What the weight savings in the chassis means for other parts of a Super Duty Ford truck

For a truck to be considered “Super Duty,” it is not enough that it be structurally tough. Toughness is also measured in upgrades to essential power delivery parts. Without the added strength and durability of the drive train, the term “Super Duty” means little.

When Ford engineers decided to use military-grade aluminum alloy in the place of high-tension steel for the chassis, they freed up as much as 350 pounds of weight that could be used elsewhere. With this extra weight, the engineers were able to build a thicker, stronger, and more durable drive shaft so that it could carry more load. Along with the larger drive shafts, came higher-capacity U-joints and thicker axle shafts and larger gear rings.

See the difference a Ford Super Duty truck makes at Capitol City Ford in Indianapolis.

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