After 52 years of delivering aftermarket performance parts and accessories to our doorsteps, many of us know that Summit Racing is much more than a place to shop for racing parts.
But we think our friends at the World’s Speed Shop like to remind us just in case we failed to notice Summit’s nearly 68,000 in-stock truck and SUV parts.
The video crew at Summit Racing teamed up with the company’s senior market specialist for trucks and SUVs to document the upgrades made to their 2019 Ford F-150 pickup using popular F-150 mods—a project that coincides with the launch of Summit Racing’s new truck catalog.
The new Summit Racing Truck catalog caters specifically to owners of modern trucks (2005+).
The crew produced 10 installation videos covering each individual truck upgrade. We will be sharing those videos with you here in the coming weeks.
You can see the project overview video here:
The 10 videos in the series cover installations of the following parts:
- Front Suspension: Fox Racing 2.0 Performance Series Coilover IFP Shocks and Rear Suspension: Fox Racing 2.0 Performance Series IFP Smooth Body Shocks
- Wheels: Pro Comp Syndrome 44 Series (20″) and Tires: BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tires (275/60R20)
- Side Steps: Westin HDX Drop Steps
- Front Bumper: ADD Offroad Stealth Fighter
- Rear Bumper: ADD Offroad Stealth Fighter
- Towing: Gen-Y Mega Duty Adjustable Drop Hitch, BOLT Receiver Lock
- Headlights: ANZO Halo Projector-Style Headlights and Taillights: ANZO LED Taillights and Auxiliary Lights: Summit Racing LED 40″ Light Bar, Summit Racing LED Off-Road Lights
- Floor Mats: WeatherTech Floor Liners
- Exhaust: Borla ATAK Cat-Back Exhaust System
- Tonneau Cover: BAK BakFlip MX4
A Closer Look at the Project F-150 Truck Build
The truck Summit Racing chose to build out is a 2019 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with a 5.5-foot bed, 4×4, with STX appearance package in Ford’s Race Red paint. It’s powered by a 5.0L V8 Coyote engine.
“We had two goals in upgrading this truck,” said Anthony Grosser, senior market specialist at Summit Racing. “The primary goal was to build a truck utilizing some of the most popular off-the-shelf products that bolt on without any hassle. Every part can be installed in a driveway or garage utilizing basic hand tools. The secondary goal was to document the installs via video. Our customers will be able to see step-by-step instructions on how to install each product on this truck.”
Grosser said new truck owners, when deciding to upgrade them, typically make three to four upgrades, which include tonneau covers, step bars, floor liners, and seat covers, which he characterized as “almost necessities.”
Truck owners who want to take it further tend to upgrade their wheels and tires, add a leveling or suspension lift kit, and make performance upgrades such as new exhaust systems, air intakes, and programmers.
Grosser said the modifications didn’t change the truck’s capabilities so much as it improved it functionality, but that the truck’s appearance was a major focal point in the parts chosen for the build.
“We turned it into a real eye-catcher,” he said. “The FOX 2.0 Performance Series IFP coil-over and rear 2.0 Performance Series IFP shocks provided a way better ride over factory as well as a two-inch lift up front. That allowed us to fit a larger tire, which in return gave the truck more ground clearance.
“The BFG all-terrains not only give the truck a more-aggressive look, they are one of the best all-terrains out there. They will last forever and provide the best on- and off-road traction.”
The bumpers, along with the headlight and taillight mods, stand out to Grosser as someone of the most impactful visual upgrades.
“The bumpers are the next major upgrade that really changed the look of the truck. The ADD Stealth Fighter bumpers are super low-profile and fit tight to the truck and give the truck an aggressive look. They completely changed the stance and look of the truck.
“The last thing that provided a drastic change over stock was the blacked-out Anzo U-bar headlights and LED taillights. I can’t believe how much these made a difference on how the truck looked.”
Grosser said the new exhaust system was a significant upgrade as well.
“Aside from appearance, the Borla ATAK dual exhaust really made this thing scream. The truck sounded rowdy when you accelerated and then like stock at cruising speeds,” he said. “A truck needs to sound like it has a V8 under the hood in my opinion, and this thing sounds awesome.”