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RE: Towing with a Powerstroke 7.3L (expectation/realistic)

The.hp torque spec mentioned for the t444e from international was the highest output available. Lowest uric was 180/480 or there abouts. The ere two other options in the 200-210 hp range, and 525-545 lb ft of torque. Limit being this was max torque for all but one of the granny options. You had to get a manual with the highest power rating. I've actually out pulled speed wise one of th.e.mid hp setups with.an auto, as the auto pulled some 50+ :-P from the motor vs 20-25 for my 7 sp Spicer. Not bad for a 175/335 non turbo set up. Still a slug over all. Marty
blt2ski 06/24/16 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Powerstroke 7.3L (expectation/realistic)

Glen, Exact reasons I bought the 4600LP, even tho it had the same engine as the For SD or pre 450 15K gvwr, or the GM 3500HD ie a pre 4500 15K gvwr. The REST of the 4600 was much more truck. I did not need nor require the HP of a DT466 or 360. Altho I admit at times I wish I had the 235/620 T444E, but that would have been another $6-7K, $10K for a DT like you have which would be the cats meow for how I use my truck. Mostly local doing under 55 mph, a few forays on the interstate at 60, now where legal per say to drive over 60 for 100 miles N, S, E or West for that matter..... At the end of the day, it is choosing the truck that fits ones needs and desires from a carrying standpoint, power/speed standpoint, and gearing such that one can go up a certain % grade with out stalling out! be it lack of gearing but power there, did that with many 454/TH400 1 tons, or lack of traction. Marty
blt2ski 06/24/16 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: US Pickup Trucks trying to copy VW?

Are we done yet?!?!?!?
blt2ski 06/21/16 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Powerstroke 7.3L (expectation/realistic)

Glen, That sounds more like a fire truck addition than a normal Navistar MDT or equal addition. As my 92 4600 does not have a lot of those items. Then again, I have the IDI 7.3 diesel too! Might have something to do with gvwr. BUT, swag would be it is an off road pkg with spark arresters etc for forest service fire work. Marty
blt2ski 06/21/16 12:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 265/75/R16 to 245/75/R16

Around 700 lbs leas payload.capacity. 2-3 mph difference based on going from 245s to 265 tires. The SW GM pickups I've had, handles loads better with the 265 rubber and a PROPER width rim. 6.5" rims were not fun with 265s. All tho.a lot of folks have done it. With the.smaller v8 this might not be.too bad of an option. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/16 03:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing just rear tires for higher load rated tires?

Glen, I had a.good weekend. Sailed part of the way home. Then spouse tested.me that th elder of.twin.sons and spouse wanted to treat us to.dinner....... Took sails down, started to motor home. That was about the.time the wind went from 8-10 to mid.to upper teens. Well any way. Good weekend with another 25 or so owners of Jeanneau sailboats. Marty
blt2ski 06/20/16 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing just rear tires for higher load rated tires?

Glad OP fixed problem too. Also shows generally speaking, that most trailer sway.control issues are usually on the tread end of things. Hope this thumb typed ok, in some 2'sh foot wave on sailboat on Puget sound. Marty
blt2ski 06/19/16 07:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing just rear tires for higher load rated tires?

Yes.both front and rear carry load. Just not in an equal fashion. Depending upon the truck, design etc, many time ALL of the.load goes to.the.rear axle, none to.the.front. If one knows wt distribution on the truck, this is not hard to do. While a dissenting generally.speaking for a go end pickup size has 1000 lbs more on the fa, one does not need the full psi of most tires in fronts vs rear with.A.max load. Marty
blt2ski 06/17/16 10:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing just rear tires for higher load rated tires?

XL is a P tire with more pressure and weight rating. Not an LT.That could be part of his squishy handling problem. LT's have stiffer side walls than P's. OD not quote me, but a P=xL seems to be a cross between a LR C and a P metric tire. But with LR C ability. Much like P metrics with speed ratings. I have yet to see if they need to be de-rated like a true P-metric used in a truck/trailer setting my 9% or not..... I would still prefer an LR C in the OP's situation. I've also run different sized tires front and rear on a 4wd, BUT, I had 245-75-16s on the front of my old 05 dually, and the standard 215-85-16's on the rear. Both had the same diam, revs per mile etc. One could do this with 235-85-16 and 265-75-16 tires too. Marty
blt2ski 06/16/16 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing just rear tires for higher load rated tires?

IF you are not rotating the tires, front to rear etc, then having an E rated tire ont he rear, a D up front, is not an issue. I bought an 81 C2500 that was this way, door panel tire load had it this way.......Did this on a 1 ton dually I had too. Then again, I am usually running traction tires on the rear, hwy front on the RWD rigs to. As far as trailer sway.....uncontrolled fishtail? maybe heavier duty rears on the truck may help. Is the tongue mounted level or slightly low - if high this will cause sway. what is the hw % - this maybe too low %, If it is moving side to side with cross winds, that can/should be normal, IF the whole unit moves as one. The sway issues may not be the tires.....then again, some have had sway due to tires also, not as common. Marty
blt2ski 06/16/16 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Navistar to start building GM midsize Vans

I hope they don't use a Navistar engine. Navigator in general builds one of the better motors out there. Issue becomes, when others try to modify it beyond its design limits. IE Ford with the 6.0/6.4 v8. Or not using the proper or not using filters as required. While I will not put ALL the blame on Ford, they are more than half of the issue imho. Marty
blt2ski 06/13/16 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wait... What?

