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PostHeaderIcon 5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

PostHeaderIcon Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too

Volkswagen may soon have more company in the ranks of accused cheaters now that Ford is being accused of doing the same thing. The Blue Oval finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that’s accusing the automaker of rigging at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickups to beat emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that models of Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 are releasing emissions that are 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants.


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“The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman. Interestingly enough, Hagens Berman is the same law firm that accused Daimler and Audi of similar cheating devices in 2016. Steve Bermann, a managing partner in the law firm, claims that Ford’s own onboard diagnostic software “grossly exceeds the standard.” In addition to Ford, Hagens Berman also named Robert Bosch GmbH — better known simply as Bosch — in the lawsuit, accusing the German parts supplier of working with Ford to mask the vehicles’ inefficiencies in order to maintain overall performance.

To no one’s surprise, Ford and Bosch have vehemently denied the allegations lobbied against them by the law firm. Ford spokesman Daniel Barbosa responded to the suit, saying that all Ford vehicles, including models running on diesel engines, “comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”

“Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices,” Barbosa added in a statement to Bloomberg. “We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”


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“The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.”

For its part, Bosch also released a statement through spokesman Rene Ziegler. “Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously,” Ziegler said. “Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation.”

It is interesting that Hagens Berman finds itself in the middle of another lawsuit against an automaker. The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.

As serious as these allegations are, it is curious that Hagens Berman is always the one that aggrieved drivers turn to for their gripes. Either the firm is as good as it says it is, or this tactic of accusing one automaker after another of cheating has become a go-to trick to get payouts. Hopefully, we’ll find out more details about the lawsuit as they become available.

References

Ford F-Series


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Super Duty.


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PostHeaderIcon The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

Imagine, for a second, a long-lost and filthy rich uncle invites your family over for Christmas. Under the tree is every imaginable gift to make up for his years of absence. (It’s a stretch, yeah, but play along.) The kids tear through the paper revealing massive gifts that somehow weight a ton. Now, how will you get these presents home? Well, luckily there are pickup trucks built to handle the load.

General Motors, Ford, and Ram’s offerings have all grown exponentially capable over the last decade, with some hauling and towing more than ever though possible. In many cases, a commercial driver’s license is needed to stay legal. Here, we’re going to focus on one-ton trucks with single-rear wheels and achieving the maximum payload capacity. So, if you’re needed a truck that can haul, this is for you.

Continue reading for more Christmas cheer and pickup specs.

3. Ram 3500HD


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4,140 pounds of payload

Coming in at third on our list is the Ram 3500HD Built as a regular cab and long bed, the single-rear wheeled Ram is capable of carrying 4,140 pounds in its bed. That’s pretty impressive when compared to a half-ton or even three-quarter ton truck, but doesn’t quite stack up to the one-ton competition.

Unlike the Ram 1500 and 2500 models with their multi-link and coil spring rear suspension setup, the 3500 uses a traditional leaf spring design. The thick leaf pack affords more weight tolerance, though at the compromise of unladen ride quality. Still, when it comes to moving heavy objects, the Ram 3500HD does a fine job. The Ram requires the larger gasoline engine option – the big 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. While you’d think the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six would be the better choice for heavy hauling, the turbodiesel’s weight adds to the Ram’s overall curb weight and therefore directly drops the available payload capacity. It’s worth mentioning that by opting for the dual-rear wheels, the Ram 3500HD’s payload shoots up to 7,350 pounds – the most of three trucks with the dually option.

Prices for this particular 3500HD SRW with a 4,140-pound rating start at $33,790.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty.

2. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD


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4,390 pounds of payload

The Chevy takes second place in this comparison, much like it does in the sales wars. Built as a 3500HD with the regular cab and eight-foot bed and powered by the 6.0-liter V-8 and with rear-wheel drive, the Silverado will haul 4,390 pounds in the bed. The Silverado also requires the 11,100-pound GVWR weight rating option to be selected. As with the Ram, the Silverado 3500HD with dual rear wheels is capable of hauling much more. In this case, it’s 7,153 pounds – again with the gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive.

