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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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anyone wheel there F150?

I'm unfortunately getting rid of my jeep because its starting to become to big of a project for me. I keep finding more and more problems the previous owner didn't tell me and butchered repairs/mods.

In the next year or two I plan on getting a new vehicle and have started tossing around the idea of wheeling my 2000 F150 XLT when that happens. I am thinking of doing a leveling kit and 2"-3" body lift to stuff some of the 34" LBS in there, front hitch for the winch, trim up the wheel wells (if needed) and front bumper and see how it does.

If I like it, I'll keep wheeling it. If the only issue is the IFS I may look into a SAS way down the road. But for now it would be something to keep me wheeling. Primary purpose would be day trips and some 2-3 day wheeling/camping trips. Here's how I see it

the pros:
9.75 rear axle
V8
AC
automatic
lots of room for trimming
decent after market support
good for camping or multi day runs
it has a frame
already has recovery points front and rear

cons:
IFS
big, long, and low compared to what I'm used to wheeling
IFS
limited seating
IFS



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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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I body lifted my f150 and in my opinion, I would never do it again, and nice suspension lift and some 35's, you will be surprised where that truck can go.

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Yep. A regular cab will be more manuverable(sp?) for those tight trails and the short wheelbase is helpful too. A set of 34-35" tires will make it more trail worthy as you know. I think it would make a great wheeler

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My only real concern is the IFS but I guess time will tell. Funny thing is, it was my fiancé's idea to get myself a new truck in a year or two and wheel the 150. She's a keeper.
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I had a body lift and 2" suspension lift on my 03 with 34" LTBs and I loved it. In fact I am selling my 350 and getting another 150, and I'm gonna do the exact same thing again. It wheeled pretty good, no issues with the IFS. I would definetly recomend the gap gaurds for the bodylift if you don't want to drown your alternator in the first puddle you go thru, I drowned 2 of them

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Got any pictures?

Another option I'm thinking about is doing a leveling kit and glass fenders. They would give me the wheel clearance and a much better idea than blocks and body lift. I would probably change around the rear spring set up to make it a bit more wheeler (flex) friendly
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I wheel my truck everyday....If your asking about tires, yes Ive got 35" Hankook M/T's. Havnt yet posted any pics except for my profile pic.
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Got any pictures?

Another option I'm thinking about is doing a leveling kit and glass fenders. They would give me the wheel clearance and a much better idea than blocks and body lift. I would probably change around the rear spring set up to make it a bit more wheeler (flex) friendly
What kind of wheeling you talking about? Rock crawling, Trails, FSR, Mudding?
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I bring my truck everywhere and I love it, we pretty much have the same truck but yours is one year younger. The IFS hasn't bothered me or slowed me down yet. And yes if you get a Body Lift slap on some gap guards in the front ASAP or your gonna have electrical issues after hitting a few big puddles on the trail.




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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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I really like the looks of your rig bush aholic.

As for the type of wheeling I like to do its usually trails with a mixed bag of goodies. Higher speed runs on logging roads to get to the trails, then the actual trails are a mix of mud, climbs, and rocks with everything in between. Nothing really "hardcore", I've done most of the trails in my area with 31s or 33s and budget boost on my old TJ (with the help of a winch or tug every once and a while along with some bypasses for the harder stuff). That being said, there are areas where you can find difficult lines and area's to play around in that buggies sometimes can't get through or have trouble.

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