BTW, the old 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton scheme does not apply to the Transit 150, 250, 350. Their payload capacities are much higher. For example, the payload on my 250 van is around 3600 pounds, well above 1 1/2 tons.
The old 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton thing does not apply to ANY modern vehicle I'm aware of. My 350HD would be marketed at a 2 1/8 ton if it did.
As for number of studs needed it is influenced by stud size, stud strength, lug nut configuration, wheel strength, whether the wheel is hub piloted and probably a couple of other things I couldn't think of in 30 seconds.
Sprinter T1N's (2002-2006) had 5 lugs, torqued to 177ft lbs on steel wheels. Everything newer has 6. Good metallurgy and also keep in mind that the lugs only hold a fraction of the weight; their purpose is to hold the wheel tight to the hub. It's the flange on the hub that fits into the hole in the center of the wheel that holds the weight.
I believe Katman is correct having looked into this a while back.
Ford gets many $$$ extra for a T350 over a 250 or 150.
The only difference (other than the badge) seems to be the spring rates.
Nice and profitable!
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