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        The Ultimate Guide To Ford F-150 Performance Mods

        The Ultimate Guide To Ford F-150 Performance Mods

        The Ford F-150 is the top selling truck for a reason. It has earned its reputation in terms of power, reliability, off-road capability, hauling, and more. But what if you want just a bit more out of your truck then what you can get from the factory? There are a bunch of “truck” things you can do like off-road additions, suspension upgrades, and more, but what about performance? What about focusing on the HP over the MPG? What about if it’s literally the opposite and you want MPG over HP?

        Performance upgrades are all about the driving experience both on and off-road. Being a Ford, there are plenty of options for you to consider, and that is what this article is all about. Join us for the ultimate guide in engine performance modifications to your Ford F-150 to get more power!

        The Basic, Disclaimers, and other Housekeeping

        What is a performance mod? While we normally talk about off-roading, we know there is plenty more to the F-150. For this, we will be focusing on products, additions, and hacks that will help improve the drivetrain in some way on your F-150: horsepower, fuel mileage, torque, shift stiffness, throttle response, and things like that.

        I should point out that you should be careful about any of these mods. While most of this plug and play stuff is completely safe, changing the way your engine and transmission behave from the factory could lead to troubles down the line. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: vehicles are made to work the best they can from the factory. Changing one aspect will make other parts have to work harder. Just be careful and know that you could void certain aspects of your warranty with certain mods. Always read what the manufacturer of performance mods say about their product so you’re on the safe side. 

        You also should note that some states (mainly California) do not want you modifying your engine in any way, so make sure whatever you are interested in is legal for your state or country.

        Let’s also get some baseline numbers out of the way for the F-150 so we can compare them down the line. Let’s focus on the 2020 F-150. Did you know there were SIX engine options!?  Six!? Let’s stick with the 5.0L V8. While that does leave five engines out of the mix, these are all modifications you can get on all of the engines. The power increase will be a similar percentage across all engines.

        2020 Ford F-150 5.0L Specs

        Horsepower: 395

        Torque: 400 foot pounds

        0-60: about 5.9 seconds

        Miles Per Gallon: 17 City / 23 Highway

        With all that out of the way, let’s get on to some mods!


        For this section I’ll cover the few modifications that “bolt on” to your engine to help increase performance. With modern day engines, there are not an incredible amount available for many vehicles, but the few that are can help!

        Cold Air Intake

        Cold air intakes are some of the most cost effective modifications that you can do to any vehicle. Engines work better with cooler air. Ever notice your F-150 has a bit more pep in its step on a nice fall day compared to the middle of summer? Cold air intakes take the place of your factory airbox and intake tube, and are designed to take in more air, and from a position that sucks in cooler air compared to air closer to your engine. These are relatively inexpensive for the amount of horsepower and torque you get. While you won’t be racing Mustangs anytime soon, it is something you will notice!

        Roush Cold Air Intake

        If you think about performance and Ford, one of the names that come to mind is Roush, and for good reason. Roush has been making specialty parts and full-on custom vehicles for Ford for years, but you can get just the pieces you want such as this cold air intake. This kit features a reusable filter and an enlarged intake tube and airbox to draw in more air for your engine. While the official numbers are not listed, you can expect about 10 horsepower and 15 extra foot-pounds of torque. It will run you $439.

        S&B Cold Air Intake

        For a 40% better airflow, reusable filter, and more power at $349, this cold air intake kit is hard to beat. In addition to all of that, the clear top on the airbox simply looks cool, which is always a plus. Reviews are high, installation times are low, and performance is instant.

        Throttle Body Spacers

        While debatable by some on if these actually do much, what they are designed to do is mount between your throttle body and intake manifold to increase the spin in the air to make it flow more optimally into your engine and allow better combustion. Better airflow and better combustion means better performance. While your butt dyno may not be picking up drastic differences, adding this and a cold air intake could lead to great results adding the gains together.

        These are always easy to install. All you have to do is unbolt your throttle body from your intake manifold, put the spacer in, and then bolt it all back together. Do not overtighten the bolts, because you don’t want to crack anything!

        Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer

        The unique Helix Bore design in the spacer will also help spin the air into your engine, improving the air/fuel mixture to ensure the best performance. This will help with the mid-range torque and power in your F-150. While you won’t be racing any Mustangs with this any time soon, it will help most if added with other modifications. It will set you back $150.

        SR Performance Throttle Body Spacer

        If you want a more affordable option, SR Performance offers their throttle body spacer made from aluminum that has been CNC machined to its unique “Spiral Bore” design. It claims to boost your low to mid range power in your Coyote powered F-150.


        Tuning your engine means changing the computer’s parameters. While in the past tuning was all mechanical and involved screws and springs, now it’s all electronic. Tuning an engine can change idle speeds, shift points, speed limiters, and so much more.

        There are two main ways: DIY and professional. Doing it yourself can be done with tuners you can purchase, and professional means taking it to a performance shop. While taking it to a shop can be more expensive, there is less chance of you messing something up doing it yourself! While doing it yourself can be fun, if you change the wrong parameter, you can create negative long term effects which could get very expensive!

        DIY Tuners

        SCT X4 Tuner

        SCT has been in the tuning industry forever. They know how to get the most out of an engine. This tuner will allow you to change engine parameters, perform data logging, read and clear check engine lights/codes, and more! While you can normally find this tuner for around $500, this link will send you to 5 Star Tuning which will provide a custom tune to deliver the performance you are looking for for a little extra! 

        Superchips Flashpaq F5 Tuner

        This tuner will allow you to take care of everything you could need from checking and clearing codes, tuning all aspects of your engine and transmission, and more. You have preloaded tunes that are designed to either get you going, or to use 24/7. This will only set you back $425. That may sound like a lot, but for a tuner that can do all this? That’s not a bad price.

        Professional Tuning

        Professional tuning is not really something I can give links to here. There are shops all around the world that can assist with something like this. Prices can be all over the place depending on what you need done. Simple tuning can be a couple hundred, but if you want to step up to full on dyno tuning, you’ll be looking at a pretty penny.

        The good thing about professional turning is that it’s done by professionals. While that may sound obvious, they know what they are doing. Their work can come with a warranty, and if you go to a certified shop, there is a chance that the tuning might not even void the factory warranty.

        Do your research and ask around. You do want to make sure it’s not a random shop that got the same tuner you could have. Remember that when it comes to something like this, you get what you pay for!

        OTHER F-150 BOLT ON MODS

        There are other products that you can attach to your F-150 in locations beyond your engine that will increase performance. Again, while this is limited with modern drivetrains, there are a few good products out there that can help crank out some better performance! 

        Pedal Commander

        Electronic gas pedals can lead to lag and slower than desired acceleration. Thankfully, Pedal Commander is here to help. This simple product plugs into your gas pedal to help eliminate that nonsense. Gone are the days of a physical wire opening and closing your throttle when you press your pedal down. Now, everything is electronic.

