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Old 11-16-2015, 04:25 PM   #43
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HD has a cure for Batwings...Willie G's favorite Road Glide because he didn't care for wind disturbance on Batwings. Seriously though, I've never heard of this from any family or friends who ride. Never experienced it on my Road King either. Never had it with any of three higher mileage 250-350 work trucks I used to pull conventional and 5th wheels. See, all sorts of learning ops here on the forum!
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:41 PM   #44
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Quick question to those who've owns both 250 and 350 series - do you have comments as to the difference in the towed vs u towed ride between the two? I'd be concerned the 350 heavier springs may be too hard; for me or for my 28W. I don't want to start popping rivets if I took that route.


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Old 11-16-2015, 10:14 PM   #45
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The f350 rides unloaded no different than a F250 .Loaded it does not squat like a F250 and rides smooth,both trucks have progressive leaf spring packs in the rear and each leaf only comes into play as the weight increases.

I run with a Airsafe hitch on my F350 and would do the same if I ran a F250.
The only time I have popped a rivet by the way was with my 2010 F150 Supercrew that was maxed out on payload.We were on the Gunflint Trail in northern Mn and it is a washboard road .We have returned there many times with the F350 and traveled the same roads without incident pulling the same 28ft International.
Drive both you will see for yourself.



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Old 11-17-2015, 05:00 AM   #46
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Understanding this is only one reply on the ride of F350 vs F250, and there may other replies, it may be worth asking that if the trim packages and internal packages are identical; and the cost differential between F350 and F250 is less than the cost of the chrome packages, why would I ever choose the F250 - if factory ordering?
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:21 AM   #47
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F250-F350. As posted have had them both in the past three years. No ride difference I can detect when empty, both ride like trucks. Loaded and towing, F350 rides a little better, with heavier rear springs and axle seems to take hitch weight better.

Navigation things I like. Touch, large screen that I can to to radio functions and all sources by touching screen, large rear back up camera, that can be fine tuned to the hitch ball when close to back under, which I do by myself all the time. Touch on screen for all climate functions. All sync functions on the same screen. Weather map and five day forecast on the screen.

Unless Ford has changed all the above for non - nav equipped, the backup camera is a small screen on the rear mirror, which I cannot see any more. And all functions are a little harder to get at on the dash.

Plus I like technology, so anything new and updated I like and enjoy using.

In PA it costs less to register an F250 than it does an F350 each year. But also in PA one can drop down a weight class for registration purposes, so I've done that, however, when they put my weight sticker in the windshield they put in the one ton sticker. So I pay for 3/4 ton but have the one ton sticker. Cost each year would be my only reason.

In 10,000 miles this summer all over the west, side roads, bumpy roads et al we did not pop a rivet that I can find. With the F250 a couple of years ago on a 4,000 mile trip only over nice roads, we popped five interior rivets I could find. Maybe just luck, but so far that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Old 11-17-2015, 01:25 PM   #48
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Switz, not questioning your wobble on bat wing nor the posts on threads I went to concerning same. Guess I was just lucky, 675,000 registered HD miles in the mileage program, many more prior and the largest percentage with Ultra. Wonder if it's a specific set of circumstances that brings it on or individual bikes only as none of the guys I used to ride with on same type bikes have experienced it either as I questioned them after the posts. Most still ride, I no longer do, figured 50+ years and so many miles luck might catch up to me.

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I've been riding a 2006 Road King Classic for nearly 10 years. The only wobble I ever got was at 115 mph. I thought it was because the bike with windshield, crash bars, and saddlebags is just simply not designed to go that fast.
A Yamaha R1 has no wobble at 130 mph.


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Old 11-25-2015, 11:06 AM   #49
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Penultimate post for me (I think)...

I decided against the wait to the 2017s -- for a couple of reasons. Mostly the added tech to me is just going to be something else to repair after a while (and like Microsoft or Apple products, I always wait for "service pack 2" before adopting something new.

Mostly though -- if the 2017 F250 inherits the current supercrew f150 cabs, while there would be more legroom in the rear, I would loose considerable hip and shoulder room; which at my height of seven feet is a major negative...


So....

submitted to factory order this morning are the following specs:

F250 4x4 Crew Cab Diesel King Ranch Pickup/156 wheelbase
Bronze Fire/Caribou accent
Adobe interior

18" wheels, All-season tires

HD Radio
Rapid Heat Supplemental heater
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Snow Plow Package
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dual alternators
stowable bed extender
tailgate step
tough ben spray in bedliner
cable lock
heated rear seat
3.55 electronic diff

King ranch is normal, not premium: seats, floor mats, cab steps with lights, navi systyem, memory group, remote start and universal garage door opener, 40/console/40 seating.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:28 AM   #50
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NICE RIDE!
You will really enjoy your F-250. If Ford puts the smaller fuel tank on your configuration, have the dealership install a 50 gal tank. It's a direct replacement for the under side unit. It DOES NOT change warranty.

The dealership can reconfigure the fuel system to understand the larger capacity so the fuel management system will report correctly. Simple program setting.

I used Transfer Flow tank because the skid plate and tank are one unit and very strong. (Does not dent or rust)

Congratulations. If you are married, don't let your wife drive it. You will never get it back.

Happy Trails.
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:06 AM   #51
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Don't forget the spare tire, otherwise you will get just a rim. Did you not consider the moon roof? I also did the Transferflow replacement, but mine is gas. Yours being a diesel, with that much volume, you should use one of the additives to maintain the diesel quality. Great list of options BTW.
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:11 AM   #52
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Pappy - not having a moonroof was one of the requisites. I am seven foot in height so cannot drive any vehicle with a sun or moon roofs :-P


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Old 12-09-2015, 06:27 PM   #53
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I just ordered a new F250 3 weeks ago and was debating on 18 or 20 inch wheels.
So I called my tire dealer for advice, and with out hesitation he said to go for the 20 inch wheels that replacement tires would much less expensive.
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A little homework will show that 18"ers are somewhat better for towing. The cost difference in negligible.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:51 PM   #55
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I just ordered a new F250 3 weeks ago and was debating on 18 or 20 inch wheels.
So I called my tire dealer for advice, and with out hesitation he said to go for the 20 inch wheels that replacement tires would much less expensive.
odd -- as all my online checks (goodyear, tirerack, etc.) show the 20" tires run about 20-25% more expensive than the 18"rs when working off both lowest and average pricing. *shrug*
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20's cost more to replace.$1100 for a set of four mounted and balanced at my Ford dealer.I like the way they look on the truck and they work well for me.I have had them on my last four trucks.
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