Breaking Down the Most Popular Ford Trucks on F-150 Online

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2006 Ford F-150 Drivers Side

Eleventh gen Ford F-150 is the most popular era, but members love talking about the Lightning.

While the focus of F-150 Online‘s forums is the Ford F-150, the site has a wide variety of information on many different Ford F-Series  trucks and SUVs. We got to wondering which truck or type of truck was the most popular on the site, so we sorted the generational sections and the model-specific sections by thread count, replies, and views to see which era or model of the Ford truck was the most popular on the site.

The Most Popular Vehicle Section

If we focus strictly on threads and posts, it is easy to see which era of Ford trucks are the most popular on the site. The SVT Lightning section has amassed 70,235 threads, making it the most popular vehicle section on the forum. Those 70k+ threads have led to 743,296 posts, which is also the highest number of any of the vehicle section.

2004 F-150 Lightning Burnout

Other package-specific or body-specific sections on the site include those for the Harley-Davidson models, the King Ranch, the SVT Raptor, the Excursion, the Expedition, the Lincoln Blackwood/Mark LT, and the SuperCrew. If you add up all of the threads and posts from those sections, they still fall well-short of the Lightning.

The Most Popular Era Section

In addition to those sections that focus on individual packages or body layouts, the most popular sections on the forum are those which apply to whole generations of the F-150. The generations are broken down into Pre-1997, 1997-2003, 2004-2008, 2009-2014 and 2015-2018, and while you might guess that the generations with the most model years would be the busiest sections – you would be wrong. In fact, aside from the newest generation, the smallest era of the F-150 is actually the most popular section on the site.

2006 Ford F-150 Side

The 11th generation F-150 section – including trucks from 2004 through 2008 – has accounted for nearly 54,000 threads on the site. Those threads have generated a total of 687,632 posts, leading to an average of roughly 13 posts per thread. Even though the 11th generation only covers five model years, it is far more popular than any of the other four generational sections. In fact, the 11th generation section has more threads and more posts than all of the other F-150 generation sections combined. Even if we add in all of the other vehicle-specific sections aside from the Lightning, the 2004-2008 section is still more popular – leaving no question as to which generation of the F-150 is the most popular within our community.


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11th Gen F-150 Versus Lightning

You might be wondering whether the 11th generation F-150 or the Lightning section is more popular. Based purely on thread count and post count, the Lightning has a commanding lead in both metrics. However, if you go into those two sections, the threads in the 2004-2008 era section creates far more useful discussion.

2004 Lightning Low Front

In the 11th generation F-150 section, the most active thread has 4,494 replies and 392,562 views whereas the most active thread in the Lightning section has 694 replies and 73,741 views, but that Lightning thread was a marriage proposal from one member to another. The most active Lightning thread that actually pertains to the truck is a project thread with 452 replies and 261,476 views.

The 11th generation F-150 has ten threads with more replies than the most active Lightning thread and while the Lightning section has just the one thread on the first page with more than 100,000 views, the 2004-2008 F-150 section has 12 threads with more than 100,000 views – one of which has a whopping 784,125 views.

2006 F-150 High Angle

Finally, with the two sections at hand being sorted by the number of replies, we have to go to the bottom of the ninth page of the 2004-2008 section to find a thread with less than 100 replies. In the Lightning section, threads with less than 100 replies begin at the top of the eighth page.

So, while the Lightning has more threads with and more views, the 11th generation F-150 section has a greater number of threads with more activity along with having far more threads that are much more active than the most active threads in the Lightning section.

2004 F-150 Lightning Rear

The bottom line is that the F-150Online community love the Lightning, but the 2004-2008 F-150 is the most commonly-discussed truck on the site.

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