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CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts El­e­vates This Ex­pe­di­tion to Higher El­e­gance

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CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts el­e­vates this ’18 Ford Ex­pe­di­tion to higher el­e­gance

It’s dif­fi­cult for a pas­sion­ate car builder to see the end of any project. Not solely be­cause of is­sues that might arise, but due to the in­evitable ideas and de­sires that emerge in the process. In­ge­nious builders of­ten­times find cool ways to im­prove upon and cus­tom­ize projects, even when the ve­hi­cle seems per­fect from the get-go. Casey Scran­ton of CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts is one of those builders; he can make an al­ready-lav­ish car even more lush.

Casey and CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts aren’t strangers to the world of cus­tomiza­tion nor are they to Truckin mag­a­zine. Casey’s team has built countless ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing 40-plus mag­a­zine-qual­ity rigs, with at least 10 grac­ing the cover of Truckin at some point. Their in­cred­i­ble ef­forts and qual­ity prod­ucts have un­equiv­o­cally gained them pop­u­lar­ity and the trust of many, in­clud­ing Ford Mo­tor Com­pany, which has com­mis­sioned a build from CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts al­most ev­ery year since the late ’90s.

On this oc­ca­sion, the CGS crew re­ceived an ’18 Ford Ex­pe­di­tion Max. This full­size SUV is one beau­ti­ful ma­chine, with enough room to fit eight and suf­fi­cient lux­ury to pro­vide grat­i­fy­ing com­fort with ev­ery ride. Need­less to say, this SUV is pretty nice as it stands, but Ford wanted to see what else could be done with the use of af­ter­mar­ket prod­ucts. CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts stepped up and mod­i­fied this truck in a way that may even in­flu­ence Ford’s fu­ture as­sem­blies.

To be­gin this build, the crew at CGS low­ered the Ex­pe­di­tion by 2 inches (front and rear) us­ing Crown Sus­pen­sion’s low­er­ing springs. Bring­ing it to a stop are Sparta six-pis­ton brakes with ap­peal­ing Sparta 15-inch ro­tors. Con­nect­ing it to the pave­ment are 24x10 Savini forged wheels wrapped in Gen­eral Tire rub­ber. To in­crease the el­e­gance of the al­ready-glam­orous wheels, a Cer­akote ce­ramic coat­ing was ap­plied.

In­side the en­gine com­part­ment, the ca­pa­ble

3.5L EcoBoost en­gine re­mains. This par­tic­u­lar year pos­sesses the most pow­er­ful Ex­pe­di­tion en­gine yet, pro­duc­ing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. To im­prove breath­ing and add some flair, a Whip­ple cold-air in­take and Whip­ple in­ter­cooler were in­te­grated. A

JET Per­for­mance mod­ule was added to op­ti­mize per­for­mance. Of course, CGS had to grace this ve­hi­cle even more by adding a stain­less-steel cat-back ex­haust.

The sus­pen­sion and en­gine re­ceived some up­grades that cer­tainly give the car more power, looks, and han­dling, but the ex­te­rior touches are what re­ally make this Ex­pe­di­tion pop. Although not rad­i­cal, the mod­i­fi­ca­tions do make a big push in the di­rec­tion of el­e­gance, and they start with a paintjob by Andy Meeh of Flyin’ Iron De­signs. The CGS team did not go for an ex­treme paint scheme; in­stead, they opted for a lux­u­ri­ous Ax­alta Su­per Jet Black paint. Up front, they stripped a huge por­tion of the hood down to the bare alu­minum, which ac­cen­tu­ates the hood lines and gives the front end a unique look. Run­ning along the sides, a glis­ten­ing stripe was ap­plied with paint com­posed of crushed glass. This type of paint de­liv­ers a unique glit­ter­ing ef­fect. We don’t be­lieve any­body would deny the fact that these mod­i­fi­ca­tions make this Ex­pe­di­tion more lux­u­ri­ous. Mov­ing in­side the al­ready-plush in­te­rior, the next level was achieved by adding a one-off suede-and-leather combo from Alea Leather, a set of mats from Lloyd Mats, Ford Ac­ces­sory Dual Head­rest DVD by In­vi­sion, and win­dow tint.

Ford de­scribed this Ex­pe­di­tion as, “For those who do more with more. Al­ways un­stop­pable.” Casey and CGS Per­for­mance Prod­ucts pro­duced a phe­nom­e­nal SUV that de­serves all the lime­light it’ll get. They re­ally did achieve that higher level of el­e­gance. You might come across this build one day when Ford dis­plays it at its booth at auto shows across the na­tion.

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