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2021 Ford Bronco Revealed! Stage 3's Deep Dive and Possible Upgrade Opportunities!

The 2021 Ford Bronco is officially back...sort of. When you and I will be able to get our grubby mitts on one remains up in the air for the time being. The good news is that on paper, the Bronco lineup seems like the Wrangler-destroyer that we've been waiting for and the trucks all look awesome thanks to the retro-futurism styling that would make the 2005 Mustangs blush. The bad news is that pricing starts off pretty high and some of the neater features mentioned in the reveal video are part of the "Sasquatch Package", whose pricing has not been released. While some of you out there in the world may be thinking that there's not much we at Stage 3 and the performance aftermarket can do to improve the Broncos or top Ford's "200 approved aftermarket parts", but we're inclined to disagree, and not just because we're stubborn. We're super-pumped for the resurrected Bronco, and we're going to be listing just about every Bronco part and accessory that we can get our hands on. Personally, my only gripe (other than price) is that there's no green paint option. An OD Green, off-road ready Bronco? Yes, please.

2021 Ford Broncos
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The 2021 Ford F150 Revealed!

Our dear Ford Overlords have revealed the 2021 Ford F150, and there's a lot to be excited about with the 14th generation of Ford's 1/2-ton pickup. The new 2021 F150 comes loaded down with features (at least in the higher trim levels that Ford was eager to show off), and they look great. We know this is going to be the 11th berjillion 2021 F150 overview that you've come across, and we're going to take a look at some of the smaller details that Ford touched on that could be good news for folks like us that are probably going to rip the truck apart and throw a bunch of aftermarket parts on it anyway. While all the new technology, options, styling, and whatever else are pretty exciting, the bigger questions are "Will it mod?" "Will it mod well?" and "Will it break when we throw it around?" We're going to take a look at those questions based on the information so far.

2021 Ford F150 Ford Promo
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How to Fit a Big Full-Size Spare Under Your 2009-2020 F150's Bed!

Adding big wheels and tires to your F150 is pretty much a rite of passage for your average 2009-2020 F150 owner, but this can become a bit of an issue if you want to avoid potential issues if you get a flat, blowout, or lost bead out there on the road or the trail. While your truck comes with a stock-sized spare under the bed and tucked against the frame, there are more than a few issues with both its quality, condition, and size that could cause you some serious headaches when you head out. The good news is that it's absolutely possible to fit a larger spare tire under your truck in place of the stock spare. The bad news is that it takes some work and throwing some cash at your truck to make it happen. I know because I tried it myself, with excellent results. Get all the details on what you need to do to get a larger spare under your truck. I managed to drop in a LT305/65R18 Falken A/T3W on an 18x9" wheel with a -12mm offset on my 2011 F150 5.0L with excellent results that gave me some extra insurance against possible disaster.

2011 F150 with Larger Spare Tire
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Before You Buy: 2004-2007 Super Duty Transmission Upgrades Breakdown!

It's practically a guarantee that with how old 2004-2007 Super Duty 6.0Ls are that the transmission in yours has either has gone out or is about to. With the transmission being the second most important part on your truck, it may be worthwhile to see if there's a way to upgrade either a part of it or the the whole thing. A new transmission can work wonders for the performance and reliability of your 2004-2007 Super Duty, especially if you are able to pair it with a "BulletProofed" 6.0L Powerstroke. Here at Stage 3 Motorsports we have everything you need if you want/need to go ahead and replace any part of your transmission setup. In addition to the parts, we also have complete transmissions as well. To be specific, we have complete transmissions, flexplates and clutches, oil pans, coolers, controllers & electronics, torque converters, and even full rebuild kits if you decide to go that route. For the sake of this article, we'll take a look and break down the three most important products when it comes to transmissions; flex plates, torque converters, and of course complete replacement transmissions.

Stage 3's 2006 F250 Off-Roading

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Before You Buy: Bulletproofing Priorities For Your 2004-2007 6.0L Powerstroke

It's fairly common knowledge that if you have a 6.0L diesel then the best idea is to get it "BulletProofed". This term was coined by a company called BulletProof Diesel which is located in Mesa, AZ. Basically, a truck has been "BulletProofed" when it has at least four or five of the major problem areas addressed. The problem areas are the oil cooler, EGR cooler, head studs, fuel injection control module, and the water pump. Once those areas are addressed the 6.0L turns from one of Ford's greatest failures, to one of the best engine's that you can have. However, sometimes our bank accounts do not really allow us to raid the 6.0L Solutions section to get it all done at once unfortunately. So which of these areas should be the greatest priority to get done first?

