• Oct 26, 2010
Ford has a history of showing off some wild concepts at SEMA, and this year the company has partnered with six different aftermarket companies to unveil a slew of F-Series concepts worked up just for SEMA 2010. The trucks range from slammed machines from the likes of Godfather Customs and The Custom Shop to a rock-crawling behemoth built by the minds at Mickey Thompson. There's even a mobile pit station based on the F-150's big brother, F-350. That machine has been built by Cars by Kris and Airhead Kustoms.
Judging from what we've seen so far, our favorite of the bunch has to be the wicked F-350 built by Skyjacker Suspensions. The truck wears a full 8.5-inches of suspension lift, massive Fab Fours bumpers front and rear and a Warn wench for pulling lesser machines from sticky situations. Sounds like a good time to us. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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VERSATILITY, CAPABILITY OF FORD F-SERIES TRUCKS TO SHINE IN 2010 SEMA SPOTLIGHT

* Customized versions of Ford F-150 and Super Duty will show their stuff at the Ford stand, displaying the variety of modifications customers can make at the 2010 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show. Themes include a motocross concept, a Pro Football Hall of Fame-dedicated truck and a race car support truck
* Ford F-Series trucks have been a popular mainstay at SEMA, winning three awards in the past five years, including the Accessory-Friendly Truck design award twice
* Ford F-Series is the best-selling line of trucks in the marketplace for 33 years running and the most customized trucks in the $31.85 billion aftermarket industry

Dearborn, Mich., Oct. 22, 2010 – Ford F-Series trucks have long been known for their definitive power and capability, but they're also admired for the versatility of the platform, which can be adapted to everything from off-roading to low-riding. At the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas Nov. 2-5, the versatility of F-Series will again shine in the industry spotlight.

"These trucks sell imagery across the board," said Melvin Betancourt, Ford specialty design manager. "Customers in the truck world want to go off-roading, or at least have the image that they can, or have a truck they can cruise in. We have trucks that fit everything in those categories."

F-Series trucks have not only been a major presence at SEMA, but they have also garnered three awards in the past five years, including the Accessory-Friendly Truck design award. They have also been awarded Motor Trend's Truck Trend Top 5 Trucks from SEMA for the 2009 Ford F-150 Heavy Duty DeWalt Contractor Concept. Additionally, Ford F-Series is the best-selling line of trucks in the marketplace for 33 years running and the most customized trucks in the $31.85 billion aftermarket industry.

The 2011 Ford F-150 offers an all-new powertrain lineup, including a new 3.7-liter V6 engine that is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending final EPA certification. A new twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ engine with Ti-VCT also will be available, and has been torture-tested for tough truck use in the lab and on the road. The new 5.0-liter V8 engine is projected to deliver best-in-class 21 mpg highway pending EPA certification.

The F-Series dynamic duo is rounded out with an all-new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty, with the first Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-manufactured heavy-duty diesel 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged engine. This versatile Ford diesel is a key reason why the 2011 F-Series Super Duty has best-in-class payload of 7,070 pounds and best-in-class towing capability of 24,400 pounds.
F-Series project trucks showcased at this year's SEMA show include:

2011 Ford F-150 by Godfather Customs

Godfather Customs is demonstrating that going green can still mean style with its Ford F-150 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Modifications include a 2.5-inch cowl induction hood, bumper cover and roll pan and handle relocator. A tonneau bed cover and liner and halo taillamps round out the customizations.

2011 Ford F-150 by A.R.E. Accessories

This Ford F-150 by A.R.E. Accessories promotes the mission of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to educate, honor and preserve the history of professional football. Featuring hall of fame styling, the truck is painted with a stadium silhouette and features pigskin leather and materials reminiscent of the gold hall of fame jackets inside. The bed will display notable hall of fame memorabilia, while a wrap on the interior of the bed will simulate the hall of fame enshrinement gallery.

2011 Ford F-150 by Mickey Thompson

The Mickey Thompson Project TTC F-150 is the perfect off-road vehicle, with the new 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC Radical tires, Fabtech 6-inch suspension, PIAA auxiliary lighting and Warn Industries winch recovery gear. The interior comes with Katzkin leather and aftermarket audio, video and navigation enhancements. For additional utility, the truck features a BedSlide cargo management system and AMP Research power steps.

2011 Ford F-150 by The Custom Shop

On this Ford F-150 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine by The Custom Shop, shaved handles, lightweight tonneau cover, lightweight rims and low-rolling-resistance tires help enhance looks and mileage. The green theme carries into the styling, with a custom show paint job with a detailed pinstripe border using a low-VOC-emissions DuPont paint. The interior matches the exterior styling with custom Katzkin tan and black leather.

