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Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 12/1/2017 to Informative Articles
Last month we kicked off our off-roading excursion in Utah with a quick stop by Hog Canyon Trail. The challenging, sandy climb out of Hog Canyon proved well worth the effort, revealing breath-taking views and letting our trucks really flex. Read on for details, pictures, and tips for success!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 11/21/2017 to New Products
Ready or not, it's that time of year. Holiday music is the inescapable soundtrack of our lives for the next month-or-so, and we're all scrambling to figure out what to get for our loved ones. No fear - Stage 3 has your back. If you're looking for that one thing to light up their eyes, we're giving you a quick run-down of some of our most popular and universally adored items for the F150 owner in your life. After the jump we'll get you links and descriptions to help you make 2017 the best holiday season in years!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 11/21/2017 to Sales
Not sure what to get for the Super Duty driver in your life this holiday season? No worries - Stage 3 has you covered! Our Super Duty buying guide will cover some of the most popular F250 and F350 upgrades on the site at different price points to suit your budget! Hit that jump for product links and descriptions to help you make this holiday season extra special for your favorite Ford performance enthusiast!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 11/14/2017 to Special Events
Whenever we get a chance to get out of the office for a therapeutic romp in the trucks, we go all out. This time around, we wanted to set a new bar for ourselves. Our first stop on our trip to Utah found us in some rather uncharted territory - sand dunes. We're pretty darn accustomed to crawling through rocky trails and snow, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't break a sweat when we looked over the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Regardless, we all made it back in one piece and, miraculously, with both trucks right-side up. Hit the jump for a full review of the trip - from preparation to parts reviews and of course, pictures of everything.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/27/2017 to Special Events
If you're at all familiar with Stage 3's off-road shenanigans, you've probably noticed a lot of wooded areas and forest backdrops. Well this time around we're taking our trucks across Arizona's northern border for a change of scenery, and we need your help deciding which trails to take on! We have a few locations picked out already, but we won't have time for each one, therefore we're turning to our community of off-road enthusiasts for some advice. Hit the jump for complete details!

Posted by Jason Locke on 9/14/2017 to Informative Articles
The 2017-2018 Raptor's Fox 3.0 coilovers and shocks are tough to top, and we knew that it would take something incredible (and incredibly expensive) to top the stock Fox hardware. Yet, the 2017-2018 Raptor's suspension isn't without flaws. Unsurprisingly, more than a few manufacturers have jumped at the chance to develop suspension modifications for the 2017-2018 Raptors so that you can squeeze some extra ride height, performance, handling, and good looks from your hyper-aggressive off-road truck build.

2017-2018 Raptor Suspension Upgrades
Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 9/7/2017 to Informative Articles
Have you ever wondered if your Ford EcoBoost engine needs a catch can? In short, it sure as heck can't hurt. For a few reasons - including its direct-injected DNA, unique location of the intercooler and a PCV system that lets oil blow-by through to the intake - the EcoBoost engine is particularly vulnerable to the various issues caused by oil blow-by. Read on to get a better idea about how a catch can can be a simple, yet effective solution and preventative measure to all sorts of long-term issues.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 9/7/2017 to Manufacturer News
The Ford off-road performance community has a reason to celebrate today. In a heart-pounding demonstration video, Ford Australia confirmed this morning that the Ranger Raptor will be available in Australian and New Zealand markets in 2018. While stateside we're still waiting for the standard Ranger's 2019 reemergence, this is a good sign that we can expect our own Ranger Raptor down the road. Read on for further details, speculation and Ranger Raptor media!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 6/22/2017 to Informative Articles
Aftermarket exhaust kits go a long way in improving any Focus ST's sound, looks and performance, but finding one that walks that line between ostentatious and practical can prove a real chore. We wanted our 2016 Focus ST project car to turn heads when we stepped on it but stay quiet enough on the freeway for long drives, and Borla's Touring Cat-Back Exhaust System absolutely delivered. It also looks pretty damn sleek, if we do say so ourselves. Read on for details and pictures.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 6/14/2017 to Just Added
Upgrading your Focus ST's brake setup is easier said than done, but it's also well worth the work. Considering how easy it is to bolt on power-adders, a modified ST can quickly necessitate a stronger, more effective brake system. The good news is that we've just added a bunch of different StopTech brake kits for the Focus ST. The bad news is that if you're rolling in a 2014 Focus ST, you'll have to read this article to figure out which kit is right for your ride.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 6/5/2017 to How It Works
The best upgrades are those that improve both performance and styling in one package, which is exactly what a set of high-quality lowering springs can do for your 2013+ Focus ST. And if you're on the hunt for a set of premium aftermarket lowering springs, you've come to the right place. We carry lowering spring kits from the biggest names in the industry like H&R Springs, Eibach, Steeda and COBB, so feel free to take your pick! Check out our selection of Focus ST Suspension Lowering Springs to get a head start on your hot hatch build!