2003-2007 F250 & F350 6.0L Sinister Diesel Oil & Coolant Filtration System

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In-Depth Review: 2011-2020 F150 Nitro 4.11 Gears & Eaton TrueTrac Part 1: On-Road & Light Off-Road!

With over 225,000 miles on the clock, our 2011 F150 5.0L XL (owned by Yours Truly) needed to get some pep back in its step. Despite getting a fairly fresh motor (that's a story for another day), this F150 was still showing its years in its driveline and needed an overhaul, especially if we wanted to keep turning its LT305/65R18 Falken Wildpeak A/T3Ws effectively. To that end, we grabbed a complete Nitro 4.11 Gear Package that includes front and rear 4.11 gears as well as a pair of Master Install Kits for both differentials that allowed us to give our truck's drivetrain an almost total rebuild with the extra performance of 4.11 gears over the stock 3.55s. Since the rear differential needed to come out for the gear install, we decided to throw in an Eaton TrueTrac LSD to replace the OEM clutch-type LSD, which was basically only LSD-ish at its mileage. We did the install and then performed the break-in gear oil change a while ago, and unfortunately due to COVID-19, we weren't able to get the truck out to stretch its legs. That changed Memorial Day Weekend, when I got the truck out for a nice road trip up to Northern Arizona with some very light trail riding thrown in. The results were good, though now we need to find an excuse to really push the TrueTrac to its limits.

Stage 3's Nitro 4.11 & Eaton TrueTrac Review!
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Before You Buy: Budget Upgrades For 2004-2007 Super Dutys!

Well it's groundhog day, again. Time these days just seems to run together thanks to the pandemic and apparently murderous hornets. If you are like me, then you spend a lot of your days dreaming about sweet upgrades to your truck, but the bank account says, "please try again later". You do not have to break the bank to give your truck a serious upgrade. Despite what you may see, a truck can look good and perform better for less than you think. There are three main mods that we have here that can make a world of difference when it comes to bettering the performance. Those three are suspension mods, tires, and tuning. Here at Stage 3 Motorsports we affectionately call these three the Holy Trinity of budget modifications because they can do a lot for your truck, without breaking the bank. When it comes to the 6.0L diesels, the best thing that you can and should do is bulletproof it prior to getting any of these modifications especially tuning. It is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended. If your 6.0L is not bulletproofed, luckily we have you covered. Check out our 6.0L Solutions section.

Stage 3's 2006 F250 Off-Roading
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[UPDATE]Before You Buy: Stage 3's Keep Your Daydream Collab and Air Spring Package!

Stage 3 Motorsports and Keep Your Daydream have teamed up to help you get the most out of your towing experience. For those of you that do not know, Keep Your Daydream (KYD) is Marc, Tricia, and their family cataloging their extraordinary vacations through YouTube Channel and other social media platforms. In addition to their adventures they also make videos and blog posts with helpful tips about buying an RV, DIY things while camping, and all sorts of other essential traveling and towing information. They have been doing this for a few years now and have traveled all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They began with a simple 2013 F150 with a 6.2L engine and a 2007 Malibu Wakesetter, through the years they transferred through other vehicles and trailers big and small til eventually ending up beginning this season with a 2019 F250 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel and a 2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 30' Bunkhouse. Through the years they have gathered all sorts of knowledge when it comes to towing, hauling, and most importantly getting from point A to point B safely. Which is why they were the perfect people to talk to about creating this new system. That way you can purchase an all-in-one kit to make your towing journey even better and safer.
Stage 3's 2017 F250 6.7L Off-Roading
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Before You Buy: Tuning Options For Gas Super Dutys

