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Old 06-28-2007, 09:35 AM   #11
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Another thing to consider adding to your truck would be a transmission temperature gauge. A gauge can help you save your transmission. By being able to stop and pull over if it starts getting to hot.

On my truck the transmission had a plug that I was able to remove to place the temp sensor into and I wired it back into the cab of the truck to where I mounted the gauges. I'm pretty sure (though not postitive) that most if not all transmissions have such a plug.

I've got a trans temp gauge on mine as well as an exhaust temp gauge (only needed for a turbo diesel) and a boost gauge (also only on a diesel).

BTW those numbers that Ford quotes for towing with the F150 from what I can tell are based on an automatic transmission. Seems the auto has a higher towing capacity then a manual. Something to do with the clutch on the smaller trucks.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:56 PM   #12
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I think the tranny temp guage is a pretty good idea. I'll mount it where the 4WD selector switch would have gone if I had 4WD. It's a silly little coin holder thing now, and a 2 1/4" or so gauge will fit right in there rather neatly. I looked around on the 'net for some and wondered which of any of them were any good. Found one for $39 that turn 7 different colors when you poke the little button.

Errr...I want a real gauge.

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Old 06-29-2007, 09:01 PM   #13
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mine are Autometer Ultralite gauges.... I'll have to take a pic of my gauge tree and post it

plain and simple analog

mine have a green hue to them at night, just enough to see, not too bright

there are some neat digital gauges out there but I like the analog stuff
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:18 PM   #14
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website for trailer weights

This website may help you out........it sure helped us.

http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-fw.shtml
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I'm uncertain about a spring upgrade. Are the frames and hangers on a 150 the same as on the larger trucks? Helper springs might be one answer.
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Not to jump off the subject but who or what is Ramsey?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Ramsey
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Cool Well, I think that adds up...

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This website may help you out........it sure helped us.

http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-fw.shtml
Well, that was an interesting site...an I think all the numbers I punched in were accurate, although some numbers were derived. And as I thought, I'm good with a 10% margin which I may augment with air bags.

Yeah, I think I'm going to be OK.

Worst case I might get a gear splitter or 4.10 gears.

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You might want to check out this Firestone site before assuming that air bags will increase your load carrying capacity. I am by no means an expert, but I have always been led to believe that they will only level a vehicle. Even Firestone says "The air springs maximize a vehicles carrying capacity within the vehicles GVWR. Do not overload the vehicle." Hope this helps, or is at least of some interest.
http://www.fsip.com/riderite/techsupport/faq.shtml#
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You might want to check out this Firestone site before assuming that air bags will increase your load carrying capacity. I am by no means an expert, but I have always been led to believe that they will only level a vehicle. Even Firestone says "The air springs maximize a vehicles carrying capacity within the vehicles GVWR. Do not overload the vehicle." Hope this helps, or is at least of some interest.
http://www.fsip.com/riderite/techsupport/faq.shtml#
What they do is make the vehicle more stable and the loaded ride a little better. They do not increase load capacity my any real amount.

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