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post #11 of 18 Old 01-27-2017, 06:51 AM
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Axle tubes are thicker on 350s.
Both 250 and 350 SRW's use the same Sterling axles. No difference. If you want to confirm that go to a Ford Dealer and have him look up the part #'s for each. Now duallys ARE different with the Dana 80.

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Take a torch and cut the tubes on a few. I have seen hundreds from different makes and models. You wouldn't believe the different thicknesses.
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Sounds like something out of California!!!!
yea they have changed the laws so many times here, on lifted trucks.

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yea and now they have the new bigger tow hitch, which increases the load rating, this does not make a lot of sense, just increasing the hitch size a little and still have the same truck, with different weight ratings

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I think they both come with the same hitch, the convectional tow ratings are the same.

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I think they both come with the same hitch, the convectional tow ratings are the same.
sorry I should have mentioned i was meaning from the older trucks with the 2" to the now 2.5".
the truck has not changed much, but the bigger receiver, means more load.

if just changing the hitch size can change load values, You could do this to a older truck.
but legally you cannot change what the factory has set.

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sorry I should have mentioned i was meaning from the older trucks with the 2" to the now 2.5".
the truck has not changed much, but the bigger receiver, means more load.

if just changing the hitch size can change load values, You could do this to a older truck.
but legally you cannot change what the factory has set.

actually you can....

you can register any vehicle at a higher GVWR....

and the GAWR on a F250 are greater than the factory GVWR.....

ive have had 92 gallons of diesel in the bed and my trailer fully loaded before




not mine, but same ratings....


Im under GCWR of 20,000lbs, under/at axle ratings, (2 5200lb rated axles on trailer).

over hitch rating (tongue was 2k lbs, can be fixed with a upgraded aftermarket hitch, super hitch and curt both sell one rated that high)(had to empy trailer out, was overloaded)

and technically GVWR(doesn't matter)

but i am 100% legal

the GAWR on these trucks 10484lbs combined, the 8800 is just to cover fords legally.....


if i went by GVWR i would only have 800lbs to carry in a f250(8k with me and full tank)..... not happening captain


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they sell it in a 2" version. one of my next upgrades.....

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So, it just doesn't add up. The frames are the same, the axles are the same, the springs are the same, the wheels and tires are the same, the drivetrain is the same, and most importantly the brakes are the same. The only difference is the block in the back and that's an 1100 difference in GVWR. It must be a marketing thing for Ford. Perhaps a way to pluck a few hundred extra bucks for the folks who want to pay it.

Raising the rear of the truck a couple inches could increase payload a bit because the weight stays a bit better distributed, but for folks towing with a 5th wheel or weight distribution bars, I can't see it making any difference.

I may add a leaf if I ever feel the need for frequent heavy towing, but since I pull 12k lbs once every few years for a military move, I'm just going to overload the truck (legally) and get the job done.
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