A recent report from the Detroit News highlighted the fact that the Ford F-250 is the most stolen/jacked/thieved truck in America. The F-250 beat out the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Silverado, and Chevy Surburban, among others, for this title. Seven out of every 1,000 vehicles sold is an F-250. So why do we care?
Well, obviously this is something to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a truck. For whatever reason, the F-250 is stolen almost twice as much as the GMC 1500. The main reason we are highlighting this story has to do with the debate over which is better: Ford or Chevy. At first glance, you would think this article proves that theives want Ford trucks more than Chevy. But, when you look at the top 10 list, 8 of the top 10 vehicles are Chevy/GM products.
This could mean a couple things. It could mean that Chevy/GM trucks have higher resale values or greater demand in the resale market, making them targets for theives. But, it could also mean that Chevy/GM trucks are easier to steal compared to Ford trucks, making them easier targets. So even though this article doesn’t solve the debate, it’s easy to see that car theives want Chevy trucks, and probably because they hold their value and are easier to sell. When it comes to the category “demanded by theives” – Chevy is the winner.
Need a suspension lift for your Ford F-250 that won’t break the bank? If so, check out the 4″ Fabtech Suspension lift for 2008-2012 Ford F-250/350/450 4WD trucks. Fabtech built the lift to enhance their extensive line of Super Duty suspension systems with an entry level 4” Budget System.
The 4” Budget System utilizes the factory front coil springs with a steel upper spacer providing 4” of lift. Radius Arm drop brackets retain the factory arms with correct caster setting for the increase ride height. System includes a Trac Bar relocation bracket that has been designed to center the axle under the vehicle and still works properly with the factory Pitman Arm. This eliminates the need to replace the Pitman Arm resulting in a lower cost and faster installation time. Rear lift is accomplished with lift blocks and extended length u-bolts. The lift kit will cost anywhere from $1,000-$1,500.
The 4″ kit won’t turn many heads, but your F250 will look great and your girlfriend won’t need side steps to get in the truck. You can fit 35” tires with required inner fenderwell trimming for adequate tire clearance for street driving and light offroad use. You can also just go with 33’s if that’s easier. See the specs below.
■Use 35/12.50R18 tires w/ 18×9.5 wheels w/ 4 3/4” BS w/ minor trimming
■Use 35/12.50R20 tires w/ 20×9 wheels w/ 5” BS w/ minor trimming
Overall, Fabtech builds great suspension lifts and we have been fans for a long time. Nothing wrong with starting small to fit your budget and going bigger later when your income increases. It’s better than stock!