Posted by Jason Locke on 5/3/2017 to Informative Articles
While we certainly do love all of Ford's F150s, one of the greatest travesties in the automotive world was that our dear Ford overlords didn't bring the global T6 Ranger to the United States after the US Ranger went away in 2012. Luckily, Ford realized the error of their ways (probably by looking at Tacoma, Colorado, and Frontier sales figures) and are bringing the Ranger back for the 2019 model year. The folks over at Motor-1.com managed to score some spy shots of the the 2019 Ranger testing up in Colorado. While still camo'd out, we're pretty excited about a 4x4 Ford truck with a shorter wheelbase and narrower track than the F150s to satisfy our trail-running needs.

2019 Ford Ranger Spy Photos

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 3/10/2017 to How It Works
Last month a few of us at Stage 3 packed our bags (and recovery gear) and took the nearly two-hour trek from Phoenix to the forests and cinder hills of Flagstaff, Arizona for the chance to really put our project trucks through the paces. Our five-truck caravan included our 2015 F150 3.5 Ecoboost Project Truck riding on a 6" Zone Off-Road lift complete with Fox 2.5 Remote Reservoir Coilovers and 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers. Needless to say, our stocky 2017 F250 was up against some stiff competition. Thankfully, our Super Duty was equipped with the beastly BDS 4" Radius Arm Lift paired with 35" Toyo Open Country tires, a combination that undoubtedly spared the F250 from embarrassment more than a few times during our off-road review.

Posted by Jason Locke on 2/20/2017 to Informative Articles
Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 1/9/2017 to Just Added
There aren't many exterior upgrades as effective at changing up the look of your truck than a custom replacement grille. And as it turns out, that's exactly the sort of thing our good friends over at T-REX Grilles specialize in. Introducing our newest selection of exterior swag for the 2017 Super Duty, available and ready for pre-order today! These wicked custom grilles feature aggressive, eye-catching designs and premium construction for lasting style and utility. Speaking of utility, many of these grilles include high-powered LED lights to make those late night trail runs easier to navigate. Check out our complete selection of 2017 Super Duty Grilles and read on for a closer look at T-REX Grilles' latest creations.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 11/2/2016 to How It Works
Most folks rolling around in a Ford Super Duty are no strangers to heavy duty towing and hauling. And while a Super Duty is practically built for that sort of thing, every truck has its limitations. Whether it's a 5th wheel trailer or a massive payload, your suspension can take a real beating which can result in sagging and eventually structural and mechanical degradation. That's why any one of our premium air bag systems can be just what you need to improve ride quality and preserve the integrity of your suspension system for the coming years. We've recently beefed up our selection of air bag suspension kits to include both 4WD and 2WD variants as well as gas and diesel.

Posted by Jason Locke on 8/5/2016 to Informative Articles
In what should come as no surprise to anyone is that a 2011 F150 with 174,000 miles has its fair share of problems, one of the most egregious for our 2011 F150 XL Project Truck was a broken IWE system that caused pretty horrendous grinding and sounds of suffering when first taking off and when turning. For the uninitiated, Ford's Integrated Wheel End (IWE) system is what locks and unlocks the front hubs when you change back and forth from 2WD and 4WD. The system works off of vacuum and functions a little counter-intuitively in that it uses vacuum to keep the hubs unlocked for 2WD and shuts off the vacuum to lock the front hubs for 4WD. While actually a pretty clever way of doing things, anything vacuum-operated is prone to problems, and the IWE system isn't an uncommon point of issues on any 4WD F150, regardless of engine option. Hit the jump to see how we solved the IWE problems on our very own project truck!

2011-2014 F150 IWE System Failure and Repair

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 6/30/2016 to Sales

If you're like us here at Stage 3 Motorsports, you're a fan of FASS Diesel Fuel Systems and AirDog Fuel Systems for the products they produce to keep your Super Duty running at its absolute best. If so, then we have some very exciting news to share: we are now offering free overnight shipping on all Fass and AirDog products over $500.00! That means most of our fuel separators and fuel pumps can be delivered to your door the very next business day after you place the order for absolutely no extra cost! If you're still on the fence about going with an air fuel separator or a new fuel pump, now is the perfect time to reap the benefits of overnight shipping and instant savings on your purchase. If you're not exactly sure how an air fuel separator would help your Super Duty run at its best, read on.

