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Dave H M

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Posted: 04/05/20 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My take follows ScottG's.

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Since you have time, I would wait until the new Ford 7.3L gets 2~3 years of miles on them and then consider one. Give them time to get the bugs worked out and get the inevitable improvements new vehicles always get.

One thing that currently seems odd is that the F250 only has 2 axle choices, 3.55 and 4.30. Typically there is a 3.73 in there.

The F350 has a choice of 3.73 and 4.30.

Max tow rating on F250/F350 7.3L gas are an amazing 18,000-20,000 lbs (5th wheel).

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I think TFL also did a run up Ike with the 7.3, older videos of the ford 6.2 showed good performance out of that motor as well. Lots of good choices!

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The heavier the rig you are going to tow, the more sense it makes to do it with a diesel. Talk with 5er owners.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

ScottG wrote:

Since you have time, I would wait until the new Ford 7.3L gets 2~3 years of miles on them and then consider one. Give them time to get the bugs worked out and get the inevitable improvements new vehicles always get.

One thing that currently seems odd is that the F250 only has 2 axle choices, 3.55 and 4.30. Typically there is a 3.73 in there.

The F350 has a choice of 3.73 and 4.30.

Max tow rating on F250/F350 7.3L gas are an amazing 18,000-20,000 lbs (5th wheel).


That's a heck of a spread. I wonder if they'll bring back the 3.73 if the public keeps asking.
I'm cruious what the eng speed is in top gear at 60 with the 4.30? I realize it wont be towing in that gear (?) but we end up doing a fair amount of bob-tailing once we get someplace.


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ScottG wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

ScottG wrote:

Since you have time, I would wait until the new Ford 7.3L gets 2~3 years of miles on them and then consider one. Give them time to get the bugs worked out and get the inevitable improvements new vehicles always get.

One thing that currently seems odd is that the F250 only has 2 axle choices, 3.55 and 4.30. Typically there is a 3.73 in there.

The F350 has a choice of 3.73 and 4.30.

Max tow rating on F250/F350 7.3L gas are an amazing 18,000-20,000 lbs (5th wheel).


That's a heck of a spread. I wonder if they'll bring back the 3.73 if the public keeps asking.
I'm cruious what the eng speed is in top gear at 60 with the 4.30? I realize it wont be towing in that gear (?) but we end up doing a fair amount of bob-tailing once we get someplace.


The base tire package is around 32".

With 4.30's in 10th gear (0.632:1) that puts you at ~1700rpm with the converter locked.

Obviously you won't tow in 10th, but unloaded it should cruise around that rpm.

That is great, especially for 4.30 gears. I really don't see you gaining much in the way of fuel mileage dropping down to 3.55's...definitely not enough to offset the loss in towing ability.

* This post was edited 04/05/20 07:56pm by parker.rowe *


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Shoot, that’s awesome! Could pull 4.56s and have good cruising rpms too!


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