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2011 F-250 Super Duty Long Term Update

Posted in How To on July 1, 2013
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Photographers: Jeff Dahlin

It's no secret that we love our new 2011 Ford Super Duty F-250. It's lived up to every expectation and surpassed many. The power is unbelievable, the truck is cushy and offers many creature comforts found in today's higher-end vehicles, and it's turned into what we've dubbed "our mobile living room." With 50,000 miles on the odometer already, we've had enough seat time to tell you almost everything you'd want to know about this truck.

We picked up our Super Duty just a couple months before jumping in with modifications in the January 2012 issue. We immediately tried putting some heavy miles on it and towing with it for comparison’s sake before and after we did modifications. In stock form, the truck’s tires were almost 34 inches tall. Our crew cab came equipped with the FX4 package, Rancho shocks, and running boards (which were bent on the first day in the dirt).

First and foremost, this truck has not been back to a dealer since Jordan May picked it up from Detroit almost two years ago. We've done the oil changes and coolant checks (as per requested by the truck's dashboard readout) and had no running problems with it at all. It has performed flawlessly. We have blown our fair share of shocks out from under this truck, but that's the extent of our problems—the shortest-lived shock working for only two days before dying. Since all the shocks were aftermarket units, we cannot place blame on anyone but ourselves for these shock failures.

We've been through some of the hottest deserts in the United States and in zero-degree temperatures driving this F-250, and we can tell you that it has handled it all well while keeping us perfectly content inside the cabin and with minimal change in fuel economy, no matter what the conditions outside.

Currently, we have no plans to modify this F-250 any further than it sits now. Coincidentally, it is without question the least modified vehicle in our OFF-ROAD stable. That can only speak worlds about how capable and outfitted this truck is right off the showroom floor.

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