        When you press your pedal down, it tells your F-150’s computer that you’re doing so, and how hard you’re doing it. The problem is that it will still only open the throttle as fast as it’s programmed to. Pedal Commander will amplify the signal your foot provides to open the throttle faster. You can choose between different settings to dial in the amount of performance and fuel savings you want. For $350, it could be one of the best mods you do!


        Changing the exhaust on your F-150 will not only help it breathe better, but it can make it sound better too. Like your cold air intake taking air in more efficiently, a less restrictive exhaust will help the air leave more efficiently. Why is this important? Breath in as much air as you can, then stick a straw between your lips and breathe out. It sucks, right? Your F-150 has to deal with that with a stock exhaust.

        Within reason, as you still want to maintain good back pressure, a more free exhaust will help your engine perform better which will unleash more power. Keep in mind that this will also change the sound of your engine. You’re going to want to watch tons of YouTube videos to hear what you’re interested in to make sure that it is for you.

        Since sound is highly subjective, and there are so many muffler and pipe combinations, I’m not going to leave any example links. You could expect to send anywhere from $250 to $1000. Most will fall around the $500 range.


        In addition to all of these physical products, there are a number of hacks you can do to increase performance in your F-150. Some of these involve you getting a little dirty, and others just involve paying attention to what you’re doing. Let’s take a look.

        Windows Up, Air Off

        Aerodynamics and your comfort can actually go hand in hand. To get the best fuel economy, top speed, and acceleration, the shape of the F-150 plays a big part. While mostly built for conquering mountains, the F-150’s shape will allow for improved highway performance as well. However, you can mess all that up depending on when you use your windows or air conditioning. 

        Lowering your windows obviously allows air into your F-150. At high speeds (generally accepted to be above 55 miles per hour), this will create much extra drag on your F-150. Your engine will have to work harder to compensate for the extra “weight” of the air forced into your truck. This will lower your fuel economy. While it’s hard to beat the windows down sometimes, if you’re going over 55 miles per hour, it may be best to leave the windows up and turn the AC on instead.  However…

        If you’re cruising around town, using your air conditioning is actually not the smartest idea. The A/C causes your ening to work harder, and while that may be fine if you're cruising along at 60 miles per hour, stop and go traffic paired with your A/C will kill your mileage. Over time, it’s potentially going to cause more wear and tear on your engine as well. If you can handle the heat, keep your windows down around town.

        Cleaning your Throttle Body and MAF Sensor

        Your mass airflow sensor (MAF) is a bit of circuitry that reads the air that’s coming into your engine. It will read a number of parameters and tell your engine how to run accordingly… What RPM, the amount of fuel, amount of air, and so on. When this gets dirty, it can start causing false readings. You’ll start to lose power and probably some MPGs as well.

        Thankfully this is super easy to clean. For a few bucks at your local auto parts store, you can pick up a can of MAF sensor cleaner. Then just disconnect your battery (to be on the safe side), unplug your MAF, unscrew two screws holding it in, then pull it out and spray it down! Once it’s dry, reverse the process, and your truck will come alive once again.

        As I mentioned before, your throttle body is responsible for letting air into the engine. If it gets dirty, it may slow down how fast it opens and closes, or it may have trouble opening and closing completely. Your truck may start to sputter, and maybe even stall. This is also easy to clean!

        Go back to that auto parts store and pick up a can of throttle body cleaner (not carb cleaner). Take off the intake tube, spray the cleaner onto a cotton cloth (like an old t-shirt), and wipe the inside down! Make sure you open the valve and get behind it. Be careful and gentle, and don’t let the valve slam closed.

        If you do these two things, especially if it’s been a while or never since the last time, you’ll be amazed at the results. Close to $10 will get you the two cans (that will last you years), and it will take you 30 minutes to do both things. A shop will charge you close to $100 for this service.


        While the F-150 is amazing off-road, a little help on the road may not be a bad idea. As you can see, you can accomplish quite a bit for a few hundred dollars. Just make sure you follow all directions, and enjoy the power gain!

        Image Credits

        F-150 Engine - Courtesy of Auto Blog

        Cold Air Intake - Courtesy of S&B Filters

        Dyno Tuning - Courtesy of Ford Truck Enthusiasts

        Exhaust - Courtesy of Borla

        Throttle Body Spacer - Courtesy of F150 Forum User "onegoesbyu"

        F-150 Driving - Courtesy of Ford Authority

        MAF and TB Cleaners - Courtesy CRC on Walmart

        The Ultimate Guide To Ford F-150 LED Lighting

        The Ultimate Guide To Ford F-150 LED Lighting

        The Ford F-150 can conquer almost anything that you throw at it, and it does it reliably and while looking good. Lighting is something that falls in both categories. Regardless if you’re overlanding across mountains, or just driving down an empty highway at night, you need lighting.

        Thankfully we have come a long way from plain utilitarian appearance. We now have super bright LED technology that is smaller, lighter, and can be designed to look aggressive and chiseled like the body of an F-150.

        Let’s go over some terms, history, and then what’s available for upgrade. Instead of going over every generation, I’ll break it down to a few options for 2009-2014, 2015-2017, and 2018-2020 F-150s.

        What are LED Lights & How Are They Different Than Halogen?

        Let’s first get some basics out of the way. What exactly makes these two types of lights different, what are the benefits, and so on… First off, a “light-emitting diode” (or LED) is a semiconductor in an enclosure that emits light when electricity passes through it. Sounds fancy, but in most basic terms, power passes through a small chip or electronic material, and it lights up when it does.

        Sounds great, but what’s the difference? Basically we are talking about analog and digital forms of light, so to speak. A halogen is an updated version of the classic incandescent bulb first designed in 1879. While halogen bulbs are using much higher grade material compared to their historic counterparts, the operation is the same: electricity heats up a filament that interacts with the gas in the bulb, and you have light.

        In the case of a halogen, we’re talking about a heated tungsten filament interacting with halogen gas. This will make a much brighter light compared to the bulb in your grandpa’s attic, but all analog mediums have a shelf light. The filaments can degrade over time, they can physically break, and the heat emitted can cause premature failure if the glass of the bulb was contaminated by something such as oily fingers during installation. This will have them fail before LEDs will. Since we’re talking about one type of metal and one type of gas interacting, you’re going to get one color and brightness of light.

        While the invention of the LED is a bit dated too coming into light in 1962, when we think of it in terms of a “digital” device, we can definitely imagine how much it has improved since then! An LED light is going to give you an instant on/off light stream, better control of the color, and different brightness levels that halogens simply cannot do.

        One easy way to imagine this is to think about buying a phone. Every phone these days is going to do the same thing. Some just do them better, and that usually depends on the cost. LED lights are the same: they all light up, but the amount of technology in them will allow them to be different.