If you are looking to add some serious power to your stock gas engine, then tuning is a good option for you to look into. Ford does a decent job of providing well-performing gasoline engines off of the assembly line. However those engines are able to perform even better with tuning. The right setup can unleash tons of horsepower and torque while taking advantage of higher octane fuel and your Super Duty's other performance modifications. One of the top of the line manufacturers that we have is 5-Star Custom Tunes. 5-Star actually has new models out for the 2020 7.3L Super Dutys as well with SCT X4 and nGauge tuners that help you clearly monitor everything that your OBD-II module puts out through a clear and easy to read display. Tuning is all well and good. But how exactly it works depends on what you get.
2020 F250 & F350 7.3L SCT X4 Tuner & 5-Star Custom Tunes
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Before You Buy: Super Duty Fuel Tanks from S&B and Titan Tanks

These days, timing is everything. Why take all that extra time hauling cargo or your family’s camp trailer to stop to refuel all the time when you can ensure that you get even more time than ever before at your actual destination. Multiple stops to the fuel station can add all sorts of unnecessary time to your journey. Depending on the year of your Super Duty, your stock tank has a capacity of anywhere from 25 to 48 gallons. Here at Stage 3, we have tanks that will help your truck go further than before from S&B Tanks and Titan Tanks. When choosing a fuel tank be sure to take the time to review the fitment note in each listing. A lot of these only fit specific years, with specific beds, and even specific cabs in some cases.

2017-2020 F250 & F350 6.7L Long Bed Titan 65 Gallon Fuel Tank

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Before You Buy: F250 & F350 Steering Stabilizer Breakdown!

Now that you’ve thrown on a lift and some massive tires on your truck, it may be time to start looking at things that will keep that monster dependable for the long haul. One fairly overlooked part that helps with this is called a steering stabilizer. There are a lot of lift kits that include this particular part like the Zone Off-Road 4in Coil Spring Suspension Lift Kit and BDS lift kit like we put onto our 2017 6.7L project truck as seen below.

Stage 3's 2017 F250 6.7L Off-Roading
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How to Build Your Own F250 Tremor at Home

Recently, Ford as a part of their latest line of Super Duty’s has advertised a heavy-duty off-roading monster trim package called Tremor. They are calling trucks with this package, “most capable off-road Super Duty ever” according to a press release. The goal of this truck is to help give customers a one-stop-shop so they can do it all straight off of the showroom floor, and of course, slap on an extra four thousand just for the off-road package. If you want the new 7.3L gas engine it’s $2,045 dollars on top of the base price. So you’d be looking at spending roughly, $6,045 in addition to the price of the new F250 Super Duty, which could end up upwards of fifty to sixty thousand dollars. Here at Stage 3 Motorsports, we have all the things that you need to change your truck into something that would be able to give you almost all the Tremor can do, at a fraction of the price.

2020 F-Series Super Duty

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How to Break-In Nitro Ring & Pinion Gears and the Importance of Breaking in New Gears

After installing a set of shorter gears on your truck, you may be tempted to to immediately find some dirt and put your foot to the floor and enjoy all that new-found mechanical advantage and final drive ratio. Yeah, don't do that. You're break a lot of stuff that you just went through the hassle and/or expense of installing. A crucial part of any new ring and pinion gear install (whether you're going shorter or taller) is the break-in, and not doing a gear break-in properly can seriously ruin your day, not matter how high-quality of a ring-and-pinion gear kit you've put in your truck. We recently put a Complete Nitro Gears 4.11 Front & Rear Gear Package along with an Eaton TrueTrac LSD in our (as of this writing) 226,000 mile 2011 F150 XL Project Truck to help give it a new lease on life and overhaul some very tired differential hardware while we were at it. While we were successful, the agony of break-in came first.

Nitro Ring & Pinion Gear Package Break-In
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Before You Buy: Toyota Tacoma & 4Runner Floor Mats

One of the most overlooked aspects of upgrading your Toyota build is the interior carpet. Every day we use our trucks and SUVs for amazing things, most of which are amazingly dirty. Without the proper protection, you can very quickly ruin your carpets with the filth that you track in. Whether that is the dirt from the backwoods trail you were crawling or oil and grease from the engine upgrades you were working on, they will very quickly destroy the carpets you paid a handsome sum for not long ago.

