2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab
Before: Stock Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab
Crowley Offroad recently purchased a 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab tow vehicle and will embark on a mild buildup to feature some aftermarket parts and accessories.
At the heart of this F-350 is the 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel. Best-in-class power and fuel economy. Clean and quiet operation. The new Power Stroke features a Single-Sequential Turbocharger that is located between the cylinder heads and the top of the block, and the exhaust manifold positioned inboard and adjacent to the turbocharger. Closer proximity means faster air displacement and more power.
The 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel was designed and built entirely by Ford and is capable of producing 390 hp at 2800 RPM and 735 lb·ft of torque at 1600 RPM.
The Ford TorqShift® 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic transmission has big, strong gears that take on extra torque, meaning you use fewer rpm because the torque converter locks up at lower speeds.
- Backup camera and power mirrors provide excellent visibility
- AC power outlet near rear of console
- F-350 overload spring causes tremors/chatter when truck is lightly loaded or empty when traveling on washboarded or bumpy roads.
- Smog – Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) needed
- Small fuel tank – 26 gallons is way too small for a tow rig.
- Plastic, one-use oil drain plug
Our new truck is packed with a long list of options and option packages. Included are heated and cooled front seats, rearview camera, tailgate step, remote start, power-slide moon roof andFX4 off-road package.
Hauling & Towing:
We loaded our F-350 with a ton of wood pellets. Just about leveled the truck out. The over load springs on the 1-ton kicked into gear and the ride was very nice.
We towed our 24 foot enclosed trailer with two UTVs in in down to the Sand Sports Super Show in Southern California. We averaged 11.2 MPG with speeds of about 65 – 70 MPH. The truck climbed the Grapevine on I-5 with ease.
We have a UTV rack that fits in the back of the truck so we can haul around one of our UTVs without towing a trailer. The Tork Lift camper tie downs and air springs are a must. And the ICON leveling kit and shocks work great with the load.
Our truck and UTV rack with Polaris RZR XP on ourTour of Nevada. 1800 miles with 200 on dirt roads. ICON Vehicle Dynamics shocks and leveling kit worked great!
A few things we will be adding to our truck to better perform its towing and hauling duties. The short lists includes:
OE Factory Replacement Shocks and leveling kit
20 inch Tires and Wheels
Side Steps or Running Boards
Front Camper Tie Downs for our UTV Rack
Spray on bed liner
We spent three days exploring Death Valley National Park. The trip included over 100 miles of tough, 4×4, very remote dirt roads including Steel Pass Road from Eureka Dunes to Saline Valley Hot Springs. This is a very remote and rugged region of Park that is best travelled with more than one vehicle. Longer-wheelbase vehicles (like our truck) will find the canyon more challenging. 2.5 Leveling System fromICON Vehicle Dynamics was awesome. Crazy to haul the Polaris RZR XP all over the park without being able to unload and ride.
This 2.5 Leveling System is a great way to level your 4WD 2005-2011 F-350 Super Duty front to rear. The systems components provide for better-than-stock ride quality and is perfect for the cost-conscious truck owner who wants a level truck and a smooth ride. This stage 4 system upgrades the front and rear shocks to our 2.5″ diameter Piggy-Back shocks. The system also includes our adjustable pan-rod bar and steering stabilizer kit and shocks. The combination of these components offers the ultimate in drivability.
Source: ICON Vehicle Dynamics
LoadLifter 5000 kits are Air Lifts heaviest-rated kits, specifically engineered for hauling or towing heavy loads. LoadLifter 5000 kits work with the vehicles existing suspension to give up to 5,000 pounds of extra leveling capacity when needed, right up to the manufacturers recommended Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Rugged and durable, LoadLifter 5000 air springs are built like a tire and reinforced by 2-ply fabric. The end caps are constructed from ultra high-strength composite Nylon and are strong as steel but are lighter and corrosion proof.
Air Lift LoadLifter 5000
WirelessONE is an affordable wireless on-board air compressor system that provides one-touch control of your air springs from inside or outside the vehicle.
WirelessONE wireless on-board air compressor system
- Easy installation no lines/wires to the cab.
- Wireless handheld unit for convenient operation inside or outside the vehicle
- Single path control: left and right air springs are inflated/deflated equally
- Low pressure sensor automatically activates to maintain safe pressure level
We have chosen 20″ Fuel Off-Road Mojave wheels in black.
The CROSSTEK® HD is designed for ¾-ton and 1-ton trucks. It is a durable and long-lasting tire engineered for extended highway use and carrying heavy payloads. The construction, compound and tread pattern are all built to enhance strength and durability.
Tuff-Bar 4 Oval Nerf Bars
Camper Tie Downs:
If you are going to use a rack in the bed of your truck, make sure it is securely fastened. Once you put a UTV up on top and hit a few bumps while turning, you will see why. I did not trust relying on a few straps attached to the factory tie down hooks. It is not that I worried about the straps breaking. It was more that I did not trust the factory tie down hooks fastened to the sheet metal in the bed.
People have been dealing with a similar problem with slide in campers for years. The best solution I found was a set of frame mounted tie downs. This not only gives you a solid point to attach, but also moves the tie down location out to the edge of the rack where it is most effective in controlling movement.
Camper Tow Hitch:
The SuperTruss Extension is available in eight lengths from 21″ to 60″ and works exclusively with the SuperHitch or SuperHitch Magnum.
It’s rated to safely tow up to 14,000 lbs and 1,400 lbs tongue weight on a 21″ extension and 12,000 lbs and 1,200 lbs tongue weight on a 48″ extension.