Pricing for this specifically configured truck starts at $44,720 in the base WT trim. That’s a hefty increase over the Ram’s base price.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

1. Ford F-350 Super Duty


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4,710 pounds of payload

Defying conventional wisdom of cab and bed configurations, reaching the maximum payload in the 2018 Ford Super Duty without dual-rear wheels requires the Super Cab and long bed configuration with 4WD. Set up this way, the F-350 will haul 4,710 pounds in its aluminum bed. The 6.2-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission are required, along with the 11,500-pound GVWR.

Like the Silverado and Ram, the Ford Super Duty’s payload rating jumps significantly when adding the dual-rear-wheel option. In that case, the F-350 Super Duty will haul 7,630 pounds. That configuration requires the regular cab, long bed option with rear-wheel drive.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty.

PostHeaderIcon Torque Wars Continue as Ford Boosts Super Duty Power Stroke Torque to 935 Pound-Feet

Because pickup trucks usually carry heavy loads other than their bodies, acceleration is important in getting these vehicles to move. That’s why torque numbers are just as important, maybe even more, as horsepower in this segment. This explains why Ford and Ram have been engaged in a perpetual battle of “can-you-top-this?” with regards to the amount of torque their models can produce. Well, it’s Ford’s turn atop the mountain after the automaker announced that for 2018, the Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque, edging out Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel engine by five pound-feet of torque.


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“The Super Duty line’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine packs 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque”

It’s an incremental gain, but don’t tell that to these two companies. In their minds, any number that puts either of them on top counts as a significant victory. This constant game of one-upmanship between Ford and Ram has been going on for the better part of two years. Remember back in 2015 when Ram’s Cummins engine came out with 865 pound-feet of torque to wrestle the crown away from Ford’s 860-pound-feet torque output? It didn’t take long for the Blue Oval to upgrade its Power Stroke to 925 pound-feet of torque. Ram quickly answered back by boosting the Cummins’ output to 930 pound-feet for its 2017 models. It’s been a year since any response has come from Ford, but now it’s back on top, taking the crown from Ram yet again by the slimmest of margins. All it took was a redesign of a cylinder head and changes in fuel and turbo boost calibration.

Now it’s Ram’s turn to come out with a response. I don’t know how long it’s going to take the Chrysler-owned company to return fire, but you can expect that it’s coming, regardless if it’s tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year. That’s life in the pickup segment for these two automakers. It’s not the flashiest of competitions, but it sure makes for good entertainment.

Now if only General Motors can catch up…

References

Ford Super Duty


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Super Duty.



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PostHeaderIcon Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.

All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-350 By Hellwig.

Exterior

  • UTV mounted out back
  • New bumpers and paint
  • Lots of utility gear
  • Underbody protection

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“One of the coolest things about this truck is the way in which it moves the UTV.”

Let’s just jump straight to it, shall we? Mounted on the bed of this thing is a 2017 Artic Cat Wildcat X LTD two-seater UTV, a zippy little toy that’ll eat up the surrounding terrain without a moment’s hesitation. It’s an awesome thing to have at your disposal in the right conditions, and The Operator is the right platform to deliver it where it needs to be.

One of the coolest things about this truck is the way in which it moves the UTV. Rather than filling the bed to capacity or dragging around a trailer, The Operator mounts it above the bed line and partially on top of the cab. Responsible for this trick is a UTV deck from SherpTek, which offers heavy-duty loading ramps and all the gear you need to keep that pricey toy in one spot. Just don’t take any sharp corners with it loaded up there…


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Adding to the build’s aesthetic appeal is a set of new “Vengeance” bumpers from Fab Fours, both in front and in back. In the corners you’ll find Method Race 305 NV HD wheels, which take up residence under flared-out fenders from Lund (part of the Ford Licensed Accessories line). As a quick side note – notice how the UTV’s wheels match those of the truck that’s carrying it? It’s a relatively small detail, but we think stuff like that really makes a build look fantastic, separating the great from the good.

