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Posted: 02/09/18 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn’t worry about the weight difference. A TC only adds a little weight to the front axle.
If all you’re going to carry is a TC, you may want to consider 3:42 gears, with the Aisin you will have plenty of power.
I don’t think 3:73 will gain much if anything for mpg. Someone posted that 3:73 are a little to high to run in 6 th gear and low for 5th causing high RPM.
The Big Horn is a nice package.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

Not my direct experience, but heard that from tow truck drivers.
They order 4WD not for the traction, but fro extra weight on front.
This way they can hook up heavier vehicles without lifting front in the air.
So yes, if you plan to tow heavy trailer on stinger behind TC, the extra weigh on front will help.
Not that the weight might be worth the money spend.


Edit, nevermind.


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I hit 5500 on my front axle heavily loaded and with a full water tank. I believe I added 350+ on the front axle. That doesn't give you much wiggle room on the front. My freshwater tank is pretty far forward, don't know about a AF.
I went with 3.73 only because towing the 5th with 3.42 I usually have to lock out 6th gear to prevent it from hunting. Not a big deal but...

I've about got my truck stripped of the TC equipment for the trade in. Bigwig came off OK. Maybe just my imagination but it seems to ride a lot better on bumpy city streets now. Torklift tiedowns are off. Jeez man those front ones are almost as hard to take off as to put on. I had a fish wire left over from something (Curt front receiver?) that fit the 1/2" bolts perfect, but I thought I would never get that back up plate pulled out of the frame. Finally got a little grip on it with small jewelers pliers and wiggled it out. I thought I would just leave it and the bolt in the frame. Called Torklift and they wanted $4 each plus postage. Naa, kept trying. I may try a 2 1/2" long bolt going back on. I barely have room to use needle nose vise grips to hold the bolt while I remove the fish wire, hold the bracket, and start the nut with one hand.
Only reason I have 4x4 is boat ramps and east Texas mud. I really needed it one time in the middle of nowhere. But that added front axle capacity turns out handy.
edit add: The Curt fish wire part# is 58400. Amazon has it for $2.10 "add-on". Anyone needing fish wire to install Torklift tie downs might try this rather than the Torklift supplied ones.

* This post was edited 02/10/18 06:16am by TxGearhead *


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Posted: 02/11/18 08:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My front axle w/camper is 4850 and 4780 without.


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On my 2WD dually (Ford F350), front is 4480 unloaded, 4550 with camper loaded. Two people and some stuff in the cab will add to the front, empty or loaded.

I used to have 4WDs but for the once every 3 years I engaged it, decided to leave it behind. An interesting data point is to look at the extended warrantee price of 4WD vs. 2WD. Apparently the manufacturers thing 4WD are expensive to repair.


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HMS Beagle wrote:

On my 2WD dually (Ford F350), front is 4480 unloaded, 4550 with camper loaded. Two people and some stuff in the cab will add to the front, empty or loaded.

I used to have 4WDs but for the once every 3 years I engaged it, decided to leave it behind. An interesting data point is to look at the extended warrantee price of 4WD vs. 2WD. Apparently the manufacturers thing 4WD are expensive to repair.


My Dodge is 4x4 (6x6??) and I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't use the 4wd feature so much for the added traction from the front wheels, I use it for the transfer case. All the time! Whether I'm backing up with just the camper, the camper pulling the trailer - or maneuvering a big trailer loaded with 5 cords of firewood - the extra gearing of the transfer case is a BIG plus.


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when I saw the build sheet for the truck I just ordered, I was pleasantly surprised to see the following

The dual rear wheel group includes option DJM = 6000# front axle.

but yet all the Body builder paperwork shows 5500#.


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Posted: 02/28/18 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would consider having some type of heavy duty wench just to get your rig unstuck though.

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ctilsie242 wrote:

I would consider having some type of heavy duty wench just to get your rig unstuck though.


Love them heavy-duty wenches. They can do so much more around camp than just get the rig unstuck!

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I am considering a really big wench.

Good Sams club, $59.99 per year, they will spend up to 2.5 hours winching me out up to 60' off the road.

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