        Here’s a quick chart to explain some differences:

        What Kind of LED Lights Are Available For F-150s?

        I hope you didn’t forget why you’re here: F-150s! Now that you should be convinced that LED lighting is the way to go, what is actually available for your Ford F-150? Thankfully since LEDs and Fords are both so popular, the short answer is everything!


        Headlights are easy to get in either replacement bulbs, and entire housing assemblies. Bulbs are easy plug and play replacements that simply take the place of your factory bulb. Replacing the entire housing with a completely built aftermarket headlight assembly will be more costly, but are still pretty straightforward to install, and don't require any modification. A complete assembly will generally give you a complete style overhaul with new features (such as sequential turn signals) over a standalone bulb.

        2009 - 2014 Headlight Options

        Raxiom G2

        These guys have been making headlights and tail lights for Fords for years. At $315, you won’t even break the bank with these. They feature projector headlights, clear lenses, and a blacked out housing.

        AlphaRex Nova Series

        No stranger to LED lighting, you’ll be getting projector headlights, sequential turning signals, and daytime running lights. More expensive at $882, but you get what you pay for.

        2015 - 2017 Headlight Options

        Raxiom G3

        You get even more with G3 over the G2, but you’re paying more for it too. At $565 you get all the same goodies as the G2, but with modern LED daytime running lights that will make your truck look brand new!

        AlphaRex Nova Series

        If you want to go all out with style, power, options, and badassery, AlphaRex is here. With daytime running lights, sequentials, and multiple projectors, the whole front of your truck will be transformed, for a starting price of $1300.

        2018 - 2020 Headlight Options

        AlphaRex Nova Series

        If you haven’t figured out by now, we like AlphaRex. If you also haven’t figured out by now, things get more expensive as the model years go up. Either way, AlphaRex continues to hit the ball out of the park with these for $1435.

        Raxiom LED

        If you haven’t figured out by now, your writer likes Raxiom since he has them in his Mustang. These give you all the features you’d expect, and with a clear lens and black housing. All at $920.

        Fog Lights

        Fog lights generally get overlooked, but are easy and inexpensive to replace. In most cases, to get the best performance from your fog lights, you’ll want to replace the whole factory pod with an aftermarket LED one. While it sounds like a daunting task, it’s easy!

        Some of these options are not going to fit the Raptor models since they have different bumpers, but always check with the manufacturer. Keep in mind that as the years go on, the shape of the fog lights change, which in the long run allows for more real estate for more lighting options.

        2009 - 2014 Fog Light Options

        Morimoto XB Projector

        These triple LED, super bright pods feature shatterproof lenses to protect them during your next off-road adventure. While a little pricey at $193 for what may seem like little light, you get quality

        CREE LED Bulbs

        If you just want to replace bulbs and don’t want to go through the process with the pods, the company F-150 LEDs offers you a solution with some very highly rated LED replacement bulbs for $99.

        2015 - 2017 Fog Light Options

        Rough Country Fog Light Kit

        Taking full advantage of the extra room, Rough Country crams in two light pods in each side to allow for super bright light right when you need it. Prices start at $200, and you can choose the type of beam that you want. More on beam types later in the article…

        BICYACO Fog Lights

        If you’re on a budget, but want something highly rated, these pods come with three ultra bright LEDs per bulb on each side. You’ll be sure to see what’s in front of you, and at $56, you won’t be breaking the bank.

        2018 - 2020 Fog Light Options

        Axial LED Fog Lights

        For a simple yet effective solution that comes in at an average price of $118, these Axial pods are a simple plug and play solution to needing more light. They have a clear lens with a black housing to help with a blacked out look.

        Rough Country Fog Light Kit

        For a bit more than the ones suited for 2015-2017 models, these will allow you to get two LED pods in each fog light section on your F-150. At $250, they are still a pretty good price. 

        Ditch Lights

        Ditch lights are not something you get from the factory, so these would have to be aftermarket. These lights mount behind your hood on either side, and when installed properly, cast extra lighting off to the sides of where your headlight’s field of view stops. These are great when you’re off on the trails or off-roading at night as they will generally light up the sides of the road you can’t normally see. They will keep you safe in the dark, and don’t require any permanent modification.

        There are many cases where you can get a kit that offers brackets and LED light pods, but it’s not uncommon to have to buy both separately. Since the main concern with mounting something on any vehicle is the actual mounting part, you might have better luck finding brackets that fit, and then getting the light pods you want.

        Since ditch lights are a tad more “universal” when it comes to the later generation F-150s, I’m going to give you some good options for 2009 to 2014, then 2015+ F-150s.

        2009 - 2014 Ditch Light Options

        Diode Dynamics Ditch Light Kit

        For a starting price of $160, this kit will allow you to build the lighting rig that you want. Tons of pod, color, and harness options. When one size does not fit all, this is any “size” you can imagine.

        CREE Spartan Hood Light System

        The guys at F150 LEDs offer a 180 degree field of view with these lights. Included with the brackets and hardware are pods containing more LEDs then you could imagine to make sure there is nothing you can’t see. All of this at $240.

        2015+ Ditch Light Options

        Rough Country 2 Pod Kit

        You knew Rough Country would make a comeback! If you want a more basic yet very effective kit, this kit comes with all the hardware and one pod for each side. You do get to choose between five different pod types.

        Baja Designs A-Pillar Kit

        If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend, Baja Designs will allow you to spend it. From $370 to $546, you get all the harward, a pair of pods, a lifetime warranty, and multiple patterns. 

        Light Bars

        Light bars for the ultimate in off-road looks and low lighting performance, you can’t go wrong with an LED light bar. These generally mount either on your roof, in, on, or behind your front grille, or the same for your lower grille/bumper. They are simply a robust row (or two) of bright LEDs designed to make sure you see everything in front of you. There are different types, so let’s get into them!  It is important to note that the F-150 can get a little tricky when it comes to mounting light bars, so the example sections will be limited!

        What are Light Bars Used For?

        In short, light bars are used for extra illumination. While high-beams can offer better light in darkness, light bars allow for a more customizable line of sight in the dark from the different size and mounting abilities. Light bars are mainly for off-road use and most are generally not allowed to be used on public roads. So keep that in mind when you think about getting one.

        What Are The Different Light Bar Sizes?

        Single Row: For the most part, a single row light bar is going to have a single row of LED lights that produce a more focused beam of light. Think in terms of a spotlight. Generally this is best if you want to light up a longer distance.

        Double Row: A double row light bar is best for more of a floodlight, containing two rows of bright LED lights. If you want to light up a large area, a double could be better. This is just a basic principle, but things could change depending on which LEDs you use, the length of the row, placement, and so on.

        What Are The Different Types of Light Bar Beams?

