HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT CULTURES EXIST IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. They all have one focal point: have the best vehicle possible. In the tuner lifestyle, it’s about loud music and utilizing small areas for speakers. In the lowrider lifestyle, it’s about adjustable suspension and flashy paint. And, of course, in the truck lifestyle, it’s about being as low as possible with larger wheels tucking under the truck.
Raul Saenz of Houston, Texas, decided he wanted to combine a few cultures into one. As a child, Raul built model cars in lowrider form and oftentimes would ask his parents to drive by the lowrider hangouts so he could see the vehicles.
In 2006, Raul got the opportunity to purchase a brand-new Ford F-150 and took it. To begin the lifestyle meshing, within the first two weeks Raul took the Ford into Stereo EFX to add a full custom stereo system, and he also added some 24-inch wheels. A year later, Raul upgraded to 26-inch wheels, made his stereo louder and added a few TVs in the cab. In 2008, Raul and some of his close friends decided to start a truck club and called it HouTex Ryders. As Raul was entrusted with the president role of the club, his Ford F-150 needed to start standing out.
At first it began as something simple. Mando’s Drop Shop added a full air-ride system, bringing the Ford down on the 26-inch wheels. As the club started growing, Raul began to realize he needed to step up his game. The rear doors and hood were given the suicide treatment. He added bigger 28-inch wheels, making the Ford tuck even more. Although Raul was winning shows at the local level, he simply wanted to upgrade and do more. He brought the F-150 to Lil 1 Kustoms and had the Ford cut to lay frame. Once again, he upgraded the wheels, going with 30-inch Forgiato Ottos, and added a full panoramic roof. A big modification was splitting the tailgate in half and having it open on a motorized switch using actuators.
Houston, Texas ’06 Ford F-150 HouTex Ryders
Custom control arms, Slam Specialties 2600 air bags
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