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Old 04-18-2008, 09:42 AM   #99
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Rumors for changes for 2009:

I'd be interested to see what, if any, on this list come about in 09:

Any 09 rumors yet? - Diesel Forum - The Diesel Stop.com

PickupTruck.com - Liner Notes: 2009 Ford Super Duty Gets Spray-In Bedliner

One change on the 2008.5 that may impact those who tow:

Ford makes mid-year Super Duty changes to improve fuel economy - Autoblog

To I get an 08 or wait till 09???

Wife may kill me if I get one now - We just paid our taxes!!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:18 AM   #100
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I wouldn't let a spray in bed liner kill the deal on a current year vehicle. Work it into the deal. My recent Dodge purchase had a full spray in over the rails worked into the deal that was already $900 BELOW invoice.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:06 PM   #101
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That last link indicated that Ford will extend the chin spoiler 3.93 inches. If that will increase fuel economy on my F-250 with 3.73 rear end, could I order a new longer chin spoiler and get better MPG's? Would it be worth it to do so? I know that last one would be price dependent and the first question would be if Ford would sell it to me for my current '08 model, but I can always ask the dealer I guess.
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:20 PM   #102
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Nice Summary

Here's a nice summary of the changes in 2008, pages 11-32 Super Duty Trucks...

2009's are now right around the corner.....
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File Type: pdf whatsnew2008.pdf (2.15 MB, 91 views)
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hi bandit...

that pdf file IS a nice detailing of the NEW features for 08 including vans and rv chassis as well at the f-250-450 series.

here are a few things NOT covered, that are changes between 07 and 08 and that weren't in my first post....

-lariats used to include an alloy wheel for the spare, the 08s it's steel...

unless you order a 5th wheel and pay extra for it.

-the dash now has an ASH TRAY instead of the small driver side glove box...

i use that box for every daily need.

the ash tray is so crappy that pulling it open a few times result in breaking the attachments...

-rear seats no longer FOLD FLAT.

the seat backs used to fold perfectly flat, on the new models they remain tilted at about 15 degrees toward the rear...

-there is now a shoulder harness for the rear center seat position.

-the front wheel well now has a fiber liner, previous models were open under there, so crap collected IN the chrome front bumper...

-they added a small piece of rubber trim between the front/rear door edges...

this is supposed to reduce cabin noise...

-the windshield washer jets are now mounted/drilled into the hood, not located back by the wipers as in previous models...

that means IF there is any ice/snow on the hood, no washer functions...

i spoke with a dealer this week after taking an 08 home for 48 hour test drive....

he had 40 '08s on the lot (that he really wants to sell), but suggested the 09 is "worth waiting for"...

he said they'd know the details of all the upgrades and changes in about 2-3 weeks...

and suggested i wait on ordering until they can run the 09s on the computer...

still the discounts RIGHT NOW are 5,000 on 08s.

the f-350 lariat i took home was very very nice.

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and what's gonna happen to your excursion?

now that's it's tricked out and mod'd someone is gonna get a great vehicle.

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...could I order a new longer chin spoiler and get better MPG's?...
'mate...

the 08s already come with 2 different front spoilers, one is about 2 inches and the other about 4...

IF the goal is to improve mpg via aerodynamics there are some good 'how to' articles online by ford guys who have do all the details...

-lower the truck
-cover the wheels
-change tires
-attach a underbelly fascia
-change mirrors
-change wipers
-modify lower fascia
-cover the bed
-at a tapered tail

and so on...

i suspect the deeper 'chin spoiler' on the current trucks is to INCREASE air turbulence behind it and into the engine bay, for improved cooling...

since these new trucks run much hotter than pre-ulsd technology.

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the new mounted grill is a pain in the head if you must work on one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! be ready for a lot of down time if it breaks!!!!!!!!!!!
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the grill goes UP with the hood, and allows better access to the 7 radiators and cooling units...

how is that an issue unless one hits their head on the raised grill?

also there is now a step-up on the front bumper which improves getting up there to work...

"down time" if what breaks?

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if what breaks ????????????? most any thing in the eng. compartment. as far as the grill try and do any thing under the hood . rest asure , you will not like the grill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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There are a few things I miss from my '05 like the driver's side glove box. I kept my sun glasses, my parking deck entrance card, and my wireless blue tooth cell phone head set in mine. I use the ash tray in my '08 to keep the blue tooth and keep the other items in the larger console. I also miss the arm rest on the captain's chairs. The center console on the '08 is large enough to use as an arm rest, but I still miss the one that was mounted to the captain's chair. I also miss the engine brake. I know the '08 has one, but for some reason it never engages. I used to feel the engine brake engage in tow/haul when towing and exiting the interstate or going down an incline or whatever, but it never seems to engage on this '08 model when it is in the tow/haul mode.

