Ford Tests 2017 Super Duty Bed

Ladder rack[3] II

By Brian Wong

Details have been slowly trickling out about the new 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks, and they are impressive. The new trucks will offer a slew of segment-first technology features, increased towing and payload ratings, and of course, an aluminum body.

Naturally, the new Super Duty also has to perform when aftermarket equipment is added to the cargo box, which Ford tested in both the virtual and real world at its Michigan Proving Grounds. Part of the switch to an aluminum body means the addition of an aluminum bed, just like the F-150, which Ford claims is more resistant to dings and dents than steel and is not subject to rust or corrosion. In fact, before Ford engineers headed out to the proving grounds, they tested the new bed structure in the virtual world by running it through super-computer simulations with many different types of aftermarket equipment. This data was used to design the panel shapes in the bed and identify areas where reinforcement might be needed.

After that and with those changes made, it was time to head into the real world at the proving grounds and run the 2017 Super Duty over different types of punishing road conditions, including potholes, off-road terrain and bumpy roads (see video below). Engineers used a variety of aftermarket add-ons, including an all-terrain-vehicle platform, ladder rack and even a salt spreader.

Ford says that even under intentionally harsh road conditions, the box designs held up quite well, with no issues found in the support structure or on the mounting surfaces. Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 Ford Super Duty as they become available or when we get a chance to tag along. The new Super Dutys will go on sale later next year.

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Super Duty box testing CAE hydraulic lift[3] II

ATV platform[4] II

Super Duty box testing CAE ladder rack[3] II

Salt spreader gravel rd[3] II

Super Duty box testing CAE salt spreader[3] II

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Aluminium is good, durable material. But it does have it's limitations when used for work, real work.

I've had timber flat beds on a steel frame and believe it or not they were the best. You could even nail/screw to the floor, etc. When the plywood became tattered after a couple of years of work, you go down to the hardware and spend $50 on a new sheet of formwork ply (concreting).

Aluminium beds, especially nowadays here in Australia are becoming lighter and lighter. These tend to deform easily with metal, rocks, etc. Also the surface has less resistance when securing a load. If you want aluminium or a factory steel/aluminium (as in Fords case) pickup tub, the best alternative to a plastic liner is to go out and buy a big piece of insertion rubber, or go to a scrap place and buy a piece of conveyor belt for the floor.

I now have a standard pickup tub on my ute, It offerers less for tiedown, is slippery, has no loading board behind the cab (sports bars impede the bed, though they do look pretty and give you a point to install lights and antennae).

You've somehow got it assbackwards BAFO. I've ran both steel and aluminum flat beds. The steel beds have no memory and get waves/ripples between the cross members. The aluminum beds don't.

Who maintains these comments on this website? I have not seen anything constructive or hardly civil from LMAO's comments. This is a pickup website and comments from this person always bash other people's comments. Sometimes these can be ignored but this post I have only read negative comments from this person. Maybe if we drank beers and had a good time LMAO could type trash but since I don't know the person so I hardy see the point in bashing others' comments. Besides based on the comments, I doubt LMAO is old enough to even drink...

I hate having to agree with Al for once but I really wish manufacturers would offer non conventional beds even on half tons. And I don't mean the Fiat Ram box which is fine but im talking about aluminum/diamondplate/or steel flat, dump, low sided, drop side, underbody/overbody boxes ect... beds. Beds that don't have paint and take dents and no one cares with limitless configurations of sides/boxes/materials capabilities. I doubt they would ever displace standard painted beds again mostly because of lack of visual appeal but I would LOVE a bed I could beat the hell out of and side load and dump and haul 60" wide items flat without having to get rid of my current bed and buy another custom made one.

Clint - a box delete option is as close as you can get. I've seen companies buy a fleet of trucks and swap out the boxes and bumpers and put them in storage then put it back on to sell. A local reforestation company does that every year. They go with 6 month leases for tree planting season and do a swap of decks, cargo boxes and bumpers. The cabs and doors they cover in thick vinyl. It saves them a ton of money in repairs on fleet returns.

Yea Lou im familiar with box delete option and it can make a lot of sense for fleets. im just shocked there arent more OEM options other than forgoing the box/bed and then down the custom road...

Looks great. Got a friend that loves his.

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