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Old 07-09-2006, 02:34 PM
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F-250 Suspension Upgrade to a 350

I need to haul more weight on my '05 F-250 CC SB SRW 6.0 PSTD. What it the difference between the F-250 w/ 10,000 lb GVW package and a stock 350 suspension, brakes & rear. I've installed air bags to level the load and will up grade the LT 265/70 R 17 8 ply "E's" to 10 or 12 ply even though the stock ones are rated at 3195 per tire. I'd like to increase the load about 1000 lbs. without going crazy or trading in (would loose my shirt). Any suggestions? Another dumb question! In hauling a 5th wheel trailer with the hitch over the rear axle, what portion of the pin weight is picked up by the rear and how much on the front axle? My current axles are 6000 rear and 6100 front.
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Old 07-09-2006, 03:06 PM
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the biggest difference betweem the 250 and 350 is only in the springs. Brakes are the same and differentials are the same on most, unless you talk about duelleys.....

as far as the wieght from 5th wheels...im just guessing here, but i would say 80% or better of hte pin wieght is on the rear springs.....
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Old 07-09-2006, 03:13 PM
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20% of your fifth Wheel's weight will go into the bed of your truck.
If your fifth gvwr is say 12K you can expect to drop 2400lbs into the bed of your vehicle. You should weigh your truck with a full tank of fuel, you, your better half, kids, etc. Everything your going to carry in your tow vehicle. this would include the kingpin (fifth wheel hitch) Subtract that wt from your tow vehicles gvwr. What is left is what you can carry safely.
I am speaking primarily (sp)? of your weight carrying capacity. the other item you should know is your GCWR..(Gross combined weight rating). '
that is your total truck wt & your fifth wheel wt.
I am just a tad under 20K. I'm towing my fifth with a dually.
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I went to the scale on a busy day so I only got the CGVW of 21,700. The truck can handle 23500 wich is the same for the 350. I guessing that the truck itself is 8K loaded. The pin weight worries me. Company specs call for 2000 pin empty max 2900.
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