Originally Posted by patmchicago
First post on this site, I'm pretty sure your looking to swap the gearbox not the truck; however, I do know of a 08 f450 Lariat at a Ford/Kia dealership by me that has a manual. Relative to an auto I think it's fairly cheap as the salesman I was talking to said everyone walks when they see it's a manual. It's a June 07 build with the 4.88 gears but looked to be in great shape. It's been sitting on their lot for a while so I'm guessing their willing to deal. If anyone is interested I will pass on the info to you. I have no skin in the game as I was just getting my wife's car serviced there and was browsing for things I want but can't afford.
Welcome to the madness. You might want to look at the laundry list of stuff I have done to my ride ( signiture lines) I would be willing to swap for another but only if it had most of the mods I have made.
I really am looking for a ZF 6 speed manual to install in my current ride. The auto is frustrating to say the least. 10,000 pounds of truck that you can't slow by the transmission. Found this out the first day i came to a stoplight and the truck effectivly disengaged the transmission from 4th on down. The one way clutch idea is crap when you haul a heavy load all of your stopping power is on the brakes. Yes there is the tow haul mode, with a tune loaded that is pretty rough on the transmission as well when shifting to 4th and then 3rd to a stop. Never mind coming down a big hill and the trans downshifts to 3rd from OD and will not up shift again untill you put lots of boot in it. Not very controlable IMHO.
Finding someone to tune the transmission has not panned out. So I am going back to what I know works the manual transmission. I have had Ford check and service the transmission it is in great shape according to them and for the most part works well unladen.
The added benifit is the ZF gear box will slow me down some, with the 5r110 and 500hp at the rear wheels it is way to easy to jump up to 80mph or spin those Michilens trying to get there.