1989 Ford F-150 Lariat Specifications

by JoAnn Joubert

The 1989 Ford F-150 was part of the eighth generation of Ford trucks (1987 through 1991). This series introduced a new body style and updated features to the Ford truck line, including rear anti-lock brakes. In 1989, even more features were made standard, and the more luxurious Lariat model was introduced, making the 1989 Ford F-150 a popular truck in its time.

1989 F-150 Engine

The eighth generation of Ford trucks was the first to boast standard rear anti-lock brakes with a five-speed manual transmission. In 1989, automatic locking hubs for the F-150 were added. The four-wheel drive models featured a solid front axle that was hinged in the middle and connected to the actual frame, offering both coil and leaf springs. In addition, the 5.0L truck had an optional "Touch Drive" application for electronic transfers. The F-150 model was a 1/2 ton, with 6,250 GVWR max. And from 1988 to 1991, the engine that came standard with any F-150 was a Windsor 5.8L V8, EFI with 210 horsepower. This particular truck had a fuel efficiency rating of 14 MPG in the city, with a 19-gallon fuel tank. It came standard with a three-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 had front disc brakes and drum rear brakes.

1989 F-150 Dimensions

The Ford F-150 for the 1989 model-year was 210.20 inches in length, with a width of 79 inches. It rode 73.20 inches off the ground, with 40.30 inches of front headroom. Due to independent front suspension, this particular F-150 had a turning radius of 44.90 inches and a wheelbase of 133 inches. The truck came standard with 235/75R15 tires.

Lariat Version

Ford's Lariat version was more luxurious than the standard F-150 model. In 1989, this meant a silver and black grille in place of the standard black grille. In addition, there were optional captains' chairs with a tilt and slide feature. During 1989, automatically locking hubs became a standard feature in the Lariat F-150, making manual locking hubs optional on early Lariat models then standard on the F-150.

About the Author

JoAnn Joubert started writing in 2005, specializing in the areas of equestrian sports, cars and business. She authored a textbook on the creative industries and was awarded for her work on U.S. presidential nomination reform. Joubert holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Louisiana.

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