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Old 09-17-2007, 09:29 PM
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Jake brake

If Ford is so adamant about NOT having an exhaust brake on the F-250 & 350, why do they offer an exhaust brake on the 550. Seems that an exhaust brake on the 250 & 350 would be a safety issue when towing heavy trailers, etc.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:33 PM
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I guess they look at it as if you are going to be pulling that heavy, you need a heavier truck...ie 550. Also, with the torque shift and the tow haul mode, it does pretty good.
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Also, the 550s are in a different class and have different engines and also fall into different emissions classes.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:15 PM
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Your right, I went back to this web aite and checked! Cumming and Cat engines. Something I discovered that could scare you is that in the discussion Ford make mention of the fact that some engine service might require the cab to be removed.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...ingsession.pdf

Thanks for answering, I suspect I will still order my dream truck -- even without the cab. LOL
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Check and see what a jake brake is. It's built into the engine only. The exhaust valves close.

You can get an exhaust brake but unless the TCM knows about it you could still be just coasting if the TC unlocks unless you have a standard.
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:33 PM
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Also, the 550s are in a different class and have different engines and also fall into different emissions classes.
I believe its the 650's that start with the different engine options. Cause then you are getting a medium duty chassis. The 550 is still the regular ford body. The 650 and up has the tilt forward big rig style hood and bigger axles,etc....
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