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Stage 3's 2012 F150 3.5L EcoBoost FX4 SuperCrew Project Truck

We have given our fond farewells to both our 2011 F150 EcoBoost and our 2012 F150 5.0L Project Trucks. While both of the served us more than admirably and turned into fun, powerful F150s, 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:

Say hello to our newest project truck, a 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. This is basically Stage 3's dream truck, and we plan on transforming this thing into a monster that looks mean on the street, but can also handle any and all terrain we can find here in the great state of Arizona. We plan on having a ton of fun with this F150, and we're bringing all of you along for the ride.

Project Build Step One

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Stage 3's 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 Project Truck Build Step 1 We here at Stage 3 know that the perfect truck is one that can do just about everything as effectively as possible. We also 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 a nice touch to our F150s looks. 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 Raptor-Style Grille Lights Kit. You can read all about it and see videos over here.

Project Build Step Two

Power Upgrades and Sound

Stage 3's 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 Project Build Step Two

Just like all of the project vehicles that we've had here at Stage 3, our 2012 FX4 EcoBoost couldn't stay stock very long, and the very next step after the accessories was to bring on the horsepower and torque. While the EcoBoosts respond decently to bolt-on parts, the real key to unlocking their massive power potentials 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 works stacking on some awesome power gains. Along with the power, we also wanted a more aggressive exhaust note, so we grabbed one of our favorite cat-back kits in our extensive arsenal and got it bolted on so that our truck sounded as fast as it looked. Head over to our next step by clicking here.

Stage 3's Project Build Step Three

Lighting Upgrades

Stage 3's 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 Project Build Step Three Naturally, this truck being one owned by Stage 3, it was going to get a serious overhaul in the lighting department sooner or later. The first set of many lighting upgrades were a scanning tailgate LED light bar and some of the most aggressive headlights that we carry here at Stage 3. Lets face it, the older stock halogen reflector headlights looked dated back in 2009, but the pair we grabbed to replace them are wholly modern, Ford OEM Projector HID headlights that have been modified with a unique LED strip and come with a relay harness that make the HIDs function properly on our halogen-equipped F150. These lighting upgrades really helped bring the truck together, but there's going to be a few more to come. Click here to get all the juicy details on our lighting modifications.

Stage 3's Project Build Step Four

Lift Kit, Wheels, and Tires

Stage 3's 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 Project Truck Build Step Four When in doubt, go big or go home. We here at Stage 3 definitely 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 and most aggressive trucks 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 our truck is still throwing down more than enough power to whip this beastly thing around without any hint of complaint. You can read all about it over here.

Stage 3's Prohect Truck Build Step 5

Even Bigger and Even Badder

Stage 3's Project Truck with 8 Inches of Lift and an ADD Stealth Bumper Despite our 2012 F150's 6" Zone Lift Kit, we here at Stage 3 still wanted some more ride height and an extra dose of both on-road ride comfort and off-road performance. To that end, we grabbed a pair of adjustable front coilovers to bring the front ride height up a couple of more inches as well as an Add-a-Leaf kit to bring up the rear of the truck by a good 1.5" to 2" of ride height. The new amount of lift looks absolutely awesome and our truck got a big, bad look that we wanted. Still, we decided to go full badass and grabbed ourselves an ADD front off-road bumper and a Rigid Industries 40" LED Light Bar to top off the hyper-aggressive looks of our 2012 F150 EcoBoost Project Truck. You can read all about it over here.

Project Truck Build Step 6

Leaner and Meaner

Stage 3's Project Truck Build Step 6 With our truck's front end looking about as awesome as it can get, we decided it's rear needed a little love. We grabbed a matching ADD rear bumper to round out our truck's good looks. Despite the custom tune from 5-Star upping our truck's horsepower, those big 37" tires definitely slowed us down, so we grabbed some new hot-side tubes from aFe to help out. Lastly, we got ourselves one of UPR's new EcoBoost oil separators to get our octane ratings back in line, reduce the chances of water ingestion, and to help keep our intake valves nice and clean. You can read all about these upgrades by clicking here.
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