I finally traded my F-150 for a 2004 F-250 XLT CC FX4. I've had it for one week and for the most part I love it. The price was right, and it's more truck than I was even looking for. It's a lifted longbed sitting on some plain 17" wheels and 37" BFG All Terrain TA tires (love those tires, quiet but great traction). It has 57,000 miles and more power than I need...at the moment. As far as I can tell everything is stock except the lift which looks like about a 3 or 4" block under each of the four leaf springs. It looks great and rides smooth for it's size.
Today I took it in for an oil change, tire rotation, inspection and OASIS report. I found out in the OASIS report that it had some warranty work done earlier this year. An IDM issue? The report did state that the FICM was replaced and programmed during the repair. It looks like the issue was related to it cranking but not starting. During the service today they also found a small oil leak at the pan under the crankshaft. They say it will cost $3000+ to fix because they have to pull the engine and flip it over to repair the problem. The good news is that I haven't seen a drop of oil in my driveway yet, and the original owner had an extended warranty that expires next february. If I can get ahold of him and get him to transfer the warranty then I'll be covered.
The other 2 issues I have are related to the wheels and the drivers seat. Unfortunatley the wheels do not have enough offset, so when I turn the wheel all the way the tires rub a little on the front leaf springs behind the axle. The short term fix is to get some spacers until I get the money to buy the right wheels with the right amount of offset. Any advice on what to avoid when using spacers as a temporary fix?
My biggest issue is the drivers seat. It is flat on the left side and is very uncomfortable to sit in. I'm big and heavy and don't enjoy how the seat has me leaning to one side while driving. Where can I find a factory replacement for a decent cost? Pick & Pull in my area doesn't have any Superduties newer than 1992, and I'm not in a position to shell out a ton of money on a new drivers seat/front row.
So far my list of future upgrades includes upgraded mirrors (like the 2006 trucks have), upgraded sound system (when I find a spot to hide a subwoofer or two), a billet grill, and a better set of 17" rims. When they fail I plan on replacing the oil cooler and EGR cooler with the Bulletproof Diesel products. I'm in CA so I can't delete the EGR cooler (even though my neighbor has passed smog on his '06 Cummin's with a 4.5" straight pipe?!?). Other than that I don't plan on going wild with this truck. I just want to have a reliable rig to tow our boat, go to the snow, and maybe play in the mud a little
Here's a mediocre picture of the beast. When I get a chance I'll take some better pics.
Thanks Powerstroke.org for all the good info so far. Let me know if there's anything you all can help me with in polishing up this "little" gem of mine.