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Posted by Jason Locke on 2/20/2018 to Installed Photos
With the 2018 F150s finally arriving into the hand of general public, we've gotten our first taste and customer photos of 2018 F150s being modified. Some of the best images we've received so far have come from customer David, who installed an Auto Spring 2.5" Leveling Kit on his 2018 F150 3.5L EcoBoost FX4 and paired it up with a set of 17x8.5" Machined Method NVs and 315/70R17 Falken Wildpeak A/T3Ws. David did have to trim his crash bars to fit the combination, but the effort was worth it, because his 2018 F150 looks clean and mean.

2018 F150 with 2.5-in Leveling kit and 35-in Tires
Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 2/19/2018 to Installed Photos
We're taking both of these trucks to Flagstaff! It's time for Stage 3's annual pilgrimage to Flagstaff, Arizona, for some muddy, aggressive, and cold off-roading. We're bringing along both our 2014 Tremor Build and 2014 Hunting Truck builds for a shakedown. Get an early preview of them both by liking, following, or subscribing to us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube! We'll be doing live video as much as possible, so stay tuned!

A couple of weeks ago, we revealed a preview of our upcoming projects for 2018. Now we want to dive into the specifics with the first two builds on the schedule, the 2014 F150 STX Hunting Rig and the 2014 F150 Tremor Overland Build. We've spent a bit of time with these trucks and come up with a complete parts list for each one, which we want to share with you here. Read on to find out exactly what we're planning with these two purpose-driven outdoor builds!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 12/5/2017 to Special Events
The first stop on our recent trip to Utah found us in Hog Canyon, a challenging trail where we gave our suspension systems a good workout. After a good night's sleep, we were primed to cool off at Toquerville Falls, a scenic duo of horseshoe-shaped falls standing over a natural grotto. The destination is accessible by a roughly five-mile path through a mixture of terrains and rocky inclines. We snapped some amazing shots of the trail and falls, so be sure to read on for the full experience.

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 11/16/2017 to Installed Photos
This month's Customer Spotlight features a Ruby Red 2017 Raptor with a backstory. A shopper and friend to Stage 3, Kody is having a blast working on his "bucket list dream build," and we think his journey is more than worth sharing. Hit the jump for a deep dive into this one-of-a-kind Raptor build!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/10/2017 to New Products
In search of a new face for our 2017 F150 project truck, we turned to Caliber9's Upper Light Bar Grille. We loved it so much that when we got word of an opportunity to collaborate on a photo shoot, we jumped at the chance without second thought. With the gorgeous Sonoran desert backdrop approaching twilight, our 2017 project truck never looked better. And with Caliber 9's Light Bar Grille up front, we were well-equipped for the ride out, no matter how many hours slipped away in the process. Get pictures, details and product links after the jump!

Posted by Jason Locke on 9/8/2017 to Installed Photos
With a round of installs finished on several members of our Project Truck Fleet, we decided to take four of our trucks on a quick jaunt just north of Lake Pleasant to get some photos and video of their new modifications in action. We brought our 2015 F150 FX4, 2015 F150 XLT, 2017 F150 3.5L EcoBoost2017 F250 6.7L out for some action in the desert and washes that lead down into Lake Pleasant with excellent results.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 9/1/2017 to Installed Photos
For this month's Customer Spotlight, we're diving head first into this absolutely gorgeous Ruby Red 2016 F150 XLT build lovingly piloted by Mark, a customer and friend of Stage 3. This towering F150 SuperCab is as show-ready as it is rugged and capable, with equal parts performance and aesthetic upgrades setting it apart from the rest. Read on for the full scoop on our September 2017 Customer Spotlight!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 8/23/2017 to Installed Photos
One look at the 2017 Raptor will make you wonder what, if anything, can be improved upon. Right from the factory line these specialty pickups are as well-equipped as anything out there, modded or otherwise. Nonetheless, this 2017 Raptor in Avalanche Gray is here to prove that yes, there is always room for improvement. Read on to get the full details on @my2017raptor's one-of-a-kind Raptor build!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 8/18/2017 to Just Added
We get a lot of questions about the vinyl you see on our project cars and trucks, and for good reason. Our in-house vinyl work is top notch and comes in a variety of colors designed to complement your Ford's OE paint job. While we've been carrying banners, decals and emblems for some time now, the newest edition to our vinyl selection is this striping kit for the 2013-2017 Focus ST, as featured on our very own 2016 ST project car. Read on to see for yourself just how much one of our high-quality vinyl kits can change up the look of your ride.