Up front, there’s a new X-Metal grille insert from T-Rex Grilles, while Rigid Industries and Whelen provide the extra illumination. Rounding off the styling is a BASF paint job courtesy of LGE-CTS Motorsports, on top of which is laid a digital camouflage graphics scheme.


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“Notice how the UTV’s wheels match those of the truck that’s carrying it?”

And of course, we couldn’t forget all the extras added for the sake of utility, such as the Krazy Beaver Tools shovel, Macs tie-downs cargo management system, and Viair air compressor. There’s also a bolt receiver lock system, a hi-lift jack, and a set of Daystar fuel cans.

Protecting the important bits underneath are Mag-Hytech differential covers and transmission pan. A Warn Industries 16.5TI-S winch is placed in the nose, and a Wilco pre-runner tailgate finishes it off.

Interior

  • Power step-ups
  • New seats and upholstery

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“The 5.11 Tactical seats come complete with body-colored coverings from Rogelio’s Upholstery”

With so much attention paid to the exterior of this vehicle, it wouldn’t be surprising if The Operator neglected to do much to the interior space. Thankfully, that’s not the case.

First up, ingress and egress are assisted by electrically operated PowerSteps from AMP Research, a critical component when considering the truck’s sizable suspension lift.

Once inside, passengers will enjoy the 5.11 Tactical seats, which come complete with body-colored coverings from Rogelio’s Upholstery, plus special webbing and tactical storage compartments from Molle. A Ford Licensed Accessories vehicle safe from Console Vault stores sensitive materials up front. Finally, Rugged Radios was called on for the telecommunications kit.

Drivetrain

  • 6.7-liter Powerstroke V-8 diesel
  • 925 pound-feet of torque
  • MagnaFlow exhaust

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“MangaFlow was called on for its Pro DPF exhaust system”

The heart of the vehicle is the Ford F-350’s top-rated 6.7-liter Powerstroke V-8 turbo diesel engine, which, from the factory, is rated at 440 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and an Earth-twisting 925 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. And that’s good, especially when you consider all the extras hanging off this thing, including the frikin’ UTV on the roof.

To give the powerband a little extra breathing room, not to mention a much better sound, MangaFlow was called on for its Pro DPF exhaust system. A yellow-top battery from Optima provides the spark.

Finally, a TorqShift six-speed automatic gearbox with a SelectShift feature routes the go to the ground. 05SD hubs from Warn Industries finish off the drivetrain spec.

Chassis And Handling

  • Hellwig air suspension
  • Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stag 5 suspension
  • 4.5-inch lift
  • Falken Wild Peak M/T Off-Roading tires

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Underpinning the whole shebang are Hellwig-branded Big Wig air springs, while Big Wig sway bars are mounted both front and back. Completing the transformation is a full Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 5 suspension kit, which means this bad boy is standing a full 4.5 inches higher than when it left the factory.

Finally, gripping the terra, we find Falken Wild Peak M/T Off-Roading tires wrapped around those custom wheels.

Conclusion


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SEMA always attracts some truly impressive modified rides, and this particular example is right up there with some of the best we’ve seen in 2017. It’s got the big stuff, like the UTV, but also the little stuff, like Rugged Radios gear and matching wheels, and that makes it both extreme and well-rounded.

Good work.

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    • Only thing missing is a drone

References

Ford F-Series


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.


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Read more news on the 2017 SEMA Show.

PostHeaderIcon Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

Ford brought more than 50 vehicles to the 2017 SEMA Show, ranging from factory fresh models and high-horsepower Mustangs to SUVs and lifted trucks. That last one is exactly what we’ve got here – a massive F-250 Super Duty that’s been re-engineered to handle any off-road situation. Ford partnered with BDS Suspension in building what’s been dubbed “Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible.