Before You Buy: Toyota Tacoma & 4Runner Floor Mats

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Before You Buy: 2016-2020 Toyota Tacoma Leveling Kit Options

Your Tacoma is pretty sweet to drive, right? We know it is, but with just a few upgrades to the suspension, it can be an absolute beast. A stock Tacoma can suffer from rake, and the factory suspension normally feels less comfortable and less responsive. The issue is that with so many options available for leveling your Tacoma it can be overwhelming; that's where we come in. We want you to understand the basic tiers of the different leveling kits, what they offer, and who will benefit from which type of leveling kit. Some of you might want to get some extra tire clearance, for a kick-ass aggressive look. Others might want to drive a mountain trail at break-neck speeds (maybe not the best plan) and need suspension up for the challenge. No matter what you want to use your Tacoma for, there is a leveling kit that will improve the way your truck handles and drives.

Before You Buy: 2016-2020 Toyota Tacoma Leveling Kit Options
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Before You Buy: Off-Road Lights Lumens vs. Lux, and Why Lux is More Important

Shopping for off-road lights turns into a giant pain in the ass in one hell of a hurry with every company and online retailer throwing stats at you about whatever lighting system they’re trying to hock (us included. We’re sorry). The most common term you’ll see when shopping around is "Lumens" and the lumen wars have reached a point of utter ridiculousness. eBay is rife with LED light bars that advertise an ever-expanding lumen output with some bars supposedly throwing out 500,000 lumens or more. As impressive as some of those numbers are, the sad truth of it all is that if even those bars are coming close to that lumen output in the real world (they’re not), it wouldn’t really matter all that much. In the end, lumens is a pretty poor indicator of how effective a light bar operates. A much better determinant of the actual, real-world effectiveness of a given off-road LED light is lux. Specifically lux at a fixed range.

Rigid 50in SR-Series Light Bar
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Before you Buy: F150 ICON Stage System Breadown!

It's not exactly a secret that we have a long-standing lover affair with our friends over at ICON Vehicle Dynamics and their lineup of utterly badass and high-quality suspension components. Just head to our YouTube channel and watch us gush. As much as we love ICON, we're well aware that they're myriad of options for coilovers, shocks, and packages can be a bit overwhelming if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for. Thus, we decided to put together this breakdown of ICON's staged suspension packages for the F150s and talk a bit about what you get, but more importantly, why you should choose one package over another. We're also only going to be looking at 2009-2019 F150 ICON Systems, any other vehicles will have different components and Stage breakdowns. This is going to get a bit long, so prepare thy body.

2015 F150 with ICON Suspension System
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Stage 3's Bone-Stock 2019 Ford Ranger on Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona!

Ever since we picked up our 2019 Ford Ranger Project, we've been asking ourselves "just how capable is this thing?" Everything looks good on paper, and Ford's own marketing will have you believe that this thing right off the showroom floor is some mythical mid-size dragon-slayer. We, however, are more skeptical. Thus, we decided to take our 100%, bone-stock Ranger that was still sporting Arizona temporary tags out to Broken Arrow Trail in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona. Broken Arrow is rated a "moderate" trail and has a nice mix of slick rock and sand that's then capped off by the infamous "Devil's Staircase" section. Staff here was split on the chances pf success. Half of us said the truck would fail miserably. The half of us who aren't primitive ape-men thought that the truck could do it, but would struggle a good bit on some of the obstacles.

We were all wrong. Check the video below for the whole trail run.

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Stage 3's 2019 Ford Ranger Bone-Stock Overview and Driving Review!

The 2019 Rangers are out, and we here at Stage 3 Motorsports did not hesitate to go out and grab our very own 2019 Ranger Project Truck. Now, before we start throwing parts at the thing and fundamentally change how it looks, handles, drives, performs, etc., we decided to put together a much too long and much too detailed overview and basic driving review video. Watch after the jump as Noah goes through nearly every facet of Ford's resurrected (in North America) mid-size Ranger pickup for both the highs and the lows of this so-far solid truck.

Stage 3's 2019 Ranger Overview and Driving Review Video!
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MBRP Brand Overview

Over the years, we've installed a huge number of MBRP exhaust kits and parts on a huge number of Stage 3 project builds. And while you can read all about these upgrades over at our Projects page, we decided to invite Nick from MBRP to the shop to discuss the brand's many different exhaust systems and components in-person and in detail! In this new series, we'll be discussing MBRP tips, exhaust systems, build materials, install tips, upcoming tech, MBRP history, and plenty more! Be sure to check back periodically for updates and new MBRP-related videos!