        While the size portion above talked about what types of beams the number of rows generally produces, there are specific beams of light that you can look for: spot, flood, and combo. What you should get depends on where you plan on using them, and what you plan on using them for.

        Spot Beam: Spot beams focus a narrow beam of light in a specific area. These are best for distance and a specific line of sight. If you are faced with long open roads without much vegetation, this could be an option for you. On a road like that, you could be going at faster speeds then you would be if you were in the woods. You will want a beam of light that can see obstacles in the road far before you reach them.

        Flood Beam: Flood beams spread out light over a wider and taller surface area, but not as far as a spot beam. Something like this would be better in thicker vegetation where you need to see more around you, and light can’t travel that far of a distance in that type of an environment anyway (with all the trees). If you use the lights on your truck to light up a work site or something along those lines, this could be a better option too.

        Combo Beam: What if you need both? Enter the combo light. This has the narrow throw of the spot beam, with a wide spread of a flood beam. This is generally accomplished with two light sources in the same fixture. Keep in mind that some combos may not shoot as far as a standalone spot fixture, but they are very versatile. Can you switch between modes on combo lights? Some bars allow that function, and that could make them the best between all three worlds.

        What Are The Different Light Bar Colors?

        While there are technically many colors of LEDs you can get, there are laws about what color lighting you are allowed to use on public roads. The safest two options would be white or amber. Basically it comes down to preference. Amber lights have the same patterns as white lights, but are not as bright due to the filtered light. Some LED bars and bulbs offer both options. Shop around and find what’s best for you! Keep in mind your federal and state laws before you get too carried away with other colors.

        Standard Light Bar Mounting Options

        The three main ways to mount LED light bars on your F150 are on the lower grill/bumper, the main grille, or on the roof. While money and creativity can make almost any mounting location a reality, let’s take a look at the three main ways.

        Lower Grill/Bumper Mount LED Light Bars

        This can be a good spot to put some lighting! After all, Ford left a nice little spot to put something! While some of you may be stuck with having to put a front license plate there, you might want to consider putting that plate off to the side when you see how great looking and how flush fitting these LED light bars can be. If you want something a little larger, you can mount LED bars and pods across more of the front bumper, but since those are more “extreme,” I’m going to skip those.

        When it comes to the recommendations on this section, I hate to disappoint, but while not something unpopular, in most cases you’ll end up finding most of these kits on eBay. While that definitely doesn’t mean they are bad, it is harder for us to recommend to you, so I may have to suggest you make sure you find the right seller if you go this route!

        Upper Grille Mount LED Light Bars

        The F150s have some decently sized grilles for you to add some extra goodies to. The advantage of having them here is that your off-road appearance is more subdued. If having extra lighting is important from time to time, but you don’t always want to see a light bar on your roof and need more than what a smaller lower grille light can offer, this conservative approach could be the option for you.

        2009 - 2014 Upper Grille LED Light Bar Options

        Rough Country 30 Inch Dual Single Row LED Grille Kit

        If you want to take advantage of the space above and below the center section of your grille, this Rough Country kit will allow you to do that, or you can pick just one light if you’re lame. Choose between chrome or black light bars. Prices start at $230, and double for an extra bar.

        F150 LEDs Paladin 44 Inch Single Row Behind the Grille Bar

        For a slightly more subdued approach, this $339 light bar will mount behind the lower section of your upper grille. They do offer another model that is slightly cheaper that will mount on the upper half.

        2015 - 2017 Upper Grille LED Light Bar Options

        Replacement Grille with 20 Inch Light Bar

        Okay, okay… This is cheating a bit as it replaces your whole front grille, but if you want something unique and easy to install, you can accomplish that with this piece. It will cost you just over $1000, but if you want something different, you’ll have to pay for it!

        2018 - 2020 Upper Grille LED Light Bar Options

        Rough Country Dual 10 Inch Kit

        If you have the right grille on your F-150, this kit will fill some of the dead space you may have with two 10 inch, single row LED light bars. While the lighting may not be “night to day” bright, you get a great looks and function combination for $160.

        ZROADZ Dual Slim Kit

        If the option above seems a little cheesy to you, this is a more classic style, but still nice and subdued behind the grille. While expensive at $443, you do get a lifetime warranty.

        Roof Mount LED Lights

        Roof mounts offer good function and style. If you want that off-roading look as well as serious illumination power, roof mounts are the way to go. While you may not be able to see directly in front of your front tires with the bar on the roof, you get a good line of sight, depending on the beam (spot, flood, or combo) that you choose. Keep in mind that in many cases, drilling may be required to mount these.

        If you decide to end up getting a roof rack or may want to get one down the road, keep in mind that many roof racks can come with or allow the pairing of an LED light bar as well! Like ditch lights, you’ll find it common to have to buy the mounts and light bars separately.

        2009 - 2014 Roof Mount Options

        Complete Stealth LED Light Bar

        For about $405, you’ll get a combo spot and flood beam light bar, mounting brackets, and harness backed by a lifetime warranty.

        ZROADZ Curved Double Row LED Light Bar

        While it has a high cost of $950, you get everything you need to mount this to your F-150, including a 50 inch dual row combo beam light bar. Of course it will come with a lifetime warranty.

        2015 - 2017 Roof Mount Options

        Westin B-Force Roof Mount

        With a name that has been in the off-road market for years, you can trust this 50 inch dual row light bar and bracket combo. At about $576, the price is on par with most good quality bar and bracket combos on the market.

        2015 - 2020 Roof Mount Options

        ZROADZ Front Roof LED Light Bar Mount Kit

        This 52 inch light bar comes ready to rock and roll right out of the box (after installation of course) for 2015 to 2020 models, so I gave it it’s own little spot. It will set you back $950.

        To Sum It All Up…

        LED lighting is generally the way to go. They last longer, they are brighter, they are more versatile, and they just look so much better. With LED technology being so inexpensive now, the sky is the limit! Light up the night sky, or simply be the best looking F-150 in the parking lot. Either way, I hope this guide has answered all of your questions regarding LED lighting for your Ford F-150. 

        Image Credits:

        F-150 Lighting - Courtesy of ZROADZ

        Ditch Lights - Courtesy of Baja Designs

        Headlights - Courtesy of AlphaRex

        Fog Lights - Courtesy of Rough Country

        Grille Bar - Courtesy of Rough Country

        Grille Bar 2 - Courtesy of Rough Country

        Roof Mount - Courtesy of ZROADZ

        The Complete Guide the Blacking Out your F-150’s Exterior

        The Complete Guide the Blacking Out your F-150’s Exterior

        Your F-150 is one of the best selling and customizable trucks in the world! From the factory to aftermarket, there is almost no combination of performance mods and looks that you can’t do. A very popular style you may want to do is black your truck out! Why would you not?  After all, it’s like the man Henry Ford said himself about the Model T: you can have it in any color, as long as it’s black.

