Why the Ford F-150 does not need a fully boxed frame

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I am sure we have all seen the advertisement Ford has been putting out over the years about the Ford F-150 being the best truck because it has a fully boxed frame.

If not check it out here. Read more after the break.

The advertisement called strongest frame. In which the ad describes the frame as being fully boxed making the frame more rigid ,therefore stronger.

Though is this claim really true?

I do not believe so. Why would the F-150 being a half ton be the only truck Ford makes that has a fully boxed frame? Ford’s F-150 and F-350 do not have a fully boxed frame, so why would the F-150 need one?

Ford F-350 chasis cab frame
Ford F-350 chasis cab frame

The F-250 and F-350 are more capable then the F-150 in every way. They both can tow more weight and hall more weight in their beds when compared to the F-150.

Do you really believe a fully boxed frame for the F-150 is an advantage? I am thinking the only advantage is for Ford’s marketing, not the consumer.

What do you think?


That is correct as is much of the rest of the truck and at 50k plus you get a truck that is good for starting some off road racing with the upgraded suspension and other components it is also a boxed frame for the most part.


Neither the Stock F150 or the Raptor are meant for jumping which is where a lot of the raptor failures may be coming from.


The F150 is meant to be the everyday man truck but has a good base to build from if you want to upgrade it to achive these other items like racing off roading etc. Not everyone can afford a raptor and even those that can may not be fully aware of its limitations. It is not a Trophy Truck.


But either the Stock f150 and the raptor could be turned into one, all depends on the money and time you want to spend.


To sum it up when you are starting with a boxed = the bar has been raised for minimum frame specs for the f150.


F150s are used for the full gambit. Racing Off road, Racing on road, plowing, towing and hauling. F250 and F350 are used for for trucking applications mainly towing hauling and plowing, you will find less people racing f250 and f350 in comparison. The f150 sells way more than the other two. In order to boost sales on the largest selling truck Ford sells they boxed the frame to compete with other truck manufacturers.


Boxing a frame is always a good idea if done correctly to increase rigidity and stability of the foundation of your truck. Just look up any hotrod shop and the projects they are performing on older framed vehicles, unless they are trying to stay concours correct they will typically box the frame.


Watch this episode of trucks for a great comparison in frame flex of boxed versus unboxed frames.