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Old 07-21-2012, 12:28 PM
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Pulling the trigger on a 2012 soon and need advice

I will be a first time diesel owner before Christmas and would like to know what I need to know about diesel trucks. I eventually plan on towing a 25-30ft center console boat hence the reason for the truck. Of course I will be a heavy reader on the site but if anyone would like to chime in please do. The truck will be a 2012 Ford F250 FX4 Lariat 6.7 4X4. I also will be putting a 6'' lift, 20-22'' wheels, and 37'' toyo tires on it by summer 2013. Any and all help is appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:19 PM
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I don't think you will need much help. 2012 is a nice truck. Just an fyi, if you want specific answers be specific in your questions. There is a lot of information on this site and knowledgeable peeps. I read the forums every day since I joined and I have learned a ton and perform all of the maintenance on my truck. All of my naive questions were answered pretty promptly, some good and some not so good but appreciated none the less. The search tool is your best friend and you will make more friends by using that before asking anything. In advance, welcome to the powerstroke family, enjoy reading and garnering knowledge and merry Christmas.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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How many miles until first oil change?

How many miles until oil change once I run fully synthetic?

What is the best fully synthetic oil for this truck?

How many miles until fuel filters need to be changed?

I'll be offshore 5 weeks at a time. Do I need fuel stabilizer?

When putting on a 6" lift, do kits come with steering stabilizers?

What do I need to know about differences in fuel economy with lifts and tires?

At what mileage do I change transmition oil?

At what mileage do I change gear oil?

I will def use the search option but if anyone would like to answer please do. Thanks
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:34 PM
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get a srw 350
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How many miles until first oil change?5000?

How many miles until oil change once I run fully synthetic?7500?

What is the best fully synthetic oil for this truck? I only run AMSOIL

How many miles until fuel filters need to be changed? ??? (manual

I'll be offshore 5 weeks at a time. Do I need fuel stabilizer? not a bad idea but probaly not nessicary

When putting on a 6" lift, do kits come with steering stabilizers? not usually definitly might want a pair tho i personaly would recommend a carli pintop kit but its only 4.5 inches

What do I need to know about differences in fuel economy with lifts and tires? it will be worse fuel econemy and probally speedo needs calibrated

At what mileage do I change transmition oil? idk

At what mileage do I change gear oil? idk

I will def use the search option but if anyone would like to answer please do. Thanks
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:52 AM
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Your owners manual will help you a lot with maintenance intervals. Are you sure you want to do a 6" lift and 37s to pull a 30+ ft trailer...you will kill pulling power and fuel economy.

Ford makes one heck of a truck, you'll enjoy the 2012, it'll be a nice Christmas present
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I'd research weights and capacities. Consider an F350 for more vehicle payload capacity. Don't want to be overweight out of the gate.

I love my truck. Almost 5K miles and still a dream.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:57 AM
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For $800 more you can get a 350, also why not get a 2013?
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:02 PM
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For $800 more you can get a 350, also why not get a 2013?
if the price is not that much more I will go ahead and get a 350. what about the 350 besides the leaf springs makes it different? i plan on putting a Rize lift, Rize dual steering stabilizers, Rize traction bars, king resevoir shocks etc. on the truck so would the 350 even be necessary? If the frame of the 350 is more structurally sound then ill go for it anyway. Also, i wont always be pulling a big boat. i just want to have the capability of doing so.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:45 PM
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A 250 has no problem pulling a big boat. I pull a 25' Grady White with ease in my old 99'. The thing I can't do is pull that boat with a full size camper on the back, I could but its a bit hairy, but even a 350 dually has a hard time with that. If I ever get rich or my truck ever dies I'm getting a 550.
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