The truck started life as a 2017 F-250 Super Duty XLT with a regular cab and long bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and backed by the six-speed automatic transmission and stock 4WD system. BDS broke out the Sawzall and cut the long bed down. The wheelbase went from 142 inches to 126 inches, hints the SD126 name. From there came the suspension parts, new body panels, and reworked interior. Nearly every inch of the truck has been touched. Check out the details below.

Continue reading for more on the SD126 Super Duty.

Exterior

  • Shortend wheelbase
  • Custom fiberglass fenders & hood
  • Smokes lens covers on lights
  • Off-road bumpers
  • Warn winch
  • Power steps
  • LED off-road lights

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“The bright orange paint, massive 42-inch tires, and bulging fenders do a good job at hogging attention.”

Though the BDS F-250 might have a shorter wheelbase, it’s hardly the first thing anyone will notice. The bright orange paint, massive 42-inch tires, and bulging fenders do a good job at hogging attention.

The truck features steel bumpers from Rogue Racing. The front bumper hides a 12,000-pound Warn Zeon winch, a 40-inch LED light bar, and four LED light pods. The factory tow hooks stick out of the body-colored bumper, too. The blacked-out grille is flanked by smoked headlights and capped by a ram air hood from RK Sport. Out back, the rear bumper also has LED light pods and offers more protection from trail damage.

Other outside adds-ons include AMP Research power steps, smoked cab lights and third brake light, and orange Ford badges. There’s also a full-size spare tire mounted in the bed.

Interior

  • Racing seats
  • Five-point harnesses
  • Kicker stereo sound system
  • Off-road GPS system

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“BDS carries the orange theme inside the truck with orange accents on the HVAC vents and controls, radio knobs, and door panels”

BDS carries the orange theme inside the truck with orange accents on the HVAC vents and controls, radio knobs, and door panels. The stock seats are replaced by reclining race seats from PRP and includes five-point harness. The custom center console has cup holders and a big 12-inch subwoofer that’s attached to the Kicker sound system. An inch and three-quarter roll bar was added inside the cab for added safety and a Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GSP system keeps tabs on navigation when off road.

Drivetrain

  • 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 Turbodiesel
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 4WD
  • Cold-air intake
  • ECU programmer
  • Upgraded exhuast system

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“BDS added a cold-air intake from S&B, an EZ-LYNK programmer, and a Diamond Eye exhaust system”

BDS didn’t have to do much to the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. In stock form, it makes 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque. Then again, this is SEMA, so BDS added a cold-air intake from S&B, an EZ-LYNK programmer, and a Diamond Eye exhaust system. There’s no official word on power improvements, but we’d bet this oil-burner is squeezing out nearly 1,000 pound-feet of torque.

The real changes come with the suspension, axle, and tire upgrades.

Suspension

  • Shortend wheelbase
  • 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR tire
  • BDS suspension
  • Fox 2.5 coilover shocks
  • Fox 3.0 external bypass shocks
  • Fox 2.0 bump stops
  • Upgraded solid Axles from F-450
  • 14 inches of travel

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“The front has a four-link setup with huge coilover springs on 2.5-inch Fox Racing shocks with a secondary, 3.0-inch Fox Racing external bypass shocks mounted nearby”

The stock Ford F-250 solid axles were ditched for the beefier ones found under the F-450 Super Duty. The front axle is Dana 60 while the rear is a M300. Both are 10-lug design, are stuffed with 4.30:1 gears, and have BDS trusses for added rigidity.

Holding the axles in place, naturally, is a BDS suspension system. The front has a four-link setup with huge coilover springs on 2.5-inch Fox Racing shocks with a secondary, 3.0-inch Fox Racing external bypass shocks mounted nearby. Fox 2.0 bump stops provide a soft landing should the suspension bottom out after a hard jump or large bump. A Pac Racing monster sway bar keeps the F-250 from tipping over and extra strong steering gear keeps both tires pointed in the same direction. Out back, the rear leaf spring suspension is swapped for a trailing arm with the same 2.5-inch Fox coilover shocks and 3.0-inch external bypass shocks.
All told, the suspension has an impressive 14 inches of travel.

