#105430 - F450, 7-9in Lift Kit, Steady Track - Front Loaded [2020+]
One Up Offroad
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#105311 - 7-9in Lift Kit, Steady Track™ - Front & Rear Loaded, 2023+
Prices and items subject to change as design and development continues for 2023 items.
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*Not all parts shown in truck photos may be included.
One Up Offroad’s Steady Axis™ Steering
OUO’s Steady Axis™ Steering refines the geometry of the front suspension components. Taking into account all of the factors of the radius arms, drag link, track rod, shock travel, three-dimensional axle housing, and knuckle paths to get the lowest bump steer possible. Going beyond “good enough” and optimizing the system to get it perfected.
OUO’s Steady Track™ Stabilizer System moves the high mount steering stabilizer off of the drag link and on to the pitman arm. This design change gives a higher level of confidence in the steering performance.
OUO Lift Systems has been optimally designed to give the best possible steering geometry.
There is more to the front suspension of solid axle trucks than trying to make the bars the same length and the same angle. No matter how many magazines say it, or internet 'experts' repeat it, the “same length / same angle” is not the correct mathematical equation to reduce or eliminate bump steer. “Same length / same angle” is an overly simplified answer to a complicated equation. Also, we know you can't just move the track rod location over an inch to make the factory track rod work and not suffer negative consequences of increased bump steer because of changing that steering geometry. Just like putting on a 2in dropped pitman arm with no other matching components is a horrible idea. Usually, the lowest cost is not the best way to get a top of the line truck to drive well. One Up Offroad has never set out to build anything lowest cost, instead we have always strived to make the best product possible and let the cost be where it may.
OUO’s Steady Track™ Stabilizer
We found that there were multiple issues with the 2017 and newer Ford Super Duty front suspension that we needed to address. The 2017 and newer Ford Super Duty steering is much more sensitive to bumps and feedback than earlier trucks. Some trucks are worse than others. We have been able to significantly reduce the feedback with our refined designs.
When a truck is not lifted, having the steering stabilizer attached to the drag link is some-what functional because the angles between the two are closer to horizontal. As you raise the suspension you increase the angle of the drag link. When the suspension cycles, that increased angle is trying the be held straight by steering stabilizer that's moving on a completely opposing arc. These opposing arcs cause the steering stabilizer to induce bump steer by forcing the drag link to follow the arc that it is mounted on and not the arc of the track rod. The Fox ATS Adjustable Steering Stabilizer is an amazing design. The pass thru shaft design works really well, is effective, and the adjustability makes the Fox ATS an excellent unit. However, if it is put on a lifted or leveled truck it will amplify the bump steer. To fix this problem we invented the Steady Track System™. Our patent-pending and trademarked Steady Track System™ moves the mounting of the steering stabilizer off of the drag link and on to a bracket on the pitman arm. This change eliminates the suspension movements from affecting the steering stabilizer’s directional control. Refining these details gives a more stable feel to the steering wheel.
In order to install the OUO Steady Track™ System on a 2017 and newer Super Duty, we needed to change the drag link pitman arm attachment from the joint on top, to the joint on the bottom. This modification would make room to attach the steering stabilizer to the pitman arm without contacting the drag link while turning. Also, flipping the drag link joint to the bottom allowed us to reduce the angle of the drag link. Moving the location of any steering component requires the steering geometry to be refined and optimized and OUO's Steady Axis Steering Locations resolved the new location of the drag link. This new location for the steering made the longer than stock track rod mounting to push outside of the frame rail and into the path of the sway bar. Relocating the sway bar forward gave room for the new track rod location and for larger tires to go into the clearance area of the sway bar. It’s all the fine details put together to make big improvements. Years of development and testing went into this design to improve the drivability of your truck.
Trucks with solid front axles have the highest un-sprung weight in any automotive class. When you take off the 20-inch factory wheel and put on a 26-inch wheel you increase that un-sprung weight. When you take an 8in sidewall height and reduce it to 3 inches it reduces a tremendous amount of the ride quality. When you run 60 pounds of air in your tires it makes the truck ride very harsh. Large wheels and short tires will make it so you feel every bump in the road like it's twice as big, even if you have the absolute best tuned suspension. It's unrealistic to think anyone can tune a shock to make a heavy-roller with metal wheels drive like a luxury car.
OUO Track Rod
OUO track rods are adjustable on the truck. That may not seem like a big deal until you go to center your axle, then it is a huge deal. A track rod that you have to remove to adjust or set it to a predetermined length based on a test truck, is horrible. It’s low cost to make and they make a lot of profit on it, but it makes setting up the truck a hassle. It leads to “good enough” because the installer doesn’t want to keep messing with it.
The OUO frame side joint has a cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. It is low cost to replace. You can get the bushing anywhere in the world with no complications. It’s always in stock. It lasts a long time, 100k mile zone. It does not need service. It is rugged. The same bushing is used in the F550. Tried and true, the frame side joint has been used in these trucks since 2005. It is the best joint to keep the factory suspension feel. Contrary to the other dishonest suspension companies saying these will bind up, these bushings will handle 16” of travel. None of the rest of the front suspension will handle 16” of travel so this joint works extremely well.
We do have a Chromoly OUO Joint available that will need to be maintained. It is nearly indestructible, but it will need to be greased and tightened at the spanner ring every 10k miles. It has no cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. If you do wear it out, it can be rebuilt for a low cost. It is best for truck pulling and drag racing with full boosted launches, but it is not good if you want your truck to drive the best and you hate working on your truck.
At the axle end of the OUO track bar we keep the factory Ford joint. We do this for many reasons. They are strong and they are the same joint used in the F550’s and millions of Ford trucks since 2005. Yes, they are a wear item, all joints are, but they are robust and do last a long time. They do not need maintenance. They can be replaced, if done correctly, at a very low cost by any shop in the country with no special instructions. It might not seem like a big deal, until you are stuck somewhere with death wobble and no quick way to get back on the road. If you have a factory joint that didn’t last, don’t be discouraged, just replace it and the new one will last much longer. Some of them were bad out of the assembly line because of a supply chain issue.
We do not sell the OUO Track Rod without the OUO Track Rod Bracket because it is one component of a many part system. Just adding an adjustable track rod will do more harm than good because the bump steer and steering chatter will be amplified. It is better to run all of Steady Axis components with Steady Track System. Contrary to the other dishonest suspension companies that will take your money and not give any hoots what your truck drives like as long as they make the sales numbers for the shareholders, One Up Offroad strives to design components to make your truck drive better, for longer.
Teflon Track Rod Joints?
Teflon track rod joints are the aftermarket industry standard. We don’t like them. We don’t recommend them. Teflon joints ride, drive, and last horrible. They have no cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. Teflon joints destroy the rest of the components on your front suspension like your steering box, drag link, and steering shaft joints. Teflon joints will need to be replaced frequently, 10k mile zone. It is not low cost to replace. It does not need service. Teflon joints last less time when wet. Even less time if you trap water in them with a rubber boot. Water and grease will ruin the Teflon liner in these joints. Do not grease a Teflon joint. This would be our last choice to put on any truck. Same goes for using Teflon joints in your Drag Link, they are a bamboozle downgrade. Contrary to the other dishonest suspension companies saying these are not good parts; they are only good at separating you from your money.
If you got bamboozled and now your truck doesn’t drive like you want, we can help.
Our “builders” will let you keep the stuff you can use and update the trash you don’t want to use.