Fat Boy! Ford's
2008.5 F-350 Widetrack Monobeam Front Axle Super Duty
By: Mike Levine Posted:
10-26-07 02:30 PT
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trickle down engineering.
Job 2 Ford
Super Dutys are getting ready to head to dealer lots, and most notable
amongst this batch of Ford's
heavy pickups is the 2008.5 F-350 with option 67W checked off on the
67W is Fordspeak
for "widetrack monobeam front suspension and
extended axle". You can call it 'Fat Boy' for short.
front running gear is a hand-me-down from its big brother, the Ford
F-450 pickup. The Class 4 suspension uses a larger and wider axle
and stabilizer bar, beefier coil springs, and stronger linkage arms
and knuckles that give this one-ton F-350 more capability
than an F-350 with the stock Class 3 twin-coil narrow track front suspension.
vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is lifted from 11,500-lbs to 13,000-lbs.
That's still well short of the F-450's 14,500-lbs
GVWR and 24,000-lbs towing capability, but if you don’t need to
tow or haul anything at the upper end of the F-450's envelope this
new F-350 is better suited to the trailer pulling needs of most of the
market. Plus, it has a better ride unloaded, because the Fat Boy F-350
retains its standard rear suspension setup, and you'll save quite a few
bucks over the F-450 you can use for diesel fuel.
changes don't stop there.
Fat Boy also gets big front wheel cutouts and bulging arches, just like
the F-450. Its 44.5-degree wheel wells are 12.5-degrees larger than
a standard F-350’s. They give the truck more than just aggressive
looks. The larger openings enable the Fat Boy to shrink its turning
radius to 50-feet, versus 56-ft for the standard F-350. That’s
near light duty territory and best-in-class for a dual rear wheel,
crew cab, one-ton pickup with an 8-ft box. In comparison, Chevy Silverado
3500 DRW long box’s
turning circle is 55.1-ft and Dodge Ram 3500 DRW long box’s circle
to Todd Eckert, Ford's truck and SUV marketing manager,
you'll only have to pay $470 to chop those 6-ft off your turning
circle. That's how much option 67W costs.
also says the Fat Boy treatment is only available on 172-inch long-wheelbase
F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 duallys with 8-ft boxes – about
10% of Ford’s Super Duty lineup.
like to get behind the wheel? I drove the F-350 Fat Boy briefly around
a coned course after driving a single rear wheel F-350 with the standard
front setup. The sharper turning radius in the dually was immediately
evident and made for a much nimbler truck - relatively speaking, of
missed having a pre-production Fat Boy as part of our Heavy
Duty Shootout a few months back. We'll have to save towing with the Fat Boy
for a later date, but it’s definitely on our radar screen. (Hint