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!
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.
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.