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Old 06-03-2011, 08:52 AM   #71
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EpicCowLick has a few nice videos on things he's done to his SD, including adding the Titan Tank.
I have a question: Why wouldn't you just add an auxillary fuel tank in the bed of the truck?

I added a 60 gallon unit to my 2010 Dodge 3500. The install was much easier. I plumbed it to where the fuel will flow as needed to the main tank. Now, I have a total fuel capacity of 97 gallons. All of which can be filled through the auxillary tank.

The auxillary tank is also less costly. Less than $1,000.00.

One more thing: It's kinda cool to fill both tanks and then drive for about 900 or so miles before the fuel gauge ever begins to move.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:09 PM   #72
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I have other things in the bed, but mostly because it is covered and would not be easy to access a fill cap.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:55 PM   #73
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Not arguing for or against, but I LOVE our additional 50 gallon tank (giving us 80 gal total capacity). Just hurtful when you fill up, great every other minute. Mine is a 2008 F250 short bed, not that it matters for this discussion.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #74
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mostly because it is covered and would not be easy to access a fill cap.
I agree with you there. That was a concern for me, too. But, fortunately, our truck stays in the garage when we are home.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:25 PM   #75
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I made the mistake of driving one today. Wow!

I think it needs a permanent home; the wife disagrees.

I had to be towed in Monday night and went to the dealership shop to check on the progress on my '08. It was only natural to take a peek at these new ones...

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #76
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I made the mistake of driving one today. Wow!

I think it needs a permanent home; the wife disagrees.

I had to be towed in Monday night and went to the dealership shop to check on the progress on my '08. It was only natural to take a peek at these new ones...

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I'm curious... you have an '08 and the difference is a wow? I have an '08 and love it - sounds interesting!
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I'm curious... you have an '08 and the difference is a wow? I have an '08 and love it - sounds interesting!
I love my '08 too. Though it let me down big time Monday.

I only spent about 15 minutes driving this one. The "wow" is associated with a notable improvement in take off power, turbo performance and smoother shifting than my '08. In addition, the cabin is much quieter and the ride in the FX4 model is better than my std 4X4. Other things I like include: center console heating/air vents for rear, headrests, seat coolers, inverter, rear seat storage compartments, and the electronics.

Salesperson did offer this - which I thought was interesting; "you won't notice much improvement, if any, in fuel economy than what you have in your 2008 - which has been a bit of a dissappointment with these new engines".

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:08 PM   #78
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I agree with you there. That was a concern for me, too. But, fortunately, our truck stays in the garage when we are home.
Wish I could get mine in the garage. Actually I meant the truck bed has a tonneau cover. 50 gallons is enough for me and I would rather use the space under the truck than the dry storage in the bed.
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OK, so I love my Big Red diesel truck, but at times the shifting seemed pretty hard when not towing. I was reading on the truck forums about TSB-11-04-21 and took mine in this morning for the reflash on the PCM & TCM. Knowing I was going to take it in, I've been paying real close attention to how it acts (when cold & warm) and now after only 20 miles in stop/go 5pm traffic I can tell it's shifting a lot smoother. Before, when coasting along in 2nd then light acceleration would give me a pretty hard shift into 3rd. We'll see how it goes the next couple weeks. I'll being towing a few hundred miles in 2 weeks. All trucks built after 4-21-11 already have this version of code.
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Yep...the 2011 F250 diesel is a WOW!! Purchased one when they first came out late last summer. Tow my 27FB Int with a ProPride. You can hardly tell it's back there...except for the extra gas it burns up. However, on a recent trip from Michigan to North Carolina I got 17.4 average fuel economy with the Stream behind me. Incredible!!! That TSB-11-04-21...is that a reflash on the new diesel in the F250??
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Yes, F250-F550 Superduties with 6.7L Diesel. I don't think the gasers had the hard shifting issue. When they did the 400HP/800TQ upgrade they adjusted the shift points, and now again with TSB 11-4-21. They didn't get it perfect at first, but they sure are working hard to get there.
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However, on a recent trip from Michigan to North Carolina I got 17.4 average fuel economy with the Stream behind me. Incredible!!! That TSB-11-04-21...is that a reflash on the new diesel in the F250??
If I was getting 17 mpg I'd be doing cartwheels. I'm getting about 10.
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If I was getting 17 mpg I'd be doing cartwheels. I'm getting about 10.
I agree - I'd be extremely pleased with that sort of performance. I average 12 mpg towing and 15 commuting with my '08.
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I'll mention that if you're in search of better mileage, your best approach is to slow down:

Ignoring rolling resistance and other parasitic loads, power required to move varies as the cube of the air speed. Say you're getting 10 mpg @ 70.... you'd get something like 13.6 mpg at 60 mph - and around 19 mpg at 50 mph.

The latter figure is likely a couple of mpg too high, since we're ignoring rolling resistance, air conditioner, etc.... but it certainly points out that you can cut your fuel costs easily by 50% if you're currently bombing along at the speed of car traffic.

What this points out, of course, is that mileage measurements that don't include time and distance made good are going to be nice anecdotes, but aren't useful for comparison purposes.

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