Trucks Next Door

Terry L. Clevinger

Published in the August 2018 Issue July 2018 PowerStroke

Terry L. Clevinger

San Marcos, TX

2012 Ford F350 King Ranch Super Duty Diesel

This is my 2012 Ford F350 Super Duty King Ranch that I call Big Bear (Mato Tanka). She’s used primarily to tow a 39-foot fifth wheel and handles the job beautifully. When I brought her home in August 2012, I immediately started replacing and upgrading parts:  Bilstein shocks at all four corners and a Bilstein steering stabilizer, front and rear Air Lift air bags with onboard compressor, a 1.25-inch rear anti-sway bar, upgraded tires from 265/20s to 295/20s which added over 300 pounds carrying capacity to each corner, replaced diff and trannie covers with aFe oversized finned aluminum covers, and filled all those with synthetic fluid.  Performance is handled with an Edge CTS programmer. I hate being identified as part of the herd, so there are a few body graphics, hood protector, grill work, Pace Edwards electric bed cover, stainless steer bed rails, extra steps and grab handles, and rear full-length mud guard across the back, to separate her from the rest of the herd. Having developed Muscular Dystrophy after I bought her, I had to add an extra step and grab handle on both sides to assist me in getting in and out of the truck.  She is one fine machine and after almost six years, has less than 46,000 miles. Yes, that’s 46 thousand.

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