Suspension & Steering
Engine & Performance
Axle & Gears
At first glance, many would suspect that any changes made to the 2020 SuperDuty were merely cosmetic, sporting a slightly updated grill and headlights. On the contrary, there’s a host of other upgrades once you pull back the curtains, which bring this Powerstroke to an entirely new level. First and foremost, lets talk transmission. Beginning with the 2011 model year, Ford debuted the 6R140 six-speed automatic that really shined with its inherent ability to hold up to plenty of abuse and miles. That said, with auto manufacturers striving for fuel economy coupled with huge power numbers, six gears flat out wasn’t cutting it. Ford instead opted for a ten speed Torqshift that’ll ensure you’re constantly in that sweet spot of torque for the ultimate pulling experience. With ten gears on tap, you’ll never be light footing the throttle going up an 8% grade with 15k behind you, trying to maintain your current gear to avoid a massive drop or spike in RPM. Nope, you’ll have minimal changes in RPM’s throughout, which will aid in maintaining boost and overall torque throughout. Oh yeah, and because of this, fuel economy gets a nice bump, as well.
To complement the new transmission, Ford rolled out some serious engine upgrades that bring the horsepower rating to a whopping 475 at 2600 RPM and 1050 foot pounds of torque at a mere 1600 RPM. The new power numbers are not merely an ECM reprogram, rather a multitude of hard parts were upgraded to achieve this, to include, but not limited to, a newly designed Variable Geometry Turbo, new 36,000 PSI fuel injection system, stronger block, cylinder heads, rods, and even forged steel pistons. All of these powertrain upgrades allow the SuperDuty to adorn a maximum tow rating of 24,200 pounds when properly equipped.
In terms of the suspension, its essentially the same as the previous generation. All mounting points, geometry, and relative design are carryover. However, Ford made changes in relation to the overall sprung height of the vehicle, delivering roughly a one inch lower ride height compared to the 2017-2019 model years. What this means is that while many aftermarket suspension manufacturers have carried over their lift kits from the 2017-2019 model years, the stated height increase will actually increase by about one full inch compared to what it would deliver on the previous model years. There was one seemingly minor change where Ford did a huge disservice to truck owners that demand at least tolerable factory suspension performance, and that’s In regards to the front bump stops that limit up-travel. Beginning with the 2020 model years, Ford abandoned the use of their easily identifiable yellow bump stops and converted over to a Dodge Ram style, and this, coupled with the lower ride height meaning you’ve only got about one inch of up travel before coming into contact with the bump stop. While you may not be out rock crawling your SuperDuty, any time that you pull into a parking lot with a stock suspension equipped Ford you’re bound to at least have the axle come into contact with this, delivering a less-than-desirable ride quality. But of course, an upgraded suspension will alleviate this!
Overall, the 2020 SuperDuty has set some new records for Ford (to include an optional black Ford Oval emblem on the tailgate for the first time) that, yet again, raises the bar pretty high for the competition. Will the horsepower wars between the Big Three ever cease? Well, we sure hope not!
Q: Will a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) back system provide more sound to my truck?
A: Generally speaking no, the emissions equipment upstream will still act as a muffler. However, that doesn't mean installation will not help in other areas by improving exhaust flow. While minor, the benefits are noticeable, plus an aftermarket exhaust looks way better than the stock exhaust.
Q: I'm looking at an exhaust kit on your website, but it doesn't state which cab and bed configuration it fits, will this fit my application?
A: In most cases, unless it is specifically stated as fitting a certain configuration, all exhaust kits on our website will fit all cab and bed lengths. Further, most kits will not fit cab and chassis applications unless otherwise noted.
Q: I'm looking at this 5" (or other) exhaust kit, but my truck only has a 4" exhaust now. Does this 5" exhaust include an adapter / reducer?
A: Yes, the exhaust systems we sell will adapt down to fit the application at the designated starting point (turbo back, cat back, DPF back, etc.) for a hassle free installation.
Q: What are EGT's?
A: EGT stands for Exhaust Gas Temperature, which is the temperature of the exhaust leaving your engine. This measurement is typically measured before the turbo to ensure you are not overheating components. For most applications, we recommend not exceeding 1300 degrees.
Q: Will the products you offer void my warranty?
A: Some parts may void your warranty and some may not. We recommend researching the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that specifically protects consumers when choosing to install aftermarket components on their vehicles, as well as consulting with your local dealer.
If you've got a question about your Powerstroke, feel free to give us a call at 888-99-DIESEL and we would be happy to assist.