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valhalla360

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Posted: 11/23/21 06:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd jump up to the F350 SRW so you aren't flirting with payload limits.

Assuming you are within tow ratings (and likely are with either engine), I would put emphasis on getting the 10 speed transmission so the engine can operate closer to it's ideal output range.


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The 7.3L has been out for a couple of years now. It should be past any "birthing pains".

You definitely want the 3.73 axle. If you tow in the mountains much you probably should get the 4.10. if you stick with the F250, you will likely have to add helper springs.

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oops truck is from wrong decade erased

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

The 7.3L has been out for a couple of years now. It should be past any "birthing pains".

You definitely want the 3.73 axle. If you tow in the mountains much you probably should get the 4.10. if you stick with the F250, you will likely have to add helper springs.


That is NOT an option with the 7.3. It is either the 3.55 or the 4.30.


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wowens79 wrote:

I’d go with the 7.3. After the first year they seem to have worked the kinks out, and from reports I’ve read, the fuel mileage actually seems better with the 7.3.
7.3 is a simpler pushrod design, and it’s torque curve is much better. It hits 400lbs or torque at 1500 rpms.


x2. The 6.2L is a good engine, but if I were buying new it would be the 7.3L all the way. We have several of them at my work and they have all been super reliable so far. The 7.3L shares many of the same design that the GM LS engines which are solid as an anvil.


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manley wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

The 7.3L has been out for a couple of years now. It should be past any "birthing pains".

You definitely want the 3.73 axle. If you tow in the mountains much you probably should get the 4.10. if you stick with the F250, you will likely have to add helper springs.


That is NOT an option with the 7.3. It is either the 3.55 or the 4.30.


Maybe a bit of clarification. This is not the case with the F350. 3.73 is the standard rear end for all gas engines, 4.30 optional.

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If you get the 10 speed transmission, the rear end ratio is not of great importance. It will just select a gear to get the same overall gear ratio. Then engine will have no idea what's happening past the crank shaft.

The only reason to go to the 4.XX rear end is if you need that last couple thousand pounds of tow rating.

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Finding anything in stock other than the 6.2 with the 6 speed transmission is about impossible. That only leaves ordering and waiting 10-12 weeks. The 6.2 would be my preferred choice if not for towing 650 miles twice a year. Strange times we live in!!


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I also have the 7.3 with 3.55 gears and wouldn't trade it but tow quite a bit.

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I have two 6.2Ls right now for my lawn maintenance business. I regularly tow 6000 lbs but the most I've pulled with them is around 10,000 lbs back when we had a Work & Play.

I think you'll be good since you say you're only towing one or two trips a year. Any more than that and I would get the 7.3 at a minimum.

If you do end up getting the 6.2 and it has the six speed, just lock out 6th gear on those trips. You'll be fine but don't pull out in front of traffic in a rush.

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