Originally Posted by CWSWine
It adds upgraded springs, wheels, and I believe axles that could all be bolt on aftermarket. The problem is that it also includes updated frame to handle the additional payload of the HD package so springs that claim to add additional 1000lbs probably not a good idea.
I think he's already got E load range tires, right?
Springs? No biggie. Just add air bags or a superspring (look out for that 5th wheel hitch). Two capabilities of superspring for the F-150. One stouter than the other.
I, being of the 'more is better' crowd, have the heavier ones and don't notice a bit of difference in ride. Neither does the DW.
Put them on myself. I could do it again in about ten minutes. All you need is a socket and 6" C-clamp. Initially, read the directions, pay attention to spacing.
Axles? It's a Ford. It's got a 9-3/4" rear end. The axles on that thing are already strong as grandma's breath. Stout. Compare favorably to the Dana 60..... Some say even better
Yeah, one model has 6-lug wheels and another has 7-lug wheels. Not sure if that's for the axles or for the wheels. If he's already got the 7 lug wheels, I'm not aware a bigger axle than a 7-lug. But....... There's a lot of things I'm not aware of. And the 6-lug is stout.
Look guys, with the utmost respect...... It requires no brains at all to tell someone to run out and buy a $65,000 Truck to pull a $30k Trailer. None. And I can't speak for the OP, but I don't have that kind of money. Those of you that do? Good on you.
To the OP: Why not consider a pull behind? You can easily go up to a 30' box and a 10,000lb GVW Trailer with that beast you've got to pull with.
Gotta remember, most 1/2 tons are specced from the factory to put ride quality over towing/hauling. But with some judicious upgrades, they can, IMHO, become very good tow vehicles.
Just my $.02