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Date posted: August 1, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty First Drive: Fetes of strength

Looking back at it, we’ve grown a lot in 17 years. But some things are better left behind.

The Great Recession can stay right where it is—in history. Samesies for toe shoes.

About 17 years ago, Ford split off heavy duty trucks from its F-150 lineup and created one of the most lucrative lineups for the brand. Its timing couldn’t have been better. Gas prices have see-sawed, but the Super Duty lineup for Ford has been, excuse the mob parlance, a good earner.

Despite three generations and hundreds of thousands pickups sold across North America, the Super Duty series hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, new grilles, trims, toys, and engines have come and gone, but the bones in those behemoths have been the same since the Clinton days. (We mean Bill—for now.)

Now for 2017, Ford has significantly overhauled the Super Duty for the first time since it was new. It’s not lip-service here either.

The Super Duty’s frame is all new, bones and all. Ford ditched the open C-channel frame it had in the last generation in favor of a fully boxed frame with 95 percent high-strength steel, up from 15 percent in the previous generation. Two new crossmembers join the party to make up to 10 ladder steps to climb all the way up to the Super Duty’s max hauling capacity: up to 20 tons.

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Source: thecarconnection.com


   
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