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Old 10-26-2010, 05:15 AM
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2004 vs 2005 GVWR

My truck is a 2004 F350, 6.0. The GVWR is 9900lbs.

2005, with the same options - f350, powerstroke, is ratted for 11,200.

wtf!?


I know legally I'm done at 9900, but what makes the 2005 different? Frame? Springs? What?

After buying this truck (and hearing lots of head gasket issues), I quickly realized that with a 9900lbs gvwr, and a curb weight of about 6200lbs I can't put much in the bed. Thinking of getting rid of this truck now.

Any insight appreciated. New ford guy here. Thinking of going back to Chevy.

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Mines is at 11,500 I believe. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I found out after I bought the truck that I had to get commercial plate in Massachusettes because of my weight.
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Mines is at 11,500 I believe. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I found out after I bought the truck that I had to get commercial plate in Massachusettes because of my weight.
Yeah, I'm in New Hampshire. It doesn't really matter up here. I know when I lived in MA it was 10000lbs or 6 wheels = commercial.

But anyhow. I'd love to know what the difference is. If it's helper springs or the 17 inch tires or whatnot. Whatever it is, I'd like to either do it to my truck or replace the truck. I need to haul 4,000lbs of 'stuff' in the bed.

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Click here https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...04_default.asp you'll find everything you need to know. Hope it helps...
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Click here https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...04_default.asp you'll find everything you need to know. Hope it helps...
Thank you for the link, however that is related to towing not payload capacities.

I'm curious what makes a 2004/2005 different that the axles can handle more in 2005.

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Sorry about that. First off when you say F-350 are you talking about SRW or DRW?
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Also 4x4 or 4x2? Because the 4x2 SRW regular cab has a a GVWR of 9900 pounds, but the 4x2 DRW regular cab has a GVWR of 11,200.

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Also gear size makes a difference, 3:73 or 4:10s.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:47 AM
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Also 4x4 or 4x2? These things make a difference...
Sorry.

It is a SRW, 4x4, 8 foot bed, regular cab. According to all the charts, etc 2004 optioned 'that way' is rated for 9,900lbs.

In 2005, the rating soars to 11,200lbs. I realize the 2005+ models have front coil springs, so the frame must be slightly different. I'm guessing since the GVWR is 1300lbs higher, they must have made some major changes.

I have the 10.5 sterling axle, which I believe is the same axle in the 2005-2007 models, so I'm curious what exactly makes a 2005+ have such a higher GVWR.

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See if this helps:

05 Specs
https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...essd-exlbb.pdf

04 Specs
https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...essd_04abb.pdf

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