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First Ford pickup

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Hysert, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,205

    Hey Guys... traded in are 11 sierra WT and got a new F250 XLT. I must say it drives much nicer then the GM!! Been a GM guy for ever but with all the good luck ive had with our 550 I couldn't see why not? Will be putting our 9.6V3 and a 1.5 tornado on it this fall. Question I have is how do the ford's carry the weight with the salter full? Are you guys adding leafs or timbrens? Also wondering what kind of tunes etc you have done... it's a 6.2L gasser...

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  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    The rear springs are too long for a softer ride. I'm sure it will dog down with a hundred pounds.

    Air bags my choice.

    Good-looking truck by the way
  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,934

    Yup. Air bags for sure. I got the Air Lift system with the on-board compressor and wireless transmitter. I have three different settings pre-set. 1 for full load, 2 for half full, and 3 for empty. Love it. And if it were me, I wouldn't worry about tuning a gas truck. But that's just me.
    truckitup likes this.
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,711

    Running a set of HD Timbrens on the back of our '15 regular cab, but it carries a 16' Ebling and a heaping full VBX 8000.

    Just a 1.5 yard spreader, I wouldn't waste the money if I were you.
  5. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,404

    do you have the factory helpers? Timbrens work. If you want to be able to adjust the load ride, air bags and on board compressor.
  6. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,205

    Thanks guys.. like the idea of bags? Just seems the rear is weak?? Even with the enclosed trailer on, it seems to sag more then the sierra did..

    As for the tune just looking for fuel economy! I had a custom tune in the sierra and got the milage from 24/25L/100kms to 14/15L/100kms...
  7. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 690

    I tried a 5 Star tuner in my 2011 F350 6.2l to get more mpg, but it didn't help at all. Aversge mpg with or without the tuner is about 11 (not much highway miles, and very little towing).

    SHAWZER PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,119

    My 2015 , F 250 gas dropped in the front more than I wanted with an older Boss 9.2 v blade . Over 1200 lbs behind the rear wheels helped but I plan on installing something to reduce the front sag .
  9. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 690

    Check your front springs; if they're not the 6,000 lb "X" springs, it would help to replace them first. I did that on my 2006 F350 - reduced the front sag with my MVP by about 1.5" (think my OEM springs were 5,200 lb)

    SHAWZER PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,119

    Good looking truck Hysert . Mine has snowplow package and 5600 lb front springs .
  11. schrader

    schrader PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,211

    My F250 diesel has the 6000lbs spring in the front, 9.5 v plow on the front with a salter in the back it levels the truck nicely. I am amazed how the Fords carry the weight been very happy with mine.
  12. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,205

    Yes mine has 5600 front aswell??? Snow prep too... Guess we'll see in late October how it carries the blade...
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016
  13. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    6000 here PSD with 1100lbs 11'6 Vee....... spring is compressed about three quarters of an inch
    I do have a leveling kit but that's just spacers above the springs, does nothing for carrying additional weight
  14. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,205

    So being a gas it should be fine... however not sure my foreman is ready for the 9.6 with the wings on just yet???
  15. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    Nice truck. Not trying to be a smart ass but why didn't you get a F350 to deal with all that weight.