You may have seen there are stickers with f×4 on the hips of some ford trucks.
What does that mean? Is it another way of indicating 4×4 ? These questions may come up to your mind.
In this article I hope to cover up all the things you should know about f×4 and differences between f×4 and 4×4.
F×4 is the off roading package of ford trucks.Previously it was named as off roading package. But after 2002 it came to market as f×4. Here the “f” in f×4 means “Ford”. Nothing else.
Let’s see exactly what are the differences between f×4 and 4×4 packages in ford f-150 trucks.
Differences between f×4 and 4×4
|Feature||f-150 f×4 package||f-150 4×4 package|
|Armors||3 Under armors|
|No under armors|
|Hill decent Control||Available||Not available|
|Electronic Locking axles||Available||Not available|
Those are the differences briefly. Now let’s see those differences and main features of F×4 in detail.
Keep in mind that this comparison is not a typical theoretical comparison.
This is exactly what I observed as differences among F×4 and 4×4 in f – 150.
There are no differences in body sizes among f×4 and 4×4. Both have the same width (2.03m) and length (5.89m).
Hight also bit the same from the front. But due to the improved rear shocks there’s a slight increase of height in the back of f×4.
There are improved rancho rear shocks in F×4 than 4×4. There’s a difference in attachments of those rear shocks also.
In the 4×4 truck rear shocks attach from the rear of the frame and come down declining forward to attach with the axle.
In F×4 rear shocks attach to the front of the frame and decline backward to attach with the axle.
As I mentioned earlier F×4 is an off-roading package. Shocks are improved for tough riding purposes on off roads.
These rear shocks are somewhat tighter than in 4×4.
Because of that when driving on pavements it gives a bit of a tough drive feeling.
This gives a little bumpier ride on pavements.
This is the next important feature available in F×4. There are 3 skid plates fitted to protect important components that are vulnerable to damage when off-roading.
They are front differential, transfer case and fuel tank. Thickness of them is somewhat low.
But I think they do the job pretty much.
The fuel tank skid plate is very important. Without that fuel tank can easily be damaged when off-roading according to it’s placement under the truck.
Skid plates fitted under the transfer case and differential also comes handy when off-roading.
In the 4×4 version there are no skid plates. Fuel tank, transfer case and differential are exposed to ground obstacles.
There is a form pad placed under the front area. But it can’t give proper protection from obstacles on the ground.
If hit on a rock or log on ground this form pad is easily breakable.
This can give a Little protection from dust,debris or saltiness on pavements in winter.
Hill descent control
Hill descent control is also an important feature in F×4 that is not included in standard f-150.
When hill descent control engaged the vehicle automatically controlled the spin of wheels individually by controlling the braking.
This is very useful when descending slippery hills while off-roading. This control is done by the vehicle computer system.
This is a very impressive option in F×4.
Electronic locking axles
If you are an off roader you know the importance of a locking axle. It can save you from a lot of sticky situations in off-roading.
This F×4 comes with electronically locking rear axles. It’s not in the standard f-150. So as the off-roading package F×4 integrated with it.
F×4 has an improved transfer case with a fly on shift. So 4WD can engage while the truck is in motion.
So those are the main differences among Ford F×4 and standard f-150 trucks.
But there are F×4 packages in ford Ranger and ford Super duty trucks also.
So I had created another table including their features and differences.
|Ranger||f – 150||Super duty|
|Skid Plates available||Skid Plates available||Skid Plates available|
|Rancho shocks||Rancho shocks||Rancho shocks|
|Hill descent control available||Hill descent control available||Hill descent control available|
|Terrain management system|
and trail control
|Electronic locking axle||Electronic locking axle|
|17″ or 18″ off road tires||–||–|
As you can see in the table ranger has more capabilities than the other two regarding off-roading. Yes that’s true.
Especially the terrain management system and trail control add more capabilities for the truck regarding outdoor adventures.
If you are serious about off-roading and your number one reason for buying your truck is off-roading, then Ford Ranger is the best option for you.
Ford ranger manufactured with off-roading in mind. It’s body dimensions , body design, options are specially created for off-roading.
Heavy duty and f-150 are best for towing/ hauling. Their F×4 packages can do off-roading to some extent.
Not serious off-roading. The F×4 package has improved the towing and hauling with the rear locking axles.
If we place f×4 packages of these three models in order according to the off-roading capability, Ranger is in the top. f-150 is in the middle.
Heavy duty is in the last position.
When comparing F×4 and standard f-150, the F×4 has somewhat tough driving experience on pavement.
When cornering F×4 is better due to the improved shocks. But this can feel all the bumps on the pavement.
Standard f-150 gives a more smooth ride on pavement. Good for long trips.
so those are the differences among F×4 and 4×4 packages. I think you can get a better understanding about that.
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Have fun and safe off-roading !!
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