July 28, 2011

Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road: Carolina Five-0

September 2011
By Ali Mansour

...For nearly a decade now the Carolina Beach Police Department has been in charge of patrolling the beachfront wheeling area known as Freeman Park. Located at the northern end of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Freeman Park is a year-round wheeling destination that attracts fishermen, surfers, and wheeling enthusiast of all types. Working within a limited state budget, the CBPD doesn’t have the luxury of outfitting its patrol fleet with high-end off-road pickups like the Ford SVT Raptor or Dodge Power Wagon. Instead, the department primarily uses a mostly stock ’08 Ford F-250 to patrol the island and coastal wheeling acreage. Outfitted with stock tires, a mild V-8, and a host of police gear, the truck can be a bit underequipped at times when traversing the ever-changing beach conditions. Since the officers are constantly working hard to keep one of the last beachfront wheeling areas open and safe, we thought we would lend them a hand and give their F-250 a much-needed performance upgrade.

Teaming up with 4x4 experts at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina, we grabbed the keys to the Carolina Beach Cruiser and went to work. Our goal wasn’t to pimp their ride, but rather to upgrade it into a more capable patrol vehicle that will allow them to respond faster, go farther, and work better both on- and off-road. To achieve our goals, we installed a heavy-duty 6-inch suspension system from BDS Suspension and outfitted the truck with a wider footprint courtesy of 37x12.50 Dick Cepek Fun Country IIs. Knowing that the police rig is a very active patrol vehicle, we kept function and performance in mind with our upgrades, and we’re extremely pleased with the results...

Read the full story here (includes numerous photos & detailed info of upgrades)
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