For the guys who have had both, how would you compare them?
I had a 2003 F350 DRW and miss the look. I have a 2008 F250 now and am always looking to upgrade as I make lots of miles, using the truck as my daily driver and as a work truck - one of my friends has an 08 F350 SRW KR and another has 08 or 09 F450. Both dont drive them much and they are in showroom condition, and will probably pick up one, or the other, or neither, depending on timing. I usually end up passing my trucks down the ranks, either to be used on our farm or construction business.
We currently have an F550 but its a 2wd and really heavily loaded. Also, a 3500 GMC dually...
Looking for some feedback on the F450 as to how it is as a daily driver when not being used for work. I know the size issue, but the ride, etc.
Any other comments are very much appreciated...
I have made a few adjustment on my 450.
1. The truck is used to haul a 5500 slide on camper, and tow a 16ft enclosed trailer on a regular basis.
2 When not in the configuration above she is a DD when the weather is bad on good days it is a Goldwing 1800.
3. She does some heavy towing locally, tractors and small crawlers, biggest load behind was 23K.
Stock truck got 10mpg on a good day frequent regens and all. Deleted the DOC DPF and added a 5inch sewer pipe. Mileage is consistantly 16 mpg now empty and anywhere between 16-9mpg loaded. Camper and trailer it hovers around 12.
Suspension in this thing stock is brutal empty, throw 4k# in the back and it is much better but sags a bunch. Installed a Kelderman air ride system with an Accuair controller. Now she stay level ( ride height) no matter what is in the bed or on the hitch. Empty ride is much improved.
Deleted the EGR and added a FASS fuel pump/filter. Improved mielage by 2mopg overall.
Yes the wheel cut is much more improved over the 250/350 35 degrees it is 45 degrees contributing to a shorter turning radius. The Wide track axle is available in the 350 dually as well. Look for the fender flares up front.
Truck weigh in at 9900# empty.
GVW is 14,200 which makes it a class 4 rig there for considered commercial by insurance companies. My insurance went up by 2.5X with a perfect record
pre 11 rigs are shod with 19.5 wheels, tires are $$$$$ and largest I would fit on the stock wheels are 265/70R19.5s there recommended minimum width is 6.75. the 265s are about 600-700 each and a load range G. At pressure that is 5400# capacity per tire!
Suspension maintenance is a bit tricky as well the dealer can do most stuff but most can't deal with the rear axle due to the tools required.
If you just want the look buy a 350 duallie and fit larger wheel/tires. You will like the ride better and it will be cheaper.
As a work truck the 450 is a beast and very capable. I put 2 pallets of wall stone (5K#) on a while back and the air ride kept the truck level and we hauled down the road like there was nothing in the bed.