2004 Ford F150 UpgradesApril 2nd, 2010 by admin
Making the decision to modify your vehicle can sometimes seem like a daunting, expensive task but it truly doesn’t have to be. I decided to take a 2004 Ford F150 5.4L 4WD Crew Cab and turn it into something that would be a comfortable daily driver and still be able to tackle the craziest of desert trails.
To accomplish this I started by installing a Pro Comp 6″ stage 2 lift kit. I chose the stage two over the stage one for the upgraded front coilovers rather than running the large spacer. This allows for more wheel travel, which is pivotal for improved high speed off-road driving.
Along with the lift went a set of 35×12.50r17 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrain tires mounted on Pro Comp 7105 17×9 alloy wheels. These tires give an aggressive off-road look without any high speed drone associated with other more aggressive mud tires. They are big tires and did require me to remove my factory fender flares.
Since the larger tires put added strain on the motor, I did several motor upgrades to help increase the power. To start, I installed an aFe stage two air intake with the dry flow filter. It was an easy install that resulted in a huge power gain.
Since I had the increased airflow going into the motor it only made sense to get the air out more efficiently. To do this I went with a Magnaflow 3″ cat-back exhaust. I chose them for their stainless steel pipes and straight-through design muffler. This allows for efficient airflow without sacrificing back pressure and gives it a good mellow tone that won’t wake the neighbors.
For night driving I went with three 9″ Pro Comp HID driving lights installed on my Pro Comp light bar. This made for an easy install and a pretty good off-road look. Overall I am pretty happy with how the truck is going.
My future plans include Camburg upper control arms (they have a 1″ uniball in their control arms, which is a nice upgrade if you need to replace the ball joints) and Glassworks front fenders and bed sides.