The biggest things I like are the ride and the new front seats. The reason I traded was that the seats and ride of the '05 had begun to irritate a back injury I have so severely that I was having to undergo physical therapy. The new seats fit my back perfectly and the ride is much softer and smoother than the '05. The engine is also much quieter as well.

The improved ride more than makes up for the short comings of the '08 in my opinion.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:36 AM   #108
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The deeper spoiler is worth a shot. We replaced the shortie on my Dad's '87 V8-454 Suburban with a deeper one and believe it may have helped pull more air through the heat exchangers up front. More mileage, I wouldn't know, but that truck is still in the hands of the third owners on the original engine after 200,000 miles. Cost us about $20 ten years ago.
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The deeper spoiler is worth a shot. We replaced the shortie on my Dad's '87 V8-454 Suburban with a deeper one and believe it may have helped pull more air through the heat exchangers up front. More mileage, I wouldn't know, but that truck is still in the hands of the third owners on the original engine after 200,000 miles. Cost us about $20 ten years ago.
I was just in my local Ford dealership scheduling a maintenance appointment for the recent safety bulletin to fix a weld in the front driver's seat and asked about this specific item.

They were not aware that Ford's newer built Superdutys have this. Anyway they gave me a price for the item of around $83.
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he had 40 '08s on the lot (that he really wants to sell), but suggested the 09 is "worth waiting for"...

he said they'd know the details of all the upgrades and changes in about 2-3 weeks...

and suggested i wait on ordering until they can run the 09s on the computer...

still the discounts RIGHT NOW are 5,000 on 08s.

the f-350 lariat i took home was very very nice.

cheers
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and what's gonna happen to your excursion?

now that's it's tricked out and mod'd someone is gonna get a great vehicle.

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Hi 2air,

I'm still sitting on the fence now, but from what I hear on the other forums 09 rumor mill, I may just wait for an 09 instead of the 08. Maybe a Job 2 or Job 3 version instead of the first 09s from Job 1.

I'm not even sure the 6 speed tranny will come out soon - if it does, It may be with the new 6.7 Ford scorpion diesel in 2010... Who knows...

Spied: Ford tests 'Scorpion' 6.7-liter V8 diesel

The Excursion is treating me fine - only had an alternator go out on me in New Mexico on the the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. She still got be back to Silver City to get a new (remanufactured) one at the Ford dealer there...

I just need a larger bed, open for more gear. Prim and I are taking more and more trips that are more off the beaten path... Generator, water, firewood, spare parts, tools, spare propane, all fill up an Excursion quick.

She has 67K miles on her now (the Excursion, not Prim) , and I have a 100K ESP warranty on her. Only had to use that 3 times so far - electronic climate control, some front end part that I cannot remember, and the alternator. No oil leaks, no turbo issues - nothing (knock on wood), but I am religious preventive maintenance and oil changes.

I plan to keep her till 100K, which at the 20-25K per year I put on her now will be pretty soon, hence the early shopping.
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the truck is getting her lubricants and sieves changed...

so i'm driving another 08 lariat, white, f-350, 4x4, short bed, psd, at and with most of the bells and si-reens...

this one has the 3.55 rear and the deeeeeeper front air dam, it's about 6 inches,

so no need to wait on 09s for those 2 items, lets see what really is coming next...

and short beds can now be had with a 30 gallon fuel tank too...

even with 11,700 lb rating, short bed and the camper package, the suspension is MUCH smoother than the last generation....

there are only 4 problems...

-i can't smell the diesel
-there is no noise at idle
-where is my puff of soot during throttle down!
-the ride feels way to much like a car...

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and short beds can now be had with a 30 gallon fuel tank too...
ok pretty funny, no sooner than i mention the fuel tank,

and the nhtsa issues a recall TODAY related to these tanks...

apparently this affects ~65,000 250/350 4x4 156 inch trucks (short beds, crew cabs) with srw...

during a 30 mph frontal crash the tanks can slide forward, leak and go boom.

the fix is a retention strap across the front of the tank...

owners of current short bed crew cab 4x4s can read about it online...

details, details, details...

the recall number is 080C04 and since it was issued TODAY, isn't in their data base yet.

but look under "recalls since yesterday" and it is there, just below an actibrake recall (not on airstreams) also just issued.

ODI - Office of Defects Investigation


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