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Old 12-16-2010, 03:57 PM
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Due to my father's 02 having 185000 miles on it and our hay business up and running we are in the need of a new tow vehicle. Our two choices have come down to 6.4l with all the emisions, egr, etc... deleted and have a chip exhaust and air intakewith a manual transmission. Or a brand new cab and chassis with the new 6.2l gas engine. Throughout all the research we've done we still can't decide so i was looking for some input as to why we would decide on the 6.4, thanks.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:49 PM
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I think the diesel would definatly be a better choice for a heavy hauler. I have a 2500 gasser pickup (6.0 liter LQ4 GM) that I tried everything I could to make it tow better (whipple supercharger ,cam, headers, 4:10 gears and the list goes on, all in the name of towing). And it does do pretty good towing my 12.5K pound toyhauler around. But even bone stock the 08 F350 6.4 kicked its *** towing the same trailer. Better fuel mileage (and since the gasser is supercharged I have to run 93 oct in it so the fuel cost about the same per gallon), better acceleration, less sway at high speeds ( think thats because the ford is heavier), overall just easier to drive while towing the same 12.5K pound trailer.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:54 PM
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towing heavy i doubt you will get double digits in a gasser motor. While the 6.4s stock dont seem to be the most efficient it should at least get double digits, so your fuel bill will be lower. What kind of truck does your dad have and is it really worn out yet? If it was a diesel i would think it would have tons of life left.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:14 PM
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You say that you are looking at a Manual? I am not sure what kind of tuner you were looking at. Hopefully some more knowledgable people will chime in here, but I believe the clutches are a little limited on the horsepower that they are able to run. I think I have seen that you want to keep it under +100 hp.

With all that said, I would still go with the diesel.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:26 PM
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I believe the clutches are a little limited on the horsepower that they are able to run. I think I have seen that you want to keep it under +100 hp.
Dont let this deter you from getting a manual, as its easily fixed. A single disc southbend or other reputable cluch, or even a double disc clutch, will allow you to put whichever tuner you get much higher than 100 hp.
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:30 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys, my dad's got a 02 7.3l f250, the drivetrain is competely stock and it still runs just as good as the day we got it. But since we live by in northern illinois the salt has just ate it alive. So we feel its just time to move on while its still worth something.
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:36 AM
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How much hay do you haul? (weight.)
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:27 AM
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A fully loaded trailer weighs around 12000-15000 pounds, but we also haul the sleds up north and other equipment for work.
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