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gearing question

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by 02f250superduty, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. 02f250superduty

    02f250superduty Member
    Messages: 38

    I started plowing last winter for the first time. I am using a 2002 Ford F-250 4 door superduty V-8 gasser, automatic transmission, 4WD with a Hiniker reversible c-plow. I love the truck and plow. My question may sound stupid but I have learned that no question is stupid. Anyway her it is. Would it be a bad idea to change my gears to more of a highway gear? I am not sure what gears I have but thought that maybe in the off season I would increase my fuel mileage. But I was not sure how bad the truck would plow with highway gears. Any info would be appreciated. And yes I know I should have gone diesel.

    Thank You in advance
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What gears do you have now, what size tires, and what are you RPMs at highway cruising speeds? And how much towing/heavy hauling will you be doing with the truck?
  3. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    To my knowlege the gasser Super Duty came with 3.73 or 4.10 gears with the 5.4. We run 4.10 gears with 265 tires and it seems about right for this truck. Thing would be a dog with taller (numerically lower) gears. Then again it is pretty hilly around here & it is a WORK TRUCK, not a daily driver. Cost is a factor as well. Figure $500/axle to swap out the ring & pinions. $1000 buys a lot of gas, especially trading off a loss apparant power. I can't say how much better the mileage would be, maybe 1mpg gong from 4.10 to 2.73 gears.
  4. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Just buy beat car that get 30 mpg

    This is why I have geo tracker with 2 trucks.

    And 5.4L don't like 3.73 or low it would lug so bad. You better stick with 4.10.
  5. 02f250superduty

    02f250superduty Member
    Messages: 38

    I would like to say "Thank you all for the info". I was pretty sure it would not be worth changing gear but thought I would ask. Ironically MILWAUKEE I am looking at a Tracker myself. Thanks again.
  6. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Tracker is good. But please don't use in winter why they get ROT fast

    I have tracker for almost 1/2 year and put 15,000 miles on it.

    But Ford Escort could get 40 mpg easy.