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Stage 3's 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 SuperCrew

Stage 3 Motorsports 2012 F150 3.5L EcoBoost FX4 SuperCrew Project Truck

This build started off as a clean, unmodified 2012 F150 3.5L EcoBoost with the well equipped FX4 trim package. While some folks might consider this truck perfect right off the lot, we here at Stage 3 Motorsports saw potential for something much bigger, and much more powerful. Follow our build below as we transform this F150 into a rugged trail rig that's ready for any terrain the wilderness can throw at it.

Essential Accessories

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We here at Stage 3 realize that sometimes it's the little details that can make a huge difference in both the appearance and functionality of an F150. So, we started off our project build with a few small, easy upgrades to make hauling easier, give us some storage for tools, and add some additional utility to our truck. To that end, we grabbed ourselves a Bedrug Bed Mat and Tailgate Mat, an Undercover Swing Case Tool Box, Husky Liners Rear Wheel Well Liners, and a UPR Catch Can. MORE INFO ON OUR ACCESSORY INSTALLS


Engine & Exhaust Upgrades

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The very next step after the accessories was to bring on the horsepower and torque. While EcoBoosts respond decently to bolt-on parts, the real key to unlocking their massive potential is custom tuning. We grabbed a Livewire TS loaded up with 5-Star custom tunes, along with a couple of different cold air intakes, and got to work stacking on some awesome power gains. Along with these upgrades, we threw on Afe hot-side intercooler pipes and a Solo Mach-X exhaust to give a more aggressive exhaust note and an extra bump in power. MORE INFO ON OUR ENGINE & EXHAUST UPGRADES


Lighting Upgrades

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Naturally, this truck being one owned by Stage 3, it was going to get a serious lighting overhaul sooner or later. The first set of many lighting upgrades were a scanning tailgate LED light bar, aggressive HID headlights and a Raptor style grille light kit. These lighting upgrades really helped bring the truck together and set it apart from the crowd. MORE INFO ON OUR LIGHTING UPGRADES


Lift Kit, Wheels & Tires

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We went big with this truck by grabbing it a massive 6" lift kit, 20x9" wheels, and 37" tires to get it off the ground and looking like one of the toughest F150's on the road. The lift, wheels, and tires all combined to totally transform and overhaul our project truck's looks all while giving it a massive boost in off-road capability. The even better news is that the truck has no trouble getting those heavy wheels and massive tires to turn, and is still throwing down more than enough power to whip this thing around without any complaint. MORE INFO ON OUR LIFT, WHEELS & TIRES


Front & Rear Bumpers

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In order to truly complete the aggressive styling we wanted and protect our F150 on the trails, we grabbed matching ADD Stealth front and rear bumpers. These allowed for out truck to gain a better approach angle, a more rugged appearance and of course, more areas to add lights. On the front we mounted up a 40" Rigid E-Series LED light bar and on the back we bolted on a pair of Rigid Duallys. MORE INFO ON OUR FRONT & REAR BUMPERS


Completed Build Media

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With our 2012 F150 modified front to back with almost every product we could find to throw at it, there was really only one thing left to do. We had to go get it dirty! We took this truck as well as a few of our other F150 project vehicles up to Flagstaff, Arizona for a weekend in the snow and mud, running trails. Checkout the photos and videos in this section to see our 2012 F150 EcoBoost in action! PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF OUR F150


Completed Build Overview

We've said goodbye to both our 2011 F150 EcoBoost and our 2012 F150 5.0L Project Trucks. While both of the served us more than admirably, they had some problems. The 2011 EcoBoost had incredible power and even bigger power potential, but was gimped by RWD which left us high-and-dry for our off-road heavy selves. Its pretty basic XLT submodel and packaging also left a lot to be desired. Our 2012 5.0L truck came with the impressive FX4 package and 4WD, which made it more than capable off-road; but its lack of power (even after being supercharged) was pretty disappointing. That's why we grabbed this 2012 F150 3.5L EcoBoost FX4. This truck combines the best of both our previous F150s with the immense power and capabilities of a Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine stuffed into a capable 4WD drivetrain and loaded down with the glorious creature comforts of an FX4 submodel.

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