The truck rides on Stazworks Cheyenne 8 wheels wrapped in 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR tires.

Conclusion


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The BDS Suspension 2017 Ford F250 Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible truck is a helluva build. It takes a full-size three-quarter ton truck and turns it into a go-anywhere monster with all the torque in the world. Its shortened, 126-inch wheelbase, 42-inch tall tires, solid axles, BDS suspension, and Fox shocks allow it to go where regular Super Duties can’t.

The SEMA Show is full of custom vehicles like this, but it seems BDS and Ford have pulled off one of the cleanest and most interesting builds of the year.

What do you think? Do you like this build? Let us know in the comments below.

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    • Only room for two people
    • Would be expensive to replicate

References

Ford F-Series


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.


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Read more news on the 2017 SEMA Show.

PostHeaderIcon Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

Continue reading for more information.

The F-Series Trucks Under Recall

  • 2015-2017 F-150 built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from March 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016
  • 2015-2017 F-150 built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 11, 2014 to December 30, 2016
  • 2017 Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from October 8, 2015 to September 1, 2016

Owners can also cross-reference their vehicles’ VIN with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to find recall information specific to their vehicle.

References

Ford F-150


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Read our full review on the 2015 Ford F-150.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Super Duty.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Debuts Limited Trim on 2018 Super Duty and It’s Expensive

New vehicle prices have drastically risen over the last two decades, with pickup trucks leading the surge. Now, Ford is pushing the envelope even further by launching the Limited trim on its 2018 Super Duty Lineup. First seen on the 2015 F-150, the Limited trim had not been offered on Ford’s heavy-duty pickup line. That’s changed now, along with the max price somebody can pay for a pickup.

Check every option box on a 2018 F-450 Limited and the price can soar to $95,750!

Even the “base” price for a Super Duty Limited is expensive. For $82,130, Ford will sell you an F-250 version. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the 2017 F-250 Platinum, the Super Duty’s current top trim. Of course, it doesn’t matter what weight class Super Duty you pick, the Limited trim comes standard with just about every conceivable feature and creature comfort available in anything short of a Maybach or Rolls Royce. Two-tone leather front seats have 10-way power adjustability, heating, venting, and massage functions. A panoramic moonroof spans nearly from the windshield to the rear window. Power-folding side steps, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and full LED lighting are also present.

Tech features include Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with its 360-degree camera system and innovative auxiliary camera for attaching to the rear of a trailer. It has adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring for both the truck and trailer, and an 8.0-inch productivity screen in the gauge cluster that hosts a bevy of information, including drivetrain parameters, tire pressure monitors for the truck and trailer, and other customizable screens. The Super Duty even has Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, which allows the driver to maneuver the truck and trailer in reverse by twisting a dash-mounted knob in the direction the trailer should travel rather than having to think about counter-steering with the steering wheel.

Naturally, the Super Duty Limited has the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel for pulling heavy loads. It boasts 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to pull 32,500 pounds via a gooseneck trailer in the F-450. The Super Duty can also tow 21,000 pounds from its receiver hitch and haul 7,630 pounds of payload in its aluminum cargo box – all when the right cab, bed, and drivetrain combination is chosen.

Ford has said in the past that customers of high-end, heavy-duty pickups are typically hauling expensive things, like a million-dollar yacht or a $200,000 horse trailer with a prize-winning stallion riding inside. It’s no wonder, then, why these customers won’t mind spending six-figures on their tow rig.

What do you think? Is $100,000 too expensive for an ultra-luxury truck? Will GM and Ram have to develop an equally expensive trim level to compete with the Limited? Let us know in the comments below.

References

Ford Super Duty


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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Super Duty.

Ford F-150 Limited


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Read our full review on the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited.

PostHeaderIcon Ford F-250 Super Duty Proves Even New Trucks Break

Our friends over at TFLTruck experienced an unlikely event while testing towing and payload performance of a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. It seems the plastic cooling fan disintegrated into several pieces, sending high-speed projectiles into the radiator and slicing off the main serpentine belt. And all this before arriving at TFLTruck’s famed “Ike Gauntlet” towing test up the steep, seven-percent grade near the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 outside Denver, Colorado.

