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Old 03-17-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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2014 F 150 Eco Boost Questions

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.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:48 AM   #2
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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.

MaxTow differences:
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.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:49 AM   #3
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Here is the Ford doc where I got my information.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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LT Tires a must have, I have 20 inch wheels and King Ranch. Tows great and hold the road. In my case I do not have airbags or timbers. I don't seem to need them the way I load the trailer and nothing to speak off in the truck bed. I do not find any lack of power and torque thru all gears up to 5th at 60mph. No screaming like the 5.4 l V8 Triton i used to have.

I am at the limit with my Trailer measured 9500 lbs.

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I tow with a 2013 crew cab eco with standard tow package, that does have integrated brake controller. It has a 9200 lb tow rating where the max tow would have a 11300 lb rating. My trailer has a 5800 lb dry weight and the truck tows it fine. I did buy some mirror extensions for it since the stock mirrors don't extend out. If you're going to stay below 8000 lb max trailer the standard tow package should work.
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More power to you B and B. No way would i be towing/starting/stopping that much trailer with a 1/2 ton.;o)
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More power to you B and B. No way would i be towing/starting/stopping that much trailer with a 1/2 ton.;o)
You don't have to stop it- it has it's own brakes. And as far as starting- you clearly haven't towed with an Ecoboost. Would you pull 16,000 with a 1 ton? If so you'd be towing ~1.6x the weight of the TV. At 9500 you are towing ~1.4x the weight of the TV with the F150 Ecoboost. I don't see the problem or what is so scary about that??????
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I have a 2014 F150 SCrew XLTEcoboost and love the towing package. I put LT tires and airbags on it. I was looking at getting a stiffer shock, but they don't make Rancho's or Bilsteins (sp) for the model that I have.
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I have a 2014 F150 SCrew XLTEcoboost and love the towing package. I put LT tires and airbags on it. I was looking at getting a stiffer shock, but they don't make Rancho's or Bilsteins (sp) for the model that I have.
I am pretty confident you will have the exact same shock I have on my 2013. The Rancho RS9000XL, model number RS999384 is the one that fits the rear.
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