Modified Ford Everest: Tips & tricks to upgrade your beefy SUV

May 28, 2020 | Same topic: Tuning & Mods
Want more utility and off-road capability from your Everest? Here’s how.

Congratulations, you now own a Ford Everest. If not, then there’s a big chance that you’re considering it since you’re reading this article, right? 

For those who already own the Ford SUV, you’ll know it’s a great buy. It has seven seats, as well as a lot of room for your stuff, and it’s powerful too.

You’ve also noticed that the Ford Everest already looks great in stock form. Its stance, at least for an SUV is perfect, and its exterior styling has just the right amount of toughness without being too showy.

A picture of the Ford Everest crossing a river

Its a good looking SUV from the factory, that's for sure

Now you’re thinking of modifying your Ford Everest. It is, after all, one of the next steps after several months (or even weeks) after ownership. But for some of you, this might be the first time that you’ve ever bought an SUV, or a vehicle for that matter. So, where do you start?

To aid you in modifying your Ford Everest, here are some ideas that you might want to consider.

Ford Everest modified: Official Accessories

Starting off, let us talk about the easiest way to upgrade your Everest first. We’re talking about the parts from the dealership itself, most of which are intended to maximize the practicality and utility of your Ford midsize SUV.

First, there are the interior modifications. These include a cargo net, a cargo liner, and the cargo cover. The first two mentioned are the cheapest, but most practical mods you can add to your Everest.

A picture of the EVerest cargo cover

This accessory might also deter thieves who are eyeing your possessions

The cargo net enables your SUV to hold smaller things and not just letting them roll around in the trunk, and the cargo liner is there to protect your shiny Everest trunk. The cargo net costs P1,700, and the liner at P4,100.

At P8,700, there’s also the cargo cover, which is pretty useful if you want to keep prying eyes away from your possessions inside your Everest. This accessory also comes with a simple pull handle and you can even fold it when not in use.

Next up are accessories that can provide extra exterior utility. First off is the Rhino-Rack Crossbars which install directly onto your Everest’s roof rails. The Rhino-Rack Crossbars are designed to be able to carry as much as 80 kg and will cost you up to P22,100.

A picture of the Rhino-Rack sun-seeker deployed

It's camping made easy

Then there’s the Rhino-Rack Roof mount cargo basket, which is available in small or large sizes. It comes with its own aerodynamic wind deflector, and the large one measures 1,600mm x 1,130mm x 150mm.

That means plenty of room for luggage, camping equipment, toys, etc. For this useful cargo accessory, you’ll need to fork out P27,100.

And lastly, there’s the Rhino-Rack sun-seeker at P19,600. It’s a retractable roof made out of polycotton canvas, and to set it up it’s as easy pulling it out from its own container attached to a roof rack.

You can even expand it with several side-walls to turn it into a tent. It is a very useful tool for camping and outdoor activities.

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Ford Everest modified: Aftermarket Wheels and tires

When it comes to wheels and tires, there are a lot of brands that cater specifically to the Ford Everest. If you’re into tough-looking, off-road-ready wheels, then there’s the Australian brand called Grid, which offers a lifetime structural warranty.

If you’re interested in Grid wheels for your Everest, you can visit them at the official BCC Wheels Premier Facebook page. They also have a shop located in Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.

Rota also makes the Trail R17 offroad wheels. These are more low-key than the typical aftermarket off-road wheel. Without a doubt though, they’re just as tough. If you want this wheel, then you can visit the Official Rota Wheels website here.

A picture of the Rota Trail SUV wheels

The Rota Trail. Simple but tough

For tires, it really depends on what you want to do with your Everest. If you just want a reliable daily radial that can also handle light off-roading, then we recommend the Eldorado Wild Trail CTX Radial.

For a full-on off-road machine, consider the Falken Wildpeak AT3W, or the Cooper Discoverer STT Pro if you want a more affordable set.

Ford Everest modified: Aftermarket Suspension and lift kits

Before talking about lifts kits, do note that as we’ve mentioned in the Modified Ford Ranger Raptor article, changing the ride height, the wheels, tires, and the suspension will also have an impact on a car’s driving characteristics. The same goes for the Ford Everest. Be warned.

With that out of the way, the Ford Everest that you’re modifying for hardcore off-road use can really use more suspension travel and ground clearance. One way to do that is by installing a suspension lift kit like the Old Man EMU kit.

These come with a hefty Php 50,680 price tag though, and if your Everest is still in warranty, then say goodbye to that once you install these.

A picture of a Ford Everest with a lift kit

Here's what an Everest with a lift kit will look like

If you’re wanting more in the way of grip, better handling, as well as a more precise on-road or offroad driving experience, then you’ll want a large rear sway bar.

These work by increasing the roll stiffness of your Everest’s rear end giving it a more “neutral” handling characteristic such as more predictability, safety, and stability.

Note, however, that some sway bars will reduce articulation so be careful about choosing a sway bar. For this part, we recommend getting a SuperPro branded one, which starts at around Php 12,739.

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Ford Everest modified: Aftermarket Tow bars

Guess what Everest owner, your Ford Everest, regardless of engine and/or trim level it has, can actually tow. But you can’t just tie a cable to some part of your chassis because 1) that’s dangerous, and 2) it might damage your vehicle.

So in order to tow properly, we recommend getting a tow bar. What’s a tow bar? Well essentially it’s a sturdy length of metal attached to the Everest’s chassis positioned just below your rear bumper.

For one that already comes with a tow ball hitch, we recommend the Hamer rear Summit Bar, which costs around P36,000 from partspro.ph.

A picture of the Hamer Summit rear bar with tow hitch

Drag around your boat, your jetski, your several sacks of rice, half of your stock of live chickens, etc. [Source: partspro.ph]

Modifying your Everest: Final takeaway

Just like our other guides on car mods, we do not recommend any modifications to your engine. The Everest itself already makes a ton of torque, especially the bi-turbo versions, and it's already one of the most powerful SUVs you can buy on the Philippine market today.

Also, swapping out parts to make more horsepower will have huge consequences on your engine reliability, longevity, and your fuel economy. So if you’re just starting out your modified SUV journey, leave the engine alone – at least for now.

A picture of the Ford Everest travelling on a very dusty road

If you just bought your Everest new, drive it around for a few months before modding it. Learn how it handles first

For more ideas on how to modify your beloved vehicle, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.