Bern Prasertsri - 2003 Ford Lightning
2003 Ford Lightning F-150
5.4 L TRITON V8 Engine w/ Eaton 8psi Supercharger
4R100 Transmission w/ LSD
4,670 lbs (empty)
Power estimated from Livewire Tuner (390 Hp, 470 Ft/Tq)
0-60 in 6.7 Seconds
1/4 mile in 14.6 Seconds at Bradenton Motorsports Park w/ .046 Reaction Time
Airaid Cold Air Intake $250
Custom Welded Exhaust $138
SCT X4 Tuner from www.LMR.com $375
Stainless Steel 3/8 Fuel Pump Y Fitting $29.95 (w/ new submergible 30R10 fuel hoses)
Power Sport Drilled & Slotted Front Rotors $137.53
ICHIBAHN Slant Series Billet Gas Pedal $9.95
Custom Cut Brake and Parking Brake Pedals $0
Ford Logo Replacement Decals from WX Signs & Graphics $26.98
APC Steering Wheel Hub Adapter $19.75
6 Holes Steering Wheel Adapter $21.98
MOMO Steering Wheel Hub Adapter $84.95 (NOT USED)
Deep Dish Racing Steering Wheel from eBay $46.99
Wedge Engineering Seat Bracket w/ Double Locking $159.28
Corbeau A4 Seat $0 (From previous vehicle, seat retails for $399)
Spyder Black Euro Tail Lights from www.CARID.com $64.44
Lo-Tek Inc. Gauge Pod $47.98
SuperPro Multi-Color Boost Gauge $29.99
LED Headlight 5400K from www.LMR.com $99.99 (NOT USED)
Cree LED Headlight 6000K from Amazon $46.99
Labor & Installations $0 (except for Welding Costs)
LED Courtesy/Overhead Light $8.99 (Blue)
LED Map Lamp Lights $18 (Green)
Constant checks & replacements of Motor Oil, Brake Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Differential Fluid, Coolant/Anti-Freeze, Silicone Sprays, Transmission Fluid, Supercharger Fluid, Fuel Filter, Wheel Balance, Joints and Mounts $ (Thousands of dollar to date)
Steel Braided Hoses
Top of the line gaskets
Full Aluminum Radiator
Life time durability motor mounts
Tremec T56 Manual Transmission
Upgrade Throttle Body
Higher Output Fuel Injectors
Dual Fuel Pumps
Built Forged Internals
Double the factory boost
Coilovers suspension system
Racing steering wheel with airbag
Plexiglass front, rear, and side windshields
A roll cage, nothing too crazy, with awareness of head trauma in mind
Proper ECU Tune, from a dyno shop that knows what they’re doing, to achieve an ideal Air/Fuel ratio.
My random discussion:
All components I came into contact with are torqued to factory specifications.
Vehicle is daily driven and is horrible on gas mileage, no less than 91 Octane. Choose to not upgrade to smaller pulleys to increase boost due to factory head gasket and factory internals such as pistons, rods, crank, fuel injectors, fuel pump, and potential harm to functioning aging motor/hoses/parts. I would have installed headers and a full no filter exhaust system weren’t for state emission laws. I refuse to power brake to perform a burnout due to mechanical strain on the automatic transmission, the driveshaft, and motor mounts. I’ve read up and have adequate knowledge to correctly install a line-lock system for this model of vehicle. I’m considering it, though it’s not a necessity, will cost about $200 for part, new brake fluid, extra wiring supplies, and bendable brake lines. My future project currently is to install an AEM Air/Fuel Gauge and a steering column gauge pod available from www.lmr.com. The only concern is that supposedly, the wide band o2 sensor for the gauge should be no greater than 18 inches from the exhaust manifold and theirs 2 manifolds/banks. I’ve seen other lightning drivers on the internet with 1 single air-fuel gauge; I would presume that they’re only monitoring 1 bank.
My goal is to not have the fastest or baddest vehicle on the road. My goal is to have a reliable, endurance, fast, stylish, unique, safe, smooth, and nice sounding vehicle that I can enjoy and have fun with (meaning WOT, drifting, race track events) without having to worry about something is going to break easily. In addition, a vehicle that I can maintain and repair without too much complexity that I need to rely on a third party. Think about it yourself, an ultimate vehicle where you can just ride and be worry free. Where you become one with while driving and instantly feel better about being you. Where you can momentarily get your mind off your girlfriend, wife, kids, family, job, life issues, problems, etcetera, and set volunteering and helping others aside for a minute; and just enjoy the moment with just you and your bada$$ vehicle.
My interesting facts about Ford Lightning’s:
-When a spark plug thread fails, the engine will make a strange whistle noise.
-Factory front brake rotors, when applied, causes an ABS vibration at highway speed.
-When you hear a strange click from the rear wheels while driving, check your parking brake shoes for damage!
-Factory steering wheel has quite a bit of initial play; which can be a hazard when taking precise corners or correcting for a bump at high speed.
-Custom horn wiring with another junk yard clicker-clock socket. Soldered and shrink tubed from socket the horn wire to switch to ground. Can be reverse to factory steering wheel by just a few screws, plugging in the factory socket, and removing the ignition switch.
-Boost gauge power supply is lamp switch fuse box, T-split to factory boost vacuum line, ground to side pillar metal structural bolt.
-One of the heater hoses may fail under Wide Open Throttle.
-The supercharger whine and the universal V8 engine exhaust sound combine with the vehicle’s body design and standard side dual exhaust dump makes it have style!
-I’ve never liked pick-up trucks, I’ve always desired turbo version of rear wheel drive sport cars like the 240sx, Supra, M3 E46, 350z/G35, Beefed up classic muscle, etc. But the SVT Lightning is a rear unique vehicle that I’ve come to cherish and it definitely holds a special place in my memories.
Kind Regards from FL, USA
813 270 4619