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2004 F150 5.4L SuperCrew XLT 4WD

Even though the 2004 to 2008 trucks thundering around with the older 2V 4.6L and 5.4L V8sare showing their age in comparison to the newer and more powerful F150's awesome engine lineup, doesn't mean you can have a whole hell of a lot of fun with these older trucks, and we here at Stage 3 aim to prove it with our 2004 F150 5.4L Project Truck. This old gal has 165,000 miles on its odometer, but it still has enough go and low end torque to make it a heck of a lot of fun to throw around after the pavement ends. The truck is rocking the torquey 5.4L Triton V8 that's been tuned with a SuperChips Flashpaq programmer to give it a little extra go. Most of the truck's off-road prowess comes from its ProComp 6" Lift Kit with ES9000 shocks that lets it fit on 35"x12.50" Toyo Open Country M/Ts that are wrapped around a set of ProComp 18" Series 1069 Wheels. We have big plans for this truck, including some future exhaust system testing, long tube headers, custom tuning from 5-Star, and whatever else we can get our hands on to make this truck even better and one of the more potent off-road machines in our arsenal.

Stage 3's Project Truck Build Step One

Some Extra Performance

Parts Installed: 2004-2008 F150 5.4L Airaid SynthaMax Airaid Jr. Kit, BBK 80mm Throttle Body, SuperChips FlashPaq.

Since the truck came with a pretty decent Pro Comp lift kit from the previous owner, we jumped right into the power adders with a few basic bolt-on parts to squeeze some more horsepower out of the very tired, 170,000 mile+ 5.4L V8. The intake system of the 5.4L Triton V8 is known for not being the most efficient thing in the world, so it got a full overhaul with an Airaid Jr. SynthaMax intake kit and a BBK 80mm throttle body. Once our hard parts were installed, it was time for a tune, and our dear friends over at SuperChips hooked us up with one of their FlashPaq handheld tuners. Our 2004 F150 got a noticeable jump in performance from these couple of modifications, which helped its engine get back some of the power it had lost in the intervening years and miles.

Stage 3's Project Truck Build Step 2

Out with the Old, in with the New

Judging by the lackluster ride quality we were getting out of the truck (especially in the rear), we had reason so suspect that the Pro Comp Lift kit installed by a previous owner had been on that truck for a good while. We decided to do something about it by grabbing a pair of Pro Comp Pro Runner Rear Shocks built for 6" Lift Kits to replace the ancient ES9000 white-body shocks on the truck. The operation was a total success, and our 2004 F150 5.4L Project Truck got to riding better than it had in probably a very long while.

2004-2008 F150 Pro Comp Pro Runner Rear Shock Install 2004-2008 F150 Pro Comp Pro Runner Rear Shock Install

Good Times, and Great Oldies

Despite the truck's age, wear, and tear we here at Stage 3 managed to have a ton of fun with it, showing you that you can get plenty of enjoyment out of an older truck with ton of miles on odometer.

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Even More Fun Stuff from this Project Truck!

2004-2008 F150 Exhaust System Testing from Stage 3

Part of the greater purpose of our 2004 F150 Project Truck was to serve as a test-bed and soundstage for the variety of cat-back exhaust kits available for the 2004 to 2008 F150 trucks. We got a few kits installed and took videos of two of the MBRP kits to show you what these kits sound like.

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