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I'd probably say ford, but I do think they are going to a bit crazy with this boxed frame stuff. Although other manufacturerse are now following suit. The new 09' dodge will have a paritally boxed frame
1987 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 2.9
Needs a lot of work, including some rot on the body, but shes getting there.
I don't completly buy into all the boxed frame hype. You need strength but I think a good thick C-channel is still extremely good. Ever look at a Semi, they run heavy C channel frames, the way the torque twists the truck a boxed frame would be bad. If its good enough for a big semi I'd say its good enough for my SD.
I also like my solid front and rear axles with leaf springs all around. IRS, IFS and coil springs arn't for me.
OK,the best engine is Cummins,right?So,then best truck is Ford?Man,I like so Cummins,don't know what to do,Ford- best chassis,frame,front/rear axle,but not so engine,especially 6.0.Not ignore Dodge style,but like Ford.....???
"I don't completly buy into all the boxed frame hype. You need strength but I think a good thick C-channel is still extremely good. Ever look at a Semi, they run heavy C channel frames, the way the torque twists the truck a boxed frame would be bad. If its good enough for a big semi I'd say its good enough for my SD."
Boxed frames also trap water.
Many HMMWV frames were replaced due to this, and from what I've seen on a rusty "northern truck" Tacoma I don't care for them. What manufacturers care about are expense (steel weight is expensive) getting the shape they want, ride, and crash management.
Hydroformed frames are "strong enough", but these boxed abortions are also tough to repair (properly).
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