Originally Posted by lubbock guy
even if it cost 1500 dollars parts and labor, thats still less than a new F 350! I wonder if i had a ford dealership do this, could i then get the "tow Boss certification" for my truck?
what is a wide track front end?
The Wide-Track front end I'm referring to was offered on CCLB DRW '08-'10 F350's under the "Fatboy" package, normally with 4.10's installed (haven't seen any 4.30's). This same front end currently resides in the '11+ F450 Pickups with 4.30's (because Ford no longer uses the commercial grade C&C Frame for the Pickup version of the F450, it has the same axles ratings as an F350, and the Same 8x200mm bolt pattern).
What you lose the addition of about 3" of axle on each side of the front end, and putting on the fenders of an F450 to cover the tires. What you gain is the same weight carrying capacity and a shortened turning radius of about 6 ft (on a CCLB DRW). Your knuckles go from the normal 35* to 45*, which is what gives the C&C trucks such great handling.
However, I do not have a complete parts listing of what you need to make the swap yet. I'm still researching it, and haven't found a suitable donor truck to take an axle off yet. (By the way, the F450 Pickups rear axle is only about one inch wider, which to me isn't worth swapping out with the front due to the '08+ rear springs are a little longer.)