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Old 12-18-2011, 06:29 AM   #121
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ya i played on the usa site. that XL package is nice but not offered in canada.. still tempted at a '11 xl f150 4x4 for 25k in saskatoon but... no ecoboost. just the normal v-6..
I looked at the Canadian build and price site .. too bad... that you cant order what you want in a truck ..... thats strange...And.. it seems you folks are paying waaay too much !!
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:35 PM   #122
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. I have the camper (Flagstaff 625D popup) away for the winter, so I haven't towed with it yet. But the power going up mountains tells me it won't even notice it.

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bean, my buddy with an EcoBeast wanted to put a screen in front of that "ecoboost" hole to keep the grasshoppers out of the rad, but was told that putting anything in that hole would void the warranty. Did you get clearance from the dealer to do that?

It seems stupid, as a rad plugged with grasshoppers is far worse that putting a lousy screen in front of it.
I've had it to the dealer since I installed it, and they didn't say anything about it. I think ford would have a hard time proving that a simple grill would block more airflow than a dirty inter-cooler. I may ask about it next time I have service done. I'd rather have protection from a bird or rock.

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Old 12-18-2011, 08:38 PM   #123
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So the EZ down is some kind of struts for the tail gate?
It lets the tailgate down nice and slowly. But offers no resistance when putting it up. I have an 8 year old son, and if he lifted the handle he would get quite a knock on the head without it. Plus it really looks cool when you just pull the latch and let the tailgate go. You should see people's reaction, they always puts their hands out to catch the tailgate, then put them down when they see it lowering very slowly. It's the "coolest" $30 mod I've seen.

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Old 12-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #124
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Bean, nice! Now get some 30lb fishing line and "saw" those Ecoboost badges off of the doors (like flossing your teeth). A little GooGone on the remaining adhesive.

Why the tailgate lock? The Ford lock insufficient?
Yeah, I'm not crazy about the ecoboost badges. They look terrible on some colors. Not too bad on the brown though. I may eventually remove them.

By removing 6 screws on the inside of the tailgate the Ford lock can be unlocked. Or it can be simply "punched out" pretty easily. The McGard is basically a glorified hose clamp that prevents the tailgate from being removed from the hinge (how often do you need to remove your tailgate anyway).

It won't prevent a determined theif, but it will slow them down, and hopefully move on to an easier target.

For $20 it's cheap insurance. I've heard tailgate theift is a growing problem in high crime areas mostly.

It's sad that you have to install such things, but such is the world today.

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #125
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The McGard is basically a glorified hose clamp that prevents the tailgate from being removed from the hinge (how often do you need to remove your tailgate anyway).

It won't prevent a determined theif, but it will slow them down, and hopefully move on to an easier target.

For $20 it's cheap insurance. I've heard tailgate theift is a growing problem in high crime areas mostly.

It's sad that you have to install such things, but such is the world today.

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I accidentally made the tailgate on my F150 unattractive to thieves. I lowered the tailgate onto a socket wrench sitting on my bumper, and I now have a nice little dimple there.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:20 AM   #126
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I accidentally made the tailgate on my F150 unattractive to thieves. I lowered the tailgate onto a socket wrench sitting on my bumper, and I now have a nice little dimple there.
In my case, it was a pipewrench! $150 of paintless dent removal. So, I don't leave anything on the bumper anymore . . . .
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #127
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I bought a 2000 F150 Lariat Flareside in late 2000. In early 2001 I had to go to Iceland for a year without the family. When I got finally got back a year later I noticed a huge scratch in the tail gate. After grilling the wife (now ex) she told me she was hooking up the utility trailer and it got away from her. The tongue of the trailer rose up and put about a 12 inch scratch/dent in the tail gate I wasn't really mad about the scratch, but more about the fact I had told her not to try hooking up the trailer without help for just that reason. Women just don't listen sometimes. Ending up trading the truck in 2007 with the scratch still there.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:20 PM   #128
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... Women just don't listen sometimes. ...
I can't believe you got away with saying that... At least you put in the "sometimes" to C.Y.A.

My wife drove "my" truck for the first time yesterday. I was white knuckled the whole time. You should have seen the look I got when I told her she was following too close.

Then I warned her about the tow mirrors and to not "ride the yellow line". Well then she starting hugging the white line, and I was ducking at every tree branch that hung out on the road.

I finally took to closing my eyes and pretending to look out the side window. I may have even said a little prayer in there too.

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Old 12-20-2011, 01:33 PM   #129
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Nice,I have the ez down as well,nice addition when your humped over between the truck and trailer and just let the tailgate go! Backup camera gets me to about a quarter inch from my work bench in the garage.I added the chrome door handle kits and the chrome pillar post covers,nice touch on a 08 f-150 black super crew ! Glad I went with the sunroof too.The tri-fold cover I have will also hold up to 200 pounds on the top of it.
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The DW and I went to our local Ford dealer today to see what could be worked out on a 2012 Ford F-150 Supercrew with the Ecoboost. Love the truck and the trade in offer they gave us for the Silverado. Everything about the deal is very attractive. Just not sure about taking on a vehicle payment. Probably going to be a sleepless night.
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