The folks at Long McArthur Ford knows a thing or two about taking Ford F150s and Rangers into trucks that are very cool and very different. People looking for Ford Ranger Raptors, not sold on this side of the Atlantic, can still have what might be the closest thing to the Raptor sold here -- the Ranger Baja, a variation put together by the Kansas dealership.
Ford F150 Turned Into A Sidewinder
And, now they have taken standard F150 and built what they call the Ford F150 Sidewinder. The truck tuning crew at Long McArthur starts with a Ford F150 4X4 and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. It uses the STX appearance package, plus 3.73 gearing, running boards, a Class IV trailer hitch, the optional 36-gallon fuel tank and more. Equipped as is the Ford F150 is quite a pickup, but, when the Long McArthur tuners finish it is much, much more.
The dealership’s Ford F150 Sidewinder Package adds a two-inch suspension level kit, Ford Raptor 17-inch wheels that run BFG TA KO2 35-inch all-terrain tires, matte black OEM-style fender flares, a Rhino spray-in bedliner, front window tint treatment, and Sidewinder graphics.
To accommodate the new wheel-tire combination, the speedometer has a recalibration performed, following a wheel alignment.
This pickup’s pricing represents a considerable saving. The MSRP on the F150 is $54,785 with the dealership’s custom additions. The vehicle’s window sticker lists the price on the Sidewinder as $46,190. However, this is not the Sidewinder’s bottom line. There is still a bit more built into the pricing. Indeed, when the dust settles the pricing represents a full $10,000 discount so that the bottom line is $44,785.
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Ford F150 Pickup Has Interesting Factors
For someone thinking of buying the truck, here are a couple of interesting factors about this truck:
- This particular Sidewinder truck has more than 2,000 miles on it
- This truck has been used as a courtesy vehicle
The Sidewinder Package, which isn’t required, by the way, comes with a three-year/36,000 mile warranty through the dealership. And, if you decide that you would instead take a basic 4X4 pickup, you would save more money.
Source: The Ford Authority is one of the best sources of information on planned, current, and future Ford F150 models.
About the author
Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.