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RE: Engines to avoid on F-250?

Find a low mileage 6.0 diesel, do the EGR delete and drive on. Towing 12K at 214K and still running strong. https://i.imgur.com/ca2HclHl.jpg Wow! There is some advice to flush. When two companies spend hundreds of millions to point fingers on who is responsible for the creation of likely the worst diesel engine to roll out of Detroit since the GM 5.7 diesel and when companies exist for the sole purpose of trying to "bullet proof" said diesel. That is called a clue. If you bought a new early 6.0 (and we did on the farm, after the very good 6.9 and 7.3 engines) shame on Ford. You buy one now, shame on you.
ksss 04/18/18 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.0 gear searching.....

All GM 2500 trucks now come with 4.10 standard. Must be a reason. I had a 2011 2500 HD CC with the 6.0 and 3:73. I traded it in on a 2015 3500 CC with 4.10 and it was much better. With a size larger tires than OEM I got 13-14 mpg not towing and down to 5-6 at 30K combined. If you are really working the suburban your actual towing mileage my go from not changing to perhaps improving slightly with the 4:10's. I think it is the best bang for the buck improvement you can make for what you use the SUV for. You might see a 1 mpg reduction in hwy nontowing mpg. The 4:10's are a much better match for the 6.0 than is the 3:73 if you towing with it. Love that motor.
ksss 04/07/18 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a used vehicle...sigh

You just need to lay in the weeds and wait. There are those that buy a gas HD and aren't happy with the performance and trade back in. Just have to be in the right place at the right time. This works if your not picky on color and options. Holdover trucks can work, and being gas there are typically more of those available. You can look for 2017 trucks sitting on lots in your area. I have learned that the best deals come from conversations, not email or relying on what is posted on the net. If you see one that you like, call and try and make a deal. Don't be afraid to travel. Your making a sizable investment. I would also call the largest volume dealers in the US. Dave Smith in Idaho comes to mind. They move an incredible number of vehicles, generates a lot of used and are not afraid to dig into the holdback money to make a deal.
ksss 04/04/18 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 GMC Sierra

The tailgate is kinda like an answer to a question I don't think anyone asked. I am die hard GM, wont buy anything else, but not sure that tailgate is worth the effort they put into it. I could be wrong, and I have been. I thought a heated steering wheel was a waste of money and overly frivolous.....until I had one. I dig it now.
ksss 03/30/18 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the weak link for Chevy max tow ratings?

I don't think you can fault GM for bragging about superior tow ratings while they had them around 2011. Why wouldn't you? I am GM guy, unlikely I will ever buy anything else. I regularly tow at or in excess of the GM rating and the pickup does very well. That said, this has never made any sense to me either. I watched a GM rep on YouTube state that the market above the GM tow ratings is very small (this thread states 3%, I cant remember but it was small) and so they choose not to compete. I was so pissed when I saw that I wanted to throw my lap top. They are willing to compete in the HP/torque war obviously. I agree if I am pulling a modest weight of say 18K, even though the GM truck is within the posted 23K, on paper the Ford or Ram at 30K looks like the better option, all else being equal. The point is, they may be right perhaps most don't tow around the 30K mark, but by comparison the other two look like stronger trucks. They are not stronger which has been proven on the numerous Ike runs, but a lot sales are won and lost in the spec sheet. I wish they would at least get to 28-29k. If your "not going to compete" at least make it close. The last thing I will say is, since when is not competing in a significant category even an option. You sell HD pickups, and tow capacity is a major factor in a purchasing decisions in this weight class, and you just opt out? 7K under the rest of the field? If the rational is a small % use that kind of tow capacity, well what percent need 445 hp and 900 plus foot/pounds of torque? Probably that same 3%, yet there is no issue in being class leading or nearly so in other significant areas. I am confident in the durability of the trucks and pulling up and down mnt passes with huge loads gives me nothing but confidence in the trucks. They handle the weight and they have been very reliable, but this under rating the tow ratings is just plain stupid. I would like to know the real reason for it.
ksss 03/16/18 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet dealer resurrected 1970s Cheyenne Super 10

It does look really good. 6k is a lot but when you look at what it costs to paint an entire vehicle, two tone with striping, and badging there is some markup there but not a lot.
ksss 03/11/18 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 265/70/18 275/70/18

picture of '18 with 285's or not, could we make it any more of a PINTA to post a pic?
ksss 03/11/18 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 265/70/18 275/70/18

