Following in the wide tire tracks of the “Brodozer” style trucks that have dominated the SEMA show for years, CEN has announced the release of their new Ford F450 SD Custom Truck based upon their new DL series platform.
Building off of extended 3-piece stamped steel chassis rails, the DL platform features 3-link suspension front and rear, a center mounted 3-gear transmission, a stamped steel skid plate, a chassis mounted Savox servo with 12kg-cm of torque, a Hobbywing 1040 brushed esc, officially licensed American Force wheels (with offset dually adapters), Fury low-profile off road tires and a large officially licensed Ford F450 lexan body.
The body itself is offered in two colors, a deep, near-purple, blue as well as a metallic charcoal grey. Attached to the body are molded plastic extended tow mirrors and windshield wipers. The Ford’s massive front bumper is molded into the lexan and features decals for its detailing. A Raptor style grille is also represented by a large decal. The windows are decals as well, covering the real estate where deep tinted glass would be on the full-scale truck. The big blue oval body measures 26.7″ long and has a wheelbase of over 17″.
Damping the ride are plastic threaded body 12mm oil-filled shocks that are attached to stamped steel shock mounts at all four corners. Each axle is located via a 3-link with pan hard bar for smooth articulation with minimal axle sway. Front and rear swaybars keep the truck from leaning in corners while built in bumpstops prevent damage to the dogbone axle shafts. Inside the axle housings are open planetary gear differentials that spin on shielded ball bearings.
Powering the truck is a 550 sized Mabuchi motor that is fed amps by a genuine Hobbywing 1040 brushed esc with lipo cutoff and a T-Plug battery conector. A generic 2.4gHz radio system sends signals to a 3-channel receiver while the Savox 12kg servo provides the yank to turn the tires.
Inside the center mounted 3-gear transmission are a full compliment of steel gears, with the center idler gear being able to be flipped and re-installed in an optional location for less reduction and a higher top speed. Power is transferred into the transmission from a 32 pitch pinion and spur, and is fed through a single pad adjustable slipper clutch. The rear driveshaft is a two piece unit that is supported by a rubber mounted carrier bearing.