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PickupTrucks.com "KING OF BEASTS" Report: F-450 vs. Ram 3500HD

Interesting article...

A former co-worker that I RV with quite often has a new RAM 3500, and I have the new F-450... and we go back & forth all of the time making comparisons between our 2 trucks.

I love my F-450, but will agree with the article in re the downhill braking while towing a load. Having that selectable exhaust brake is a GREAT feature on the Ram trucks. Even in the relatively small mountains here on the east coast, it's quite obvious that sometimes the Powerstroke/TorqShift package isn't quite up to the task. Even with the cruise control set to regulate speed, my truck will constantly exceed the set speed on even the smallest downhill runs... sometimes by more than 10 mph, if you just let it go. You have to manually downshift the tranny or constantly tap the brakes to keep your speed regulated.

Anyway... just thought I would post a link to the article:


King of Beasts: Results - PickupTrucks.com Special Reports
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Ram definitely raised the bar significantly. I'm excited to see what Ford does to answer in 2015. No doubt about it, the Ram is nice.
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This would have turned out differently if this were a 2010 F450. That was an actual F450.
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This would have turned out differently if this were a 2010 F450. That was an actual F450.
True.

What I think hurt the Ford again was the turbo at high elevations. Torque has jack-**** to do with climbing those hills at speed. With the Powerstroke having the hp advantage, it flat-out should have won the climb given each truck was in the sweet spot rpm-wise. The stock turbo is the achilles heel at elevation.
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I knew the Ram would win. They have just made so many good changes that make it a flat out all around better truck than the F450. Don't doubt me as not being a blue oval patriot, but I am not afraid to admit when a competitor is better and right now the Ram HD lineup is. Hopefully that will change with the coming of the 2015 trucks.


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