I have run 275/70/18's on my 2015 with zero issues. The tires were EXO Grapplers. I have been running 285/70/18's on my 18. This took a little more work. The rim offset is -12 so they extend to just beyond the factory frame work. I have Bushwaker flares on it this offset had an effect on the tires. I had to pull the interior wheel well material back and tie it off with zip ties. I also had grind a little off a couple areas that protruded into the tire. Very small and was able to do with the tires on using a small angle grinder. It is tight but looks great. Took a little bit of a mpg hit with these tires over the 275 which was a slight hit over the 265. The EXO's are a HD tire and weigh up a bit more than many others, so depending on your tire your mpg may vary. There is a an offroad company here that makes a front bumper extension that adds some room by extending out the bumper a couple inches. I have a Ranch Hand Legend grill guard or I would do that.
ksss 03/11/18 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's New Medium Duty Trucks

I had a 5500 4X4 CC for 10 years. This looks like an updated version of that design. Sits up higher, which is good in my opinion. Anxious to see some interior pics. Looking forward to getting another one.
ksss 03/10/18 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: These unreliable new diesel engines!

In the past six years I have had 2 6.0 Chevy HD's and 2 Duramax HD's. All traded around 60-70K. The current '18 Dmax has had a DEF sensor at 500 miles. The gas trucks simply have less to go wrong, especially the 6.0, that has no cylinder deactivation, pretty caveman simple. The newer diesels have a lot potentially to go wrong. If you could get the warranty claims history for all three OEMs for the past 4-5 years it would give the truest indication of reliability. Short of that, it is pretty subjective. Stories of guys that said to have zero problems ( who forget an issue or three) and some with an ax to grind exaggerating issues.
ksss 03/10/18 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2007 Chevy Silverado HD Duramax,Diesel Allison Transmission

If you were traveling local that would be one thing with 200k plus. Traveling across the country can be another. A couple upsides to getting something newer, the latest gen of GM HD trucks is substantially better at towing than were the GMT8-900. The suspension is better, brake are much, much better, the exhaust brake is excellent, more power of course. So the heavier your towing, the more you can appreciate the newer paint. The other thing that hurts is when you need major repairs, you don't get much of that invest back if you want out of it. If it is worth 17K now, you put 5k into repairs and it is still worth 17K. So you end up having to keep it longer to see your money out and it turns into a vicious cycle. It is a roll of the dice, no payments and life is good. Broke down in BFE and you will wish you had reconsidered keeping getting out of it.
ksss 03/05/18 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

I drive an 08 Duramax driven since new with 140K on it and it has had very few issues. Zero sensors, I had to clean the MAF last month but no replacements of anything. I had a '15 Duramax ran it to 65K and it never had an issue. My '18 threw a code in the first 500 miles which required a sensor replacement and an ECM update for a stumbling on acceleration issue, that is apparently common with some of the early '18. I have not had it reoccur since the update, so hopefully it is gone. I have 7K on it now and nothing has come up since. The engine characteristics are much different than previous versions. Feels much quicker, more responsive than previous versions. The MPG at least for me (bigger tires) is about the same as the 08, but considerably more powerful.
ksss 03/01/18 11:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

I pulled a combined weight of just over 30K with my 3500 6.0 and it would scream (just check the spec sheet and see where on the RPM gauge these gas motors make their power). I was pulling equipment and not an RV so not near the wind resistance. It used fuel of course. I live at 5K feet and would climb to just over 8k in my area. The power ratings being what they are, all of the gas HD trucks are pretty close in performance based on what you see on the Ike pull offs. The diesel trucks make pulling a lot more pleasant, they don't work as hard, get better mileage (for me it is about 3-4 mpg depending on how hard you worked it). What I really appreciate about the diesel aside from the power, is coming down off the passes. The exhaust brake is the sweetest thing since sliced bread. The gas truck would spin hard in grade braking and I would have to be more careful not to over rev. Like someone said you could not have had a worse motor to experience a diesel in. All three are much improved, with Ford being the most improved considering where they were and personally I don't think you can go wrong no matter which direction you went if you chose to go diesel. As for gas motors if you didn't like the high revving nature of the 6.0 your not going to like any of them since that is where they all make their power. Get over that and a properly speced gas truck can pull 12K. It will be slower, use more fuel, but in most cases the gas is cheaper so there is that, and you will need to be more careful going down hill since you wont have an exhaust brake.
ksss 02/21/18 10:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F 350 tires

