I sold the 2001 F250 Crew 7.3 PS and picked up a new (left on the lot) 2012 F250 Crew 6.7 PS King Ranch.
First... let's say this truck has waaaaayyyyy too many options and fanciness for me, but the price was right. All I was truly looking for was the 6.7 PS, crew cab, and HEATED SEATS! Can't get the heated seats in the XLT (what I really wanted) unless I went after-market. Now I have extra switches, sunroof, Sync radio (way too complicated.... stay connected to my iphone without having to talk to my truck all the time, dang it!!!.... "blue tooth audio" [what?] "BLUE tooth A U D I O" [what?] "Grrrrrrr")
I am enjoying the cool seats!
The old truck I put an average of 10,000 miles on it each year. I purchased it with 100k, put 50k on it, and then sold it in July 2013. I have 2,100 on the new truck (mid-July to late Oct 2013) so far... purchased it with 267 miles on it (running around to get the bed liner and Waxol application). Winter driving is very limited as there are no races.
Loved the old truck, but needed a bit more power from the engine and more gears to pull my 24' enclosed car hauler. Essentially, I use the truck to tow to the races, 1/4 down the road to the dump, and trips to the hardware store. It is not a daily driver.
I have very SIMPLE plans for the truck.
#1 Installed Trifecta Tonnea cover. I like it a lot. (done)
#2 Spray in bed liner (done)
#3 Waxol body/frame protection to make this sucker last as long as possible. (done)
#4 Weather-all mats front and rear (done)
#5 Plan for an aftermarket grill so that I can run Hella 500 Black Magic lights behind the grill.
Looking at one of these two at the moment:
T-Rexģ - Ford F-250 2011-2013 1-Pc Black Billet Grille
T-Rexģ - Ford F-250 2011-2013 Upper Class Black Mesh Grille
I like the first one more....
#6 Four Hella Black Magic Lights... perhaps two with 55W and the other two with 100W. Not sure. I would like to have driving lights on the inside of the four lights and fogs on the outside, but it doesn't look like the Black Magics come in a fog.... I suppose I could run a yellow bulb, by the lens/reflector plays the biggest part in the fog vs. driving lights.
The lights: My Hella Lights :: HELLA 500 Black Magic
Project post I found that gave me some ideas....
Installing Lights Behind Grille - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
#7 Perhaps after market springs in the rear.... might go with trailer stabilization bar instead. I have installed Timbren Suspension Enhancement System (aka really long bump stops) to help with the rear end droop with the trailer. I light my head lights pointing at the road ahead, not in the eyes of the on-coming drivers.
#8 Rear auxiliary light in the hitch area to help with backing up.
#9 Kinda related to the trailer.... camera and rear facing auxiliary lights to help with backing up the garage on wheels
#10 is where I am hoping for some help. I think that I want a rack in the bed for rear facing lights to help with backing up (especially an open trailer). Think "Back Rack" but I am not looking for the "headache" rack mentality nor the off-road forward pointing light type setup... just a simple method to have lights pointing backwards at the light rack level AND (wait for it) where it works with the Trifecta Tonnea cover. That is the tough part.
Some small "okay" quality pictures that I used to determine if I was buying the truck... it came from out of state.