        Thankfully we have come a long way from those days where if you wanted a different color anything on your ride, you pulled out a bucket of paint and a brush and went to town. Now we have factory options and a hefty aftermarket to black out your F-150 from bumper to bumper, inside and out.

        Let’s cover some terms, and then get to the nitty gritty with some popular products that you can use to summon the color of the night on your Ford’s exterior. For the most part, we’ll be focusing on the exterior of F-150s from 2009 to 2020+. If there is a specific year in mind for something I am mentioning, I’ll make note of it! 

        WHAT IS IT

        First off, what exactly does it mean to “blackout” your truck. In short, leave no color but black. Modern trucks feature chrome and other accents and trim that stand out from a subdued finish. Glass, plastic, chrome, and steel can all be changed in various ways either permanently or temporarily depending on your budget, commitment issues, or resale plans.

        HOW TO DO IT

        Replacement Part

        Sometimes the easiest and most effective way to black out a part is to simply replace it with a new one that is blacked out or tinted. With modern vehicles being pretty well suited to replacement parts, you can generally take most trim, panels, and parts off with simple tools that you have laying around. This will allow you to save your factory parts to either put back on for future resale, or sell to get some money back. Hey… If your wife is cool with it, old trim can make great wall art.

        Covers and Overlays

        If you don’t want to go about replacing parts, there are tinted or blacked out covers or vinyl that could be placed over some exterior and interior parts. This can either be achieved with tabs that snap over existing trim, fasteners that make use of factory holes and mounting locations in your truck, or things like glue and double sided tape.

        Sprays, Dips, and Paints

        Products such a Plasti Dip are a favorite product for blacking parts out on a budget. Products like Plasti Dip come in a spray can that apply a rubber coating to the part in question. The best part is that it is durable, but also easily removed. You can also go the more permanent route and use paint! While generally your most cost effective out (aside from vinyl), this can look like your most cost effective route if you don’t take your time and prep well. More on this later! 

        Window Tint

        One of the first things many people choose to do is black out their windows. It’s cheap, and it can be done at a local shop near you. If you have the skills, or need a weekend project, it is even something you can do yourself. Tint comes with some great benefits: it really dresses up your ride, it protects you from the sun and keeps the interior of your truck lower, and it blocks people from easily seeing who is driving the best F-150 in town! Make sure you follow all local and federal laws regarding the amount of tint. You don’t want your investment to lead to tickets and you having to remove it!

        If you do it yourself with pre-cut tint, make sure you get the tint that’s right for your model year and trim level. Be sure you are getting all of your windows covered, or at least the ones you want. If you get rolls of tint, make sure you get enough to cover the surface area of the glass that you need!

        Smoked Headlights, Taillights, and Third Brake Light

        Ford has been pretty bold with their headlights and tail lights on the F-150. They are loud and proud, while other manufacturers have started to go for squinty and minimal. Unfortunately this does mean a lot of red, amber, and chrome in places you may not want them. Thankfully this is easy to change in so many ways.

        Important note: when talking about blacking out your lights, it is generally referred to as them being “smoked.” Smoking your lights will give you that tinted look to compliment your style.

        Interchangeable parts make swapping out things like factory headlights and tail lights simple! A complete headlight swap will run you anywhere from $300 to $1000 for the pair, and tail lights from around $250 to $500. Of course since they are smaller and less “grandiose,” a third brake light can cost $30 to $80.

        If you are getting full replacement units, many manufacturers are integrating LED lighting. More common with headlights, this means you could have clear lenses, but a blacked out housing.

        LED lighting means you don’t have to worry about any bulbs being too dim to shine through tinted lenses, should you have them. That almost means you’re generally okay when it comes to the law. While you may want them to look cool, lighting is supposed to be seen. Going too dark could land you with a nice ticket or two. Generally speaking, aftermarket smoked/tinked replacement units should be legal where they are being sold, but always play it safe and check first.

        Keep in mind that in many cases, you’re going to get more than just blacked out lights if you go full on replacement. The “in thing” to do is have sequential LEDs, daytime running lights, and other fancy things. Shop around and find what works best for you so you don’t get more than you needed.

        2009-2014 Headlight and Tail Light Replacement Options

        Raxiom G2 (Headlight)

        These guys have been making headlights and tail lights for Fords for years. At $315, you won’t even break the bank with these. They feature projector headlights, clear lenses, and a blacked out housing.

        AlphaRex Nova Series (Headlight)

        No stranger to LED lighting, you’ll be getting projector headlights, sequential turning signals, and daytime running lights. More expensive at $882, but you get what you pay for.

        AKKON (Tail Light)

        With a smoked lens and LED tube lighting, you’ll be sure to set yourself apart with the tail lights. They do say intended for show car and off-road use only, so install with caution.

        AlphaRex Pro Series (Tail Light)

        Like the front, these guys bring up the rear with superior technology and design. They have multiple housing and lens options to choose from to fit the look you’re going for.

        2015-2017 Headlight and Tail Light Replacement Options

        Raxiom G3 (Headlight)

        You get even more with G3 over the G2, but you’re paying more for it too. At $565 you get all the same goodies as the G2, but with modern LED daytime running lights that will make your truck look brand new!

        AlphaRex Nova Series (Headlight)

        If you want to go all out with style, power, options, and badassery, AlphaRex is here. With daytime running lights, sequentials, and multiple projectors, the whole front of your truck will be transformed, for a starting price of $1300.

        RECON Fiber Optic (Tail Light)

        If you want to go with something super fancy, then for $700 you can get this unique fiber optic LED tail light pair with a black housing and smoked lens.

        Alpha Rex Pro Series Smoked Red (Tail Light)

        If you still want the red appearance, but with a smoked look and LED lighting, these have you covered, and not for a bad price starting at $295. These fit 2015 all the way up to 2020. 

        2018-2020 Headlight and Tail Light Replacement Options

        AlphaRex Nova Series (Headlight)

        If you haven’t figured out by now, we like AlphaRex. If you also haven’t figured out by now, things get more expensive as the model years go up. Either way, AlphaRex continues to hit the ball out of the park with these for $1435.

        Raxiom LED (Headlight)

        If you haven’t figured out by now, your writer likes Raxiom since he has them in his Mustang. These give you all the features you’d expect, and with a clear lens and black housing. All at $920.

        AmeriLite (Tail Light)

        If you’re not looking to break the bank, these budget tail lights will only set you back $250. They come with a smoked lens, but they do have a chrome housing, so make sure they have as much black as you want before buying!

        You can go for a much cheaper approach, but be aware that it may look cheaper, not last as long, and could cost you a lot in tickets if you do it the wrong way (I’ll get to that in a second.) There is film/vinyl available for around $60 that simply sticks over the plastic and spray coatings for around $20.

