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My former F250 BEAST!

- Jim D's 2008 Ford F250 XLT -

6.4 Liter Twin Turbo Diesel

   My new truck started life as a 2008 Ford F250 XLT Super Duty 4X4 extended cab from Metro Ford in Raynham, MA. It's equipped with a 6.4liter Powerstroke Diesel and a 5 speed Torqueshift automatic transmission. It came with 3.73 limited slip, 4X4 Off Road package and a 9800 GVWR with towing package and Tow Command. I purchased it from the "more than competent" Sales Team at Metro Ford on President's Day weekend, 2009. As with my 2007 4X4 Ranger Sport, I can't seem to leave anything alone... read below!
   Wheels and tires came first...  I had a set of 37X13.50R-17 Toyo Open Country MT's mounted on 17" x 8" HELO HE842 wheels. Thanks to Matthew, Shane, Phil and the gang at Town Fair Tire in Raynham, MA for putting up with me and getting the truck the way I wanted it! The wheels have black centers and a polished rim - they look really good against the dark Torreador Red on the truck. I also installed a set of Bushwacker Pocket style flares and planned to color match them to the truck. I test fitted them and liked the black so they're staying that way for now. They definitely cover the additional offset created by the new wheels and tires.

   I installed an Undercover Hard Tonneau cover to cap off the bed and cover anything I might want to carry back there. I also installed a Road Armor Stealth Bumper with Pre-runner Bar and Smittybilt XRC 12 Winch from Top Gun Customz of Alcoa, TN. Two PIAA '5164' - 4 inch Driving Lights and two PIAA "5161" - 4 inch Fog Lights, both from eBay are installed in the Road Armor light pods. I then installed two KC Rally 800 - 8 inch Long Range lights on the Pre-runner Bar.

   Unfortunately, the KC lights have been stolen off the truck right in my driveway. Not once but twice - there's a pair of empty mounting holes now. "Congrats" to the F'n Scumbag who preys on other people's hard work, including mine!

  I finished installing (4/19) a Readylift 2.5" Leveling Kit and the WC Motorsports Track Bar kit. The kit was quite a project for someone that doesn't do this stuff regularly but I got it done with help from the guys at WC Motorsports & Offroad. I am quite limited on the amount of lift I can run due to center of gravity restrictions once the camper is onboard. Some of the ruts on the beach and the crazy angles we have to negotiate make it very tricky with 3000lbs sitting up that high. I feel that the 2.5" ReadyLift Kit should do the trick and still keep the center of gravity down to a satisfactory level for the beach. It also added enough clearance to stuff a set of 37" Toyo Mud Terrains on there when the 35's wore out!   :-)

With the new lift, bumper and billet grille, a much more impressive stance.

...rear view after the ReadyLift kit!

Wide stance towing mirrors...

...and N-Fab steps!

...and a side view with the ReadyLift Kit, as it looks now! Look at the tire clearance...


New SHOES - 37X13.5R-17 Toyo Open Country MT's

...I went up to 37X13.50R-17 Toyo MT's this time...


...had to do a little more plastic fender well creative contouring but it doesn't rub now!


Supposed to be...
This is what she would have looked like, had I finished her... color matched grille instead of chrome!

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