Ford Dealership Turns Standard F-150 XLT Into Luxury Off-Road Machine
If there is one thing the folks at Long McArthur Ford in Salina, Kansas, know how to do it is satisfy their customers. Indeed, the dealership has a performance department, MPerformance, which takes every day Ford F-150 pickups and turns them into something special.
Ford F-150 SuperCrew Upfitted
Torque News has visited Long McArthur Ford several times this year, and each time we have come back with stories of new and exciting Ford F-150s or Ford F-Series pickups (F-250/F-350). For example, during an earlier visit to their site, I found their Cattleman Package is perfect for ranch or farm. Today is no exception as the MPerformance people have upfitted a standard Ford F-150 SuperCrew (four-door, full cabin) into a much more luxurious vehicle. In fact, not only is it more luxurious, but it is also an off-roader that, considering the added features, is worth the investment.
In many ways, Long McArthur finishes the work begun by Ford. You see, when a Ford F-150 lands at a dealership from the factory, the pickup is a very nice and technically complete truck from the manufacturer’s standpoint. However, folks can always find ways to improve on the manufacturer’s platform. The MPerformance department does precisely that.
Ford F-150 XLT Special Package
For example, Long McArthur is now offering an $8,995 package called the LMSE Off-Road Package. Using this package, they turned a Ford F-150 SuperCrew into a pickup that handles off-roading effectively.
To make this happen, the MPerformance techs add a two-inch leveling kit to the pickup, and then they swap the wheels for 20-inch Fuel Contra Chrome Wheels. They install 35-inch Fuel All-Terrain Tires on the Ford F-150. Of course, the changed wheel/tire combination means the speedo needs recalibration, which they also handle. The final piece of this work is an alignment.
Ford F-150 XLT Has Hood Scoop Added
Next, they paint up a hood scoop in a matching color, adding it to the hood of the F-150. Meantime, the technical team installs rear wheel well liners and then adds a spray-in bedliner. Tinted windows are also part of the upgrade, as are Limited-Style heated leather seats. The interior fixtures include Tray All-Weather Floor mats.
Custom LMSE graphics on the rear fenders complete the package. The package carries a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Aside from being a neat-looking package, it is also a functional upgrade. When Long McArthur orders the Ford F-150 XLT from the factory, the engine is the Coyote 5-liter V-8. Since it is an off-road-oriented pickup, it features many off-road-oriented features, including extended-range fuel tanks. Instead of the 3.31 locking rear end, the MPerformance techs swap in a 3.71 unit. There’s also a 290 amp alternator, and a Class 4 trailer hitch.
Ford F-150 XLT: Another Nice Upgrade
Altogether, the Long McArthur LMSE F-150 is a very nice truck, another in the series developed by this Kansas dealership.
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. Most of Marc's stories can be found at Torque News Ford coverage. Check back again and search for Torque News Ford F-150 news for more F-150 truck news coverage.