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RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

The 7.3L made 358hp and 407 lb-ft at the rear wheels on the same dyno where the diesel made it's numbers.
ib516 01/04/20 04:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Bottom line... goducks10 got tired of cleaning his EGR on his cummins and he complained about a lack of heat produced in the cab so he sold his low mileage truck for a new truck and paid more for the optional 6.4 gas engine that requires a special oil to prevent the cam from going flat to get as much performance as possible. I truly hope his new truck lasts a lot longer so we don't have to hear about these type of stories! Keep that oil changed on time their buddy! :B 1. It's there, not their. :B 2. I'm 100% seriously wanting to know about these cam issues. I no longer own my 6.4L and haven't been actively "following" the engine on forums etc. but I'm not aware of any issues with the engine. Do you have any links? Are they giving trouble? I only owned mine to about 35,000 miles if memory serves....
ib516 01/03/20 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Powerstroke stock dyno numbers

Impressive numbers to compare a 19 to a 20, but you gotta remember that dynos read very different, so the only comparison you can make is truck to truck on that same dyno. I'm looking forward to the follow up video where they test the 6.2L gas against the 7.3L gas.
ib516 01/03/20 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I had many more reasons than power to choose gas over diesel when I did in 2014 when the 6.4L Hemi was introduced. Initial purchase price, better reliability (no DEF/DPF), less complexity, better winter heat dueing my short commute, and cheaper fuel were among them. If I bought new today, I'd buy another gasser. I was completely satisfied with the performance of the 6.4L Hemi pulling 11.5 to 12k. The 8 speed auto would make that an even better experience. That said, I don't pull a trailer every day either. If I did, or if I was a full timer, I would choose diesel as they do get better loaded mpg, and the extra torque makes for a better tow vehicle. The purchase price premium and higher fuel cost would be less important as the towing performance and loaded mpg became more important due to the % of time the truck would be towing a trailer.
ib516 01/02/20 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

They bought a new project truck, a 2020 F250 XLT with the 7.3L Gas engine, a 3.55 locking rear, and the new 10 speed auto. Should be a great series of videos! VIDEO Side note - that XLT trim has everything I would want in a truck. $55k was the sticker.
ib516 12/28/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RV Crushes Truck

This guy dropped his 5th Wheel on the back of his truck on video. Not me BTW. What I can't figure out is how it happened. Go to about the 18 minute mark to see him checking everything, but it still falls. What did he do wrong? VIDEO
ib516 12/16/19 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 1500 towing...

I pulled the plastic cover off the engine to verify that there is a transmission cooler and I am wired for OEM brake controller. I know the engine will pull it, I know the trans will hunt, but I wasn't sure about the coil vs leaf springs. The rear coil spring makes for the best unloaded ride in a 150/1500 series truck, but they do tend to sag when trailering. There are companies that make stiffer replacement springs ( that slip right in, and of course there are Timbrens and air bag kits are available among many other options. Basically, if you hauling near max payload in a Ram 1500 newer than 2009 (when they introduced the rear coils), you are likely to need some rear suspension add-ons. I had a 2500 with the rear coils and found them to be very robust and not prone to sagging like the 1500s. The 2014 2500 I had with rear coils sagged less than the 2007 3500 SRW I had owned previously - and I tested and measured it with the same RV.
ib516 12/16/19 05:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

The 7.3 is a $1700 option and for an additional $8800 you can have the Powerstroke. Even though the gasser is probably all most of us would ever need I think it would be very difficult to go from diesel to gas. I think it would be much easier after dealing with a CP4 failure not covered by warranty.... :B Just got rid of my 2013 Duramax for that reason, it started acting funny. Just a thought, but $350 would buy a CP4 bypass that prevents the catastrophic damage if the pump gives up. $1000ish buys a new CP4, or $1500ish buys a complete CP3 conversion. (But you have to be deleted for the conversion I’m almost certain). Several not so expensive solutions compared to buying a new truck. And you have a 2 out of 3 chance of getting a CP4 again unless you stuck with GM. Which again, he11 of a lot more $ than fixing the issue. But makes for a good excuse for a new rig if that’s what you’re after .... My thought is this - as a customer, I shouldn't have to re-engineer a truck I paid $60, 70, or 80k for because the factory screwed it up. I don't care what badge is on the front. These things are way too expensive to not be durable and correct when they leave the lot.
ib516 12/11/19 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

I'm not in the market and I'm excited to see how they do!
ib516 12/10/19 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

I'm assuming the L84 is a 5.3L? That's a big load for a 5.3L with a 3.23 axle. Yes I know the 8 and 10 speed transmissions make up for the 3.23 to a certain extent, but the 5.3L is going to work it's guts out with that load. Likely be OK for short trips on flat terrain, but if it's windy or hilly, you're going to spent a lot of time at 5000 RPM or so, and the trans will be doing a lot of shifting.
ib516 12/02/19 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV engine oil

I do the same, for the environment and to get all the oil I paid for.
ib516 11/19/19 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

