FLY­ING THE FLAG

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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.

Al­ready Awe­some

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.

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