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post #1 of 22 Old 12-09-2010, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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F-250 vs F-350

I am considering upgrading from my 06 F-250 6.0 XLT FX4 to a new 2011 6.7 Lariat. I currently have an F-250 CC SB 4x4, I don't know if I should go with the F-250 or the F-350? I drive the truck daily 50 miles round trip to work, plow our 5 shops in the winter, and pull an enclosed 20' trailer with my Mustang in it (around 7400# total). I also tend to make deliveries 100-700# in the bed (10-15 times a year), or pull around a skid steer (2-3 times a year). I like the way my current truck rides, it does squat a bit when I haul the trailer though. How much rougher is the ride in a F-350? We do own an F-350 std cab long bed 2wd (old Home Depot Delivery truck) and it rides terrible, I can't even sit in the passenger seat and read a magazine. I was hoping some one had gone from an F-250 to a F-350 or F-350 to an F-250 and had some input. Oh yeah and is the 3.55:1 e-locker the best choice for me with the 20" rims? Any help would be great!
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Ride difference depends on the spring package ordered with the truck.

Ive got a 250 with a 350 spring pack. Rides great

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I was going to order it with the snow plow prep package and it says that you can't order the sever duty front suspension with that. Other then that what else can you change? The payload upgrade?
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Get the F-350. The brake system is better than the F-250.
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Get the F-350. The brake system is better than the F-250.
That's true!!

I drove both 250 and 350 and I can not tell much of the difference between the two but I think the 350 is a little stiffer in an off-road situation.I have upgraded my shocks from Rancho to Bilstiens and it was night and day!!Much smoother and handle like a dream.

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SO what are the official differences between the 250 and 350? engine, transmission, axel and spring options are all the same between the 2 right?

The only difference I can figure out so far is the 350 has a 1" higher block in the rear.

Can someone shed some light here?

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I'm also looking to upgrade from my 2005 F250 CC SB 4x4 FX4 that I use to tow a 14.5k 5 wheel. My pin weight is 2.2K. I installed Firestone air bags in the rear to keep me level. I'm looking at a F350 CC LB 4x4 Dually. My concern is bed height. I heard that I can order the shorter F250 blocks to help lower the rear.

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I just picked up a 350 short bed and love the ride.

Now my friend who has a 350 long bed with snow plow and fifth wheel camper package hates the ride. His thinking was to get as beefy of suspension to pull all his construction equipment.. but unless he is at max gross the ride is kicking his @ss.

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Offically the difference is the 350 has a slightly bigger frame thickness. And 37 spline axle shafts, oh and the 4 inch blocks in the 350

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check the load ratings for the two, i think the 350 is rated nearly 2k more carry weight than the 250...i've had both for many years, the 250's ride better (same years) than the 350's....i haul a 15k load frequently, and the 350 handles it much better, more secure feeling, especially when hard braking or rough roads or adverse situations...if your trailer weight is less than 8-9k, go with the 250....airbags help level the load, and help with the normal up & down movement of the trailer, but don't really do much for adverse situations, and you will have them...
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