Remember the Ford F-250 “Highboy” from the 1970s? The term “Highboy” was a nickname given to factory-lifted Ford F-250 4×4 trucks manufactured before 1977.5. These were off-road focused pickups with a “divorced” (not attached to the transmission) transfer case that allowed for better driveshaft alignment in off-road situations with maximum articulation.
Off-road pickup trucks are all the rage now. The 2017 Ford Raptor, 2017 Ram Power Wagon, and the upcoming 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 are very popular. Why not build and sell a specialized “Highboy” or “Super Raptor” version of the new Ford Super Duty? It sounds like a simple question, but execution of such a vehicle is complicated and would require a significant investment. This is why we decided to publish a poll and get your feedback on whether a Ford Super Duty high performance off-roader is wanted.
What about the Ford Super Duty FX4? The existing FX4 off-road package already makes for a capable Ford Super Duty off-roader. The FX4 package includes Rancho off-road tuned shocks, skid plates, locking rear differential, and hill descent system. This is true, but it does not provide added ground clearance, extra power, or the tough off-road attitude.
Watch the 2017 Ford F-250 crew cab 4×4 FX4 tackle a short off-road course (built by Ford).
Perhaps, a “Super Raptor” or a “Highboy” version of the Super Duty can add lockers (front and rear), aggressive style with specialty bumpers, wheel flares, tires, and perhaps a winch? What do you think? Use the poll and the comments section below to let us know your thoughts.
Here is a 2017 Ford Super Duty “Shockzilla” show truck, shown at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV.
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