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Old 02-25-2013, 01:13 PM
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Unhappy SRW or DRW???

Hi guys,
New to forum here and appreciate any/all input. I currently have '01 7.3l f350 crew longbed 4x4 with SRW, 675k mi., with significant rust/rot issues. Unfortunately injectors not working w/ cold weather, need replacing @ +/- $2k. With that in mind, I was considering a DRW that is for sale locally at a very reasonable price as a replacement. It is also an '01, 7.3l f350 crew longbed 4x4, with 250k mi, but extremely clean body and frame for age.

I have recently begun using my SRW with a 14K trailer for transporting my 8k lb skid steer to sites, harvesting hardwood logs, and taking down old barns to reclaim the lumber off-road in the mountains of WV. The SRW has performed great both on-road and off-road for these tasks even with muddy conditions back woods. I know the DRW would provide even better road hauling performance, but I am concerned how it would do in muddy off-road conditions??? I have never had DRW and could use all the informed opinions you can offer on this application. The last thing I want to do is go from the frying pan of my current engine issues to the fire of trying to use a DRW for the wrong application.

Sorry the post is long, but I wanted you to have whole picture. Also, if this is not the right place for this post, please tell which forum would be more applicable.

Thanks in advance for your advice, greatly appreciate it,
Brian A
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In my experience, I wanted duals up front and singles in back
The reason for that is that my front is heavy. Stock tires too, so not very wide. Lots of weight, and not a lot of tire surface area equals more PSI on tires touching ground, and easier to sink.
In the back, it's dead opposite. Lightweight, lots of tire. So it didn't sink, but floated on the mud almost and couldn't really grab anything with the tires.
However, if I had plenty of weight on the rear, I think I'd be ok. Haven't tested it yet. I think that weight BEHIND the rear axle would even be better. You'd take weight off the front and transfer that to the rear, in addition to the extra you added.

I'm also using Hankook Dynapro ATm's. Fairly aggressive, just not "mud" tires. That might help too.

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Re: SRW or DRW???

I have never owned a DRW but I know a lot of guys that do. They all have the same opinion as him^^^^. Without any weight on the rearend they will get stuck on wet grass on any slight incline. If you put some weight back there it will do better. Some Toyo M/T's or similar may help.

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675k miles... Nice.

I don't think it would be a problem. You might want to have a little more aggressive tire, at least a good A/T.


I've been in a situation where my DRW did better than a SRW would have. Grass was a little soft. I had ~3k pounds of brick in the bed. I'm positive a SRW would have broke through the grass. Sure I left some decent tracks in the lawn, but I didn't break through.

If you get a DRW and don't like how it does, I'm sure you could find someone who would trade parts to change it out to SRW.
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Yeah I'd go with a DRW
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could get a SRW and put larger tires/wheels on it
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thanks so much for the input you guys. if i were to take advantage of buying this DRW for the great shape of motor, trans, body & frame, what would the rough costs be to convert it over to SRW? The rear in my current SRW is fairly newer replacement from a donor, so would this changeover be somewhat of a direct mechanical swap out or rears with not much else involved, or does it become a major and costly project?
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Why not just keep it a DRW?
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Re: SRW or DRW???

Not positive but i would think the dually has different gearing typicly 4.30,4.33. So ud need to swap diffentials to use 4wd.

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F350 dually's are usually 4.10s. Idk if they made them in 4.33 or not.
F350 SRW could be 4.10 also
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