Off-road trucks have to be engineered and crafted to a level of precision that ensures their safe and successful journey through some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. When set-up properly, a well-tuned off-road truck can be one of the most exciting vehicles to drive, especially when it’s set-up to play on the blacktop, too!
Jay Johnson’s ‘01 F-150 can hang in any dirt situation, but when it’s time for a nice evening out, he’s not shy about pulling up to the classiest joints in Sin City among the Benz and the Bentleys. Jay grew up around off-road racing since his dad started driving competitively back in 1983, and those youthful experiences with high-speed dirt play have produced one serious enthusiast and a pretty solid business man to boot. As the owner of Street Trophy Trucks USA, Jay’s personal ride would serve as the calling card for others with the desire and the means for this type of full throttle fun, so it had to be perfect.
The project kicked off with the chassis and suspension where about a quarter of the factory frame was retained and the rest was custom built by Kevin Mahen and Jay using 1 3/4-inch chrome-moly. A DirtTech Pro Fabrication 9-inch full floater differential filled with an Auburn locker with 5.43 cogs and Moore Performance custom axles is suspended by a custom rear 4-link by H&M of San Marcos, California. Eibach springs with Bilstein Big 60 quad bypass rear shocks and Bilstein Big 60 coil-overs provide 32 inches of rear suspension movement. Wilwood 14-inch rear rotors are clamped down with Wilwood six-piston calipers. In the front, H&M built custom arms and spindles for the correct geometry are complemented by Bilstein Big 60 coil-overs. Wilwood 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers up front are fed by a Ford master cylinder and power booster that sends juice to the binders through custom ARP brake lines. A StreetTrophy.com steering column commands a Ford steering box. Capping off the front and rear suspension is 17 x 8-inch BTR bead lock wheels mounted on 37×12.50×17 Goodyear MTR ant trampers. A custom Racer X 32-gallon fuel cell, located behind the rear axle, feeds a 2009 GM l79/92 V-8.
To power this Blue Oval beast, Jay crossed to the other side of the brand tracks and picked up a GM 417-ci engine from Scoggin’ Dickey Parts Center in Lubbock, Texas. An Edelbrock water pump and Spal cooling fan and dual pass radiator cool the beast, while a 200-amp Jones Racing alternator keeps juice flowing to all of the electrical operating systems. The Street Trophy roars through a set of custom 1 7/8-inch-diameter headers built by StreetTrophy.com fed to a custom stainless Magnaflow exhaust system. A custom air cleaner by Street Trophy Trucks USA is mated to a functioning cowl induction hood. Jones Racing Products pulleys spin the mill while a custom wiring harness by Street Trophy Trucks USA gets power where it is needed. The 550-hp/583 ft-lb of torque combination lays it down thanks to a custom-built 4L80-E transmission with a 3,000-rpm stall converter built by Tony of Rancho Drive Line Engineering of Temecula, California. Jay shakes his driving fist at an Art Carr gate-style shifter as he buries the fun pedal and enjoys the sweet sounds pouring from the Bow Tie mill. A two-piece full custom driveshaft built by James of Adams Driveshaft in Las Vegas links the power to the rearend.
For the exterior Jay wanted a look that screamed off-road, so he went to the drawing board and designed a host of custom body panels that Trailer Products built using carbon fiber inlays. A custom hood, front fenders ane rear bedsides make the truck aggressive enough for the dirt, yet soft enough for the street. Custom pre-runner bumpers built by Street Trophy cap off the off-road race look. A linear actuated roof light bar with six 8-inch KC HID off-road lights provides more than ample night vision in the desert, while three 8-inch carbon fiber KC Hilites HID units, mounted on a custom removable light bar, which is mounted on the front bumper, perform light duty. The truck was sprayed in DuPont factory Ford Red by Certified Auto Body in Las Vegas, and then accented with gold pinstriping around the carbon fiber inlays.
The speed chamber is dressed with the best GPS and safety equipment surrounded by some stitching style by E.C. Paco Martinez. Two-tone gray suede was sewn over the PRP Pro Competition seats, and the roll cage bars were also covered in suede. The dash was completely custom built by Street Trophy with Race Pack UDX gauges and custom dash inserts built in-house out of billet. A full assortment of switches installed and wired in-house resides in the custom console, which accommodates three Bridgewater 12-inch subwoofers. Jay holds onto a Sparco steering wheel and watches traffic with the aid of an Escort rearview mirror complete with navigation and a back-up camera. The truck was custom wired by Nate Kiesig at Street Trophy to ensure smooth performance of all the in-cab tricks. This isn’t just some fully stacked race truck with no cruising entertainment. With a background in audio work and performance, Jay wanted some artillery in the cab for when he decides to roll the strip. An Alpine IDA-X100 head unit and Alpine PDX5 amplifier sends vocal beats to Alpine Type-R 6 x 9s in the front and 5 x 8s in the rear. An Escort 9500 CI Radar Detector/laser jammer keeps Johnny law at bay.
Jay Johnson and the crew from Street Trophy have built one badass pre-runner F-150 with deep fabrication and precise detail all the way through. The truck can pound through the desert with ease, yet it’s cool and classy enough to roll the Vegas playgrounds in style.