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Old 10-26-2015, 10:46 AM   #141
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(And I will take the dually Dodge Cummins for a heavy tow over any F150)

Who wouldn't, if there were no other considerations, except bigger is better?

The real question has been, if you're within the rated towing specs of any truck, why not?


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Old 10-26-2015, 05:58 PM   #142
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Who wouldn't, if there were no other considerations, except bigger is better?

The real question has been, if you're within the rated towing specs of any truck, why not?


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First off- everyone lies. I see it in my business everyday.
Auto manufacturers lie...every day.
They just can't wait to out do other manufacturers in spec ratings for their commercials. And RV dealers love them also- they can sell you a bigger trailer.

I've seen 4 runners towing 6k plus trailers. Is it within "spec"...maybe.
Is it prudent? With a coil and linked rear suspension and a light payload rating?
IMO- HELL NO.
That thing starts to swap in a panic swerve and you are done.
I have seen my fair share of trailers on their side.

Me- I prefer 2 finger driving rather than white knuckling it down the road to my vacation.

At least you have a leaf rear suspension- that helps.
What type of rear end does that F150 have- is it a 9 inch?
You need at least that.
Full floater preferred.
The go and stop of these newer trucks and trailers is by far better than the past. It's the weight, chassis, suspension flex, tire flex that can get you in trouble when weight starts to transfer laterally.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:16 PM   #143
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:39 PM   #144
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The way to tell what size you have is get under the back end and count the bolts that hold the rear cover on. 10 bolts is the 8.8 and 12 is the 9.75. Varies by year and options.

in 2015 - Underneath, both the 8.8-inch and 9.75-inch rear axles (dependent on powertrain and towing capacity limits) have been shaved and modified to save a small amount of weight
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:26 PM   #145
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The way to tell what size you have is get under the back end and count the bolts that hold the rear cover on. 10 bolts is the 8.8 and 12 is the 9.75. Varies by year and options.

in 2015 - Underneath, both the 8.8-inch and 9.75-inch rear axles (dependent on powertrain and towing capacity limits) have been shaved and modified to save a small amount of weight
Or, you could just input your VIN here: FordEtis home page

Then click the small arrow listed as "Minor details" and get the exact build details for your particular F150.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:51 AM   #146
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his combo will keep up with the Kia's struggling at 35mph up Eisenhower tunnel.
Really ! my kia soul would pull the tunnels at 65 no issues .
haven't seen a 18wheeler pull the tunnel faster then 20 mph .

and yes i hauled my truck mounted pop up with a 3/4
pull my 29xlr with a 3/4 wouldn't go less

at 8346 tt a 150 is fine but a 250 would be great
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:43 PM   #147
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I have students in three different Ford dealerships.

I went and saw them today...
Managed to see an ecoboost torn apart at each dealer. All three had less than 50km on them. All three in for timing chains and guides.


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Old 11-09-2015, 09:13 PM   #148
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Thanks for that info, Kenny kustom! I'll be sure to have my rig checked out by a Ford dealer in the coming weeks since we are now camped for the winter.
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Just a word of advice.

Syn oil. Change every 5km.

If you hear the SLIGHTEST tick on startup... Take it in.


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Old 11-09-2015, 10:52 PM   #150
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Timing chain stretch is due to fuel dilution, oil shear from twin turbos, and extended oil change intervals in the Ecoboost engine. Direct Injection in a gasser is not a great idea...too much fuel wash particularly on cold starts thins the oil down with fuel.. Couple this with oil shear from a high revving twin turboed V6 and a 5w30 oil you will have problems with the chain.

My solution which worked on my first F150 and I follow religiously on my second F150 EB is simple: 5w40 oil in the summer months and 0w40 oil in the winter months...minimize short trips and max of 5,000 miles between oil changes. SIMPLE!
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