        Film or vinyl covers can either come pre-cut to size, or you can use a large sheet of it, and form it to your lights yourself, and cut as needed.

        While I generally encourage people to try something new and take a risk, I would suggest a complete swap of pre-tinted/smoked lights. A big reason is time. A good set of smoked lights will last the length of the truck. Film and spray coatings will shrink and become brittle with age. UV rays and incandescent bulbs will expedite the problem. When it gets that dry, it’s not the easiest or most fun thing to get off.

        Now, the ticket thing. Headlights and taillights are designed to help you see what’s around you, and for other drivers to be able to see you. Remember that whole legal thing I talked about before? If you tint something yourself, you could run the risk of doing too much, and you could have to pay for it. If you get a kit out of the box, they are generally approved by the Department of Transportation (or your country’s equivalent) and safe for use. Of course, please check before buying.

        Here are some kits for pre-cut tint for the different years. These are some average options.

        2009-2014 Precut Tint Option

        There is a shop on Etsy that has some high reviews when it comes to pre-cut tint. A quick search will lead you to see that that is not always the case. For around $25, Subject9Store can cover your front and rear! Choose between 20%, 35%, or transparent yellow or blue! For around the same price, you can have the same options for your tail lights as well!

        Pre-cut headlight vinyl kit

        Pre-cut tail light vinyl kit

        2015-2020 Precut Tint Option

        Same company, and great reviews.

        Pre-cut tail light vinyl kit (2015-2020)

        Pre-cut vinyl headlight kit (2015-2017)

        Pre-cut vinyl headlight kit (2018-2020)

        The last option would be a cover that goes over your headlight or tail light. You can get these for around $100, but they are not the most popular option. If you live in an area where tinting can get you in trouble, these are great if you take your truck to shows. You can pop them on or off. I would not recommend them for driving. For that reason, I’m going to leave the link searching to you!

        You don’t want to overlook your third brake light. They are probably the easiest thing to swap out, and the subtle change they create is not something you want to pass up. The best part? They are inexpensive! Here are some options for you for under $100!

        2009-2014 Third Brakelight ($34)

        2015-2020 Third Brakelight ($89)

        Exterior Badges

        The F-150 has a few exterior badges that can really go against the feel you are looking for if you want to black out your truck. You’ll generally have the two “F-150” fender badges, and the one on the tailgate. You’ll also find the “FORD” blue oval on the front and back.

        All of these badges can be easily blackout on by either getting full on replacement badges, overlays that sit over the existing badge, or by painting them, or using something like Plasti Dip on them. If you want to maintain the “FORD” in the center of the blue oval, you will have to look at a replacement badge or vinyl overlay that goes over it.

        Since the badges you have can vary depending on the engine, trim, and other options you have, I’m not going to list any examples, but they are all easy to find online, and they all pretty much do the same thing!

        If your truck is not black, and you want to have a unique touch, you can look into vinyl inserts for the “F-150” imprinted on the tailgate for some model years. While you can sometimes get them in various colors, black inserts will make that stand out more, but also help the blacked out look you’re going for!


        Ford has a few different grilles that show the world what you’re driving. Some of them are pretty flashy chrome, and if you’re reading this, that’s not your style. Thankfully, there is a huge aftermarket to help combat the flash. Like the badges, you have a few options from full on replacement, wrapping or covering them, or using PlastiDip or paint.

        There are tons of grilles out there to choose from, but here are a few to get you thinking in the right direction about ditching the chrome.

        2009-2014 Grille Options

        Ford Raptor Style Grille

        One great option would be to go for the Ford Raptor style grille. While a real one will not fit, these aftermarket ones are designed to fit your truck, and come with LED lighting as well. This one at $250 is far cheaper than a real Raptor!

        OEM Black Grille

        If you have the chrome grille but want the lower spec black one, that is an option. You can pick them up for around $260 new, or you can find one used. For the new one linked, you will have to transfer your emblem.

        2015-2017 Grille Options

        OEM Style with LED Lights

        OEM tends to be more expensive, but you can always get something that looks OEM, but is aftermarket. That is just the case with this grille with $145, but it even comes with some amber LEDs across the top. You need to use your FORD oval.

        Rough Country Mesh Grill

        Mesh grilles are pretty popular for blacking out, and are usually inexpensive. This does come with chrome accent rivets, so it may not be truly blacked out, but for $180, it’s a good deal.

        2018-2020 Grille Options

        RedRock Baja Upper Replacement Grille

        If you want a simple blacked out look for $206, this grill takes away all of the frills aside from some amber lights across the top. This leaves no mistaking you want a blacked out look.

        Raptor Style

        I have to throw this type of grille in again. It should be obvious. No chrome, and means business. This aftermarket one for $200 could be the next grille for you.


        This is where things can get a little pricey. However, it is one of the first things people see when looking at your truck. They stand out! It could be worth some investment, but let’s talk about some options.

        Some of the less expensive options would be “dipping” or “wrapping.” When you “dip” your wheels, you’re referring to spraying them with something such as Plasti Dip. Matte black Plasti Dip is very popular on wheels, and there are lots of pictures and videos online of people doing it. You’ll need more than one can, but you’ll also want to have some backups for when they chip and peel over time. It’s easy to reapply!

        “Wrapping” refers to covering the wheels in vinyl. While usually better looking than dipping, it’s not as easy to repair if you get curb rash or other dings. You can also get overlays for some models. They are basically form fitting “hubcaps” that will snap over your existing wheel, turning them into black wheels! Make sure you get the right ones for your wheels. Ford released quite a few different styles and sizes, and you don’t want to buy the wrong one!

        Whatever you do, avoid spray paint at all costs. You will hate your wheels. It looks bad, it runs, and it will chip very fast.

        While it is your most expensive option, it will be your longest lasting and best looking option: new wheels. This can get very expensive, but you can probably find some good used ones online if you look hard enough. Just make sure to inspect them. The last thing you want to do is put a bent wheel on your truck.


        You may find that your F-150 has some pretty obvious chrome up front and on the back on the bumpers. Like the rest of the stuff in this article, you have options.

        You can replace them with off-road bumpers. Off-road bumpers are generally all metal and all black. Aside from achieving the color in question, you of course can get a much meaner look too, if that is what you’re going for.

        Bumpers also offer a lot of real estate for painting, dipping, and wrapping. If you are to go this route, I would suggest a professional paint job or vinyl wrapping. Since this is a large and flat surface, Plasti Dip and paint, if not applied correctly, will show major flaws, and it won’t last as long. This can get expensive, but it’s worth it if you want things to actually look good.

        The most cost effective solution and one of the best would be covering them with BumperShellz. These guys offer covers that place directly over your bumper (front or rear) to “delete” the chrome. The good thing is that these are not a permanent modification, so you can save your chrome! For the front bumpers, you can choose if you want just the sides, just the middle, or the full set. Prices start at $200.


