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Default 2010 SEMA Preview: The Custom Shop's 2011 Ford F-150 FX2 EcoBoost V-6

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<p>To push the limits of fuel efficiency and looks of a 2011 F-150 FX2 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, Ford has teamed up with the overhauling and paint pros at the Custom Shop in Flanagan, Ill.</p>
<p>"Everything is going green," Custom Shop co-owner John Wargo said. "We?re doing as much as we can to improve the fuel economy of this EcoBoost F-150."</p>
<p>Planned modifications include shaving the truck?s door handles, adding a lightweight ARE tonneau cover, lightweight COR rims wearing Continental low-rolling-resistance tires, a Corsa free flow cat-back exhaust system, a larger cold air intake system and Amsoil synthetic motor oil for the twin-turbo, direct injection gas engine that makes 365 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.</p>
<p>The Custom Shop isn?t stopping there. It?s also adding solar panels to help charge the F-150?s accessories and installing carbon fiber and aluminum panels under the body to help improve airflow beneath the truck. Ride height will be lowered using a Firestone air ride load-leveling system, to further reduce aerodynamic drag.</p>
<p>Topping it all off is a custom Pearl Black, white, silver and copper paint job with a dual pinstripe border applied to the F-150?s skin using DuPont?s low-volatile organic compound base and clear-coat paint for reduced emissions.</p>
<p>Inside, the paint job will be matched with a similarly colored leather interior by Katzkin seat covers, a custom Sony sound system and LCD screens throughout the cabin.</p>
<p>"We want as little wind drag as possible,? Wargo said, ?but we still want this to be a sharp-looking street truck."</p>
<p>We?ll look for the finished truck at SEMA.</p>
<p>From Mike Levine @ Pickuptrucks.com</p>
<p>To discuss this blog entry click [HERE]&lt;/p&gt;</p>


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