Video: 2014 Ram 3500 Trounces 2014 Ford F350 in Frame Twist Test


This video has been circulating for over a year and a half and is still getting some major viewership. The virality of the video may also be due in large part to the absolute vitriol being spewed out by Ford-loyal commenters (and Dodge Ram-loyal, for that matter), who are howling mad over the clear evidence of some incredibly questionable engineering. But hey, don’t take our word for it, read was Tyler Grant, who first posted this video of a 2014 Ram 3500 challenging a 2014 Ford F350 in a frame twist test, posted:

“When I uploaded this video three months ago, I can say that I was completely unaware, naive almost, to the fierce loyalty that most truck owners have to their preferred brand. Believe me, this video was not meant to slander, insult, or belittle anyone. It was, and is meant to be educational. The fact of the matter is that frames are not supposed to flex or bend – they are what holds things together. Body panels attached to a flexible frame will kink, wrinkle, and spot welds will eventually break.

“The argument was made that off-road vehicles have frames that flex to help absorb shock. I disagree. Look at trophy trucks, dune buggies, and even dirt bikes. Their frames are all solidly built using beams that make triangles which we all know cannot be deformed by design (bridges are made like this). It is the job of the suspension to absorb the bumps, potholes, crevices, and uneven terrain.

“Switch back to road-going vehicles, like these two trucks. Will either of these trucks encounter a situation where the frame will be placed under this kind of stress in an every-day situation? Most likely, the answer is no. The reason vehicles last so long these days is because they are over-engineered to withstand stresses and strains that we consumers will likely never even try. But, isn’t it nice to know you can have a vehicle that can and will hold up to this type of stress if or when it is ever called to do so?

“On the point of past history that many have mentioned… Every brand of vehicle, especially the “Big Three”, have been through their share of substandard quality, lackluster performance, poor dependability, and questionable longevity. Some of you may not be old enough to remember when vehicles coming out of Japan were considered junk. Look at them now. The same can be said of Ram Trucks.

“That huge departure from the conventional pick-up body style that happened in the earlier 1990’s left a lot of truck owners and potential buyers scratching their heads. Transmissions weren’t so great, dashes cracked, styling was questionable. But trying to say that new trucks are going to perform and last like models from 10, 15, and 20 years ago is like saying that everything you now know as a 30-year old you already knew at the age of ten.”

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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