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Old 12-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #21
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I went from 3.73 to 4.30 in my 5.4L F-250, and it did not transform it into a "workhorse". It helped, especially in the "get up and go" part, but overall, it was a modest upgrade. It did fine for my TT (5500 pounds), even in the hills/mountains of Tennessee. But the workhorse is the diesel. Period.
Ok, but it did make an improvement. Which is what i'm saying. Geared properly it will do what is asked if it.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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IMO with a 5er that heavy you are not gonna be happy with the 5.4 if you ever have to go up any hills. No matter what gearing you have.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:57 AM   #23
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Here's a recent thread you might want to keep an eye on:

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #24
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you can also do all your towing in first gear to lower overall gearing. RPMs will be fairly steady and you will climb hills fine. You will get there eventually. Me, I will stick with my diesel and roll on.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:42 PM   #25
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No matter what gear ratio you have you still have the 5.4. Good motor for what it is... Obviously nothing compared to a diesel but neither is the price to purchase and maintain. How many times are you going to be pulling thru mountains is something to consider as well.
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I see a few running around town and some on the freeway but most are not towing.
The one I remember towing had a Jay Feather behind it.

Where you plan on driving may be the tell.
The 351 is not a bad motor.

What rear end gears?

Not a 351 LOL That would be 5.7l
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:18 AM   #27
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I went from 3.73 to 4.30 in my 5.4L F-250, and it did not transform it into a "workhorse". It helped, especially in the "get up and go" part, but overall, it was a modest upgrade. It did fine for my TT (5500 pounds), even in the hills/mountains of Tennessee. But the workhorse is the diesel. Period.

The tow would be a "white knuckle experience" as you struggle up any hills and the semi's start passing you WOOOOSH. Again as mentioned, it depends on where, how far and how often you tow and how much you can tolerate the performance decrement.

Years ago, I went from at small motorhome, to a 23ft Award TT (3500lbs) and tried to tow it with a Chevy station wagon with a 263 CI small block. Wasn't pretty, but in FLA I did it without incident. After a year I went to a 5.7L Suburban and was much happier. Back then there wern't no diesel's to pick from...

Love my Duramax and wouldn't do not different now. We are SO LUCKY in this day and age to have all the TV options that we have.
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I went from 3.73 to 4.30 in my 5.4L F-250, and it did not transform it into a "workhorse". It helped, especially in the "get up and go" part, but overall, it was a modest upgrade. It did fine for my TT (5500 pounds), even in the hills/mountains of Tennessee. But the workhorse is the diesel. Period.
I went from the 3.73 to a 4.56 in my 09 Ram 2500 Hemi. It helped with acceleration from lights that was the most noted improvement. Once on the highway at 60mph and hitting hills there was not as much as a noted difference. I did note the 2K dollar difference the gear swap cost me as the 4X4 needs both front and rear gear sets changed. The specs on the OP's engine 5.4L 300hp 3-valve V8 gas engine producing 365 ft lbs of torque @ 3750 rpm is not terrible. Pulling 9K pounds on anything beyond a level road and that motor is gonna let you know it. It will need RPM to get it done but not impossible. What is the trucks bed and cab configuration? Crew cab with 8 foot bed and 4x4 would add alot to whats being asked of the drivetrain. Personally I made the switch to a coal burner because of simple math as twice the torque output at half the RPM will provide for a more relaxed towing experience. We shall see as I have yet to tow with the Duramax.
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