Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Benton City, WA
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Looking to step up from 1/2 ton
I thought I'd come across you guys for some input on these 2000+ trucks. I've done some research and have some first hand experience with a 2000 f250 7.3.
The reason im lookin to upgrade is because my 97 F150 "Stitches", I love her dearly, is a slight hassle for me. 500hp gas truck, lifted with 35" tires just isn't agreeing with the 8.8 axle, the super cab is just a touch small with a child seat in the back. I have seriously considered $4000 to upgrade the suspension to a SAS dana 60 front and sterling rear with leaf front. i still would have the issue of the frame is not quite stout enough for the real heavy hauling.
Recently a kid i work with offered $14k for the truck, so i began looking at the easy way out. I found a 05 F250, crew cab, XL 5.4L for $7950 and wow that caught my eye. some research showed me the 6.0 was a scary disaster waiting to happen, the trucks have a death wobble and all kinds of cool crap im not interested in. im not keen on the v10 because of mileage, not concerned with the torque on that one, the 5.4 i know well and can easily put a lightning blower on its nose and pull that throttle all day.
my dads 2000 7.3 cant pull the loads my little 5.4 does, and the 5.4 wont back down the speedo either, i can drop into 3rd and pull with any load ive had behind me up the hills i've driven. so needless to say im not impressed here.
Can you guys give me more things to consider about the SD trucks? budget will be a major factor.