AirDog Fuel Preporator

Posted by Jason Locke on 6/28/2016 to Informative Articles
Headlight and taillight condensation is never any fun, and is the bane of basically any aftermarket headlight or taillight, though factory lights aren't entirely immune from the condensation-related problems, either. We have both good news and bad news about aftermarket headlight and taillight condensation. The bad news is that condensation problems are kind of just a fact of life for aftermarket headlights and taillights. The good news is that there are a few ways that you can prevent condensation in your own set of aftermarket lights, and most of our manufacturers are pretty good about handling condensation problems (especially severe condensation issues) under the terms of their warranties. Still, there are a few things you should know before jumping into set of aftermarket headlights or taillights in regards to condensation-related problems.

2011 F150 Stock Headlights with Condensation

Posted by Jason Locke on 2/9/2016 to Informative Articles
A big 6" lift kit is one heck of a way to get your 2015 to 2016 F150 looking a whole lot bigger, badder, and meaner, especially when it's combined with set of extremely aggressive wheels and tires. Granted, the question that always comes up with most basic suspension lift kits is how well they handle themselves off-road. The 2015-2016 F150 4WD Zone 6" Suspension Lift Kit on our 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project Truck offers up high-quality lift system components that are certainly tough enough to handle just about any application, however, the kit uses standard strut spacers on top of the factory strut assemblies and pretty basic Zone Nitro rear shocks that perform decently on-road, but the combination is definitely not suited for serious off-roading . Still, that little detail didn't stop us from taking our truck up the mountainous trails outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, to give our truck and its Zone Kit a proper flogging and see how the Zone kit handled.

2015-2016 F150 4WD Zone 6-Inch Suspension Lift Kit on a 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost

Posted by Jason Locke on 2/9/2016 to Informative Articles
Our Fox 2.0 Stage 1 Suspension System is by far and away one of our most popular suspension upgrades that we have for the 2009 to 2013 F150s, and there's plenty to like when it comes to this powerful suspension overhaul. The kit includes a pair of awesome Fox 2.0 Coilovers that replace the stock strut assemblies and coil springs with 2" diameter shock bodies with Eibach coil springs that offer excellent levels of performance off-road while giving your truck a smooth ride on-road ride and adding up to 2" of front leveling. The Stage 1 Package also comes with a pair of Fox 2.0 rear shocks that are larger than stock and are tuned for improved control and suspension performance over stock with less fade. We personally love the system, which is why it ended up on our very own 2013 F150 5.0L STX Project Truck. The only real downside to the Fox 2.0 Coilovers and Fox 2.0 Rear Shocks is that they're not really built for the kind of aggressive off-roading that we here at Stage 3 are addicted to. However, that little side note didn't stop us from taking our Fox-equipped truck up to the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona, for a thorough flogging, which actually left us fairly surprised.

2009-2013 F150 4WD Fox 2.0 Stage 1 Suspension Package Installed on a 2013 F150 STX

Posted by Jason Locke on 2/8/2016 to Informative Articles
What happens when you combine one of the highest-quality suspension lift kits on the market with full-length Fox 2.5 DSC coilovers and Fox 2.0 rear shocks? Something wonderful. While we were pretty certain that the BDS 4" Coilover Suspension Lift Kit that we put on our 2015 F150 5.0L Desert Runner Project Truck was going to be pretty good, what we ended up getting completely shattered our expectations when we took the truck up to the mountains and cinder hills around Flagstaff, AZ, to really push it and its suspension as hard as we could. As it turned out, the suspension pushed right back and shrugged off whatever we threw at it without much fuss at all.

2015 F150 with a BDS 4-Inch Coilover Suspension Lift Kit
Posted by Erik Nep on 1/14/2016 to How It Works
If you've never hauled a trailer or RV behind your F150, the chances are good that you might be missing out on a few key elements that will ensure your big plans don't get derailed along the way...or before you even pull out of the driveway. Towing may sound simple but until you get behind the wheel and start to feel the difference in weight distribution and realize you're now making turns for two, things can tend to get a little nerve-wracking. The good news? It doesn't have to be stressful if you have the right tools from the start. By equipping your truck with the right components and some basic knowledge of how they all work together, you can be a pro from the start.

F150 Towing 101

Posted by Erik Nep on 9/16/2015 to Just Added

Here at Stage 3 Motorsports we're happy to announce that we now carry the full line-up of the hottest new off-road tires from BF Goodrich. The All-Terrain T/A BFG KO2 Off-Road Tires are creating a huge buzz in the off-road truck community and it's not hard to see why. These aggressive-looking tires will not only give your truck a much more tough appearance on the streets for daily driving, but they are also fully capable of attacking all of the toughest terrains; from the sand dunes in Baja and vast stretches in the desert to extreme rock crawling and blazing new trails in the forest. If you're in the market for a new set of all-season tires that can really come through for you in the winter, especially on ice and snow, the BF T/A KO2 are one of the best options out there.

