I heard that Ford was considering the configuration but ran into a few structural problems. I work for a part supplier so what I heard might be wrong too! By the way, I love the new F-150 but when are they going to update the 4.6? I only tow 4000 lbs. but my 4.6 in my 2001 4X4 off-road seems very labored when pushed hard.
There not gonna upgrade the 4.6, it's obvious the engineers don't think the engine has any issues with it. At least the engineers that build the truck. However I do know when the modulars first came out we had a talk with one who designed it (at the auto show) and he said if you can lease the first year F-150(97), many of us don't believe the MOD 4.6 can replace the 5.0 as a truck engine. I must say he was right. The 5.4L V8 is much more suited to power the F-150.
Originally posted by webmaster Solid front axles give horrible rides. If you want one, drive a UPS van!
Ever rode in a Jeep Cherokee? SFA doesn't have to ride bad. A well setup suspension on a SFA truck will only give up a little ride quality to an IFS truck but will gain alot in strength and durability, not to mention ease of mantainance. Most people seem to have that misconception because the only SFA vehicles they remember are the old trucks that were built when companies didn't care about ride quality.