The Super Duty in question is a bare-bones regular cab in XL trim with RWD and the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8. In other words – a common work truck. What’s more, the 6.2-liter is a carry-over engine from the previous generation Super Duty. Only a new air intake and camshaft profile were added for 2017, helping bump power output to 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. F-250 models with the 6.2-liter also have the new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic transmission, though the transmission certainly had nothing to do with the cooling fan blowing up.

Granted, the F-250’s V-8 was working hard. The truck was hauling a 2,500-pound water tote in its eight-foot bed while towing an 11,900-pound trailer loaded with a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab. Combined with the 2017 truck’s curb weight, the GCWR sat around 19,500 pounds – right at the limit for this F-250. The cooling system was undoubtedly under stress. Still, the truck wasn’t overloaded; TFLTruck is known for being thorough and fair with evaluations. The heavy weight doesn’t excuse what happened. It will be interesting to see what Ford tells TFLTruck and how the issue is resolved. Luckily, we’ll get that update in Part 2 of this video review.

So, what do you think? Does this add fuel to the age-old battle between Ford, GM, and Ram? Let us know in the comments below.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Investing $1,3 Billion in Kentucky Truck Plant; Creates 2,000 Jobs

Ford is making serious preparations for its upcoming 2017 Super Duty pickup. The automaker has announced its Louisville, Kentucky Truck Plant – home of the Super Duty pickup – will receive $1.3 billion in retrofits while simultaneously creating some 2,000 new jobs.

The sizeable investment will bring a new body shop, assembly line tooling, and general facility upgrades to the plant in preparation for the all-new, aluminum-bodied trucks. The Kentucky Truck Plant is responsible for the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550, along with the Super Duty chassis cabs, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.

Ford is quick to point out its past investments into the Truck Plant and the surrounding Louisville area. In 2014, Ford poured some $80 million into the Truck Plant for upgrades in order to meet an influx of demand. Across town at the Louisville Lincoln plant, Ford invested $129 million to support production of the Lincoln MKC. All told, more than $1.5 billion have been invested in the local area since 2013.

The upcoming 2017 Super Duty is slated to arrive at dealerships by late 2016 and will come equipped with a familiar set of powertrain options, while using an all-aluminum body and interior finishing very similar to those in the current F-150.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Ford Super Duty

Since 1998, the Super Duty has lead Ford’s truck segment in towing, payload, and sheer power. That original design, with its vertical door handles, rectangular grille, and sloping window slots, have remained almost unchanged. Unlike the competition, the Super Duty wore different bodywork and interior as compare to the half-ton offering. In Ford’s case, it was the F-150.


PostHeaderIcon Watch Live: 2017 Ford Super Duty Debut

Ford is debuting its next-generation Super Duty pickup truck at the Texas State Fare. All-new for 2017, the Super Duty shares the F-150’s aluminum skin and much of its interior. The truck now has a stronger frame constructed form high-strength steel that gives it more rigidity.

We will be bringing you all the important details once Ford has released everything. But in the mean time, you can watch the unveiling live on Ford’s YouTube channel (here).


PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights

Ford has just announced its newest addition to the Super Duty lineup – factory-installed LED warning lights – and in doing so, has confirmed it will be another year before the next-generation Super Duty makes production.

Next-Gen Ford Super Duty Pushed to 2017 as 2016 Model Gets LED Warning Lights originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 27 April 2015 11:30 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Ford F-750 Tonka

Big trucks and childhood playtime have gone hand in hand for the last 75 years or so, and Ford and toymaker Tonka have been major players in both arenas for a majority of that time. In the latest continuation, Ford has unveiled the newest version of its medium duty trucks, the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750.

2016 Ford F-750 Tonka originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 5 March 2015 13:30 EST.

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