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Old 11-11-2011, 08:37 AM
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noob 4x4 question electronic select vs stick in the floor

I am looking at f250/350s. What is the difference or advantage of the two types of 4x4 selection methods on these trucks? Some have a knob on the dash and others have the stick in the floor. Any help would be appreciated.
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Floor shifters are bulletproof, all mechanical. If I had it to do over again, that's the setup I'd have right now. You do however lose the shift on the fly advantage with this system

Shift on the fly knob, you have vacuum lines and solenoids that can go bad, as well as hub seals. Not a terribly prevelant problem, but it does happen
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1st: Your avatar ROCKS!!!

2nd: thanks

3rd: know of any major difference in MPG with either system?
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1st: Your avatar ROCKS!!!

2nd: thanks

3rd: know of any major difference in MPG with either system?
Thanks!

You're welcome

And not that I can speak of. I'd imagine there would be a slight advantage given to the floor shifter and leaving the hubs unlocked. The SOTHF system only disengages the front hubs, but always turns the front driveshaft
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if you want something you KNOW is gunna work i would take the floor shifter all day long, but I have the electronic switch and i love it when im at the beach or driving down the ranch, i dont have to get out and lock the hubs and i dont have to stop, when the sand starts getting soft crank it on
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Floor shifter is definatley more bulletproof I wish it was what my truck had but I have selector switch with manual locking hubs, which sucks with my XD HOSS wheels with the center covers. Electronic selector, manual hubs, and centercaps that have to be popped off. Worst setup ever? I think so.
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Go with Floor shifter. All my trucks have / had them and I have never had any issues. I had one work truck that had shift on the fly and it had no problems either but was warned that the selector motor on the t-case can go out.
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And not that I can speak of. I'd imagine there would be a slight advantage given to the floor shifter and leaving the hubs unlocked. The SOTHF system only disengages the front hubs, but always turns the front driveshaft
that's incorrect. The front shaft does not turn unless the hubs are locked in
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Thanks guys. The one with the floor selector got sold before I got to it, so I ended up getting one 6 years newer but with the knob selector.
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There is one thing i have not read , in that the electronic (push button) you loose the ability to put the transfer case in "N" so that the it could be towed pushed whatever and not damage the drive train.
I wonder if there is a way or device that overides/makes it possible to put the transfer case in "N", my duramax before this had the electronic 4X4 and you kust held down the buttons in a sequence and it would go into "N", so is there a MFG out there that allows this to take place?
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