Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Burlington, Ky
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Towing: how hard is too hard to drive it?
being new to Diesels in general i don't really know what these engines can take.
I come from high reving GM gassers as a past, so bear with me.
When towing a week or two ago, my bone stock 7.3 towed great except on hills. (2000 7.3 with 6 speed) i was towing my off road blazer, which at a guess is around 6k, plus trailer so probably around 7500-8k total weight. On the hills here in KY, running interstate speeds (70) 6th gear did not have the balls to keep speed, but 5th gear put me over 3k RPMS. but allowed me to at least hold my speed. The question is, can she take? would a good towing tune allow me to keep speed towing this weight in 6th?
i am used to driving gassers, and knew i could hold my old 5.3 near redline without issue, but don't want to drive my diesel that hard if it will harm it. i mean, towing the same weight i could hold speed with my old half ton truck, granted it would downshift to 3rd, sometimes even 2nd, but still would do it. I was just expecting more oomph from the truck than what i am getting i guess.
'89 K5 Trail Rig--not at all stock
'98 Jeep ZJ DD-nearly stock
'00 F350 Tow Pig- bone stock.