Is it possible to create a heavy duty Ford F-250 truck with a plush and controlled ride of a Raptor and still maintain heavy hauling and towing capability? We are about to find out with this special #OverlandTruck build and the help from Carli Suspension and many other partners.
We are preparing for the epic #NoPavementNeeded cross-country off-road journey this summer. We are driving two trucks, they are built-up 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and 2020 Ford F-250 FX4. The route is the Trans America Trail from Georgia to the Oregon coast.
Ford F-250 “Super Tremor”
We are starting with a stock new 2020 Super Duty F-250 crew cab 4×4 with the 7.3-liter “Godzilla” V8 under the hood. Our initial goal is to gain some ground clearance and durable off-road suspension. We like where Ford is going with the Tremor package, but we also want to try something different. How about a specialty top-notch suspension system that accommodate our new KMC Wheels (KM544 MESA) and 37-inch Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires!
The guys at Carli Suspension know how to upgrade heavy duty trucks with solid axles. We teamed up with them on their Pintop System with specially tuned King Shocks, Deaver Springs, and many other add-ons. The goal is to get a smooth, predictable, and controlled ride on nearly every surface and at any speed. All this while carrying a 1,500 lbs off-road truck camper, and lots of other gear.
In this episode, I learn everything there is to know about this suspension system, and I also drive the truck 394 miles from Orange County, CA to Sacramento. The highway ride is already stable and smooth, even before we put the needed Four Wheel Camper in the bed. I also do a 394 mile highway MPG measurement. (I will do a more detailed ride review once the camper is on the truck and we are able to do a “shake down” off-road trip.)
Spoiler Alert: I measure 13.4 mpg with this lifted truck on 37-inch tall tires. (The rear axle ratio is still 3.55.)