Ford Authority

2022 Ford Maverick Gets An Official DIY Guide For 2 Neat Projects: Video

The 2022 Ford Maverick isn’t just a compact pickup with great fuel economy and a low price tag – it’s also fitted with a host of innovative features that make it a useful tool as well. That includes the Ford Integrated Tether System, or FITS, which allows owners to add a wide variety of accessories to the truck’s interior quite easily, or even 3D print some themselves. Now, Ford is showing us how to “hack” the Maverick to use it to power an air compressor and bed rail lighting, too.

The 2022 Ford Maverick comes equipped with two 12-volt wire packages in the bed, which allow for all sorts of creative DIY projects. To use those packages for a bed rail lighting project, one needs two IP68 waterproof rated lighting strips, a soldering kit, a roll of electrical tape, one package of electrical shrinkwrap, an IP68 waterproof switch, a pair of wire strippers, a package of push-pin cable ties, a piece of scrap wire, and a heat gun.

The video then walks us through the process of using this roughly $60 worth of materials to install some bed rail lighting using the Maverick’s built-in bed wiring. It’s an extremely simple process that basically involves hiding the new wires and soldering everything together, then installing the lighting and the switch.

Next up, we have a detailed explanation regarding how to install an air compressor, which is obviously a handy thing to have in the truck’s bed. The compressor must be 15 amps or less, but only requires a power adapter, marine-grade 12-volt power plug, 1 1/8-inch hole saw, wire strippers, and wire crimps to install. Once again, all this install requires is a bit of soldering, though a hole is also needed in the bed cubby for the power plug. The compressor will even fit in the cubby when it’s not in use.

These are some pretty cool little DIY projects for the Maverick, and considering the possibilities, we’re interested to see what other people can come up with once they take delivery of their shiny new pickups.

We’ll have more interesting videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Subscribe to Ford Authority

For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates. It's totally free.


  1. Steve

    Wow, so ditch the lighted bed option and DIY it, okay. Man I can’t wait to install that portable air compressor. Do you know how many times I was somewhere and thought, “Man if I only had some way to blow up beach balls or any ball”. NEVER. C’mon guys, a little slow on the story front. Lighted bed, cool. Blowing up beach balls? Yeah I need to install an air compressor for that because to blow one up manually is such a pain. I mean it takes what, 3 to 4 full breaths to inflate a beach ball. LOL.

    1. brn

      An air compressor makes a ton of sense. This truck is marketed to younger segments and, in the early marketing materials, leaned into the watersports (jet skis, kayaks, beaches). A beach ball continues that theme and was probably chosen because it’s an iconic symbol of “fun” and it’s small enough to fit into the close framing in the video.


Leave a comment