Posted by Jason Locke on 8/11/2017 to Installed Photos
We've been itching to get our 2017 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project Truck build going in earnest, so our good friends over at Eibach hooked us up with their Complete Pro-Truck Sport Shock Package as well as a pair of Eibach Pro-Lift Coil Springs to squeeze even more ride height out of our truck. With our 2017 F150 sitting at 2.7" higher then stock up front, we decided to add a full set of 275/70R18 Falken Wildpeak M/T tires wrapped around Method's 18x9" Bronze Roost wheels to give our truck a great look. While we probably need a tad bit more bronze elsewhere on the truck, the result looks pretty slick with our F150's Lithium Gray paint job. Check out our install video and more images after the jump!

2017 F150 with Eibach Pro-Truck Kit and Pro-Lift Springs
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 Jason Locke on 6/19/2017 to How It Works
Bilstein's 5100 Series has long been one of the best bang-for-your-buck suspension modifications that you could make to your aggressive F150, and we've been itching to get a set on one of our project trucks forever now. Well, the stars have finally aligned and we installed our 2015-2017 Bilstein 5100 Series Package on our 2017 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project Truck. The front 5100 Series Struts leveled out our truck's stance, while the rear shocks vastly improved rear-end handling and control. Our 2017 3.5L EcoBoost F150 got a great look and the type of handling it should've had from the factory.

2017 F150 with Bilstein 5100 Front Struts & Rear Shocks

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 6/12/2017 to Website Updates / Changes
Stage 3 has finally jumped aboard the hot hatch train with our latest project car and very first Focus ST build. Our Oxford White 2016 Focus ST project is still in its infancy, so now's the time to sit back and watch this near-stock ST transform into a vicious track-ready hot hatch right before your eyes. Follow the official 2016 Focus ST Project Page for the full details on our latest build and perhaps you'll uncover an upgrade or two for your own ST build!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 4/6/2017 to Just Added
Any time our friends over at ICON Vehicle Dynamics drop something new, it's pretty big news. And when that something new is a complete selection of 4.5" lift kits for the 2017 Super Duty, well, you can imagine our excitement here at Stage 3. From the Stage 1 kit to the Stage 5, we've already posted detailed listings of these awesome suspension kits so that you can find the right one for your truck. Check out the newest ICON suspension systems for the 2017 F250 and F350 right here and then head on over to our Super Duty Wheel & Tire section if you're looking for a complete styling and performance overhaul!

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 2/21/2017 to Installed Photos
Baja Designs' lineup of auxiliary off-road lighting systems has finally made its way to Stage 3, and we spared no time throwing the Squadron Sport Combo Kit on our 2017 F250 project truck and taking it up to the snowy mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona for a full demonstration. And now that we've come home and had time to wash the six-inch-thick coat of mud from our trucks, we're ready to share the results. Check out our full line of Baja Designs Off-Road Lights and deck out your F150 or Super Duty with the latest and greatest in off-road lighting technology. Hit the jump for more pictures of the Baja Squadron Sport Combo Kit in action!

Posted by Jason Locke on 1/13/2017 to Installed Photos
It's long been the plan to throw our 2015-2016 F150 Boss Trail Package 2 onto our 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost XLT Project Truck, but things got a little...wild in the planning phases of this little operation. Instead of being boring and just doing the standard coilovers, we decided to splurge a bit and upgrade the Halo Lifts Boss 2.0 Coilovers that come in that kit with a white spring and a Halo Lifts Carbon Fiber-look WeatherWrap. The end result turned out pretty awesome, and should make our Oxford White 2015 F150 really pop.

