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Mil-Spec Ford F-150-Baja-inspired Raptor alternative

Michigan-based Mil-Spec Automotive, which already produces a resto-modded Hummer H1, has now added a modified Ford F-150 pickup to its lineup of off-road trucks. The Mil-Spec F-150 is based on an XLT FX4 SuperCrew. An ECU tune, cold-air intake, and high-flow throttle body ups the output of the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 from the factory 395 horses to a claimed 500 horsepower (on 91 octane fuel), and the engine exhales through a side-exiting cat-back performance exhaust system. The V8 is paired with Ford's 10-speed automatic and four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case. The standard package includes blistered custom front and rear fenders, satin-black steel front and rear bumpers, and black powder-coating of the tubular side steps. A Mil-Spec-specific fascia incorporates LED headlights and marker lights, and the taillights are also LEDs. The Mil-Spec F-150 rolls on 20 x 9.56" black Rhino Arsenal alloy wheels wrapped in 37 x 13.5" Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. Exterior colors are white, black and two different grays, with badging in your choice of billet aluminum, semi-gloss black or powder-coat black. Inside, there's a new steering wheel with shift paddles and centerline stitching, billet aluminum knobs, leather seats and more Mil-Spec badging. An available Baja Exterior Appearance Package adds a roof rack with 50" LED light bar, a cargo-bed-mounted back rack with spare-tire carrier and a bumper-mounted 39" LED light bar. Track width is increased 13.5" over a stock F-150, and the front anti-roll bar is deleted. Long-travel control arms and half-shafts are fitted. An optional Baja Performance Suspension includes custom shock mounts, Fox Motorsports adjustable coilovers with Eibach springs up front and Fox bypass remote-reservoir shocks at the rear. Wheel travel is increased to 10/11 inches front/rear with the base setup and 11/12 inches with the Baja option. Ground clearance is stated as 13 inches, with approach and departure angles as steep as 35 degrees and 27 degrees, respectively.

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