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Old 07-24-2006, 08:19 PM
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2000-2004 frame differences

This is a great site,I just purchased my first diesel powered vehicle a 2004 SD 250 with a 6.0.My first problem is I need to get it on the road as it was in a accident and bent the frame.I have a chance to get a 2000 frame with a lift kit installed and had a 7.3 in it and would like to know if this will swap.I checked Ford and the frames have different part numbers but that could be something very minor that could be easily taken care of.I am very excited about getting this truck going and (feel the power)!Any help would be appreciated.Thanks Herb.
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:30 PM
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First of all, welcome to the forum!!!

as far as your question....honestly i have never noticed much of a difference in the frames...but i have never looked....wish i had better info for ya, hopefully somone here does....
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2005 is when the frames changed. New suspension, higher tensile steel and increased GVW's. I'll get the book and jot down some spec's cuz I almost got suckered into buying a brand new truck
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:36 PM
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2005 came the Twin Coil Monobeam front suspension. Turns tighter, handles better, and more comfy while maintaining the highest maximum front GAWR in its class. The control arms used in the F2-550 are the same, all beefy. The turning diameter is at least 5' shorter then previous Fseries superduties. New Dana 60 front axle, with 35 spline shaft and 9.75" ring gear which raises front GAWR to 6000 lbs. Also a new steering system was implemented. Rear suspension is now 3" wide and staggered rear shocks prevent axle movement. The frame increased thickness between 10 and 17 percent and strength went up between 10 and 20 percent. Now at 6.7 mil steel C Channel frame. Stronger body mounts... larger brakes... plus the ford exclusive trailer brake control system was implemented.
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:38 PM
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OOPS lol I didn't read your post entirely, in fact only read a few words and Marc's response haha... sorry.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:20 AM
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Mountain, thanks for the 05 info you would make a good salesman .I have also looked at the frames, most everything has to be the same cab,box,etc.The biggest concern in my mind would be the mounting point differences between a 6.0 and the 7.3 drvetrains.Some car or truck rebuilder has had to perform this swap in the past.Thanks Herb.
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