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Ford F-350 by Hellwig Products “The Operator” is An All-Purpose Adventure Rig

There’s no obstacle it can’t overcome

Published November 22, 2017

SEMA 2017 might have ended, but the show was stuffed with so many impressive vehicles that we could keep covering it until next year. Take this special purpose Ford F-350, for instance. Built in collaboration between Hellwig Products and LGE-CTS Motorsports, the ultimate one-ton rig provides unparalleled capabilities both on and off the road. It can be filed under the recon adventure rig category and its creators have aptly named it “The Operator.”

Ford F350 "The Operator" Front 3/4

One glance at “The Operator” is enough to figure out this isn’t your average Super Duty truck. Aside from the pixelated camo paint job Hellwig Products’ rig sports beefed up bumpers in order to accommodate 17-inch Method ND-HV wheels wrapped in 37-inch Falken Wildpeak M/T tires. Then there’s a Rigid Industries light bar atop the cab and PowerStepXL running boards on the sides. Finally, “The Operator” boasts a Warn winch hanging in front of the T-Rex X-Metal grille, while the tailgate sports a Wilco Pre Runner setup.

Ford F350 "The Operator" Rear 3/4

All of the aforementioned goodies are dwarfed in comparison to the Sherptek-designed bed, which is occupied by an Arctic Cat Wildcat X. The off-roading specialist utility vehicle doesn’t come in an empty bed, however. Apart from the $18,000 Wildcat X, “The Operator” will throw in a Hi-Lift jack, a Krazy Beaver shovel, and Daystar fuel cans.

Ford F350 "The Operator" SEMA

Needless to say, there’s even more going on underneath. All that extra weight has been channeled by adding in-house Big Wig air springs and an Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 5 Suspension Kit which raises the Ford F-350 by 3 inches. This setup is perfect for fine-tuning both the ride quality and the ride support. Power, on the other hand, still comes from the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel that the Blue Oval offers as an option with all of their Super Duty trucks. The only difference is that this particular Hellwig Products’ rig throws in the Magnaflow Pro DPF Performance exhaust. Sadly, this is only a promotional unit, thus Hellwig Products won’t offer you one. A pity indeed since their vision of the Ford F-350 is badass!

Ford F350 "The Operator" Interior

Ford F350 "The Operator" Underpinnings

Ford F350 "The Operator" Underbody

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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