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Old 08-12-2013, 12:26 PM   #31
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I've calculated some of these based on guesstimates. The HW277 would be fine. I want some real world weights fron a scale though. It says I have about 1425 lbs of cargo capacity. Minus about 400 for the tongue weight. Leaves about 1000 give or take. They supposedly calculate the driver into that. But even if they don't I should be under the GCWR by about 300 lbs. Slightly more if I get the Ecoboost. Not a huge cushion, but within the capabilities of the vehicle. If I was to get the Explorer Sport I would have a bigger cushion. Real world testing will tell me a lot. Especially once I get into the hills. May just keep the Flex as my people mover and get me a Ecoboost F-150....
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #32
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I've calculated some of these based on guesstimates. The HW277 would be fine. I want some real world weights fron a scale though. It says I have about 1425 lbs of cargo capacity. Minus about 400 for the tongue weight. Leaves about 1000 give or take. They supposedly calculate the driver into that. But even if they don't I should be under the GCWR by about 300 lbs. Slightly more if I get the Ecoboost. Not a huge cushion, but within the capabilities of the vehicle. If I was to get the Explorer Sport I would have a bigger cushion. Real world testing will tell me a lot. Especially once I get into the hills. May just keep the Flex as my people mover and get me a Ecoboost F-150....
I was towing with a Honda pilot and was finding out that I was underpowered on large hills and high altitude. With a full load (water, gene, food wood) I was tipping 3600 lbs. Pulled fine when flat just was in the way on large hills. We got into a Tundra instead. So the idea of an f-150 isn't a bad one.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:16 PM   #33
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The Ecoboost Flex would give me a substantial boost in HP and torque. So as long as handling is good. I will post the results. This weekend I'm gonna be trying to find a local dealer to work with me on price or I'm going out of state....
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:21 PM   #34
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The Ecoboost Flex would give me a substantial boost in HP and torque. So as long as handling is good. I will post the results. This weekend I'm gonna be trying to find a local dealer to work with me on price or I'm going out of state....
Is that the same 3.5L Ecoboost they put in the F150? If so, you shouldn't be lacking in the power department.

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #35
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Same 365HP as the F150 but less torque. Different turbos and intake. But the programmers they make for them add quite a bit of ooomph. They're are a few getting 12'S in the 1/4 mile.... Not to shabby for a 2 ton toaster.....
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Same 365HP as the F150 but less torque. Different turbos and intake. But the programmers they make for them add quite a bit of ooomph. They're are a few getting 12'S in the 1/4 mile.... Not to shabby for a 2 ton toaster.....
I think its 350/350. That would be a BIG difference in pulling a HW.
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365hp/350tq for the Flex, 365hp/420 tq for the F-150.

My current Flex is 287hp/254tq. So just getting the Ecoboost would be a huge jump in power. Plus turbocharged motors suffer less power loss at elevation.
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