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2022 Ford F-250 3.55 Electronic-Locking Rear Axle Won’t Require Towing Packages

As Ford Authority reported in March, the 2022 Ford Super Duty will receive a host of updates including an available 12-inch center touch screen similar to the one in the 2021 Ford F-150, a new Lariat Sport Appearance Package, and new interior and exterior colors, to name a few. Ford Authority also exclusively reported that the 2022 Super Duty will lose its underhood service light and that King Ranch and Platinum trims will come standard with four-wheel-drive. Now, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2022 Super Duty launch that 2022 Ford F-250 buyers will be able to opt for the 3.55-geared electronic-locking rear axle without also having to pair it with a towing package.

Previously, opting for the electronic-locking rear axle with 3.55 gears (X3J) required either the F-250 High Capacity Trailer Tow Package (order code 535) or the F-250 High Capacity, F-250 Trailer Tow High Capacity with Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist Package (order code 53Q).

Now, the 3.55-geared locking rear axle is available on the 2022 Ford F-250 in conjunction with Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke V8 without having to opt for either of those packages. Pairing this option with the diesel F-250 increases the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to 10,400 pounds.

However, this change only applies to F-250 models equipped with the diesel. The other engines in the F-250 Super Duty lineup have their own axle configurations, which will remain unchanged for the 2022 model year. It’s also worth noting that the 3.55-geared electronic-locking rear axle is included with the Tremor Off-Road Package (17Y).

As Ford Authority reported last month, 2022 Ford Super Duty production is currently scheduled to begin at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on July 9th, 2021, and at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant on July 22th, 2021.

However, these dates may change as a result of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. 2021 Super Duty production has been severely impacted by the shortage, leading Ford to stash thousands of unfinished models near the Kentucky Truck Plant in recent weeks.

We’ll have more on the 2022 Ford Super Duty soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord Super Duty news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Tony Crochet

    With all the changes occurring, before production starts, on the 2022 F250 models, how is this affecting the trucks that have been previously ordered by customers? Will the changes be added without customer knowledge or will the truck be built as ordered? I was told by my dealer that a 12” screen was standard in my king ranch order. Will I be contacted before production of my truck is being built for any changes I may have or new options?
    Thank you for your response

  2. Jambo

    FYI– If a 2022 F250 is not equipped with the High Capacity Tow Package the rear axle is not upgraded from the Ford Sterling 10.5″ 6200lb axle to the F-350 Dana M275 7280lb axle. The upgraded axle ratios (i.e. 3.55) are available on both the Ford Sterling 10.5″ 6200lb axle as well as the Dana M275 7280lb axle so please don’t assume you are obtaining a heavier duty axle just because you configure a 3.55 geared axle ratio without the high capacity tow package.


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