OH SO ORANGE

An F-250 that stands out wher­ever it rolls

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents -

David Mueller from Fon­tana, Cal­i­for­nia, had a vi­sion of a “Built Ford Tough” diesel truck. Af­ter pur­chas­ing his 2008 Ford F-250 Su­per Duty white Crew Cab, Mueller wanted to make it stand out in a crowd. First off, he de­liv­ered it to Red­lands Auto Body in Red­lands, Cal­i­for­nia, so Tim Brown could give it a new iden­tity. Brown sprayed it with PPG Vi­brance Col­lec­tion “Oh So Orange” paint. One unique thing about the Oh So Orange color is the in­cred­i­ble spe­cial ef­fects of the pearl and metal flakes in the clear coat. The sides and tail­gate re­ceived pin­stripe graph­ics that were drawn by the steady hand of Von Tom Gignac.

Mueller’s Su­per Duty is pow­ered by a 6.4-liter 32-valve diesel V8. To im­prove

in­take and ex­haust flow, a Banks Ram-air “cold air” in­take and a 5-inch di­am­e­ter ex­haust sys­tem were in­stalled. An Edge Evolution Pro­gram­mer mon­i­tors up to 24 vi­tal en­gine func­tions and de­liv­ers cus­tom en­gine tun­ing, in­creased horse­power and torque while also in­creas­ing fuel mileage.

Andy Stix at Andy Stix Rac­ing (ASR) in Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga, Cal­i­for­nia, en­hanced the fac­tory front sus­pen­sion. He in­stalled a pair of Fox 2.5 coilover re­mote-reser­voir shocks that were re-valved and re-shimmed. A pair of Rize elim­i­na­tor straps was in­stalled to pre­vent the sus­pen­sion from ex­ceed­ing the max­i­mum sus­pen­sion droop. To firm up the steer­ing, Stix in­stalled a Red-head steer­ing box and Rize Sus­pen­sion forged dropped pit­man arm that elim­i­nate any of the fac­tory lat­eral wan­der­ing, while a pair of FOX/ASR steer­ing sta­bi­liz­ers helps elim­i­nate steer­ing re­bound and bump steer. Rize full-float­ing trac­tion bars an­chor both the front and rear axle hous­ings. The rear sus­pen­sion also re­ceived Fox 2.0 shocks that were re-valved and shimmed by ASR.

Stop­ping power comes from a set of Stoptech 13-inch vented front ro­tors that are squeezed by six-pis­ton calipers. A pair of Stoptech 12-inch vented ro­tors and fourpis­ton calipers halt the rear ro­tat­ing mass. Rolling style comes from a set of Di­a­mond VX 20X10 off-road wheels, en­cased in Falken 235/60-20 AT10 tires.

For im­proved night vi­sion, HID Pro­jec­tor/halo head­lights were in­stalled with a Mikrouna HID light­ing bal­last that al­lows both the high- and low-beam head­lights to be il­lu­mi­nated si­mul­ta­ne­ously. To make sure those star­ing at this orange won­der would heed a warn­ing blast of sound, a set of Blaster train horns were hid­den be­hind the front pas­sen­ger in­ner fender. Open­ing the doors of the Crew Cab we found that the fac­tory in­te­rior was un­mo­lested and bone stock, in­clud­ing the stereo.

Whether Mueller is cruis­ing on the as­phalt, or rip­pin’ it up on some rough ter­rain, he def­i­nitely can be seen quite clearly in his Oh So Orange Ford F-250 Su­per Duty. UDBG

Rize In­dus­tries full-float­ing front axle hous­ing struts sta­bi­lize the front axle hous­ing.

Un­der the hood is a Ford Power Stroke 6.4-liter V8 turbo diesel fit­ted with a Banks Ram-air in­take, 5-inch ex­haust sys­tem, and an Edge Evolution Pro­gram­mer for added en­gine tun­ing, per­for­mance and fuel mileage.

Axle wrap and wheel hop are elim­i­nated by a pair of Rize full-float­ing rear trac­tion bars.

TOP: A quicker re­sponse Red Head steer­ing box and Fox dual steer­ing sta­bi­liz­ers dampen any bump steer. RIGHT: The Fox coilover re­mote-reser­voir shocks sup­port and dampen the front sus­pen­sion. BE­LOW: A pair of step bars pro­vides easy ac­cess in and out of the Crew Cab.

Style and trac­tion come from a set of Di­a­mond VX alu­minum wheels that are wrapped with Falken Wild­peak A/T 275/60-20 rub­ber.

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