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RE: Toyota FJ towing Shadow Cruiser 225 RBS

mhamershock 01/09/20 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

ib516, the early Hemis were solid and reliable. The issues arose when they went to the variable cam system around 2009 which is the Hemis in question. I think the issues are more about the cylinder deactivation process more than the cam phaser. Yes and GM has had similar issues. From what I have read they are sensitive to oil change intervals and quality. If you stay on top of your oil changes they don't seem to have the issues. Don't get us Ford guys started on the VCT issues we are having with the 3.5 EB motor, and previous Ford motors. My 19 developed the cold start rattle within 25k miles of new, and still has it. Sounds like a **** diesel for 3-5 seconds at cold start. The issue goes back years, and Ford has not yet delivered an effective TSB for the Bosch-made VCTs. I change my oil every 5K with full synthetic and it made no difference. Funny thing is not all trucks end up with the rattle. Mike
mhamershock 01/07/20 05:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A little uncomfortable with my set up...

Before you go all bonkers try this: Get the 1200 lb bars. I run this now - the difference from a friction bar setup was MASSIVE. And if it doesn't help at least you will have a decent hitch for your next trailer. M Just want to follow up on this old post. I bought the Husky Centerline with the 1200-1500 bars and WOW! Huge difference. Tows like a dream. It is really good. No sway even at 65-70mph. This was a great cheap alternative. It cost me $230 or so and works phenomenal. Thanks for this recommendation! Thanks for the follow up - glad to hear it worked out so well!!! Mike
mhamershock 10/14/19 12:41pm Towing
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Do remember when the EcoBoost came out 10 years ago (yup! 10 years now...) and this forums was predicting mass doom and gloom? If you believed everything you read on, the highways would be littered by F150s needing turbos and timing chains or burning holes through their blocks. Oh and we'd all be stuck behind lines of cars while some idiot in their V6 grocery getter can't climb hill.... Timing chains (phasers) are sure an issue. LOTS of guys are having issues with the Gen2 motor and a cold start rattle - I am one of them. Ford has come down with the grand "it's normal" response. Gen1s had a lot of issues with stretched timing chains. Turbo failures aren't uncommon (I had one), and more than a few Gen1s holed their blocks in the early days. Overheating under load was also an issue. Course, when you sell as many as Ford has the failure % is pretty low overall. I'm happy with my 40k mile 2018 Gen2 3.5 except for the cold start rattle. Hasn't broken yet, but it sounds like [email protected] ESP covers it I hope if it ever grenades. I dumped the Gen1 EB I had at 120k miles since it was wore out. These small motors get worked hard to make the HP they do.
mhamershock 08/29/19 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Time to become a gearhead. This review is for the Gen 1 Eco. The Gen 2 is an far superior performer.
mhamershock 08/28/19 12:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who has switched from a '16+ max tow F150 to a '16+ HD F150?

I went from a 2011 Max to a 2018 SCREW HDPP, both 3.5TT. It's night and day better. I tow 27' (33 overall) at about 8500 lbs. The HDPP handles it with ease.With 4 people, 3 dogs, a topper, and 1,000 lb tongue weight I am under all limits for the truck. Yes, I've scaled it. Have dealt with 40+ MPH crosswinds along the Oregon coast. Husky Centerline TS hitch and no issues. I've posted a number of tow reviews here. The HDPP is an outstanding tow platform, good for up to 9500 lbs IMHO. MIke
mhamershock 08/28/19 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

So page 500, post 5000. No, not interested. Crazy what some people spend time on.
mhamershock 08/26/19 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5,000 mile F150 Ecoboost 10speed pulling 8,000 review

Tow ratings and payload are one thing ... My little Nissan, now traded and gone, was rated to tow 6100#, 610# tongue wt. Factory tow package. Payload not a problem with the 3300# loaded flatbed trailer I need to tow. All well within limits, trailer brakes included. But... That poor little V6 motor just couldn’t handle the load ;) The Gen 2 Ecoboost motor definitely has no issues with load, esp with a 5* tow tune. It is an amazing motor, way better than the Gen 1. I run out of payload (chassis/axle/brakes) first, even at 2506 on the sticker. But I don't want a 250/350 for a DD so I just load a little lighter. I've been as high as 4700 lbs on the 4800 RAWR and it handled it just fine, and pulled the 8500 lbs easily. Right tool for the job.
mhamershock 08/16/19 10:30am Tow Vehicles
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