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Old 03-20-2011, 09:40 PM
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2011 F450 vs F350 Diesel dually

Hello everyone. First off Id like to say you guys all have some really *****in trucks in here. Bravo to everyone.

Im trying to buy a new diesel dually and I hope maybe you can help me. the 450;s seem to turn better or is it my imagination? second other being a heavier duty truck whats the difference between the two. can anyone help

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Old 03-20-2011, 09:46 PM
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The 450 probably has lower gearing, thats why it seems like it has more power. In 2011 they changed the 450 class. It used to be that the 450 was simmilar to a 550(beefier frame, suspension, axles), but in 2011 they changed it so the 450 is alot more like a 350. Don't get me wrong, its still bigger and better, just not as extreme as before.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:07 PM
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thanks for responding. It looks like the front axel is wider maybe or something, The turning radius seems to be a 100% better than the 350 is that possible or am i dreaming? It sure is better than my 05 250 lb omg
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:11 PM
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Well the 450's have those big flares so... I don't think they're any wider

The 450 may have 19.5's, ergo taller tire, ergo can't turn as sharp. Both the same wheeel base?
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the badge is different.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:57 AM
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the badge is different.
Thats true. A 450 badge will make about 50 more HP then a 350
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Before you buy, just make sure the 450 doesnt fall under a commercial vehicle with your insurance company. Friend bought a Dodge 4500 and had to trade it back in for a 3500 since the insurance was through the roof on the truck.

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The front axle on a 450 is wider and probably does turn sharper due to that , more room for the tires to turn (you can get a 350 with the wide front axle too). The 450's have a higher GVRW and higher payload capacity . Usually the 450s have 4.30 gears . The 08-10 's have 19.5s , I don't know about the 11's . The 450 is def a little more truck . It would depend on how much I am hauling if I would get one or not . Gotta figure the brakes are bigger , more money to replace ect , ect.......
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:15 PM
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The F450 is the heavier truck, though for 2011, Ford toned that down a bit more toward an F350. The 08-10's where closer to the F550 in build, Ford dropped some weight off the frame and such for 2011.

One thing I would advise you look into with the F450, be sure you'll be able to drive that truck on your state license (you may need a CDL, particularly if you tow heavy with it). Also look at what that trucks GVW/GCWR require for registration in your state. The F450 is a great truck, I have the '07 F350 with the TowBoss package, which was a forerunner to the F450 getting the truck bed. If you think you can put that heavier rig to good use, I'm sure it's gonna last longer than the F350.
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