I went with a composite lawnmower deck last time around, instead of a steel one. So far so good! I know of a few folks with the plastic boards that are around 1" thick on flat beds. Lighter, stronger than wood, along with steel. I wish I could have pulled that off a bit earlier today. But had to go with 2" T&G as always. BUT, drop a few rocks that are in the 50-70 lbs range from the same height, NOW see how well that bed works. I have also seen some BIG dump truck beds made of a plastic composite bed. No issues with them making 4-6 trips loads a day at a local topsoil, bark etc supplier. Marty Marty
blt2ski 06/11/16 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: medium duty engine/tranny thread closed

That thread was closed to way too many untruths, lies etc. NC, you are a good man, try not to let fish cummins and a few others get you down, happening too much these days. Marty
blt2ski 06/10/16 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: My plan

My 69 convertable VW Bug with an aircooled 50hp motor would pull that trailer! Your Kia would probably do fine if you can get a hitch hooked up! Divorces.......been there done that! marty
blt2ski 06/10/16 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1998 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton both with 350cid

my 81 was a SF also marty
blt2ski 06/10/16 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1998 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton both with 350cid

My 2000 GM C2500 is a semi floater. Granted a C14 10.5" R&P. The BB got a full floater. I have 8 lugs, 10 ply tires, 8600 gvwr etc etc. marty
blt2ski 06/10/16 07:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin Tires

I put two sets on a sw 88 9200 gvwr K3500. 4 of 8 tires blew or tread seperated before 50K between them! My dump gets about 40k per rear set, no matter the brand. It has a detroit no-spin/locker in the rear. I have followed it around a corner, inner rear goes the same speed as outer! Leaving 2 bits of rubber every corner. I've had over 500K miles with Coopers of different shape and forms on landscape trucks, spouses rigs and 5 trailers including an RV trailer. NO blow ups. Better traction from AT and traction tires than Michelin offers, EXCEPT for the XDE M+S on dumptruck. As far as nails go. I had over a dozen in one day on bobcat tires, 4 on rig, spare on and off. Plugged tires, then at had to make a trip to dealer to air up! Truck tires usually had at least 3-6 nails screws etc before wearing out. Then again, working in new construction sites....never know what you will find! I usually get 10-20% less miles than what one would expect due to constant loads etc on trucks. Most miles are city local to a HWY 99 style with max speed of 50 or so. Stop and go. This is harder on tires than one that goes on an interstate style most of the time. As an example, when I sold the 05 duramax, only truck I have had with an hr meter, I was around 25 mph! some on here have quoted 40-45 mph ave per hour. Some tires are better for MY style of driving, others for YOUR style of driving. Marty
blt2ski 06/10/16 07:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1998 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton both with 350cid

I have a 2000 C2500 with a vortec 350, 4.10 rear end, and the 4l80E trans. I've pulled upwards of 12K with mine. Te 12K day I was quite surprised at how well it did. OTHER THAN it did not have a WD, which would have helped from a how much wt was pulled off the FE. other than that, really no issues. I have pulled in the 6-8k range. It does every bit as well as the 4bbl/TBI 454's I have had, probably better with equal total loads. IMHO, the rating is a bit on the low side. The vortec is 255hp / 335 ft lbs of torque IIRC. The BIG issue in my mind and past history, IS the blanky blank blank 4L80E trans. Behind the BB's I got if lucky 40K out of it. The 200 has 94K and still has the original 4l80e in it. Not sure it frankly is up to the task of BB torque, and still surviving. Then again, it has the tallest 1st gear ratio at 2.48 vs the dodge and ford 4 sp offerings at 2.7-2.9, and the GM 4l60e at 3.08. I barely like the low end on a 4.10 geared rig, would not want a taller RA of any sort! 4.33 or 4.56 would be better, but with out a DOD, that makes too many R's are 60-70 mph. marty marty
blt2ski 06/09/16 09:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin Tires

Your best off choosing a tire based on tread design, rubber compound, sidewall construction etc than by brand. Some cases the BEST tire for your application is not what some think of as the best brand. Many brands make niche tires. If you fall into this niche, the tire is made by Double Coin, you'd be best off to buy that tire, not michiblow as many on here profess to be the best tire brand. The xps rib as one likes, useless poJUNK in snow, ice, slush, mud, grass, dirt, gravel etc. An excellent tire if you drive in the southern states where there is very little moisture coming out of the air, drive only on hard road surfaces, ie asphalt and concrete. Beyond that useless! I have found for my use, the different Cooper, toyo and some degree Good Year have the better tire options for how I need a tire to be designed etc. The ONLY tire I have found from Michelin is the XDE M+S which is a traction tire on the rear of my dumptruck. Many like myself find this to work well for contruction road and off road as we do off road useage. Even then, I've had a few blow up! Marty
blt2ski 06/09/16 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Medium duty engine/tranny?

That classification system and trucks involved is not totally.correct at least from a GM standpoint. If the 5500 is older std cab, that giver went from 19,500-26000. SAME as the 6500. The 4500 was the.class 4 and 5 rig with giver from 14000-19500. The Allison trans, the 1000 is good to 19500 giver and iirc 30000for gear. The 2000 series.in.Two.different gearing options, with or with out a parking pall, went from 19500-26000 giver with the pall, to 33000 without a pall. Gear was 30k with, 40k or so with out. These two options GM wise wee only.in the 25-55 series. The 6500 and higher had the 3000 series trannies. That series.got you.up into.The 60-100k gvw range. Higher hi p.and torque.input.rating too. One will find this with all the manufactures. Engine wise, the 5.9 uric had around a.dozen or so :-P options from 160-300 :-P. Two emergency service options to 360 hp or so. Some manufacture had low hp with higher torque options, and 20 or so hp/torque options, depending if you are powering a rig for giver, or for the.potential gcw it may.run down the.road. or if it will be.A.city.or hwy rig. Way more to.This than medium, heavy.or.light.duty rated. Marty
blt2ski 06/08/16 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
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