Ford Tests Strength of 2017 Super Duty Aluminum Bed With Accessories
Salt-Spreader, Glass Rack, ATV Carrier Test Strength of New Bed
All pickups are designed for work to a certain extent. However, none are more singularly focused on work than HD trucks. These are no-nonsense Clydesdale workhorses, some of which have payload capacities as high as some lighter-duty trucks’ towing capacity. With many HD trucks used as full-time vocational tools, a lot of downtime is simply not an option. To make sure the 2017 Super Duty can take the punishment that will inevitably dished out to it day in and day out, Ford tested the trucks in its durability tests with common aftermarket work accessories attached.
Among the items bolted to the bed were a salt-spreader, a glass rack, and an ATV carrier. Ford claims it didn’t detect any significant deformation of the aluminum bed under such conditions. You may remember Ford’s visual demonstration of the F-150’s bed strength by subjecting it to a pummeling by a series of projectiles, including a hockey puck, baseball, and golf ball. Clearly, Ford is confident in the strength of its aluminum bodies, even on its Super Duty pickups. You can watch the new Super Duty going over bumps, washboard roads, and other durability tests with the accessories attached below. Do you think the new Super Duty will hold up as well in the real world?
Source: Ford via YouTube