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RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I've been thinking that there may be a turbo in the future for this engine. If a 3.5 can make the power that it does I have to wonder where a turbo would take this engine. Are there any reasons why a turbo wouldn't work with this engine? The 7.3 as is would have more than enough power to do anything I'd want it to do so fuel mileage would be my only concern. I do expect it to have better mileage than my 6.2 but only time will tell.
danrclem 09/10/19 12:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain? Area under the torque curve is what most drivers notice. The green line shows how much torque is available under about 4500rpm than any other compared engine. I haven't ever had an engine with a turbo so I'd like to know how they work. First of all that's a very impressive torque curve for the Eco Boost. I wish my 6.2 had one like that. When it's running 2,000 rpms would the amount of torque shown be with the turbo running? Does the turbo start running at a certain rpm or at a certain level of throttle position? If the turbo isn't running at 2,000 rpms would the torque be less? Just wanting to understand a little more.
danrclem 09/04/19 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who has switched from a '16+ max tow F150 to a '16+ HD F150?

As you already know the HDPP has heavier axles, heavier suspension, heavier shocks and LT E tires. Provided you were staying within rear axle rating and you already had LT E tires I would consider Timbrens which will provide additional suspension without impacting the unloaded ride and putting on some Bilstien shocks. That would give you a pretty good idea of how the HDPP would handle before making a large $ decision. I would run a good WD hitch. Good luck, Stu I have Bilstein 4600's on the rear, I haven't replaced the front yet. I just can't imagine how having a stiffer suspension would help with stability in the wind- which is my problem. Now if I was hitting a bump and it was bouncing excessively or from side to side I would say I needed heavier springs,etc. That's not the problem. I have bad tendonitis in both elbows, the solid front axle of the F250 transfers dips, bumps in the road back to the steering wheel. This excessive movement of the steering wheel increases the inflammation in my elbows so I can't drive as far. The EPS in the F150 is way better. On the F250 (I have had several) I have tried dual steering stabilizers as well as the Bilstein adjustable ($475 one). They don't help much at all Both of my campers are fifth wheels Does your F250 have the snow plow package? If it does it may be why it transfers dips and bumps to the steering wheel. I have the snow plow package and the only place that I notice unwanted transfers is when I go over a patch of rough road but I don't have tendonitis so I may not notice it as much. There was a person on here who switched his front snow plow package springs out for lighter ones with success. I hope that you're able to find something that will work for you.
danrclem 08/30/19 06:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tail gates

GM Girly Gait. LOL
danrclem 08/29/19 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

I just look at the specs and buy what I need. It doesn't matter what anybody calls it as long as it's what is needed for the job.
danrclem 08/25/19 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

I'm gonna put a 3/4 race cam in my 3/4 ton truck.
danrclem 08/24/19 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I would call it a semi closed block similar to the 6.2, but with small slots between the cylinders for coolant flow. Link Thanks for the video. I would consider that more of a semi-closed deck too. Most semi-closed only have support front to bottom and right to left. The 7.3L block seems to have more than that. Either way, it definitely has more structural cylinder support than the 6.2L which will go a long way in longevity and how much power it can handle. I would not be surprised if ford does not make a blown version of this engine for smaller vehicles. The block and other internals seem well equipped to handle it. The 6.2 is known to be a good engine so if the 7.3 will outlast it then it should be a super engine. I'm anxious to see actual tests and see what it can do.
danrclem 08/18/19 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

I'm sure that Ford built this engine with reliability in mind because it's going in Super Duty trucks that are built for work. I'm sure they could have got more power out of this engine but at what cost. Would reliabilty be compromised? Would fuel economy be compromised? Just by looking at the specs it should be a joy to tow with unless you are pulling a very heavy load. I like my 6.2 but I think the 7.3 is going to knock the socks off of it. The low rpm torque paired with a 10 speed should be a winner.
danrclem 08/18/19 06:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hope you travel alone?!!!!

I used to haul more than that in my Radio Flyer wagon back when I was a kid.
danrclem 08/16/19 10:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hauling dirt/rock with bed rails?

I've found that tree bark gets built up in them too.
danrclem 08/12/19 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas. Nor do I think he knows any more about the demise of the fossil fueled motor vehicle than I do. I couldn't agree more... just because they have a platform to speak, they think they are experts... everyone one of them.... I agree also. “... So there’s almost no reason to have a gas car unless you’re doing long-haul duty.” There is a reason. I want a gasoline powered vehicle and don't want an electric vehicle. According to some of the experts New York city was supposed to have been underwater several years ago.
danrclem 08/10/19 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stranded/broke down

Breaking down is bad but being in your brother's driveway is a big plus.
danrclem 08/05/19 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

If I'm recalling correctly I think one of the earlier viedos on this engine said that the fuel mileage would be better than the 6.2. I'm sure there will be some teething problems with this engine but I don't expect them to be many or very serious. I loved that torque chart.
danrclem 08/02/19 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

Whatever you do, try to find one with the max trailer tow package. They are few and far between, but worth it for a trailer your size. They are generally distinguished by the larger mirrors similar to the 3/4 & 1T ones. I think the max package would be almost necessary for the trailer that the OP has. Everything I've heard or read about the 3.5 says it will pull your trailer but it won't handle as well as an F250. I used to have a 24' motorhome with a 460 and it wouldn't pull nearly as good as my current F250 with a 6.2 pulling my camper. The 6.2 gas mileage isn't good but it's quite a bit better than the 460.
danrclem 07/31/19 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Ford F150 towing demonstration.

