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Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: upstate ny
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towing with big lift/tires-who does it? My (long) story
As much as I didn't want to do it, especially with the 6.0, I ended up taking my truck on a 3200 mile round trip to pick up a truck this week. My truck is as follows:
2005 f350 srw ccsb
12" Fabtech radius arm lift/deaver rear spring lift
40" procomp x-terrains
diamond eye 4" turbo back exhaust
full egr delete
snow stage 2 boost cooler
373 gears (ouch)
As apprehensive as I was when I left, I felt much better when I got back. No issues whatsoever (left it in tow/haul mode, with the edge set to tow). I was a bit worried heading into the appalachians with the loaded trailer (20' car hauler bumper pull with 2007 f350 cclb 4x4 on it-total weight of my truck, trailer, and my truck was right around 19k (4500 front axle, 6200 rear axle, 8300 trailer) without passengers and with an empty tank of fuel)
I've pulled much heavier with my last truck, but the lift wasn't quite as big (9" with 38.5s, cclb), and to be honest, I had more faith in the 7.3. I always found myself checking to see if the 6.0 had lost any coolant (it did not). The 5r110 was perfect for the job, always seemed to have be in the right gear, but due to the gearing/tires it never hit 5th gear towing. Light years ahead of the 4r100. Absolutely perfect.
Averaged 13.2 mpg unloaded, and 12.9 loaded (???)
Went through about 4 gallons of windshield washer fluid (lol) but egt's never exceeded 1100.
I guess my question is, who tows with a big lift?