FLYING THE FLAG
installed on a 2017 truck, so it too was a bit of a challenge. With some modified piping and the addition of S&B’S new air intake the SDP crew was able to make it all work. The tuning side of things is handled with a GDP Tuning EZ Lynk device. This cloud-based tuning device allows for custom tunes, which in turn allow the use of dual pumps and a fixed-geometry turbo on this 2017 platform.
A switch from traditional dually wheels to super dually wheels was also accomplished the first week. This required a custom-made front wheel that has a 10x170mm bolt pattern machined into the center, removing both the OEM front dually adapter and the American Force 8 to 10 lug adapters from the previous traditional dually wheel. To make these wheels match the rear, a custom second lug pattern was put in the face of the wheel to run matching caps and lugs front and rear.
The second and last week of the build was all about making the truck look fresh and completing the stars-and-stripes theme. The team first swapped out and fitted the freshly painted nose parts, which had been prepped while the truck was at the Rudy’s event. This included a grille update, new LED headlights and fender flares. Once that was perfected, the electrical side of upgrading to LED headlights was tackled through some custom wiring and a little programming with Ford IDS software. The finishing touch was completing the full stars-and-stripes paintwork on the entire truck.
Just In Time
Somehow, just as planned, the truck was finished at 11 o’clock p.m. on Monday the 23rd and began its trip to Vegas the following morning. It rolled into its prime placement at the 2017 SEMA Show on schedule and wowed us all once again. O’hara and his team at SDP delivered, this time improving upon an already-impressive creation.
The reason this F-450 was turning heads before the makeover was all the impressive modifications it already had. The highlight of the build is the impressive custom 4-link suspension setup
Running gear consists of 24x12 American Force Omen Super Dually wheels wrapped in Toyo Open Country MT 40x15.50x22 tires.
This ain’t no show truck—a whole slew of mods from H&S Motorsports, Maryland Performance Diesel, EZ Lynk, GDP and more allow for nearly 700 horsepower at the rear wheels.