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2018 F150 & Super Duty Holiday Buying Guide

It's a struggle every year to come up with the perfect gift for our loved ones, which is why we try to make the gifting process a little easier for our automotive-minded families. Being so familiar with Fords an the aftermarket, we feel it's our duty to help inform your holiday buying or even inspire your wish list. Broken down into categories for vehicle type and price, this handy shopping guide should help reduce some of the time and stress involved with the holiday season and give you more time with your family and friends.

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F150 Fall Prep Guide

Every fall, the days get a little shorter and the nights get a little longer leading up to winter. With temperatures in that Goldilocks zone between too hot and too cold, it's the perfect season to get some quality time with your F150. Even better, we've got everything your build needs to make the most out of the fall season, no matter the budget! From leveling and lift kit options to bed protection, to wheels and tires, and a whole lot more, your dream build is just around the corner.

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2018 Budget Build Round 2 Upgrades: $4500 Limit

We've been having a great time getting creative with our first ever 2018 F150 build, which also happens to be our first build where we set defined spending limits. We have to admit, we were surprised with what we were able to do with $2000 for the first budget tier, and we're excited to show you what can happen when you have a little more to work with.

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The Stage 3 Motorsports 2018 F150 Budget Build: Progress Report

Saying we've had some over-the-top builds in the past might be an understatement, with most of our builds riding on big lifts and rugged off-road tires, decked out head-to-tail in LED lights and other accessories. This time, however, we're going in another direction with our newest F150 build. Our first take on the tweaked 2018 F150 will be a more subtle, modest affair in relation to our previous builds. This blog will be your one-stop resource for all things Stage 3 Budget Build, updated regularly to reflect the latest mods, so be sure to bookmark this one!

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Introducing Two New Project Trucks: 2017 Street Queen and 2018 Budget Build!

It's time to introduce our newest builds: the 2017 Street Queen and 2018 Budget Build! These all-new purpose-built projects will serve two very different purposes, all with that signature Stage 3 flair. These are also two of our most commonly requested builds, so we can't wait to get the full details and final results out! Hit the jump for a brief introduction and general run-down of our plan for each build!

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2011-2018 Super Duty 6.7L Powerstroke Throttle Sensitivity Boosters!

While it's hard to complain about the 6.7L Powerstroke's insane power, the 2011-2018 Super Duty trucks aren't built for racing. Depending on what you're coming from, the pedal lag on these trucks can be a problem when you're towing a trailer, hauling a huge load, or just maneuvering through traffic. Thankfully, we have a couple of affordable, plug-and-play solutions designed to reduce pedal lag and improve off-the-line performance. The BD Diesel Throttle Sensitivity Booster and the Edge Amp'd Throttle Booster are both solid options, each featuring different power level settings and easy control options. That makes it easy to get the performance you need when you need it without doing harm to your engine in the process.

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Your Mustang Spring Preparation Guide

With the Spring season comes perfect track day weather, and we've got everything you need to get your Mustang in tip-top shape. In this guide, we'll go over some of our most popular parts as well as upgrades we've personally spent time with in our own project Ponys. If you're looking for inspiration on your Mustang build, the Stage 3 Spring Preparation Guide is for you!

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Your F150 Spring Preparation Guide

Spring can be a messy time of year for your F150, thanks to an ideal off-road climate and an abundance of mud wherever you go. And while a little bit of mud can add character to your truck, you can't let it get out of hand. This F150 spring prep guide will cover everything you need to make it through Spring and out the other side in one piece. From protective gear to utility racks and lighting kits, we'll go through the best spring prep products the aftermarket has to offer. Hit the jump to get started!

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Your Super Duty Spring Preparation Guide

We all love the Spring months, but sometimes our trucks don't share the same love. When you're camping, hunting, fishing, or just commuting here and there, mud and grime can quickly turn your freshly-washed F250 or F350 into a total mess. That's why we put together this handy guide to help you prepare for the season. We'll cover everything you need to protect your investment and come home from your next outing with a clean and pristine Super Duty! Hit that jump to get started!

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Build Overview: The Stage 3 Hunting Rig

We'd been getting requests to put together a dedicated hunting rig for some time, and at long last it's here. We built our hunting rig from a relatively modest foundation, beginning with a stock 2014 F150 SuperCab with the 5.0L V8, but today there's nothing modest about it. It's aggressive, capable, and fully loaded with everything we need to get in and out of the woods with ease. Read on for a quick look and check out the complete build overview video after the jump!

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