12" lifted SRW 350 GCWR 26,000lbs WHAT A TRIP
I know it's ill advised to overweight your tow vehicle, but to be honest I didn't realize how much it weighed until I hit the scales, and at that point I was already home. I purchased a bus a while back in long island anticipating driving it home, only to drive all the way down there to find someone had robbed parts off of it and it no longer ran. Anyway, after 3 months of storage fees, I had to pick it up. I had initially lined up an f550 dumptruck to do the trip, but the night before it had a massive brake failure that put it out of commission. Already having lined everything up, I figured why not take big red. (truck in my signature)
I got there, hooked to the 10ton 8 wheel pintlehook equipment trailer I had bought, and thought-this is going to be heavy. Got to copart, after 2 hours I got the bus loaded. This brought heavy a whole new meaning. I'd never seen big red squat in the back, let alone 6". I've towed big loads before, and I had anticipated this one being right at the legal limit, but had never gone that big (13'7" tall to boot). I had JUST done headgaskets/studs in the old girl, and as of then she had just rolled 289,000 (stock trans, stock everything). My nervousness was compounded by the fact that my truck has a 12" lift and 40" tires. I figured something was going to go wrong, but I held my tongue and did it anyway. Driving through NYC was a bit scary, the trailer tended to push the truck a bit, and noone thinks twice about cutting you off. Power was always there (I ran my Innovative aggressive tow tune). Limited myself to 60mph on the way home. When I got within 50 miles of my house I stopped at a truck stop weigh station. My truck was BONE DRY on fuel (I rolled in with 2 miles till empty) and the weight was without myself, or my passenger.
Steer axle 4040
Drive axle 7380
Ad another 200lbs in diesel, and 500 in passengers, and she was near 26000lbs fully loaded. I sing the praises of the 6,0 every chance I get, and this is no exception. She handled it like a dream. There were a few hills I was a bit concerned with, mainly on the backroads, that required the pedal to the floor to hold 30mph in 2nd for MILES. If the black onyx/VR headgaskets were going to fail, they would have on that stretch. The truck performed admirably, and managed to pull down 8.7mpg average on the trip (I reset it on one particularly nasty hill for laughs-2.1mpg!).
This one takes the cake for big loads. I'm sure some of you have exceeded it, but this was the heaviest I've ever had behind a pickup. Especially considering it was a 380mile trip. I'd do it again locally, but that's about it.
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2005 Lariat CCSB F-350 SRW
300,000 miles and going strong
12" fabtech lift with 40" Xterrain's on M/T classic locks, Adjustable track bar, Bilstein 7100 reservoir shocks
Edge juice/attitude CTS, SCT with ID tunes, Snow meth. injection, Diamond eye 4" exhaust, 03 turbo, ARP studs, Sinister coolant filter
2010 stone seats/console, pioneer avic d3 with backup camera/bluetooth
Viair 450c compressor, dual 2.5 gallon tanks, air horns rated @115db