Huntington Beach, California, resident Joe Takeda loves his toys. Owning more than 40 high-performance cars through the duration of his hobby, this 2000 Ford Super Duty is a proud tally mark on his wall of fame. Joe has owned such vehicles as BMWs, Mercedes, tricked-out SUVs, and even a Harley-Davidson, nearing a six-figure price tag. A self-proclaimed Car Nut when it comes to toys, 30-year-old Joe has many years of experience with high-performance vehicles.
Spending many years at car shows, Joe has been a witness to extreme machines from all aspects of the automotive industry. Traditionally, Joe is known for his custom street cars, which have been featured in several magazine spreads throughout the years. Recently, he found himself wanting to break out of the street car rut. He was looking to build something different - not just another street car. Studying the custom 4x4s that have been built, he found the blank canvas he was looking for in this 2000 Ford Super Duty.
Joe purchased this truck with a mission to build something truly great. Starting from the ground up, Joe picked out his first set of off-road wheels and tires. Wanting to go big, he went with a set of 39-1/2-inch Super Swamper tires and a set of 16.5x10-inch Weld Super Singles. The new rubber would set the attitude of the custom truck to come and present Joe with a challenge never before encountered. The oversized treads would require more fender clearance. This is the other end of the spectrum as far as what Joe is usually faced with. With the sports cars he has owned, he was always trying to get the car closer to the ground, with the wheels neatly tucked up into the wheelwells.
Joe entrusted his longtime friend Jason from Camburg Engineering to help take his truck in the direction it needed to go. Although Camburg is mainly known for its high-performance off-road accessories, the company's talent was right for tastefully taking Joe's truck to the next level.
Joe let Jason do what he does best. The first thing Jason did was to go buy a set of King dampers. Jason found the 3-inch-diameter Kings more than adequate to control the 8,000-plus-pound truck. With an easy-to-tune design, Joe can easily re-valve each damper in a half hour or so. The solid-axle suspension system was given a new set of leaf springs from Deaver, raising it up a total of 12 inches. Jason took some technology from off-road racing and mounted Sway-A-Way air bumpstops in the rear of the truck. Just like the prerunners Camburg builds, the mounts had to be custom-fabricated and boxed in.
Up front, 12-inch Deaver leaves were installed. The new springs were complemented with a pair of 3-inch King dampers on each wheel. The extra weight of the Super Duty powerplant required the dual Kings up front. More fabrication was required to link the antisway bar and the Panhard bar. First, Jason built a pair of links for the antisway bar. Upgrading from the stock parts, they were built out of chrome-moly and given a set of Heim joints on each end. The Panhard bar needed lengthening to accommodate the height of the new springs. Jason highlighted his talents by triangulating the new extended bar, boxing it, and laying in some dimple dies. The truck was lifted, and Joe was ready for his next course of action.