The automotive industry is filled with vehicle designers and restylers, but Neil Tjin, president of Tjin Edition and marketing director at Vortech Superchargers, happens to be one of the most influential. His latest creation is this 2015 Ford Expedition that is fully customized and upgraded in a way that is reminiscent of the ’90’s when slammed trucks were in style. But the Tjin Edition Expedition also has wide fender flares and large tires that give it a blend of racing and extreme custom, all in one sophisticated package.
Tjin began by altering the Expedition’s exterior and removed all of the vehicle’s badges and shaved the roof rack. The custom rear hatch is opened with built-in switches and a custom tailgate made by Josh Freeman and the team at Unique Fabrication. Custom fender flares were created to give the SUV a mean and low appearance, but they also over-emphasize the Expedition’s body lines, giving it a road-race look. Lightwurkz headlights were then added to the factory grille to give the SUV a more modern look. Once all the bodywork was done, Tjin had L&R Autobody apply the Axalta CT Grey paint that gives the truck its smooth appearance.
The low stance from the Expedition’s suspension comes from adding a six-inch suspension drop in the front and rear. This was accomplished with Air Lift struts, VIAIR compressors, an Accuair air-management system. This is all tied into an AirRex digital gauges by Unique Fabrication so that Tjin can monitor air pressure on all four corners of the vehicle.
The wide and low stance would look horrible without some wide rubber to fill the wheel wells. So Tjin used Falken 295/35R24’s in the front and 305/35R24’s in the rear. These were mounted to a set of Rotiform 24×10 (front) and 24×12 wheels out back. The effect makes the Expedition look like a slot-car, but one that any truck enthusiast and customizer would want to drive.
Of course, a cool-looking exterior is nothing without bringing some of that customization into the interior of the vehicle as well. Tjin removed the factory cloth upholstery on the factory seats, and added a black and grey Katzkin Leather upholstery kit. Tjin had L&R Autobody install a set of twin sunroofs as well as Sony subwoofer, mid- and high-range speakers for a great-sounding audio system. “This project was in conjunction with Ford for the (2014) SEMA Show,” says Tjin. “It is also now one of the tour vehicles on the Tjin Edition Road Show. We also used this vehicle to R&D parts with our partners.”
With a great attention to detail and modifications that are so well blended into the vehicle, Tjin’s experience in vehicle customization provides the fuel for vehicle owners who want to customize their vehicles to provide a bit of personalization, but don’t want to be over flashy. Neil Tjin’s Ford Expedition accomplishes this by being one cool vehicle to drive around town in, but that doesn’t scream for attention as is passes by. More information on the Tjin Ford Expedition can be found on the Trucking Times website, the leading source for the truck accessory and restyling marketplace.