And how's about the rear end gear? Thanks again for the helpful info. I have an F350 4x4 Crewcab with the 5. I'm sure a set of top shelf headers and a real dual exhaust would be beneficial. I too am real curious to see what kind of mileages people are seeing with the 5. The chip is the absolute best mod I did. The last 2 I had were exceptional. It isnt going to be as dramatic as a turbo diesel tuning wise.
I don't pull anything heavy anymore - the 13 Whaler weighs practically nothing. If it added only 75hp at redline the tuner would be worthless but if the tuning increased the powerband from idle on to redline then it would likely be more benificial. I purchased a 90 ford van with a 7. Don't get me wrong, I love the trucks no problem with the 450 and I would buy another especially with 0% interest! Pulling that backhoe around is gonna kill your mileage with whatever engine you have! Good luck in your decision! Sold my 99 F-250 Powerstroke crew cab 4x2, and getting ready to order new pickup. But you're a smart guy and you already probably figured that out. I figured when I bought the new one if gas stays about a dollar less per gallon than diesel, and the gas gets 2 less mpg I would save about 750.
Then it'll be an electric fan kit. Cubic inches only tell part of the story. Thanks Tim I pretty close to RobbieB. The cat, muffler and y pipe are the biggest restriction in the stock set up. A few companies make them for our trucks. I have also pulled my 13 with it, and you forget it is back there! He does all our snow removal. The only thing better is a diesel but they are more expensive and the fuel right now anyway it a lot more.
Ive done alot of different bolt ons on various different trucks. I have towed my buddies 24' Sportfisherman on a 350 mile trip to Lake Ontario several times, none of which is highway driving and the 5. Moderate acceleration not slow acceleration, which can decrease mileage , staying within speed limits, limiting highway speeds to 55 mph and coasting to stops rather than maintaining speeds then braking will reduce gas consumption. Around town about 14 mpg. Aftermarket hand-held devices such as DiabloSport, Superchips and Hypertech allow you to load custom tunes designed for your vehicle and restore the factory tune if desired. I am wondering if the less power of the V-8 would get that much gas mileage than my V-10? I beleive that 3:73 gearing is standard on dually pickups don't quote me I have a friend with a 99 F350 dually, he pulls horse trailers, and he claims he can't get better than 14 mpg or so without the trailer.
The trip home, towing the boat averaged 12. Only thing that helps is the proper gear swap for the height tires you run, im running 4. By the way, why did you sell the 99? I'll do that eventually, but I really get a kick out of getting something new every so often for now. I'm likely gonna buy the diesel 4x4 crewcab. After 3 years I put 3. If you change trucks every 90k miles or so no problem, I just didn't think it would do for long term hauling.
The backhoe was something I've wanted to have for awhile, just acquired some acres, clearing and building a pond is the plan. But I didn't realize I has to reset the the dash read out for the mpg. Tuning is great but know that there is only so much that can be done. Both get rave reviews, but there are about 3 Fords to every 1 Dodge, and it is extremely rare to see a Chevy. I hit a high of 12.
A cat back addresses the muffler and you pay for pipes that probably arnt giving you any gain over stock. No real complaints about Ford products, had good service from them. A gas engine you will likely pick up 15-30 hp and if your lucky that would be rear wheel hp. Problem is i want to go to 35's but i know for a fact the 4. Trailer Life magazine has done a number of road tests with various tow packages. Hope you got deep pockets. That probably has a lot to do with its flat torque curve.
The gas burner has great performance for its class, and comparing it to the 7. Both diesel engines seem to have a proud following, and both seem to have an excellent track record for performance and maintenance. Regarding your comment on the 5. Towing 1998 Standard same hull as montauk get 12 mpg highway, around 10 in town. Here in Maryland, diesel is about 20 cents more per gallon and I am not sure you can justify the extra cost of the motor if you are expecting the extra 3 mpg to pay for the engine over the long term. If you can stay away from dual wheels, you will obviously do much better fuel wise.
Actual fuel economy depends on individual driving habits, weather conditions, state of maintenance and aftermarket additions, which might improve or degrade mileage. I'm planning on doing shocks and tires soon. The crew cab is nice, what I wanted originally, but got a deal on mine as a left over. Department of Energy, aggressive driving can reduce fuel economy by 5 to 33 percent. This modular engine named for the manufacturing process, not an ability to interchange parts on the engine was first introduced in 1997.