The electric Ford F150 wouldn't be of any use to me. I don't care if it could pull the train up the Ike Gauntlet at 80 mph. I need my tow vehicle to tow over 300 miles without stopping and and to be able to have stations at almost every interstate exit where I can fill up in about 15 minutes.
danrclem 07/24/19 05:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: PU sales 2nd quarter (from an interesting source)

They had a Lincoln pickup for a few years.* Lincoln Blackwood Yes they did and that was at least 10 years ago now. Ford didn't need them then or sell as many so they did retire them and they don't need them now. I'm just wondering why GM is still doing so especially when the trucks are identical other than the badging. It just baffles me. The Blackwood was just a Ford with a bunch of worse than useless bling thrown on it, nothing functional. Plus they marked up the price an absurd amount. They seem to doing much better with the new Limited, King Ranch and some others that don't look that much different from the other Fords but the extra stuff does have perceived function and value. They can't seem to make enough of those even though I see complaints all the time about how much trucks cost now. Maybe but not necessarily. I worked for a company that made the frame components of the Ford Escape and the Lincoln MKX. The frame part that goes in front of the door and going over the door was noticeably heavier and I'm sure would it fare better in an impact. There were a few other differences in the frames but nothing that I could see that would make it a better vehicle.
danrclem 07/23/19 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sailun tires for the TV

I just priced 4 Terramax A/T tires for $572 out the door. The dealer has an A+ BBB rating. I priced the same tires at another dealer and they want $854 OTD. Anybody ever run the Terramax A/T? The reason I'm thinking about them is that I cut firewood and am offroad some. Both the A/T and the HTL are rated for 50,000 miles.
danrclem 07/17/19 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
2019 Roush Super Duty
danrclem 07/11/19 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

So what happens when there are more than a couple people charging their EV's? No one seems to think that will ever happen, and they'll be able to just drive right up and plug in. When was the last time you had to wait at a gas station to fill up, and that only takes a couple minutes to do. What happens when the average "fill up" takes 30 minutes? Oh yeah, I forgot: "They'll be lots more charging stations". Riiiiiight. I’m probably not understanding what you are getting at. So yes. There will be more charging stations. A new DCFC location opens up about every week or two in our area. Usually BC hydro puts them on the app as “coming soon” and they appear as a wrench. About 6 months later they broadcast a message on the App that they are live. Three years ago there were like 20 DCFC’s in the province. Now there are over 120 with lots more coming. It will be an ongoing thing. Most people charge at home or work but DCFC’s are needed for road trips.My point is that every one says "Just stop and get a bite to eat or shop a bit until the car is charged up". What if there's 2 people ahead of you, each takes 20-30 minutes, so that's an hour before it's your turn, and now you've spent 1 1/2 hours getting "refueled". What do you do for that amount of time. I'm sure there are more charging stations, but there are tons more gas stations, and people still wait inline, but the wait time is measured in minutes, not hours. And since this is an RV forum, we are talking about traveling where you may not be able to charge up at home, and the campground may not be set up to do that either. So you "fuel up" on the road. Hence my question about what you do when you can't immediately pull up to the charger. Exactly. How many vehicles can fill up with fuel at a station that has 12 pumps in one hour. How many vehicles can be charged at a station that has 12 chargers in one hour. I don't know the answer but I bet there's a big difference in numbers.
danrclem 07/06/19 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

Interesting that I had the exact opposite experience. I sold my 2015 ecoboost expedition and bought a 2019 f250 6.2. Both had 3.73 and same size tire. Pulling the same trailer (7500 gvw) I felt the ecoboost preformed as well as the 6.2. Now the f250 was way more stable and felt much safer. But power wise, I was a bit disappointed. Expedition got better mpg solos and about the same (10) pulling trailer The 6.2 seems to have a stellar reputation for reliability durability but when it was offered in the F150 it returned 3 mpg less than the Ecoboost and lower performance, even though the 6.2 is rated for more hp. So your experience was what the test data would predict. It will be interesting to see how the 7.3 stacks up against the 6.2. I've got a 6.2 and like it but I believe the 7.3 is going to get better fuel mileage and pull better. How much is hard to say. Some say it will have one or the other but not both. I'm anxious to see what it will do. If I ever buy one it won't be in the next few years.
danrclem 07/04/19 10:44pm Tow Vehicles
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