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Old 12-15-2012, 09:43 PM   #43
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Here is the new setup. Turns out I was able to use the shank and ball mount from my yukon xl, I did not have to change a thing. Couple of things, this one is a standard shank extension, note in the original photos how much further out the ball mount is from the receiver, second, I think the front of the trailer is down a little bit from previous setup, not much, but a little. A little more level that previous setup. We'll see how it tows, I have found that trailers tow a bit better with the front just a smidge on the high side.

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OEM bump stops still TBD as well as single shock steering stabilizer. Those are on order.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:28 PM   #44
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Got the truck back today with all FORD OEM parts back on it. What a difference! Also had the ball joints done. The ride is much better from a stiffness perspective, more like the Dodge I had. Also, steering is night and day tighter and more responsive. Height difference is significant. Kit turned out to be a Donahoe. Apparently it is a nice kit but I am just happy to have it off. Will set up the rig tomorrow and take some pics.
Few seem to understand, or wish to try, how important is steering response. Feel cannot be overstated in importance when towing.

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Old 12-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #45
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13.2 mpg without the lift kit over 1130 miles. All terrains. Route was Tucson - Quartzsite - Lake Havasu - Oatman - Seligman - Williams - Grand Canyon - Williams - Flag - Cottonwood - Tucson.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #46
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elolson,

Just read thru your thread. You done 'da good thing. Getting it level and balanced is very important.

Noticed on your last set of photo's.....

Get a spring D-lock pin and run your umbilical thru it to get it up out of harms way.

Any plans for sway control?

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13.2 mpg without the lift kit over 1130 miles. All terrains. Route was Tucson - Quartzsite - Lake Havasu - Oatman - Seligman - Williams - Grand Canyon - Williams - Flag - Cottonwood - Tucson.
Nice start. Very nice!
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #48
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Sway control? I had the Reese dual cam setup on my old truck. It worked great. You can see the attachment points in the pics where I have removed the arms. I have the truck at the dealer now for a rear diff pinion seal and a 4 wheel brake job. The brakes were dragging a bit, plenty of pad, but I think they were cutting into my mileage by not fully sliding away with the calipers. I could hear them rubbing driving around town. On some of the truck forums, apparently, this can be an issue with these trucks effecting mileage.

My plans are to drop the ball mount 1 hole and then work with the weight distribution to get the trailer level. Right now I am using 600lb bars but I have 1200lb bars. Then I might stick the Reese dual cam back on. However, it is just really nice not hearing the racket around turns and backing up. Plus the truck is a 1 ton, 4 door, long bed, with dual rear wheels and a 900lb engine sitting over the front axle. This is a very stable setup.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:19 PM   #49
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SAWEET!!! now you are on the right track. Your getting just about the same milage as my 2wd srw is The older truck did have a history of draggin brakes. I heard you can upgrade to new slide bolts and it helps eliminate that. I Think my truck is doing that on 1 wheel. When I back up slow, and release the brakes it makes a funny clunk about a sec after I let off the peddal.

I only wish I had a 1300 mile trip to go on. My trailer hasnt moved in 2 months, its cold, rainy and windy here. Make me want to move to Tucson!
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Plus the truck is a 1 ton, 4 door, long bed, with dual rear wheels and a 900lb engine sitting over the front axle. This is a very stable setup.

Close enough to mine. Just remember that Front Axle Load Restoration via WD is all done with static measurements on the scale. The forces impacting the TV while going down the road aren't static, but dynamic. That lever arm from the hitch ball back to the center of the TT axles exerts thousands of pounds in adverse circumstance . . so, spreading over three axles instead of centering it on one, can make a real difference.

Also makes for a better ride, IMO. I ran the road yesterday with a 1k hitch weight on the rear (no WD) and missed it every mile. Made a long day longer.

Agreed wholly about brake drag on TV affecting mpg. A WD hitch is also beneficial in this regard (fewer steering corrections, for starters).

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:55 PM   #51
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the comments and your experience. I went to the 4CU picacho peak rally these past few days. It is a roughly 45 mile drive. I dropped the ball mount 1 notch and went to 5 links on the weight bars. Not good. It wanted to wiggle around, fortunately the truck would not let it. While camped I moved the mount back to where it was and where it will stay. It was a great drive back. Brakes do not drag at all now.

So like the straw man, I have no brain, thus I have created the following list:
1) Regulated fuel crossover and return system
2) Stage 1 injectors
3) MDRP 4'' 304SS
4) International up-pipes
5) GTP38R turbo
6) A chip to run the injectors and take advantage of the turbo

Should be plenty of horses to pull my little 'ol excella.

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