BF Goodrich A/T KO2 Off-Road Tires

Posted by Jason Locke on 7/29/2015 to Informative Articles
We've had ICON's 2015 F150 4WD Stage 2 Suspension System on our 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project truck for a couple of weeks now and finally had the opportunity to stretch its legs off-road, and we can now provide a proper comparison between the 2015 F150 Fox 2.0 Stage 1 Package that was on the truck earlier in the year and the ICON Stage 2 System. One the 2009 to 2014 F150s, the differences between the two kits were a little more clear cut, with the changes that both Ford and ICON have made for the 2015 F150s, the line between which kit you ought to choose has become a lot more blurry. However, in the name of science and making choices that much easier for our customers, we here at Stage 3 have tested both systems, and thus feel obligated to list out some of the pros and cons of each so that you can find the suspension system that works best for your very own 2015 F150.

Stage 3's 2015 F150 4WD with ICON Stage 2 Suspension System

Posted by Erik Nep on 6/15/2015 to Informative Articles
Posted by Erik Nep on 6/4/2015 to Just Added

Whether you've just gotten your hands on a pre-owned 2004-2008 F150 in fully stock condition or you've been hanging onto it all these years, there are a ton of modifications you can make in order to keep this workhorse helping you out at the job site as well as modifications you can make in order to stay up to task on some of the most extreme off-road trails for a ton of fun. But the question is: Where to begin? With thousands of products available for the 2004-2008 F150 5.4L Triton V8, it can get confusing and become a headache if you're just getting started. Fortunately, we here at Stage 3 have a ton of experience to share from building a lot of our own project trucks over the years and have compiled a new 2004-2008 F150 Parts & Accessories Buyer's Guide to help you navigate the world of customization for your truck. There are countless parts and accessories out there as well as exterior and performance upgrades that we've tried out and, with this guide, we're able to share with you some of our favorites. For this guide, we've hand-selected only the best parts and accessories for the perfect off-road-ready F150 build in order to provide you with a road map of where to begin.

2004-2008 F150 Stage 3 Project Trucks

Posted by Erik Nep on 5/29/2015 to Just Added

So you've just bought a stock SVT Raptor and you're ready to get into the world of aftermarket modifications to build it for your particular needs and desired look. Where to begin? With thousands of products available for the Raptor, it can get confusing and become a headache if you're just getting started. Fortunately, we here at Stage 3 have a ton of experience to share from building a lot of our own project trucks over the years and have compiled a new 2010-2014 SVT Raptor Parts & Accessories Buyer's Guide to help you navigate the world of customization for your truck. There are countless parts and accessories out there as well as exterior and performance upgrades that we've tried out, only to find that they weren't as good as hyped or just didn't make the cut. That's where this guide comes in handy. We've hand-selected only the best parts and accessories for the perfect off-road-ready Raptor build in order to provide you with a road map of where to begin.

2010-2014 Raptor SVT

Posted by Jason Locke on 5/20/2015 to How It Works
There's still a fair bit of confusion going around as to why we here at Stage 3 Motorsports and the folks over at 5-Star Tuning need you to get your truck's PCM updated to the latest software/firmware versions issued as Ford Technical Service Bulletins or TSBs for short. The short, simple answer is that the latest Ford PCM software is needed so that 5-Star can get you the most reliable and powerful custom tune that they can. The more complicated answer is that there are fairly serious issues with Ford's early PCM software and firmware versions that may not rear their ugly heads until your truck is tuned, and 5-Star's tuning capabilities are at least partially based on Ford's PCM software. Dealing with software and your local Ford dealer isn't much fun. We're all too aware of both, but it's an absolutely necessary step in the custom tuning process that needs to be performed so that your truck runs at its best.

2011-2014 F150 EcoBoost PCM Location

Posted by Jason Locke on 2/3/2015 to Informative Articles

There's been a flurry of fitment confirmations, rumors, and whatever the hell else flying around as of late regarding the fitment of coilovers built for the 2014 F150s and whether or not they fit the new 2015 F150s. We had been getting conflicting information on the situation for a while now, but we got our ducks all in row, made phone calls to the right people, and got official word back from several different sources on what works and what doesn't. So, will a coilover kit for a 2014 F150 fit a 2015 F150? Yes and no. That's the short answer, at least. The long answer is that fitments vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and it also depends on the specific design of the coilovers themselves. The boring, technical, and more specific parts are below.

2014-2015 F150 BOSS Coilover Kit

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