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Old 08-02-2014, 11:34 PM   #21
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Just ordered a banks stinger kit, since my extended warranty is up. I have an active suspension installed and banks speed brake. My new to me truck camper is the same weight as my old fivers pin weight so I am good to go


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Old 08-03-2014, 12:52 AM   #22
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2001 Ram 2500, currently;

Straight piped, Air dog lift pump, K&N filter.

It's due for brakes, one of my warehouses is hooking me up on drilled and slotted rotors and severe duty Bendix pads. Also stepping up to Mobil 1 synthetic fluid in the rear diff and Amsoil fluid in the trans. All that will happen the first week of September.

This spring I'd like to add Bosch 275 injectors, a cheap, very reliable way to add 50HP, no smoke and should add a few MPG.

It pulls and stops great as it is, I would be mainly chasing a few more MPG, give a bit more confidence in mountainous towing and since it's brakes time anyhow seems like a good idea to enhance them.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #23
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2001 Ram 2500, currently;

Straight piped, Air dog lift pump, K&N filter.

It's due for brakes, one of my warehouses is hooking me up on drilled and slotted rotors and severe duty Bendix pads. Also stepping up to Mobil 1 synthetic fluid in the rear diff and Amsoil fluid in the trans. All that will happen the first week of September.

This spring I'd like to add Bosch 275 injectors, a cheap, very reliable way to add 50HP, no smoke and should add a few MPG.

It pulls and stops great as it is, I would be mainly chasing a few more MPG, give a bit more confidence in mountainous towing and since it's brakes time anyhow seems like a good idea to enhance them.
I forget how many miles my brake pads now have. With 117K miles, I think I've only put brakes on it once. I was looking online last night at "the nationals", and the prices are all over the place.

I looked on RockAuto.com and their SuperDuty brake pads are ridicuously low priced. They look like they've bought out a bunch of overstocks on big name brake parts. $54 delivered for front and rear for Wagner pads--a bargain.

Brake pad replacement is just a quick and easy job--after you jack up the vehicle and get those big tires off.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:10 PM   #24
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The rears are factory with 127,000 on them, they're well due. The fronts are about 50% but the right slide is sticking a bit and has heated the pads up some. It'll be good medicine for it. Time for a tire rotate too.

I've got a busy weekend coming up.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:37 PM   #25
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I once had a friend that was an ex-Ford mechanical engineer, and he worked at Federal Express company car control.

I asked him why they were running all Ford E250 delivery vans.

He said that #1, Ford starters last longer than GM or Chrysler. They were obsessed with how many times a vehicle would be started--so their deliveries wouldn't be stranded and broken down.

But the main reason for going 3/4 ton vans is that the tires and brakes just lasted so long. I'm sure he was also talking about the undercarriage being so tough vs. the 1/2 ton vans.

And the same holds true for 3/4 ton trucks vs. 1/2 ton pickups. They're just so much tougher and more trouble free.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:54 PM   #26
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Bought the SD with the intentions of towing an RV, bought the Lite because it is within the SD's limits.

In retrospect I should have went with the F350.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:58 PM   #27
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my business used to do the route sales for gyms...mostly drinks/water..we used all e250s...its crazy to think back (97-02ish) how badly my guys abused those poor things and how WAY overloaded they probably were most of the time..when I sold off that portion of the business (2004) we had 4 of those vans left, and I don't think we EVER replaced the brakes or a starter....or had any real issues whatsoever...they were bare bones cargo vans...auto, a/c (kinda) haha...and an am/fm radio....tires, gas and an "occasional" oil change...they worked hard and made me good money. kinda wish I had kept one ....
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:14 PM   #28
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My F250 has the camper/tow package, and it has the helper springs like the F350. But my rear axle is 3 1/2" in diameter where the F350 is 4" in diameter for single rear wheel models. (Dually's don't use the Sterling rear end.)
Are you sure about the axle diameter. I'm pretty sure on SRW Superduty trucks the rear axle is exactly the same. Correct that the Dualys use Dana 80 rears (at least in the 7.3 trucks). The Dualys should also have Dana 60 fronts and SWR with Dana 50 fronts in 4x4s... But there are reports on Dana 60s showing up in SWR trucks.

Technically, a F-250 can be configured to be the same as a 350 from the factory with Badges and rear block being the only differences. Mine being one like this. VB code springs and overloads in back. Mine had the camper package ordered on it.

It's got to be a legal or tax issue for states that tax/title based on GVWR that you'd get a 250 instead of a 350.

If I had it to do over again, I'd have gotten a F-350 because technically, I'm overloaded a few hundred on paper when pulling the TT (8800lbs GVWR), but really, the way mine is configured, it's fine.
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Bryce: Everything I learn is on the internet, and that's where I read about the F350 SRW having 4" axle tube. And we know everything read on the internet is 100% accurate. Right?

I've spent the day under my truck adding custom frame braces for the fifth wheel hitch and Air Lift air suspension. I've never seen so many nuts and bolts--but I still have to buy more. I'm getting tired of drilling 1/2" holes--when the frame brace was supposed to have the right hole placements.

If anyone thinks they'll ever get one of the full size fifth wheel trailers like a Big Horn or a Montana, they need the 1 ton dually truck.

We're expecting our new fifth wheel trailer to come in tomorrow, and it's a 10,658 lb. unit with a 2000 lb. pin weight--perfect for a 3/4 ton truck. With D-P Tuner's 60 hp tow program, I should have the horses to easily tow it.
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This topic has been debated (viciously by some?) On here and many of the powerstrke forums...I dont know about older trucks, but the newer ones all share the same sterling axle housing..now the ford issued spec sheet lists the 350 as having a diff spline count and axle diameter. ..I can PERSONALLY vouch that at least SOME did...I have a 350 axle in my 250...although i have talked with techs who swear they are the same??...the one we removed from a 2011 f350 was NOT the same as I had in my 2012 250...
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