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Old 05-11-2015, 02:12 PM   #11
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I have same truck, but a '13. Pulling a total of 10k lbs total. No problem on flat land. Probably won't go to mountains. Getting abt 8 mpg.

Do you have the Aux tranny cooler and what gears? According to the Ford Mechanic and Service Mgr. they said with my 3.55 gears they were tall enough to pull close to 11K even though mine states 9800#? Only difference between max tow is Aux cooler, 3.73 gears and 18" tires instead of 20 but I am dumping Pirelli's for BFG KO/2's for a LT instead of a P rated.


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I thought it was verified if you had either towing package (standard or max), you have the same super cooling radiator and there is no difference in the cooling systems.

I looked up my non-max tow build sheet and it listed the super cooling whatever it is called.

I think the difference between an FX4 crew standard tow eco and a max tow eco are the mirrors, gearing and 18 inch wheels. In other words, not much...but you do get a better payload sticker which would sure be nice...no doubt about that.

I could be completely wrong as well.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:36 PM   #13
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I thought it was verified if you had either towing package (standard or max), you have the same super cooling radiator and there is no difference in the cooling systems.

I looked up my non-max tow build sheet and it listed the super cooling whatever it is called.

I think the difference between an FX4 crew standard tow eco and a max tow eco are the mirrors, gearing and 18 inch wheels. In other words, not much...but you do get a better payload sticker which would sure be nice...no doubt about that.

I could be completely wrong as well.


Yeah Ford leaves you guessing on some items. I thought there was an Aux cooler, I will find out and repost, but not getting those mirrors, pair is $650 and installation is $350, besides the ones I have work fine. Many ppl told me 3.55 are tall enough to tow up to max not that I would but a friend who is a retired Ford mechanic said they are a PITA to swap so not going to 3.73's. I like my 20"s stock black rims so sticking with them just adding BFG's when Pirelli's are done.


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I get 8 Miles per gallon towing #7000 With 3.73 gears.
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Yeah Ford leaves you guessing on some items. I thought there was an Aux cooler, I will find out and repost, but not getting those mirrors, pair is $650 and installation is $350, besides the ones I have work fine. Many ppl told me 3.55 are tall enough to tow up to max not that I would but a friend who is a retired Ford mechanic said they are a PITA to swap so not going to 3.73's. I like my 20"s stock black rims so sticking with them just adding BFG's when Pirelli's are done.


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2015 models have the highest tow rating with the 3.55 gears. I've always said that there is no need for lower gears than 3.55 with the 6 speed tranny and torque curve of the EB. Only reason for lower gears is to keep the engine revving higher- not needed to stay in the torque curve on the EB. My doc on the 2013 models indicate that there is a 51 tube versus 41 tube radiator on the MaxTow- trans cooling is same. I suppose if I was pulling at max through Death Valley in the middle of the Summer at 70mph I might notice a difference in the 51 and 41, but I think they were mainly just looking for some really cheap changes they could make to justify people getting the MaxTow.
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I have the charcoal version of your appearance package wheels and I do like them quite a bit but I am debating switching to 18" wheels if I move to LT tires...it just seems to open up a few more tire options. I am going to try and get one more season out of the pirelli tires though. I am right about the same mileage as you. I will be anxious to hear your feedback as you make any changes as it will help fuel my future decisions.
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I was getting 12.5 mpg my last trip that had lots of hills
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I have the charcoal version of your appearance package wheels and I do like them quite a bit but I am debating switching to 18" wheels if I move to LT tires...it just seems to open up a few more tire options. I am going to try and get one more season out of the pirelli tires though. I am right about the same mileage as you. I will be anxious to hear your feedback as you make any changes as it will help fuel my future decisions.

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