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Old 07-06-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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On the 4th of July, I celebrated by bring home a new 2011 F250 Diesel Crew Cab 4wd. My old TV was a 2005 F250 with the 6.0L problem diesel. This new truck is a joy. 390 hp with over 700 ftlbs of torque. Smoothest driving 4wd I have ever driven. Whats interesting is that the trailer/towing package has what Ford calls trailer sway control. Basically the computer uses the tranny, braking and throttle to keep your rear end under control. (the truck rear end, not yours personally). Improved exhaust braking as well.
I gotta go put some more miles on it so I can tow something.
One issue. The truck is rated to tow 14,000 lbs and the AS is, lets say 6,000lbs loaded. I currently have 1,000 lbs bars on my hitch, which I know is way too much. I gotta see what the lightest bars are that I can get. I'm not sure I even need the bars really.
Either that or I gotta get a much heaver AS.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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congrats on the new truck...

but...

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so at the very least SHARE THE DETAILS (color, trim, options)

i had an f350 ordered but the dealer mucked the order...

so it was on to something else.

the axle/spring rating for the 05 and the '11 are identical (6100/6000)

unless either truck has some ODD combination of features or wheelbase.
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the 11 has LONGER, more progressive leaf springs at the rear, but with the same axle...

so it SHOULD (and they definitely do) ride 'softer'.

so IF the old truck/hitch combo was ok, there is NO reason to swap spring bars.
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many of the 11s are spec'd with 20 inch wheels and lower profile tires...

so THAT may affect the ride/towing some in a good or bad way.
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btw the YAW sensor that helps to 'control' the truck rear end...

most definitely will control YOUR rear end too...

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390 hp with over 700 ftlbs of torque.
....and I thought 260HP/260TQ was over kill for our 23'
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....and I thought 260HP/260TQ was over kill for our 23'
Can you ever really have enough torque ?
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:12 PM   #5
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Pics tomorrow

Lets see,
Charcoal Grey Metallic
F250 4wd CC Diesel
18" Wheels with conti's
Short bed, Getting Line-X'd on Friday
Microsoft Sync - still trying to figure that out.

The ride is most definitely more smooth. My wife loves it. And she loves the quiet. We can actually talk inside the truck.

The 1000lb bars where way to much on my other truck. I inherited the hitch when I bought the trailer. I always put them on the 1st link and I hope thats soft enough.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:13 AM   #6
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My Ford dealer won't let look at the new trucks any more - I tend to drool all over the leather interior...

I've even tried staging a 'slip' on a wet floor to throw out my back so I can settle for a new truck 'swap' for damages, but they're on to me for that as well...

Maybe Ikpills will let me salivate over their new rig if we're parked nearby - I promise to keep my distance....

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Sounds like a nice truck. Please keep us updated on fuel mileage over the years.
You may need to adjust the tension in your spring bars...you should not need to replace them.
There is a reason these are adjustable. If the bars are rated for 1000# of force, that is the max. The min force would be equal to the weight of the bars alone.
(I am sure some one here will try to sell you new ones anyway...)

Best of luck with the new hauler. These new Fords are real nice, with some very innovative features.

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Old 07-07-2010, 02:44 PM   #8
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Sounds like a nice truck. I just bought a 2010 Ford F-150 and absolutely love the ride and engineering. Does your truck also have the built-in anti-sway feature?

One thing I learned the hard way, my truck uses the low profile (LP) mini fuses. You might want to check and see if yours uses them, too. I had a couple blow while working on my pigtail wiring and thought I was covered with my large supply of regular mini fuses until I discovered my truck uses these new type fuses.
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What was the mileage with and without the AS and where did you go?? Thanks
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Sounds like a nice truck. I just bought a 2010 Ford F-150 and absolutely love the ride and engineering. Does your truck also have the built-in anti-sway feature?

One thing I learned the hard way, my truck uses the low profile (LP) mini fuses. You might want to check and see if yours uses them, too. I had a couple blow while working on my pigtail wiring and thought I was covered with my large supply of regular mini fuses until I discovered my truck uses these new type fuses.
Yes, it does have the anti-sway feature. I haven't had the chance to try it yet. I only have 320 miles on it right now and I'm trying to get at least 700, which Ford recommends, before towing anything. But I will!
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What was the mileage with and without the AS and where did you go?? Thanks
I haven't gotten a chance to tow with it yet. I'm planning a 4 day trip in August up the coast. By then I should have the truck broken in and ready to go. I'll keep track of the mileage
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Okay, here is a pick of the new rig!
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thx 4 da pix!

that's a good lookin' color combo and a sharp lookn pickup truck!

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SWEEEEET!!! Nice looking rig!!!
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