        To sum it all up, if you want that blacked out look, you can easily achieve it with the aftermarket world, and a little bit of time and some skill. Stick around because soon I’ll be talking about how to black out the interior.

        * Please note that some of these links are Amazon affiliate links and we make a small commission if you purchase the product.

        Images Credits

        Blacked Out F-150: Courtesy of Ferrada Wheels

        Window Tint: Courtesy of F150 Forums user Golfman454ss

        Headlights: Courtesy of AlphaRex

        Tail Lights, Third Brake Light, and Rear Tailgate Inserts: Courtesy of AlphaRex

        Badges: Courtesy of Levittown Ford Parts

        Raptor Style Grille: Courtesy of F150 Forums user Drago77

        Wheels: Courtesy of Forgestar

        BumperShellz: Courtesy of BumperShellz

        Which Grille Is Right For Your Ford F-150?

        Which Grille Is Right For Your Ford F-150?


        If you have an F-150, you have the best selling truck, and one of the most customizable trucks in the world. For that reason, the front end of the F-150 features an unmistakable grille that lets people know what you have. However, match that large grille with a large aftermarket, and you have a recipe for some great customization.

        We have combed the forums and Facebook groups, as well as talked with some of our loyal customers to find some of the most popular grilles available. We are going to focus on the newer model F-150s for this, but make sure you check the descriptions for each grille to make sure they fit your truck. Let’s take a look at what’s out there!

        Raptor Style Grille 

        One of the most iconic features of the Raptor is the front grille. Not only does it scream “FORD” literally, but it screams Raptor without even having to put the words on it. The shape, style, and integrated lighting has been copied by so many aftermarket companies offering “Raptor style grills” for all brands and makes of trucks. Thankfully your non-Raptor F-150 can look like the big brother with one of these as well!

        Ford made the front facia of the Raptor a tad different compared to the other trims, so while you may want to go out and get an OEM Raptor grille, it simply will not work.  Due to copyright and trademark laws, these grilles will generally not come with “FORD” across the front. For that reason, some of these grilles will come with the letters F O R and D and that you can put on yourself to spell what you would like, which will most likely be FORD.

        RedRock Wire Mesh, with or without Rivets ($222 - $228)

        If you want something simple but unique, RedRock has you covered with its black mesh grille for 2015-2017 F-150s. The front end of the stock F-150 can be sort of busy with the logo and trim across the front, this grille replaces all of that with a black mesh that gives a solid look to the front of your truck.

        However, if you want to step up to a little more flash, RedRock does make a model with surrounding rivets. Both are finished in a durable back powder coating to ensure a lasting finish. 

        T-Rex Revolver ($1,312 - $1,974)

        Now that we covered one of the most simple designs, let’s jump to one with some of the most flair, but with some serious elegance. T-Rex is no stranger to custom grilles, and their revolver model proves they know how to make something unique. The precision cut steel is finished with a back powder coat. In the middle of the classic honeycomb design are four aluminum accented cutouts which almost add a luxury feel.

        The grilles come with amber accent lighting across the top. For an extra cost, you can add four, six inch light bars that sit in the cutouts of the grille. All this is backed by a lifetime warranty on the structure, and a five year warranty on the finish. These grilles are made in the USA for your 2020 F-150.

        T-Rex Torch ($1,995 - $2,455)

        If you need lighting, flare, and aggressive styling, the T-Rex Torch covers all that with a high amount of customization. This grille, while expensive, will allow you to stand out from the rest of the F-150 crowd the way you choose. Even the most “basic” of this line comes with a 30 inch, dual row LED light bar located in the center of the grille featuring a spot/flood combo beam.

        Beyond that, choose between black, chrome, or brush trim, rivets or no rivets, and the style of mesh that you want as well. Each one can allow a front facing camera or not, depending on the equipment you have. Like the other T-Rex grilles, they have a lifetime warranty on the structure, and a five year warranty on the finish. They are of course made in the USA.

        Mesh Grille with DRL ($289)

        If you want some extra lighting, unique styling, a bit of a Raptor look, and not break the bank, this grille from Modifying found on Amazon checks all of those boxes. While it is constructed of plastic, that does allow the cost to be kept low. Installation is a direct swap with the factory one with no drilling or modification required.

        While some customers complained a bit about the wiring of the lighting, the results when you do get everything hooked up speak for themselves. Unfortunately this grille will not fit if you have a front camera, but I suppose anything can be modified if you have a drill!

        300 Industries American Flag ($895)

        Driving a truck built in the USA, you might want to be repping the flag as well. 300 Industries makes that easy with their flag grille. This one piece, laser cut, steel grille will replace your Ford branded one with one that is branded America! No cutting is required, and you can get one that works with a front camera, or one without a cutout for it. No cutting or drilling is required, and the grille is of course made in the USA.

        Since your grille is likely one of the first things someone will see on your truck, it is important to get it right. While Ford offers a great one from the factory, you should make it your own. There are plenty out there on the aftermarket, and hopefully this will get you looking in the right direction! 

        Image Credits

        Raptor Style - Courtesy of Truck Stuff Shop

        RedRock - Courtesy of American Trucks

        T-Rex Revolver - Courtesy of RealTruck

        T-Rex Torch - Courtesy of RealTruck

        Modifying - Courtesy of Amazon

        300 Industries - Courtesy of 300 Industries


        Top 25 Mods & Accessories Under $300 For Ford F-150's

        Top 25 Mods & Accessories Under $300 For Ford F-150's

        The newest generation of Ford F-150s are some serious trucks from the factory. Countless options and trim combinations allow you to build the truck of your dreams! What if you get your truck used, don’t want to buy a complete package from the factory for the one thing you may want, or the factory simply doesn’t offer what you need? This is where the aftermarket comes in.

        There is one of the largest aftermarkets out there for the highest selling truck. We have searched the forums and Facebook groups and talked to our customers to find out what people have done to their trucks. I hope to point you in the right direction of customization with 25 mods and accessories for under $300.

        For this, we are going to focus most on the 2020 model F-150, but keep in mind that some parts may fit on other models. We’ll do our best to specify in the descriptions, but always check before you buy.

        Raptor Grille ($200) 

        This most iconic F-150 is the Raptor. However, it is also one of the most expensive. A great addition to your truck without having to spend the big bucks on an actual Raptor would be a Raptor style grille. You can’t get a factory one to work as Ford made the front fascia a bit different, but this one will fit your 2018-2020 F-150. It will come with integrated lighting, and the letters F O R D that can be added.

        LED Headlight Bulbs ($220)

        The stock headlights on the F-150 look great, but they could be brighter. Not everyone is a city dweller, and when you’re driving a back country road, then 9000 lumens from LED bulbs will get the job done. The company “F-150 LEDs” offers low beams, high beams, and combination kits. The prices will vary based on what you get.

