2014 Ford F-150
The 2014 model year is the last of the 12th generation of Ford’s F-series and remains largely unchanged from its 2013 predecessor. The 2014 F-150 offers the largest selection of variations in this class as well as an impressive engine line-up, starting with the standard 3.7L V6 producing 302 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the 5.0L V8 increases horsepower and torque to 360 and 380lb-ft respectively. The available twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 Ecoboost delivers 365hp and 420lb-ft of torque, and standard on the SVT and optional on other models is the 6.2L V8 capable of 411hp and 434lb-ft of torque, which can move the heavy Raptor from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds. The maximum towing capacity ranges from 6,700lbs with the base V6 all the way (when properly equipped) to 11,300lbs with the 6.2L V8 and Ecoboost V6.
One of the quickest and budget-friendly means of breathing new life into an older F-150 is adding in some interior trim pieces. Given that a frequent bugabear with this model year is its rather spartan interior on the lower trim models, aftermarket trim pieces will give it some added character as well. Options range from A/C Vent, auxiliary switch, and Tweeter Rings; dim switch plates, full center dash pieces; front door panels; shifter trim; and glove box trim; there are endless possibilities for customisation. Pieces are typically manufactured from either quality stainless steel or carbon fiber/fibreglass and are precision-cut to ensure an exact fit. Depending on the style and location they are designed to fit, some trim pieces will also feature the “Ford” or “Raptor” logo - typically on door panels, glove boxes and vents. Finishes can also range from black, chrome, brushed and satin stainless steel with the logos embossed in a wide range of colors as well. Their peel-and-stick design means they are installable - and removable - in mere minutes.
Safer Towing Experience
For the F-150’s that are regularly towing, improve your visibility and safety on the road with the addition of towing mirrors. A pretty straightforward modification, towing mirrors will extend your field of vision so you can see exactly what’s behind you with a trailer in place. Depending on the model, some mirrors are simple slip-ons that will slide on and lock to the truck’s existing mirror. Other models will be full mirror replacements that may also incorporate amber turn signals and puddle lights as well as a telescoping/extending design, which means they can be slid in closer to the cab when you’re not towing. There are also powered and heated, and manual options available. The majority of their build is OEM-quality ABS plastic with a matte black or flashier chrome finish. The mirrors themselves are OEM-grade glass. Depending on the manufacturer, towing mirrors may be sold together as a set, while others will have driver and passenger sides sold separately.
Smoother Tailgate Operation
Another common minor modification for any pickup is the addition of a tailgate assist. This budget-friendly gadget will safely control the drop rate of your tailgate, allowing for a smooth glide down once it’s opened. This presents a nice change from the rather forceful slamming down and thud of non-assisted tailgates upon opening. A tailgate assist will increase the rate at which the tailgate does open, however this reduces the strain on the cable and any chance of it snapping and your tailgate crashing to the ground. A tailgate assist’s design features a single dampened gas strut that attaches to the tailgate and the rear of the truck, right by the existing tailgate cable. Manufactured from high quality materials, it can safely carry the weight of the truck’s tailgate, and only one is required per truck. Typically finished in a black that complements the tailgates OEM support cables, this is another hassle-free no-drill installation.