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Old 08-27-2013, 04:43 AM
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Questions on converting to a dually

I have a 2008 Super cab short box and am thinking about converting it to a dually. It is my understanding that Ford actually made a sb dually in that year, but it may have been only in a crew cab. I need more tow capacity, I have a 16,500 lb Toy Hauler with about 3,100 to 3,200 lb pin weight. Can I just add fenders to my current box, change the rear end and wheels? Do I need to change anything on the front so all six wheels match. Does this conversion even make any sense? I know there will be those that say a long bed would be better, and I get that, but I like my short bed since it fits in the garage. I really like my current truck since it only has 42,000 miles and has been deleted with Mini Max, 4" exhaust and S&B intake. Any guestimates on cost assuming I do the work myself?
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It was my understanding that a dually did more for payload and hardly anything for tow rating...could be wrong though I'm new to this.

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:53 AM
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Payload is what I really need more of. When I weighed my rig partially loaded I was 140 lbs over the rear axle weight rating, and a little over 1300 lbs over on the Gross vehicle weight rating of the truck. I did put air bags on and it cured the squat. It actually tows it pretty well, but the amount I am exceeding some of the weight ratings has me somewhat concerned. I am about 150 lbs under the weight rating of the rear tires.
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just remember yes you can swap out the rear axle and springs, find a shortbed dually bed and have what your wanting. It will be more stable but it will not change your legal gvw thats on the door sticker.
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Do you really need the dually bed, or can you just add the fenders to the current bed? I am not thinking finding a short box dually bed would be easy to do.
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