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Old 04-15-2014, 06:20 PM
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Towing with my Ex.

I have a 2001 7.3 excursion. 8" lift with 355x20 tires. I just picked up a toy hauler that weighs about 6000 lbs.
Needless to say on my way home the tranny overheated. I got home but my driveway is trashed. I'm gonna pick up a HD tranny from ford cuzz the price is right. I'm thinking about the edge CTS for guages and some sort of chip. What other things do you guys suggest?
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:02 AM
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smaller tires...... less lift..... do you have any engine mods?
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:38 PM
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No engine mods, I need new tires but have to do leaf springs if I'm going to lower it. I was thinking g about getting the springs that everyone suggest bit I still want to keep at least a level 4" lift.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:01 AM
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Your diesel correct? I know it's a lot of work but those would be my suggestions if you want to keep the cost of towing down, better mpg and say less stress on your Trans and motor. If you would rather not pull the lift gearing, have you regeared for those big tires?
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:55 PM
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Yes it's a 7.3. I'm not opposed to coming down a few inches and no I have not changed the gears. What gear ratio do you recommend? Which option do you think would be better? A gear change or lower and go down to a 35" tire.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:12 PM
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Mine is stock height so i'm not sure on the gears, I'm sure if you searched your tire size and gearing the answer would come up should be the same gearing as a 250 or 350 with the same size tires.

I personally would come down and put some smaller tires on it. Think how much more wear and tear your putting on it pulling the 6,000 lbs then pushing the wind and big tires you've got. I'd guess that with a 4' lift and 35's you would get better MPG normal driving too plus its easier to wash/get in and out of but thats me.

Remember I'm a stock guy with leveling kit and 33's I can pull my 21ft toybox with my 4500 lb jeep in it anywhere with no issues, that sucker is a lot heaver then your set up. yours should be able to pull that 6,000 lb trailer no problem bone stock motor wise.

P.s. if your interested in talking mods/keeping your set up and what gears to put in I can give you my mechanic's number, they do this stuff all day long and would be willing to answer some questions even if their not doing the work.
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Get you a 6.0 tranny cooler too, didnt see that mentioned
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:36 PM
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a better trans cooler will help a lot.

i would give john wood a call, im pretty sure he can get you a custom valve body tuned for running larger tires and firm up shifts.
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