2015-2016 F150 Halo Lifts Boss 2.0 Coilover with Carbon WeatherWrap

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 11/30/2016 to Installed Photos
Our 2017 Super Duty Project Truck is due for more than a few exterior and power upgrades, but we were especially anxious to rid our F250 of its inexcusably small factory wheels and tires. We threw on a 2.5" ReadyLift Leveling Kit so that we could clear 35x12.50R20LT Toyo Open Country M/T tires and Fuel Maverick 20x10" D538 Wheels. While most any of our 2"+ leveling kits should be able to clear this setup without issue, we've been very impressed with the ride quality we're getting with ReadyLift's 2.5" kit, and we haven't experienced any rubbing whatsoever with the 35" tires. This wheel and tire setup was one of the first upgrades we made to our 2017 F250, and arguably the most effective at transforming the look of the truck. Have a look at our Super Duty Wheels & Tires and 2017 Leveling Kits to customize your very own setup! Read on for more pictures and keep up on our 2017 F250 Project Page for more updates on where we're taking this awesome truck.

Posted by Jason Locke on 11/17/2016 to Installed Photos
Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/28/2016 to Just Added
Leveling out some of that factory rake is essential to your 2017 F250 or F350's exterior styling, especially if you plan on stepping up to a bigger wheel/tire combination. That's why we couldn't wait to get our hands on ReadyLift's new 2.5" Front Leveling Kit and throw on some off-road tires and wheels. For reference, our 2017 Super Duty project truck is equipped with 35x12.5x20 Toyo tires and 20x10 Fuel Maverick wheels with a -12 offset. Check out pictures of the installed leveling kit by hitting the jump.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/24/2016 to Just Added
You may have noticed we're rocking a pretty massive selection of tonneau covers for the newly-redesigned 2017 Super Duty. While there are certainly plenty of other options, the Extang Solid Fold 2.0 is a tough, stylish and functional tonneau that won't break the bank. We installed the 2.0 on our 2017 F250 Project Truck which you can view in all of its glory right here by hitting the jump.

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/21/2016 to Just Added
Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/20/2016 to New Products
One of the ways we're able to provide such detailed information about the products we carry is by actually ordering them and installing them on our own project vehicles. Doing this allows us to identify vehicle-specific issues with installation and fitment and therefore better assist you with choosing the right upgrade for your truck or Mustang. We recently installed Undercover's sleek Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover on our 2017 Super Duty project truck and we were more than impressed with its precise fitment and low-profile look. The assembly features three interlocking hinged panels that flip up to grant access and rest on a built-in prop rod and buckle straps when your bed is loaded down. Everything is easy to operate and install, although with the 2017 Super Duty sitting at a towering height from the factory, you might benefit from having a taller person do the install. Read on for more install pictures and be sure to check out our complete selection of tonneau covers for the new '17 Super Duty.

Undercover Flex Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

Posted by Jordan Gerblick on 10/17/2016 to New Products
Whenever we get started on a new project truck here at Stage 3, one of the first things we do is throw on a set of high-quality aftermarket floor mats to preserve its factory interior glow. Husky Liners' All-Weather Floor Mats and Laser-Measured Floor Liners are some of our favorite aftermarket upgrades for a few reasons - unmatched durability, innovative designs and industry-leading warranties being just a few of them. But the main reason we can't get enough of these little interior blessings is because they keep all matter of dirt and debris from sinking into your truck's carpet where it would otherwise become a permanent fixture. Needless to say, we couldn't wait to get our hands on Husky Liners' newest line of floor mats and liners for our very own 2017 Super Duty project truck. And now that we have, our install pictures are here for your viewing pleasure.

Husky Liners WeatherBeater All-Weather Front Floor Mats (Black)

Posted by Jason Locke on 8/22/2016 to Special Events
With our 2011 F150 XL Project Build well under way, and with a few changes made to our 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project Truck, we took both of these F150s up to the high scrub lands of Northern Arizona to put their suspension hardware and their tires through their paces. Both trucks performed extremely well with the 2011 F150's BOSS Trail Package 1 and 325/60R18 Toyo Open Country A/T IIs easily tearing through the soft and dry land, while the 2015 F150's Zone 6" Lift Kit with BOSS Front Coilovers and 35x12.50" Nitto Trail Grappler M/Ts let it crawl through desert washes and water runs without breaking a sweat. Check out all of our photos after the jump!

