The F-150 got its redesign in 2004; for 2005, it’s the Super Duty’s turn, with refreshed styling and chassis improvements.

The truck bulks up, with a fully-boxed front frame and thicker steel (as much as 17 per cent) in the chassis, and available stronger axles. Brake rotors go to 17-inch on the standard wheel and up to 20-inch on the Harley-Davidson edition, with 11 per cent larger pistons on the front wheels. A coil-spring monobeam front suspension means the turning radius has been decreased by 1.6 metres. Tow ratings and payloads have been increased; an optional 2.5-inch receiver is increased from the previous 2.0-inch for a higher conventional tow rating.

Both the F-250 and F-350 come in a huge number of configurations and option packages. The regular cab comes with a long box only; the SuperCab and Crew Cab come with short- or long-box lengths. All models can be equipped with four-wheel-drive.

Engine choices are a 5.4-litre V8, 6.8-litre V10 or 6.0-litre V8 diesel; transmissions are a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Option packages turn these trucks into everything from a cab-only chassis to the ultimate “Cowboy Cadillac” King Ranch edition. Available packages include heavy-service suspension, Sport Package and trailer brake controller.

The F-Series Super Duty is built in Louisville, Kentucky.

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