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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: SW Montana, USA
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Re: O/T new tow rig!
Great score!!! I have almost the exact same truck except in Laramie trim. I also have the FX4 package (better shocks). If you do nothing else, junk the shocks and put on anything else, your safety, and comfort depend on it. Getting on the interstate for a test drive, without the FX4 package, hit a pot hole under acceleration. Just about put the truck in the ditch. The new truck with the better shocks was hardly phased by the same pot hole test.
Now, on to my experience. I have a Late may build date on my engine, when was yours? Mine has been in shop 4 times in 2500 miles, still engine problems. Seems like computer dosn't talk to well with the engine yet. They keep reflashing computer with newer programs still problems. Stumbles off idle. Also, had to replace an injector already. That was very common on the earlier motors until they changed injector design. Mine has new injectors, but some of them must be bad also. They leak fuel into oil. BAD!!!. Too bad Ford would not have done their homework on this one, they are selling them before they have the bugs worked out. BTW, It is Ford. International has had them in their medium duty trucks working fine, for the past 4 years.
Check out the Ford Truck enthusiasts forum for more info on things to look out for. Huge thread on the 6.0L.
Now, on with the the good stuff. with 12,500 lbs behind me, (fifth wheel and Jeep) It will hold whatever speed I want over the passes. I don't know how many times people have set up to pass me at the bottom of a pass, by the time I hit the top, they are way back there. I have gotten up to 21 mpg empty, and around 10 fully loaded (12-15 with just the trailer).
I will be installing some 285x75x16's mud tires on 16x8 wheels for winter driving. Can't go any bigger because of the fifth wheel. Already, have flipped the axles on the trailer and raised it to the highest positions on the shackles to get it to fit the fords box.