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any word yet on the new front suspension on the 05 Super Duties

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by psdplowguy, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. psdplowguy

    psdplowguy Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I heard from some where that Ford will be using coil suspension ove leaf in 05 is this true. And if so will plowing be better
     
  2. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Welcome to plowsite!:waving:
    That's the word on the street about the coil suspension. And yes, it will be excellent for plowing. Just watch out for the price that will probably come with it also.:eek:
     
  3. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The big thing is axle position keep it centered we cool. We can always toy with the up and down stuff when loaded no problem. Air bags or Timberlins can handle this problem. I have been a FORD fan since birth, but some of the cheapening stuff FORD has done lately has scared me!!!! Please,Please remain a leader.
     
  4. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    I went to the North American auto show today and viewed the new concept F250, I could'nt see the suspension cause it was roped off, but let me tell ya, just wait, this thing is awesome !!!:redbounce :redbounce
     
  5. mylawn03

    mylawn03 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    I've heard that coils don't hold weight as well as leaf springs? But then again, don't dodges have coil springs? They seem to hold the weight great.
     
  6. WOODY367

    WOODY367 Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 468

    I have 2 friend, 1with a 2002 2500 Dodge with plow package and a 7.5' Fisher MM. And 1 with a 2003 Ford F250 w/plow package and 7.5MM2. The Dodge takes a HUGE nose dive with the plow. The Ford barley moves the front end. I hope thats not what will happen when Ford goes to coils like Dodge.
     
  7. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    In order for a coil to hold the plow weight it has to be really beefy well that ads up to a really stiff ride. The ford X leaf springs ride great and carry about 1000 lbs with 1" of sag..I don't see how you can do better than that..
     
  8. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Well that's not entirely true. Load capacity would come from the actual tensile strength of the steel. As far as the stiff ride...well...it's kind of hard to explain but that would come from the design of the spacing of the gap of each coil its self. A coil spring CAN BE designed in such a way to carry the weight and have a good ride.
     
  9. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    I'm sure they can be made but have you ridden in one that can handle 1000 # plow...Wear a soft hat..:D
     
  10. peakpm

    peakpm Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a 04 F350 diesel crew cab it took me 45min to put an extra leaf in the front. Beefed it up a lot, and still rides nice. Holds an 8.5' western pro plus no problem. My friend has a 03 dodge diesel crew cab he put 3 different springs in the front wasted 2 days and did not get any more height or strength. He has an 8' western pro plus and the front end of his truck drops so much he can't adjust his lights so they will work well with plow up and down.
    basically what I’m saying is if ford superdutys come with coils in 05 I’m glad I just got my o4
     
  11. james731

    james731 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 71

    suspension

    why would ford put coils in the new superdutys

    does anyone know if the 450's or 550's will have coils too cause if they have leafs my next pickup will be a 550


    like they say
    go big or go home
     
  12. mylawn03

    mylawn03 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Does dodge make a truck similar to the Ford 450/550 and the chevy 3500HD?
     
  13. WOODY367

    WOODY367 Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 468

    James731 Ford does not make the 450 and 550 in a pickup. You might be able to buy a bed and mount it on the 450 and 550 chassis but the wheel base I think is longer to.
     
  14. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    They don't even make one close to the 250 or 350! :D
     
  15. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Re: suspension

    Why get all nervous about this until you see one.The doomsday outlook is premature.The coils could be a big improvement.
     
  16. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84

    I have also heard (thedieselstop.com) that the stance was lowered for loading purposes is this true?
     
  17. james731

    james731 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 71

    ford doesnt make a bed for the 450 or 550 i think there will be around a 6 inch gap but there is a place around my town that specializes in making the beds for the bigger trucks
     
  18. FIREDUDE26

    FIREDUDE26 Member
    Messages: 89

    ford will put a bed on the 450 or 550, the local municipality just got a 550 with a regular 8 foot box on it.
     
  19. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Not sure if Ford makes them but you CAN get them. They put a filler stip in between the cab and the bed.

    F450 pick-up

    http://www.trucktraderonline.com/caddetail.html?/ad-cache/4/1/6/64089616.htm

    F550 pick-up

    http://www.trucktraderonline.com/caddetail.html?/ad-cache/4/7/8/66986678.htm

    Sorry about the links but for some God for saken reason I can't post pics anymore scince the new changes. WHY CAN"T WE LEAVE A GOOD THING ALONE?
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2004