        LED Fog Lights ($100)

        If you don’t want the expense of the more pricey low and high beam bulbs, but still want to have a little something extra on tap, these fog light bulbs could be what you’re looking for. These bulbs will ditch the warm incandescent bulbs for clear, white light that will show you the way when activated!

        Tint (Depends on Location)

        This is one of the most basic and rewarding modifications you can do to any vehicle. Not only does it keep your ride cooler when the sun beats down, but it stops the public from spying on who might be driving the stunning F-150 that’s driving around. The price depends on where you go, or if you do it yourself.

        Durable Floor Mats ($127)

        If you use your truck as a truck, or if you deal with lots of rain, snow, kids, or dogs, you might want some tough floor mats. These mats from Husky are just one example of the options out there. Note that the ones linked are for a 2015 - 2021 SuperCrew.

        Wheel Well Liners ($88)

        Rocks, dirt, salt, and other debris on the road can cause your wheel wells to degrade over time. Let’s face it… Not everyone takes the time to wash out the nooks and crannies under there. With these liners, you don’t have to worry about as much road muck being trapped. They are easy to clean and very durable. If you’re off-road quite a bit, you might want to consider these for your 2015 - 2019 F-150.

        Mud Flaps/Splash Guards ($56)

        If you want to cut down on the amount of mud and other garbage that gets kicked up on your F-150, you might want to consider a set of mud flaps/splash guards. This specific set however requires you to have OEM fender flares on your truck. These are also great for cutting down on the amount of rocks you kick up at cars behind you.

        Center Console Organizer ($12)

        This is one of those additions to your ride that you didn’t realize you were missing until you get it. This $12 accessory will give you control over how you want to organize your center console. With slip resistant mats and coin slots, you’ll keep your smaller cargo contained and where you want it.

        Interior LED Lighting Accents ($29-$180)

        This isn’t just one product, but if you want to spice up the interior of your F-150 with some unique accent lighting, you might want to check “F-150 LEDs” out. They offer the basics like map/dome LED lights, but even more options like cupholder lighting, footwell lighting, and dash accent lighting. They offer plenty of colors to choose from so you can find something that meets your style.

        Under Seat Storage ($160)

        To help maximize the storage in your F-150’s interior, making use of the space under the rear seating is a great option. Kits like this will give you some compartments to store whatever you’d like. You can get carried away with more expensive ones that lock, but storage units like this will cover the basic needs.

        Bed Mat ($100)

        A bed mat helps with three major things: protects your bed, stops things from sliding around, and makes your bed easier to clean. With all the abuse your bed can take over its life, an investment like this is almost a no brainer. Make sure you get the right size. This one is for models with the 6.5 foot bed.

        Tonneau Bed Cover ($209)

        While a bed mat might protect your bed, a bed cover will protect what you have in your bed. While I would normally suggest paying a little extra for something like this, the one from Tyger Auto has an abundance of high ratings. Let a cover take the beating of UV rays and rain, not what you have in your bed.

        LED Bed Lights ($69)

        While we’re talking about the bed, let’s bring up “F-150 LEDs” one more time for their bed LED lighting kit. While you may have factory bed lighting from Ford, this will give you even more lighting to really make sure you can find what you’re looking for in the dark, with the color of light you select. These also work if you don’t have the factory option, which of course is a plus.

        Bed Toolbox/Storage Box ($200)

        As much as I would like to list one of the big boys that go across the width of your bed, we’re not going to find a good one that’s new for $300 or less. However, these side boxes are pretty slick. Not only do they tuck away in a section of the bed you probably don’t use much, but they can swing out for easy access, and hold up to 75 pounds worth of gear!

        OEM Tailgate Dampener/Assist ($68)

        If you don’t have this factory option, you can get it off Amazon and easily install it yourself. This will slowly lower your tailgate so you never have to worry about it slamming down again. While your tailgate is designed to be able to take a beating, you do want to be nice to it.

        Tailgate Net ($19)

        If you’re the kind of person who likes to rock the tailgate down or off, but still might want to throw something in the back, you’ll want a net to keep your cargo secure. There are plenty of options out there, but this inexpensive one on Amazon will get most jobs done!

        Builtright Industries Rear Seat Release Kit ($30)

        If you find yourself folding your rear seats down frequently for whatever reason, you’re probably getting annoyed with the process. Builtright makes this the easiest task to do. In addition to that, installation takes under 10 minutes. Now, with a simple pull of a strap, your seats are down!

        Seat Covers (Around $200)

        Seat covers have come a long way. They once used to just protect your seats, but now they can do that while transforming the look of your interior. Stuck with cloth seats? Not anymore! Use your truck for work and don’t want to damage the cloth? You're covered (literally). Prices can vary depending on what you get, but here are a few to get you looking in the right direction.

        Stubby Antenna ($25)

        For some reason, Ford still has that eight mile long CB antenna on some models. While Matt on Demolition Ranch put a bullet antenna on his Raptor, you can go for a more subtle approach with a simple, short, and durable stubby antenna such as this one.

        Decals ($20 - $125)

        American Trucks offers plenty of exterior decals for your F-150 from fender flags, to side stripes, hood accents, tailgate accents, and more. Prices vary, but installation of them all is pretty straight forward. It’s a great way to show off and accent the sharp lines of the F-150, without investing in a costly paint job.

        Tailgate Letter Insert 

        The imprinted “F-150” on the tailgate of the Ford F-150 looks great. The font and size really leave no mistake for what you’re driving. However, you can do one better with vinyl inserts. These precision cut numbers (and one letter) fit perfectly into the factory imprints. Choose the color you want to stand out from the crowd. 

        Running Board/Side Steps ($275)

        If your truck doesn’t have running boards, is it even a truck? Give your F-150 the truck mod it deserves with a set of running boards. I know that the style and function is subjective and dependent on your needs, but here is a set on American Trucks to get you looking in the right direction!

        Brush Guard/Bull Bar ($130)

        A brush guard/bull bar is a great addition to any truck for on or off-road use. They protect your bumper against branches and brush, and even bad parkers in the city. If you plan on doing some serious off-roading where maximum protection is required, I would suggest a full size guard that protects your whole front end, but for basic protection and looks, this kit from TAC will do the job.

        Leveling/Lift Kit ($109)

        Lifted trucks look great, but doing so can be expensive. While not going into too much detail, leveling kits are a cost effective way to give your truck some lift. While not the best option for serious off-roading, if you’re going for looks, kits like this are a great start.

        Fender Flares ($215)

        If you want to add a bit of an aggressive pop to the exterior of your F-150, fender flares will do just that. They are easy to install, look good, and give room for bigger tires and a wider stance in the future. There are so many styles, colors, and options, but these are one style to get you thinking!

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