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LGE-CTS Cre­ates Cus­tom Fiber­glass Body Pan­els for a ’17 Su­per Duty


LGE-CTS cre­ates cus­tom fiber­glass body pan­els for a ’17 Su­per Duty

You may re­mem­ber the LGE-CTS Su­per Duty from just a cou­ple issues back, on which we in­stalled a 3-inch Icon Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics lift along with a set of 20-inch SOTA Of­froad No­vakane wheels and 37-inch Nitto Trail Grap­pler M/T tires. It was one of a few trucks and SUVs pre­sented by LGE-CTS at SEMA 2017, and the ex­te­rior was get­ting the full treat­ment to fin­ish off the cus­tom off-road look. You may have no­ticed the slightly wider stance of the fin­ished prod­uct, due to the cus­tom fiber­glass fend­ers and bed­sides LGE-CTS is now pro­duc­ing.

The com­pany’s new Baja Forged line be­gan with a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a lo­cal mold maker called Walker In­dus­tries and SEMA Garage (based on a ren­der­ing from Kris Hor­ton) and ended with the paint-matched fi­nal prod­uct we saw at SEMA. The 3-inch bulge al­lows for a big­ger tire with a smaller lift—a trend many are grav­i­tat­ing to­ward for the cool looks and han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties the setup pro­vides. In ad­di­tion to the re­moval of the stock parts and in­stal­la­tion of the new glass, we also fol­lowed along with the man­u­fac­tur­ing process to give you some in­sight into how it all comes to­gether. We spent a few days out at LGE-CTS to cover the whole process of turn­ing this bone-stock Su­per Duty into yet an­other one of its show­stop­pers. If you’re look­ing for fiber­glass fend­ers or bed­sides—or any­thing else cus­tom for your truck—check out the LGE-CTS web­site or stop by the San Di­mas, Cal­i­for­nia, show­room.

1. Our fiber­glass pro­duc­tion process started with check­ing the cus­tom­cre­ated fender molds to see if the in­di­vid­ual pieces fit cor­rectly. Then a layer of wax-based re­leas­ing com­pound is coated on the in­side of the mold so the dried fender can be...

3. Now that our tech has cut all his pieces to size, he can start the process of soak­ing the first layer with resin mixed with liq­uid hard­ener. It’s poured from a small bucket and spread with a reg­u­lar paint­brush.

4. Once the first layer is sig­nif­i­cantly soaked with resin, a sec­ond layer is ap­plied in ex­actly the same way. Once the sec­ond layer is laid on dry, it is soaked in resin, too. Af­ter some time to cure, the lay­ers have bonded and can then be trimmed to...

When we last left LGE-CTS and its project ’17 F-250 Su­per Duty, it was sit­ting pretty with the Icon 2.5-inch coilovers, reser­voir shocks front and rear, ad­justable track bar, and dual front sta­bi­liz­ers. Our next stop was the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity to...

2. Once the mold has been coated in­ter­nally, the first layer of fiber­glass goes down. It is still dry at this mo­ment and needs to be loosely cut into shape, leav­ing a large over­hang for ad­just­ments. The fiber­glass is cut from huge rolls on the wall....

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