Originally Posted by vstrom
I think I have narrowed my new TV down to a 2014 Eco. I know a lot has been written about these trucks and the numbers look good. A couple questions I have:
What's the difference between Max Tow and without Max Tow. From the numbers I've seen, it looks like about 1000 Lbs and a different radiator.
What's the difference with Max Payload? I think I've seen 3 different options for payload numbers. What does Max Payload get you and can it be achieved with after market parts.
I'm looking at either new or slightly used 4x4, would prefer super cab with 6.5 foot bed (would settle for crew cab with 5.5 bed). Would like a XLT model, but would settle for FX4 or King Ranch. The 2014 with Eco Boost are getting a little harder to find, that's why I ask what is acceptable.
Thanks in advance.
To my knowledge, the 2014 and 2013 models and option packages are pretty much identical. My research revolves around 2013 models, so you might want to confirm that is in fact the case.
Different rear springs (20" wheel option trucks have same as MaxTow)
51 tube vs. 41 tube radiator
Trailer Brake Controller (also included in many packages such as my 302A XLT)
Slightly different steering ratio
Tow Mirrors (I added these)
"Upgraded" rear bumper (slightly different design on the receiver hitch- 50lb tongue weight rating difference, IIRC)
3.73 gear ratio
The HD Payload has some upgrades that aren't easy to duplicate. For example:
7 lug HD wheels
Thicker frame than some models (though some non HD setups have same thickness
Heavier rear axle with 4.10 gears
I have a 2013 SCrew 4x4, 3.55 axle ratio regular tow with the following options: Firestone Riderite airbags, load range D tires, Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks, factory tow mirrors. I contend that my setup with these upgrades is a more stable and capable platform than a stock MaxTow regardless of what the stickers say. You are likely to find it near impossible to find a 2014 with the HD payload package, and I would think it is unlikely to find a MaxTow.