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Rize Industries

This Ford F-350 is a motocross concept that uses top-quality products with the highest standards in craftsmanship. The truck features a Rize Industries 8-inch quad-link suspension that offers additional ground clearance. The bed comes complete with a built-in loading ramp, power washer, air compressor, built-in motorcycle stand and storage space for riding gear.

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Cars by Kris and Airhead Kustoms

Cars by Kris and Airhead Kustoms delivers the Pit Boss, the ultimate tow and support vehicle built off a Ford F-350 Super Duty platform. Built to haul a race car to the track and serve as a mobile pit, the truck offers a bed-mounted tire cage and custom swing-case toolboxes. The interior features custom headliner and leather upholstery, along with sound-deadening material and an in-dash computer system.

2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Skyjacker Suspensions

Skyjacker Suspensions' Ford F-350 Super Duty is made to appeal to the active lifestyle of the Super Duty owner. A Skyjacker-developed 8.5-inch suspension offers a bold lift for work and play, and will let the owner go deeper into the field. Heavy-duty front and rear Fab Fours bumpers are added along with a Warn Industries winch and lights to round out the tough look.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What I'm trying to figure out is why nobody on that list is using a Raptor instead of a regular F-150...I feel like you could make something pretty ridiculous when your starting point is as awesome as the Raptor...
        • 4 Years Ago
        fpb300 - "Most of the time I often read about AWD and 4WD. Does a 2X4 still exist nowadays?"

        Yes.

        2x4 = dimensional lumber used in light residential construction

        4x2 = 4 wheels, 2 of which drive
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most of the time I often read about AWD and 4WD. Does a 2X4 still exist nowadays?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I figure that the raptor already has a few thousand dollars of go fast goodies, and alot of raptor specific parts that would require raptor specific lifts kits and the like.

        That and for every raptor they probably sell 250 (probably more) lesser f150's, and those are the guys that will want the upgrades more than the raptor guys who already have something that is better than any reasonably priced bolt on kit could offer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "A Warn wench"? How much do they pay her?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dang, beat me to it :-) Why is "wench" vs "winch" so difficult? Are you guys that careless?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The lift does allow bigger tires, which does increase axle clearance, and a lift also improves breakover/departure angles. It also gets the body/engine/electricals higher above any water or mud you may slog through.

      However, the current trend in the off-road community it to minimize lift height to reduce center of gravity, maximize vertical wheel travel, and fit the biggest tires possible.


      Of course all this is moot if you're just going to lift your truck and drive around on the street with mud tires on 22" rims playing Faux-wheeler at the mall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was supposed to be a reply to simple car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never understood the point of jacked up trucks. The axle is still usually around the same height in front and back. I can't roll clear over something without touching it with the axle. They should find a way to make the wheels chain driven or something. Or maybe jacked up F-150s with in wheel hub motors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jason

        I knew somebody would respond with that. I saw that on Autoblog awhile back. Its sweet and purposeful. But I still don't see why anyone would jack up their truck and leave the axle the same height?
        • 4 Years Ago
        SimpleCar shows his ignorance once again...

        Before going off like that the next time, get some experience in building an off-road vehicle rather than assuming that you know everything there is to know about ride height in an off-road vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From what I've seen:

        1. You're a chick and like "feeling high up" when you're driving, translating to a feeling of superiority over other drivers.
        2. You're trying to impress a chick that fits the build of #1.

        I completely agree though, these trucks are completely and totally pointless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The axle isn't the same height -- the lift allows clearance for larger tires, which in turn "lift" the axle give you more ground clearance under said axles. Larger tires are the only way to "lift" the axle.

        The lift and larger tires also give more ground clearance under the middle of the vehicle, as well as improves approach and departure angles, and usually increases the wheel travel, all of which help the off-road performance (depending on what you're doing of course).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know a few really hardcore 4x4 enthusiasts and they all have Jeeps, Broncos, and one guy has a really tricked out Disco. Among them lifted HD trucks are roundly mocked. Lift your Silverado HD 2500s, Super Duties, and Ram 2500s as high as you want, but we all know the most off-roading you'll do is driving along the poorly paved road to your campsite on a safe, monitored state campground and maybe hopping a curb at the mall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The lift does allow bigger tires, which does increase axle clearance, and a lift also improves breakover/departure angles. It also gets the body/engine/electricals higher above any water or mud you may slog through.

        However, the current trend in the off-road community it to minimize lift height to reduce center of gravity, maximize vertical wheel travel, and fit the biggest tires possible.


        Of course all this is moot if you're just going to lift your truck and drive around on the street with mud tires on 22" rims playing Faux-wheeler at the mall.

        (copied from below due to stipud AB comment system)
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, what Jason said. It's not just for looks - if you put big tires on a truck, and especially if you want to improve the suspension and allow for more travel, you're going to need to lift the body too. What bugs you, I think, is those trucks that aren't really outfitted for offroad, but have been jacked up. "all lift, no crawl" as they say in Texas. Or something like that.
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