One of the first things we noticed about the leaf-sprung front suspension on OR's project SuperRunner Super Duty was that it sacked out after just one trip to the dirt. The front end of the truck literally fell several inches under the weight of the heavy diesel powerplant after a few hours of off-road abuse. Aftermarket leaf springs easily remedied the situation with good results, but we also found a solution of a different kind. Skyjacker Suspensions has carved a sizeable niche out of the aftermarket industry with its Softride leaf springs and now offers an entirely new suspension system for lifting the popular line of Super Duty trucks.
The Platinum Series Z-link suspension completely replaces the Ford factory leaf springs with a four-link/Panhard bar system and heavy-duty coilovers. The new system rides great, performs admirably, and as Freestyle Moto-X star Cody Elkins will attest, kicks butt in the dirt. Check it out.
From Freestyle Moto X Star Cody Elkins
"I testdrove the Ford Super Duty down rough roads and pavement, across railroad tracks, and through the sand. Then I did it again after Skyjacker installed the 8-inch Platinum Series Z-Link coilover system.
"When I took it out, I was completely surprised by the difference. The 38-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers hummed down the road, and the bumps disappeared. I thought I wasn't going to be able to haul a load as well, but with the bigger springs and shocks in the back, I can't even tell my bikes are back there. Having such a wide tire decreased my turning radius, so now I just make my own parking spaces. The 38-inch tires tamed the acceleration, but that's easily cured with the new 4.56 gear ratio. The truck still has no problem stopping. I traded my sharp turning radius and quiet tires for a bigger, better-looking, and smoother ride."