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Roush is synonymous with Ford performance, so it’s of little surprise that they’ve branched out into the heavy duty truck segment, pushing the F-250 Super Duty into a new, and fully warranted, arena. Roush trucks maintain a full Ford factory warranty, plus their mods are protected by a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. There are many sparkling aspects to the truck, which starts with a pre-titled F-250 Super Duty. Beyond the signature decals and seats, functional parts are added in ways that echo factory methods. Every added part is catalogued in a database, which is fully accessible by Ford and its dealers. Should there be an issue with a part, like any other vehicle, a Technical Service Bulletin could be issued specific to your truck.
The Roush team expects these trucks to be handsome workers. Thus the design thrust is to create a rugged off-roader. Starting from the muddy side, Roush adds its signature Roush/fox 2.0 Performance Series suspension and a 1.5-inch lift. Together they improve vehicle stance, while maintaining factory payload and tow ratings. Along with the lift, they add Roush 20-inch wheels with BF Goodrich KO2 All Terrain 35.3-inch tires. We heartily approve of the combination, having run similar tires on Raptors in Baja and on personal vehicles. The signature series wheels offer integrated bead protection (both black and gray rings are provided to each owner) and are equipped with capped chrome lug nuts and flat washer-bearing surface. This preserves Ford-mandated clamping force for ride, handling, safety and good looks. To fit these beefy tires, Roush adds body color matched fender flares. They’re so well done they look factory—because they sort of are. The final addition to the underside of the trucks is a Dpf-back stainless steel exhaust system with dual tips that both look good and sound great. You’ll not have trouble from any state or federal agency.
Beyond the underbody, Roush adds an incredibly bold signature Roush grille with integrated 3-bulb accent lighting. Plus there’s a front bumper cover that is compatible with Ford’s adaptive cruise control. What about the sparkly stuff? On the outside you have many choices, from a windscreen banner to a large Roush bedside logo or blacked-out rocker panels with Roush logo (you can’t have both), and if you want their full body side stripe, you lose the big logo. They’re concerned about the truck’s appearance and want every Roush truck to look the way they designed them to look. At the factory, our photo truck had a full-length automatic powered running board. Opening the door automatically extended the step, making entry into the lifted truck easier. As it’s not on their web page, it may be a dealer-ordered option.
Inside, where you’ll live, are Roush-embroidered headrests, a console badge with serial number, and Weathertech mats with Roush logos. A couple of other options are available: a fully- equipped off-road recovery package with gloves, tow hooks, ratchet tie-down straps, flashlight and jumper cables in a bag, or a sturdy lockable center console vault with four-digit combination lock. That’s for your passport, not your Glock. Pricing for your pre-ordered truck adds $13,880, plus a transportation cost of $1,000 and any options you’ve added.
We haven’t had an opportunity for a trail test, but we are surely trying to get a day or more behind the wheel of what looks to be a winning and winsome version of the Super Duty.
Replacing the Ford logo with Roush gives notice that this is a very special F-250, and the bumper cover is transparent to radar-based adaptive cruise control.
Depending on how you check the option boxes, your Roush HD truck can have Mango pinstripes along the body and outlining a blackout rocker panel with Roush printed in contrasting color. There are many options… but not too many.
Although cosmetic appearance is important, functional things like this optional automatic running board/step enhance the usefulness of a lifted truck. If you look closely, you can see the upgraded Roush/fox dampers that perfectly fit the lifted body.
If you are very lucky or, better yet, very well connected, you may get Jack Roush to sign your truck. (But, don’t hold your breath.—ed.)