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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Slammed Ford F-150 Proves Altitude Isn’t Everything


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Lift kits. In the modified truck scene, a good lift kit and a set of big knobby tires is a sure fire way to bring attitude to an otherwise stock pickup. As they say, the higher the “altitude,” the bigger the attitude. But ask anyone from the stance or lowrider community and they’ll tell you differently. 

And when the results look this impactful, well… they may be right.
This 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 started life as any other Ford pickup would, however it eventually made it over to the custom car wizards at Southern California’s Tjin Edition. It was set low on air bags, given some super-mean body mods, and showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Looking to do the same mods to your truck? Take notes.


If you’re thinking, “hey, those look like Ford F-150 Raptor fenders,” you’d be right. Tjin Edition modified the pickup with the heady Raptor flares, and added a custom-built metal front bumper, LightWurkz head and taillights, hidden LEDs in the grille, and a pair of Webasto sunroofs overtop. It all comes dressed in a clean, but menacing shade of Axalta Gun Metal Grey paint.

But instead of craning over some serious off-road rubber, the Raptor fenders sit low and get cozy next to a set of four 24-inch Rotiform wheels, wrapped in Falken tires. Note the big six-piston Baer brakes poking out from behind them. The whole truck gets its low-slung stance from a set of Air Lift air bags, managed by an Accuair system.

Ford doesn’t build its SVT Lightning super trucks anymore, but if the Blue Oval did, we’d imagine the new ones would look something like this.


At the back, Tjin Edition swapped the F-150’s standard bed for a custom-built unit with larger wheel arch tubs, a necessity when housing that lowered suspension. But don’t think the Ford is all-show and no-go.

 Under the hood resides Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which now benefits from a Vortech intercooler and breathes easy through a set of Magnaflow side-pipe exhaust. It can tow as well, the team cleverly hid its tow hitch behind a flip-down license plate. Pretty slick.

It’s a bit of a star too. The Tjin Edition Ford F-150 graced the covers of Truckin’ magazine and Street Trucks, as well as featured in Vortech literature and other ads. Now, the muscle truck is up for sale online, and garnering quite some attention.

Photo Credit: Tjin Edition