Stage 3's Project Trucks Off-Road in Northern Arizona

Posted by Jason Locke on 5/10/2016 to Installed Photos user MNSportsman is a customer of ours who owns a very nice 2016 F150 FX4 SuperCrew. He recently purchased a Rancho Driver's Side and Passenger's Side QuickLift Loaded Leveling Kit from us here at Stage 3, and he allowed us to use some of the images he posted of the QuickLifts installed on his truck. For the uninitiated, the Rancho QuickLifts are fully-loaded spring and strut assemblies that add about 2" of ride height to your truck. Since they come with a spring, strut, and mounts all pre-assembled, they can just drop right into your 2015-2016 F150 of choice without much fuss, making them an easy way to give your truck some extra ride height and a suspension overhaul at the same time. Best of all, the Rancho QuickLift Struts have adjustable stiffness settings, letting you dial in your F150's ride height just where you want it. There's a lot to like about the QuickLifts, and they certainly give MNSportsman's truck a great look.

2015-2016 F150 Rancho QuickLift Leveling Kit Installed

Posted by Erik Nep on 4/21/2016 to Mustang Photos

Here at Stage 3 Motorsports, one of the first things our new project cars beg us for is a set of high-performance tires and custom rims. We may be nit-picking here, but there is definitely a noticeable difference between the bulky look of most stock Mustang tire and wheel combinations, and when you're trying to create a dream car, you've got to up the ante when it comes to the look and performance. Thanks to the innovative road and track racing engineers at Niche and Nitto, our 2008 GT500 5.4L Project Car now has a much more aggressive appearance than from the day we rescued it from obscurity.

Before & After

Stage 3's 2007 Shelby GT500 Convertible Project Car Nitto Tires Stage 3 2008 GT500

Posted by Erik Nep on 4/4/2016 to Just Added

Even the highest-horsepower 2005-2016 Mustang that's been built up for speed is not the complete package until it has the right custom aftermarket wheels. Whether you like to light it up occasionally on the streets, those weekend racing days at the track or your local car show, Niche has a full line-up of Mustang Wheels that will set you apart from the rest of the pack. Niche offers modern designs that include everything from Chrome, Gloss White and Gun Metal finishes to Gloss Black and Double Dark Black Machined that instantly transform your Mustang or Shelby GT500 into a head-turning muscle car. Here at Stage 3 Motorsports, we're happy to offer a full line-up of some of the most impressive designs offered by Niche in order to help make the transformation complete.

2005-2014 Mustang Niche Targa Wheel

Posted by Jason Locke on 3/16/2016 to Installed Photos
The fact that we here at Stage 3 tend to get pretty dirty during our adventures both on and off the road will surprise absolutely no one. While we don't shy away from mud and grime, we do try to keep our truck's interiors clean, so we grabbed a set of Rugged Ridge Front and Rear Floor Liners for our new to us 2005 F150 Project Truck. Rugged Ridge has been a staple of the Jeep world since AMC first crafted the 4.0L straight-six in the forges of Valhalla (or whatever Jeep people believe), but they do have more than a few offerings for the F150s that we jumped all over. The Rugged Ridge Floor Liners for the 2004 to 2008 F150s fit extremely well, and we were more than pleased with their coverage and their overall quality.

2004-2008 F150 Rugged Ridge Front and Rear Floor Liners

Posted by Jason Locke on 1/26/2016 to Installed Photos
Throwing a set of downpipes and their required custom tuning on your 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost offers up some of the best bang-for-your-buck performance on your hyper-aggressive F150 build. Good customer of ours Alex, pulled the trigger on aFe's Off-Road Downpipes for his 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost XLT, and was kind enough to send over some high-quality images of the system installed. aFe's Off-Road Downpipes are big, mean and powerful exhaust components that make the factory downpipes look tiny by comparison. Check out Alex's images after the jump for how these downpipes look installed!

2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost aFe Off-Road Downpipes Installed

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