Jeffy.... this might come as a surprise..... it ain't the truck that's
unsafe.... it ain't the car, it ain't the gun, the knife, the hammer nor the
pair of scissors that your momma always told you not to run with. Take a
mechanical device.... ANY mechanical device.... give it to the "right"
person and it turns into a deadly weapon.
Face it, little buddy, the human race is flawed... some of us to the point
of being too stupid to be allowed to breed. When we all finally realize that
we are flawed and respond accordingly, we wont have to blame our stupidity
on our tools....
BUT - people do have accidents - even smart, careful, well meaning people.
Accidentally running into the side of a Corolla with a jacked up truck is
more likely to cause injury to the passengers of the Corolla that running
into the same vehicle with a bumper that doesn't go over the side guard
beams in the door. A lower tuck is less likely to roll over in an emergency
maneuver (possibly caused by a real idiot, and not the driver of the truck).
In must cases I am all for individual freedom, however, there are limits.
When your choices endanger me and others, then I believe the Government
needs to make reasonable rules.
Heaven forbid they make a truck for WORK! Trucks werent designed for
driving to the grocery store... they were designed for WORK... and when
these trucks bottom out on small rocks in the woods, we have a problem.
Low? Ground clearance is a minimum of 8 inches on the 2006 F150 2WD short
bed and, guess what, it is a tremendous 8.3 inches on the 4x4 (all because
of the tires). The cartoon cutout Dodge Ram 4x2 has a HUGE 7.4" minimum
clearance (and the 4x4 actually has less at 7.3").
You are confusing styling with reality. I have never been able to understand
why people want jacked up trucks. Unless you change the wheel size to move
the rear axle up, jacking up the body and frame isn't going to improve
ground clearance in way that will affect your ability to use the truck as
intended. And raising truck's body makes it less useful and less safe. One
of the primary reasons I did not want a new F150 4x4 is because the sides of
the bed are too high. It makes loading things from the side of the truck
difficult. Raising the body of a truck makes it less safe for you and others
on the road. A higher body moves the center of gravity up, making the truck
less stable in turns. Raising the front bumpers makes it more likely that
you will override the side door beams or bumpers of a car in an accident,
increasing the chances of injury for the people in a car. And many trucks
are so high, they are difficult to get in and require side steps, which
effectively move the body height back down to the same as the Ford 2WD, or
Truck buyers need to carefully consider why they want a ridiculously high
truck. Why do you want to do that? Is it a "look at me, I am special sort of
thing?" Or is it a way of intimidating other drivers? I'd love to hear a
rational reason for wanting a very high truck.
But for how much longer? My family has owned nothing but Ford trucks for
over 50 years. But when I needed to replace my trusty old F150, I wouldn't
even consider the "new" F150. The bed sides are ridiculously high. If you
get a 4x4, you have to have a step ladder to put anything in the truck's
bed. I suppose this is fine for people who cover the bed with a hard tonneau
cover and drive the vehicle around town, but for someone who actually has to
use the truck as a truck, it sucks. Like I said before, if I wanted a
Chevrolet Truck, I would have bought a Chevrolet truck. Ford out sold
Chevrolet becasue they built better trucks, not becasue they made trucks
that were thrird rate cars. Apparently they have forgotten this. I think
they should just admit that F150s are just cars and rename them Taurus. The
only thing that will save Ford is that they still sell F250s and the fact
that Toyota still can't figure out how to build a decent full size pick-up.
THANK YOU ED! I agree totally.
I too am not pleased with the toyota "fullsize" trucks, but i somehow
can't bring myself to go buy a chevrolet, even though they work better,
have more comfortable seats and have a better ride. I will probally end
up looking more towards an F250.
Depends where you work. This is the first pickup i've ever seen that is
not made to travel in the woods.
So now they need to make two 2wd models, one lower for you people who
WORK in urban spaces and drive on the pavement and a second model for
people who WORK in the woods.
It could. It depends on more than just the wheel size. Now if they both have
the same type of suspension (type, pumpkin size etc.) and body, then 17"
wheels with the correct size tires should have more ground clearance than 16
wheels with comparable size tires. In other words, P235R70-17 tires have a
larger diameter than P235R70-16 tires and should provide greater ground
clearance. However wheel size is only part of the equation when determining
ground clearance. For example, P265/70R15 tires have a greater diameter
than P245/65R17 and would therefore provide greater ground clearance, all
other factors being equal. If you start considering other factors
(independent suspension versus stick axles, body parts, steps, etc., etc.)
it is very easy to find vehicles with 16" or 15" wheels with greater ground
clearance than vehicles with 17" wheels.
In what way was I not "real?" It is very easy to find tires mounted on
15 inch rims that have a greater diameter than different tires mounted
on 1 inch rims. Cross section width and aspect ratio must e considered
when calculating the overall outside diamete. For a stick axle, the
outside diamter of the tire is the most improtant factor in determining
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