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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:00


Written by Michael Bollinger | Photos: Dale Martin

In today’s political climate, symbolic tributes to law enforcement are few and far between.

The folks at Skyjacker Suspension set out to shift that sentiment by building a vehicle that displays true appreciation and support to our everyday heroes in blue.

images of ford f-350 super duty

This tribute vehicle supporting law enforcement would certainly stop traffic!

The build began as a design concept in Skyjacker’s marketing department. The Skyjacker family has close ties with law enforcement, so the build made perfect sense. “We wanted a fully capable vehicle that reflected law enforcement and was a tribute to what they do,” says Lee McGuire, Director of Marketing at Skyjacker. As the idea snowballed, Ford Motor Company and even Matchbox, got on board, which surely bolstered the momentum. The Skyjacker team wanted to ensure that the truck was authentic, so they involved actual police officers in the build. Guidance from the West Monroe Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office ensured the additions were credible and insight from companies like Whelen, Glock and 5.11 Tactical proved it was legit. The Ford F-350 Super Duty was chosen as the base vehicle because at the time, it was a fresh platform to showcase their applicable products.

close up images of rear bumper of ford f-350

The Super Duty was the beneficiary of a plethora of premium products and it was all constructed in-house by Skyjacker. To beef up the body, a host of Fab Fours products were incorporated, including a front winch bumper, rear bumper and roof rack. Bushwacker pocket-style fender flares give the truck a more pronounced stature on all four corners and the bed is topped with an ARE camper shell. Inside, the bed is a TruckVault two-drawer storage management system housing numerous Glock firearms and 5.11 Tactical accessories. Inside the cab, the seats are wrapped in Katzkin leather and a LUND police console sits front and center with a LUND gun rack close by.

close up images of ford f-350 shock and suspension

The unmistakable upgrade on this tribute rig is the sophisticated suspension system from Skyjacker. The 8.5” lift kit features their new variable rate coil spring design, LeDuc Series coilovers in front and BlackMAX shocks out back. The lift also incorporates heavy-duty DOM tubular adjustable upper and lower control arms. “This four-link design enables us to keep the factory alignment specs throughout the suspension cycle,” McGuire says. Under those massive fenders is a set of 20” American Force FacePlate wheels wrapped in 40” Nitto Trail Grappler tires.

rear image of ford f-350

A police-themed vinyl wrap was also added that injects a bit more attitude into the build. To top it off, an abundance of Rigid and Whelen lighting products are prominently featured. “It lights up like a Christmas tree,” McGuire proclaims. “And the sPOD unit we installed also gives us the flexibility to run them in different flashing patterns – the kids really love that.”

In addition to the love and appreciation the vehicle has received from law enforcement, their families and vehicle lovers alike, the partnership with Matchbox is unquestionably exciting. The famous toy car maker has produced a model that accurately depicts the real-life truck. “Matchbox worked with us to refine the graphics on the build and did a mold from scratch of the new 2017 truck with the aftermarket accessories,” McGuire says. “We worked very closely with their designer to get such an accurate mold of the truck.” With thousands of the toys being produced, people across the world will be able to have their own Police-themed F-350, just on a slightly smaller scale.

random images of ford f-350
Gear : 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty “MBX 350 Matchbox Police”
    Wheels & Tires
  • 20x9 American Force “LEVEL” from the Faceplate Series
  • 40X15.50R20LT Nitto Trail Grappler M/T Tires

  • Suspension
  • Skyjacker 8.5” Lift Kit w/ BlackMAX Shocks (Rear) and LeDuc Series Coil-Over Shocks (Front)

  • Performance
  • Magnaflow Performance Exhaust

  • Exterior/Armor
  • Custom-Printed Vinyl Wrap
  • Fab Fours 72” Roof Rack
  • Premium Winch Front and Rear Bumper
  • ARE Accessories Z Series Truck Cap
  • TruckVault Two Drawer Gun Vault
  • Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares
  • Genuine Ford Accessories 5”steps
  • Bedslide 1000 CL
  • AMP Research BedStep

  • Recovery
  • Warn Zeon 12 Platinum Winch
  • Warn Premium 1/2” Hook Kit
  • Monster Hooks Swivel Hooks

  • Lighting
  • (2) Rigid Industries A-Series Blue Rock Lights
  • (1) Rigid Industries Radiance 3 0” Blue Back Lights
  • (2) Rigid Industries Radiance 50” Blue Back Lights
  • (4) Rigid Industries Blue Radiance Pods
  • (1) Whelen Legacy 54” Blue Super-LED Light Bar
  • (1) Whelen Legacy 2 Long LED Take-Down Lights
  • (2) Whelen Legacy Blue LED Warning/Alley Lights
  • (14) Whelen Legacy Blue Long LED light heads
  • (1) Whelen Ford Programmer
  • Whelen Lightbar Mount Kits
  • (12) Whelen Tracer Solo Lighthead Blue
  • (8) Whelen Vertex Super-LED Blue Lights
  • (4) Whelen Vertex Super-LED White Lights
  • (8) Whelen ION T-Series Blue Lights

  • Weapons & Accessories
  • Glock 34 (GEN4), Glock 17 (GEN4), Glock 19 (Gen4),
  • Glock 26 (GEN4) and Glock 43
  • Benelli M4 Tactical Shotgun (12-Gauge)
  • Custom 6.5 Creedmor AR
  • Remington 700 (.308 Win ) Sniper Rifle
  • 5.11 Tactical Items

  • Interior
  • WeatherTech Digital Fit Floor Liners
  • LUND Police Console, Gun Rack and Carpet
  • Katzkin Leather Seat Covers

  • Infotainment/Electronics
  • sPod
  • Panasonic Toughbook
  • Magellan GPS

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