I have set of Cooper SST Pro's on a 3500 DRW. Pretty aggressive tire, but it is lasting surprisingly well. Great off road traction as you would expect with that type of tread. I have had good luck with Hankook ATM long lasting middle of the road all terrain type tire. I am also happy with Nitto G2 and EXO Grappler. The G2 really good traction on wet and icy roads, but it is a quiet tire and is also holding up very well. The EXO is more like the Cooper, more noisy but much more aggressive. I am on my third set of EXO's on a SRW 3500.
ksss 02/20/18 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

Man that thing is almost 9000 lbs... There's the OP's answer concerning where the payload went. They used it up with bling. Load carrying capacity and off road articulation don't belong together. So why put it in a 3/4 ton chassis then? You cant tow with it like a regular 3/4 ton, you cant carry anything in it like a regular 3/4 ton and even with a front sway bar disconnect, a 3/4 is not going to articulate very well anyway (assuming a stiffer chassis). So it isn't as hard core as the Raptor, yet its compromised for use as a typical 3/4 ton pickup. At the end you have a 3/4 ton with half ton specs, marginally improved off road capability with a big motor, 4:10 rears and poor mpg. What are the compromises buying you? Where are the upsides? It attempts to be a Jack of all Trades and really succeeds none of them. Maybe they should have put the package in a one ton so they could have netted a HD pickup with true 3/4 specs. At least then you could do something with it.
ksss 02/18/18 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

The Power Wagon package gives you Bilstein gas shocks, 12K winch, electronically deactivated front stablizer and off road tires standard. That is the extent of your Power Wagon package, at least what is on the website. The half ton based Raptor which is much more optimized for off road has the same or more payload. The midsize ZR2 advertises 1100 pounds of capacity. No one finds this worth a discussion? Certainly this forum has discussed much more lame topics. Rather than do that however, it is easier to kick the OP in the junk. I was referring the ZR2 as a smaller/ lighter more trail manageable package for off roading. Remember the ford and chevy are 1/2 ton more or less. The Ram is supposed to be a 3/4 ton. Tow ratings are a mute point.. I would consider a dodge if I can get the common transmission failures out of my mind as well as the rusting issues on 4 year old trucks.. Maybe they fixed the issues but it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth dont it? https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/cimg/www.dodgeforum.com/750x422_85/815/JPEG-2-Wheel-Well-Rust-76815.jpg height=450 width=450 It certainly would. I bring up the ZR2 only to compare that a midsize truck has about the same payload capacity as 3/4 ton pickup. I personally did not know that the Power Wagon has such a low payload capacity. I found it interesting, and certainly worth a discussion. I was put off by the response that the OP was given for bringing it to light.
ksss 02/18/18 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

The Power Wagon package gives you Bilstein gas shocks, 12K winch, electronically deactivated front stablizer and off road tires standard. That is the extent of your Power Wagon package, at least what is on the website. The half ton based Raptor which is much more optimized for off road has the same or more payload. The midsize ZR2 advertises 1100 pounds of capacity. No one finds this worth a discussion? Certainly this forum has discussed much more lame topics. Rather than do that however, it is easier to kick the OP in the junk.
ksss 02/18/18 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

Please show me the door sticker of a this properly equipped Raptor F150 with the 3000 lbs payload? Ford website. 1200 pounds
ksss 02/17/18 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Went to the car show...Ram Power wagon

It is a 3/4 truck, that while it is tweaked for off road performance, is not nearly as purpose driven as the 1/2 ton Raptor with about the same payload capacity (acutally the Raptor appears to have more capacity). Bringing up this point does not make him troll, just because someone doesn't like what is said. Assuming the number is true, it can be debated about how important the payload rating is, but jumping on the guy is BS. Are you really that insecure?
ksss 02/17/18 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy S10 and Ultra Lite Trailers.

I have an 03 S-10 ZR2 with the 4.3 and a 5 speed manual. Good little motor and pretty powerful for what it is. All that said, I think that would be all it would want and maybe more. Merging with traffic will be a challenge, and hills will be slow but of course that can be managed.
ksss 02/13/18 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
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