14 Ford F-150

Recently we introduced the latest Truckin project, this 2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT. It was well used but still in relatively good shape. In other words, it was a perfect candidate for a series of upgrades that would make it look and perform a whole lot better than when we found it. The plan was to touch several areas of the truck with simple but effective upgrades that would enhance both its form and function.

In the first installment, we headed over to New Century Tire to install the 3.5-inch Readylift SST lift kit and EBC Brakes rotors and pads. Then we mounted up the Fuel Vector 18-inch wheels and Fuel Gripper A/T tires. It was a great first step, but we had plenty more tricks up our sleeves.

Now we were ready to deal with all the chrome trim that is all over the truck, and by "deal with" we mean get rid of it. The factory Ford accessory steps were the first to go. We replaced them with the ultra-sleek black Lite bumpers from Addictive Desert Designs (ADD). They bolted up to the stock mounting points with no issues and fit up super snug to the body.

Photo 2/33   |   Our ongoing build is with this 2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT. We are already off to a good start with the Readylift lift kit and Fuel Offroad wheels and tires. We still have bigger plans for it, like getting rid of all that chrome and taking some cues from the Raptor.

Here's where things got a little weird. We were looking for an easy way to ditch the rest of the chrome and thought we would go with the Raptor-replica type parts that a couple people were selling. When we contacted those companies, they informed us that Ford Motor Company had slapped them with a cease and desist order, so we were out of luck. Without too many options, we hit the local online classifieds. Somehow, we magically came across a guy with a very briefly used grille and bumper combo. And the very next ad was a genuine Raptor rear bumper. We spent the next day driving around town picking up the parts. Soon, the ADD steps arrived and we grabbed our buddy Steve and headed over to the MotorTrend Group tech center to get all of our new parts on. We pulled off the install in about four hours and were a whole lot closer to totally transforming this SuperCrew into a badass daily driver. Be sure and check back right here, we've got a few more tricks up our sleeve for this one.

Photo 3/33   |   These factory Ford accessory steps had to go. They are basically giant chrome tubes that hang far off the SuperCrew body.
Photo 4/33   |   The Addictive Desert Designs Lite side steps are constructed out of American steel that protects the truck and adds style and functionality. The 1.75-inch inner tubing protects the rocker. The 1.50-inch outer tubing provides a sturdy step. And the slotted top plate adds a solid footing surface area.
Photo 5/33   |   There was a whole bunch of chrome on the front end. Our original plans did not work out, but we eventually found a solution.
Photo 6/33   |   The local online classifieds led us to this barely used Raptor-style bumper. It's a stamped steel, much-simplified version of the real thing and came painted in a dark charcoal gray. Since this whole build is about making huge changes to this F-150 without totally braking the bank, it fit the bill perfectly.
Photo 7/33   |   We bought the Raptor-style grille from the same guy we got the bumper from. It mimics the real thing but has to fit the F-150 hood, which is very different than the Raptor hood, so it's a bit of a compromise. But overall, we like the look, especially compared to our bulky chrome version.
Photo 8/33   |   With the rest of the chrome leaving us, the rear bumper had to go, too.
Photo 9/33   |   During our very same online classifieds search, we found a genuine Raptor take-off rear bumper for next to nothing. We snatched it up and brought all the parts to the MotorTrend Group tech center.
Photo 10/33   |   We enlisted the help of our buddy Steve for the afternoon and jumped right in by removing the rear bumper. We unhooked the license plate harness and the backup sensor harness. The outer skin of the bumper is all we were replacing, so those large mounting bolts were left alone, and we removed the bolts along the bottom edge.
Photo 11/33   |   The upper bolts were removed next. They weren't the easiest to reach, but having the truck on the lift sure helped. These F-150 bumpers actually come off relatively easily.
Photo 12/33   |   With the bumpers on the ground, the backup sensors were transferred from the stock bumper to the Raptor one.
Photo 13/33   |   Soon we were lifting the new-to-us bumper up into place on the factory brackets.
Photo 14/33   |   All of the original hardware was returned to the mounting points, and within a few minutes the rear bumper install was complete.
Photo 15/33   |   Moving up to the front bumper, we again accessed the main mounting bolts from below.
Photo 16/33   |   Up top, there's an additional bracket that secures the filler panel and hood release to the bumper. A couple more bolts, and we were good for removal.
Photo 17/33   |   Steve lifted the stock bumper off the frame mounts and onto the ground.
Photo 18/33   |   The aforementioned upper bracket was transferred from the old bumper to the new.
Photo 19/33   |   We set the new bumper in place and tightened up the main bolts, then reattached the bracket to the valance.
Photo 20/33   |   Obviously, this is not the highest-quality product out there, but all the holes lined up, and the bumper sat flush with the filler piece, so we were happy with the results.
Photo 21/33   |   And on to the steps! There are four mounting bolts on each of the steps. First we removed the vertically attached bolts.
Photo 22/33   |   Then we removed the upper, horizontally mounted bolts.
Photo 23/33   |   And just like that, off came the bulky factory steps.
Photo 24/33   |   Seconds later, we set the ADD Lite steps into place. Even if they hung down like the stock ones, they would still look a whole lot better.
Photo 25/33   |   But these steps mount up flush with the body and they bolt right back into the stock locations.
Photo 26/33   |   We don't think we've ever had such an easy install, and the looks, clearance, and protection of the rockers have all been improved significantly.
Photo 27/33   |   Finally, we moved back to the front to change out the grille. On F-150s, the grille is secured to the hood on a steel frame, making for a surprisingly solid setup. First, we buzzed out all the screws across the lower bar.
Photo 28/33   |   Then we did the same where the grille attaches to the hood.
Photo 29/33   |   At that point, Steve lifted the grille right off.
Photo 30/33   |   Our new grille was set into place on the framework.
Photo 31/33   |   From there, the factory hardware was simply reattached to the new unit.
Photo 32/33   |   Wow! We thought the lift and wheel and tire combo made a big difference. But the addition of the ADD steps and the Ford Raptor rear bumper take this F-150 to yet another level.
Photo 33/33   |   Our classifieds search yielded some pretty cool results, as well. The dramatic yet inexpensive change was exactly what this truck project called for. Be sure and check back here for the rest of the build. We're not calling it done yet!

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ADD Offroad