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Old 12-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #81
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Dealer said their last one only took 4 weeks. This one will come out of the Kansas City plant. It's going to be a long wait!!!
Nice! Did you have to get the longer bed to get the Max Tow Package? What made you pick the FX4 over a Lariat 4X4? I've been trying to make that decision myself and was just curious.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:53 PM   #82
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Nice! Did you have to get the longer bed to get the Max Tow Package? What made you pick the FX4 over a Lariat 4X4? I've been trying to make that decision myself and was just curious.
I'm kind of a "no chrome" guy. I like the monochrome of the FX4; bumpers, door latches, and all. So my color theme is Red/Black entirely. Also, this could be my imagination, I've driven both an XLT and an FX4, and to my "sensors", the FX4 seemed a bit firmer and handled a bit better? The FX Luxury Package got most of the Lariat stuff and allowed me to avoid the chrome. I did NOT have to get the 6.5 bed to get the Max Tow.

Overall, the FX4 is a good match for me. We trailer out to the Rockies and Big Horns. I do a fair amount of "slow crawl" on some pretty ugly Forest Service roads to get to trail heads. I've used the skid plates more than once.

My phone just rang and it was the dealership. I'm scheduled for a build the week of Dec 19; ETA Dec 26. That would be a 4 week turnaround assuming the schedule holds.

The nice thing about F150's is that there are so many ways to order it that you can get virtually whatever you want. And that is different for all of us.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:27 PM   #83
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I'm kind of a "no chrome" guy. I like the monochrome of the FX4; bumpers, door latches, and all. So my color theme is Red/Black entirely. Also, this could be my imagination, I've driven both an XLT and an FX4, and to my "sensors", the FX4 seemed a bit firmer and handled a bit better? The FX Luxury Package got most of the Lariat stuff and allowed me to avoid the chrome. I did NOT have to get the 6.5 bed to get the Max Tow.

Overall, the FX4 is a good match for me. We trailer out to the Rockies and Big Horns. I do a fair amount of "slow crawl" on some pretty ugly Forest Service roads to get to trail heads. I've used the skid plates more than once.

My phone just rang and it was the dealership. I'm scheduled for a build the week of Dec 19; ETA Dec 26. That would be a 4 week turnaround assuming the schedule holds.

The nice thing about F150's is that there are so many ways to order it that you can get virtually whatever you want. And that is different for all of us.
Makes sense. Glad you're getting it when promised also
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Nice! Did you have to get the longer bed to get the Max Tow Package? What made you pick the FX4 over a Lariat 4X4? I've been trying to make that decision myself and was just curious.
LFugate.. Look up(google ) the 2012 Ford F150 towing guide.. At the top of the screen you can look at towing specs ,payload specs ..etc for the different models that you have to choose from.. I wanted to go with a supercab , ecoboost, 6 1/2 box XLT.. but found out.. if i wanted to have the Max Payload pkg.. I would have to go with the supercrew instead ..I would also include the Max tow pkg..
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LFugate.. Look up(google ) the 2012 Ford F150 towing guide.. At the top of the screen you can look at towing specs ,payload specs ..etc for the different models that you have to choose from.. I wanted to go with a supercab , ecoboost, 6 1/2 box XLT.. but found out.. if i wanted to have the Max Payload pkg.. I would have to go with the supercrew instead ..I would also include the Max tow pkg..
Exactly right. Max Tow and Max Payload are entirely different things. The Max Payload is much more restrictive in terms of what configurations it is "packaged" with. Max Tow gets you some upgraded suspension but Max Payload gets you a heavier rear axle as well that is not in Max Tow.
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LFugate.. Look up(google ) the 2012 Ford F150 towing guide.. At the top of the screen you can look at towing specs ,payload specs ..etc for the different models that you have to choose from.. I wanted to go with a supercab , ecoboost, 6 1/2 box XLT.. but found out.. if i wanted to have the Max Payload pkg.. I would have to go with the supercrew instead ..I would also include the Max tow pkg..
The whole Max payload and Max Tow is a little confusing. I've looked at the guide online, but then I thought I read where someone they had to get the longer bed to get Max Tow. I can't find in that guide where it spells out what each package includes. You have to build one and read each option?

Kinda silly you can't get the Max Payload with a Supercab isn't it?
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Just don't pull out to pass that older person driving 20 mph in a 30 zone holding back 20 or more cars and step on it.

The back end will squat and you'll bark the tires.
I'm running 265/70/17 Kelley Safari TSR's and accidently lit them up yesterday doing just that.
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Kinda silly you can't get the Max Payload with a Supercab isn't it?
Yes, I don't get that. I think it may be because this is mostly a commercial market offering and that commercial vehicles will have the long bed. But that doesn't explain the SuperCrew offering . . . Yeah, I've been scratching my head about that one too. But SuperCrew's may be used by some commercial too; like railroads, etc.

I actually did a chat session with Ford about the increase in payload capacity in the Max Tow. If you compare regular towing package to max tow, the only extra things it mentions are different mirrors and upgraded bumper (which really means an upgraded hitch). So I asked why payload went up 500 pounds for no apparent reason. Turns out that there are suspension upgrades with the Max Tow that aren't spelled out anywhere. As near as I can determine, things like upgraded front suspension bushings, heavier rear springs, higher capacity rear axle. But those changes are not as significant as the changes with HD Payload; bigger ring gear, 7 lugs wheels, etc.
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Supercab or Supercrew ??

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The whole Max payload and Max Tow is a little confusing. I've looked at the guide online, but then I thought I read where someone they had to get the longer bed to get Max Tow. I can't find in that guide where it spells out what each package includes. You have to build one and read each option?

Kinda silly you can't get the Max Payload with a Supercab isn't it?
LFugate.. From what i can figure... IF. you want a Supercrew model..say an XLT... you can get MAX PAYLOAD with a 6.5 foot box.. But a supercab would require a 8 ft box.. But dont confuse MAX PAYLOAD with MAX TOW PKG. they are 2 diffrent things.. IF I would order a 2012 F150. It would probably be a 2012 Super crew XLT, 3.5 Ecoboost, 3.73 limited slip, MAX PAYLOAD and MAX TOW PKG, 6.5 ft box . Hope this helps
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LFugate.. When you get a chance stop in at a Ford dealer and get a 2012 F 150 brochure.. And.. ask around... i would try an find the sales person in your area, that has ALL the info about these trucks..
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