It’s that time of year again, when Ford swamps SEMA with factory-authorized modded pickup trucks. After previewing seven SEMA Edge and Explorer SUVs, we turn our attention to the SEMA F-150s—lifted, lit up, and generally made to out-macho the 600,000 other Americans that buy one of these pickups each year. Here’s a sneak peek.
There hasn’t been a notable half-ton pickup with a manual transmission since the 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10, the Viper-powered chainsaw that proclaimed itself the world’s fastest production pickup. MRT, a shop in Plymouth, Michigan, is reeling in those years—and a Tremec six-speed that otherwise would have slipped into a Viper ACR. The stick shift teams with an EcoBoost V-6 of unknown power, along with a lowered suspension, a limited-slip differential, and a roll cage, which in a perfect world would make this F-150 eligible for the Nascar Truck Series. That’s not our world, though, so don’t expect to see this stock F-150 on a Nascar oval or a Ford showroom anytime, probably ever.
Leer Edition Outdoorsman
Leer has been synonymous with fiberglass bed caps and tonneau covers since the 1970s, and this side-windowed, paint-matched example is no different, aimed at guys who who’d like their Crew Cab F-150 to resemble the old Excursion SUV. A six-inch lift, 22-inch off-road tires, LED rock light kits, a leather interior, and a 1000-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo complete the package.
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