Yup, 1999 and up F-250s returned to a solid axle up front on the 4x4s. I don't think anyone can argue that the Cummins is a great engine, but I also don't think you can argue that a Hot Shot's life is quite a bit different than a dump truck's. My buddy had a Dodge 350 dump and went through 3 sets of rear shackles in 4 years. The landscaper I referanced above is on his 5th automatic trans. in his dump. No engine problems though.