I'm impressed that the rest of the drivetrain can hold that power. Once the drivetrain can handle spinning the wheels...more HP doesn't put more stress on an empty least nothing significant. It can't put more torque on the drivetrain as the wheels just spin releasing the excess torque. That said modern stock engines are incredibly powerful compared to 30-40yrs ago. I believe last time Andre was there testing a tuned EcoBoost F150, he sheared the driveshaft off due to excessive torque and traction.
ib516 11/13/19 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford 7.3 V8

I think Ford picked the 7.3 liter displacement to capitalize on the reputation of the old 7.3 Diesel. It sounds like it's built very stout and should preform well. Will be interesting to see what it does in the real world for mpg and performance. My 19 year old V-10 manual transmission is still going strong after 200k miles. I just took it on a 800 mile trip last weekend (solo) and averaged 13.75 mpg. Same as the rumored "426 Hemi" that Ram will introduce in the 2500/3500/4500/5500 trucks in the next year or two. IMO this engine is the reason the 5.7L Hemi is no longer available in the 2500+ trucks. The 6.4L will be the base engine and the 426 Hemi will be the optional gas power plant. Much like Ford and the 6.2L/7.3L gas engines. They will market the heck out of that "426". I believe 426 cu. in. works out to 7.0L. So they should be able to get better hp/tq numbers than the GM 6.6L gasser and similar to the 7.3L Ford has put out.
ib516 11/13/19 08:16am Tow Vehicles
4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

Pretty impressive. 600 hp and 650tq at the wheels out of a 3.5L EcoBoost in a crew cab F150. Of course this is with some aftermarket goodies like E85 fuel, a different fuel system, and a tune. I'm impressed that the rest of the drivetrain can hold that power. VIDEO
ib516 11/13/19 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax and the Ike

The Eco Diesel has 2K more towing capacity than does the GM. I would agree in watching that the exhaust brake isnt dialed in well enough yet, only one less brake application than the Ram and Ford which dont have a Ebrake. The Chevy certainly has enough power to pull more, they need to dial in the Ebrake and increase the tow rating. MPG numbers look very impressive. Might want to doublr check that. IIRC, the baby Dmax was 8 brake applications vs the EcoD's 4, and the Ram EcoD had quite a bit more weight behind it.
ib516 11/10/19 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Differential Cover

And I'm sure the consumers will repay Bank$ for that research ($$$). Good products with very premium price tags.
ib516 11/09/19 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado 1500 Duramax and the Ike

I think when they tested the EcoDiesel, it was towing significantly more weight. Don't know why they can't keep the weights the same to make a more accurate comparison. In any case, that I6 Duramax seems like it performs very well. Time will tell if it was an engineering success or failure.
ib516 11/09/19 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience/Opinions on a 2008 F450 for Towing

Thanks everyone. I looked all over and the consensus is that they are bad engines besides the die hard owners who stand by them. I was shocked that even Bill at PowerstrokeHelp on YouTube recently made a video declaring he won't work on them anymore. CLICKY All I can say is wow. What a POS.
ib516 11/03/19 07:32pm Tow Vehicles

Glad you stated all the so called facts... but not one size fits all, for u I’m glad. For others it doesn’t work that way. It is what it is... diesels are not the cure all but neither is gas. Again, I don’t buy into all the facts.... different markets, lots of variables and tons of so called experts everywhere. The only advantage a gasser has over a diesel is cheaper initial cost. ALL other performance factors will favor diesel. I challenge you to point out a performance parameter that a gasser does better than a diesel. Heat in the cab at -40*. That was a concern for me when I switched to a gasser. I froze in both my previous diesels for 3 months of the year when it got really cold here in Canada. The diesels I had never made it to operating temperature on my morning commute when it got cold. That commute involved about 8 miles of highway followed by 15 or 25 minutes of city commuting. The diesel trucks would actually cool off when I got into the city. And, to add some additional info, the trucks had been plugged in, in an attached garage (not insulated or heated) and the grills were completely covered/blocked by a winter front. So, for a guy (like me) who only tows a trailer 5-6 days out of 365 in a year, the gasser made far more sense. The diesel mpg advantage has shrunk compared to what it used to be (gas became more efficient and diesel became less), the complexity of diesel and the emissions garbage they are saddled with has increased, and now you have to add, buy, and store DEF. As to remote starting, that might work great in Florida when it's "cold", but anyone who has experienced -40* and a diesel truck will tell you if you leave a diesel idling at -20*C or colder, the engine coolant actually gets colder as they idle. They just don't use enough fuel while idling to stay at operating temp. We can all agree I think on the fact that when you use "towing performance" (mpg and how well it pulls) as your only metric to judge a 2500 or 3500 truck by, diesel wins hands down. There's just no denying that 900+ lbs-ft of torque beats 450 lbs-ft. But for me, when everything was considered, gas was a much better choice.
ib516 10/28/19 07:50am Tow Vehicles

Towing 16,000# Gas 6.9mpg, diesel 10mpg 116,000 miles needed towing to pay off the diesel upgrade Empty Gas 16mpg, diesel 19.9mpg 650,000 miles needed to pay off the diesel Video
ib516 10/26/19 10:06am Tow Vehicles
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