Thursday, March 11, 2010

Operation Hickification on F-150

I love my truck. Not more than Jesus, His Church, or my family, but I love my truck.

I decided to slap a little redneck on it by putting a grill guard on, raising it 3 inches, and putting bigger, more aggressive tires on. I actually do a good bit of off-roading going to and from hunting locations, so improving my traction and climbing ability serves a very important purpose.

I didn't want to break the bank making these various advancements so I opted for ordering a lift kit and having some grease monkey friends help me put it in. It's a labor intensive job and you have to have the right tools, but you can save tons of money doing so. There are more extreme lifts you can put on a pick up like mine, but they void the factory warranty and jack up your insurance. 3 inches was as far as I could take her up.

Here's the progression of "Operation Hickification" (the process of making my vehicle more fitting for the hick and redneck I have been accused of becoming):

My F-150 at normal factory height with new grille guard installed (front)

My F-150 being raised in my friends garage in order to get at "all four corners" at once. Manly stuff...

I worked on installing the aluminum lift blocks under the rear leaf springs (shiny things on either side of pumpkin) while Robert and Dan started taking apart the front end in preparation to add the lift mounts to the strut assemblies.

No greater friend is there than one who will open his garage to you and help you with a manly install!! Robert is an RPC member who loves to turn a wrench!

Robert puts the 3-inch extension on the top of the strut assembly. This is the largest extension you can put on the factory assembly.

Dan, Robert's friend, is building his own drag racing car in Robert's garage. We were glad he was on hand to help us get the lift kit in.

My F-150 after the lift kit has been put on. Very studly. 31 inch factory tires, however. Not for long.

My F-150 with the new Bridgestone Revo 33 inch tires mounted. Ready to rock and roll, climb, mud, and do some serious damage!! Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww!


Malcolm said...

The truck is way too clean to deserve neckification. No dents, no confederate flags, no decals or bumper stickers. Urban cowboy. But I love the financial rationialiation. Good job on that. Honestly, I didn't even know that you had gradiated (red neck sp) from an suv back to a truck. Seeing a grey truck kind of gives me the heebie jeebies thinking about what happened in the last one.

Glenn Wardell said...

(Fun)ctional upgrade -- money well spent. Only disappointment is that you didn't go American-made on the tires.

jeff said...

My testosterone level just went up 48% from reading your post. awesome job!

Reepicheep said...

Malcolm, I actually had a quick flashback about my old Dakota when I saw these pics. Funny thing is, I bought the SUV with the money the insurance company gave me for my totalled Dakota. It's taken me almost 4 years to save up enough to put down on the Ford in order to maintain my "stay ahead" of the depreciation practice on buying vehicles...The Pathfinder served me well, but it was time to get manly again.

Perry said...

I am not kidding when I say this. You know what they say about guys with F150s? They're millionaires. Millionaires tend to buy these vehicles. So, you can be a redneck millionaire, of which you are actually neither (except in glory, but not a redneck in glory). Funny stuff.

Rick Calohan said...

"and do some serious damage!! Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww!"

Japanese tires on an American truck yep your a redneck alright, are you sure instead of "Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww!" don't you mean "Banzai!"

We pray for your safety and that by the Grace of God those will not be your final words as your "redneck" your way in jayhawk country.

Reepicheep said...

Bridgestone has major manufacturing plants in many countries around the world. As of 2007, Bridgestone has 57 tire plants, several right here in the good ole' U.S. of A.

Woody Woodward said...

Okay, you got bigger tires and now Shari has to get a step ladder to climb in. And I bet you will now be crusin’ in rough-riden’ hard steern’ Sherman Tank! But it is a blessing to have friends.

Brenda said...

It looks the same to me.