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Old 10-28-2006, 12:22 PM   #43
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new fords? yawn!

i work with them at the power company every day.

we have had the new f550's and 450's at work for about 2 years now. here is what i know about them so far.

the seats are hard as rocks.

the power steering is under powered.

it has manual lock out hubs on the 4 wd models.

they are loud.

they smell, i do not know if they have catylitic converters... you cannot breathe when working next to them.

if you plan on doing any work in 4 wheel drive low range with the throttle wide open turn on the windshield wipers first, before you get 100 yards the coolant will blow out of the overflow and go all over the windshield! not kidding!

no voltmeter on dash, you really have no idea if it is charging or not.

and worst yet, do not plan on ever changing tires without the assistance of a well equiped medium duty truck shop. the rims are press fit on the hubs, you need a rim puller and a 1 inch air impact wrench to remove them. get a flat, get a tow truck.

these are my observations after living with them every day.

i like internationals far better.

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Old 10-28-2006, 08:30 PM   #44
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HI, John,

I don't think we're talking about the same trucks. You're talking about the medium-duty/heavy-duty commercial truck range - the big honkers.

Basically, this is an added vehicle in the 250/350 PICKUP series. I'm taking it that these trucks will have user-changeable tires if they are to sell to the RV and hotshot folks. Also, this should indicate that they'll have the same interior accouterment and options as the other models in their range.

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Old 10-30-2006, 12:49 PM   #45
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Yes, this is supposed to be a NEW model in the line-up. You wouldn't have had one for two years already unless you were part of the Ford testing program and then it would have been so camoflaged that you probably wouldn't have known it!

This is something like an F-350 on Steroids! Or as I like to put it, "A truck for the testosteron challenged....or testosteron over indulged!"

It's a great looking truck, and I'd like it in a 3/4, F-250, but it is too much truck for my needs. I especially like the his-n-her temperature control. Never can make the Missus comfortable without sweatin' to death.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:05 AM   #46
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Has anyone tried the MOR / ryde shackel system? If so, how do you rate it ?
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:10 PM   #47
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Has anyone tried the MOR / ryde shackel system? If so, how do you rate it ?
Torsion axles are sensitive to out of balance running gear.

Mor/Ryde equipped axles are "EXTREMELY" sensitive to out of balance running gear.

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Old 12-22-2007, 07:11 PM   #48
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I just received my air-safe hitch. I have not even set it up yet but I am hoping it will help with my new to me Dodge 3500 Dually. I guess if it is still to stiff I will adjust the suspension/springs. Any one done this with a Dodge? I like the idea of more traction and more stability and it makes sense to me to have the stability and if the harshness can be taken out seems like it would be the best set up?
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:38 PM   #49
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Yes, this is supposed to be a NEW model in the line-up. You wouldn't have had one for two years already unless you were part of the Ford testing program and then it would have been so camoflaged that you probably wouldn't have known it!

This is something like an F-350 on Steroids! Or as I like to put it, "A truck for the testosteron challenged....or testosteron over indulged!"

It's a great looking truck, and I'd like it in a 3/4, F-250, but it is too much truck for my needs. I especially like the his-n-her temperature control. Never can make the Missus comfortable without sweatin' to death.

You know what they say about eating your words? Well, I just got back from my first trip towing with my new '08 F-250 PSD Super Duty. It is not a truck for the testosterone challenged...or testosterone over indulged. An F-450 might have been, but believe me, the new F-250 is, if anything, less powerful than the '05 F-250 I traded in on it.

While I've brought it up, I traded because the seats in the '05 were very uncomfortable and aggravated an old back injury I have and the '08 has better riding seats so I traded. The newly designed suspension is also less harsh than the '05's was so it is much more comfortable than the ride in my '05 was on the same 7-1/2 hour one-way tow. While the fuel economy is really bad (9.5 towing vs. 12.6 towing with the '05), I am glad I traded.
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