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Name: Haseeb K.
Location: Falls Church, VA
2018 F-150 Lariat FX4
Haseeb Khan, the owner of ‘DATMURIKN’ also known as Project ‘Black Stallion’ had never thought his first vehicle would be a pick up truck. At 15, Khan had first discovered his passion for custom cars while spending his teenage years with his friend, the owner of a Mazda Miata. Although a Miata was the complete opposite of the iconic F-150 , the exposure gained from his teenage years with the Miata had developed a deep rooted passion of customization and endless fun. Towards the end of his high school years, Haseeb spent lots of time around people embedded deep into the car culture and community. He had now trapped himself in a lifestyle that he could never escape.
After years of filtering through many cars, Haseeb had found interest in Subaru’s BRZ and the Corvette Z06, but ultimately decided that the F-150 would be the perfect vehicle to meet his desire for performance and adventure. March 29th, 2018 was the day that the future Project Black Stallion emerged from the dealership with its sleek black lines, luxurious stone gray paint stripe, and sharp headlights. Khan had configured the ultimate package combining the luxury of Ford’s Lariat line with the well known American made 5.0 liter, eight cylinder, dual over-head cam Ford engine.
Days later, Khan had begun his process of building the truck to what it has become today. Still rocking the dealership paper license plates, Khan had wasted no time to throw on his brand new cat-back exhaust system. With the help of his friend, Georgia Ohmke, Khan had spent the entire day completing the installation of the Borla ATAK exhaust system with dual tips and a muffler delete. With its new pipes, the Black Stallion was backed by its American made V8 and was now rumbling with pride.
During this time of new additions, Khan had decided to give his build a platform on Instagram for the public to follow along with and enjoy. With the username @DATMURIKN, Khan had now initiated a page that would have many years of endless media for the hundreds of fans that follow him. Over the years, Khan’s photography and his build had developed to an extent loved by many.
Shortly after, Khan had Project Black Stallion equipped with a custom tune calibrated to the trucks 5.0 V8 engine, its 10-speed automatic transmission, its Roush cold air intake, and also its exhaust system. With its new tune, the Black Stallion was pushing a solid 400 ponies and 410 lbs-ft of torque to its factory wheel and tire setup. For over two months Khan experienced the amazing performance gains from the tune. “The Black Stallion was amazingly fun! It was always adrenaline rushing losing traction all the way into third gear and listening to those tires screech” said Khan.
After almost a year of ownership the Black Stallion was rolled into Trick Trucks, a suspension shop located in Chantilly, Virgina. Spending almost three days in the shop, the Stallion rolled back into daylight dressed up in its 6” BDS Lift Kit complimented by 20x12 KMC’s Snare wheels and 33x12.5 Toyo AT II tires. “Many ask why I would add six inches in height and not slap 35s on it, my simple answer is that I always want to be able to experience a little bit of performance and off-road whenever possible.” The new look was completely transforming and had changed the Stallions position in the truck game.
When asked what he favored most about his truck, Khan stated “the angles are always mesmerizing, the blacked out look with the sharp lines always attract the attention of the camera, and people surely love the hell out of it’s uniqueness and its iconic look among its local community and the car community around the world. Over the years, Khan and his passion for vehicles grew immensely, he created close bonds with those around him including his close-knit car family in the Headturners Car Club.
“If there was one thing that I could go back and change it would be my lift, I regret going a full six inches up since I am not able to really go back. If I could I’d do a stock level with air suspension to make it the ultimate street truck. But with the lift and its current features it sits beautifully and I don’t mind it, maybe one day I will go back and purchase many new parts to revert it.”
The Stallions latest upgrade was the retrofitting of the headlights , Khan put in over 6 hours to split apart the perm-seal factory headlights, paint a black housing and additional sequential RGB LEDs. The builds future plans consist of a height reversion, a GEN3R VMP supercharger, Vossenn Forged Wheels, and the completion of the exhaust system.