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Old March 30th, 2010, 21:58
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I modded it myself. I loved my old cummins that motor was a beast for an 01. But diesel technology came a long way in the 6 year difference. I heard about d-maxs getting crappy mileage beefore I bought it too. I just pulled my xj down from north Dakota to Alabama and averaged 14.8 MPG with an average speed of 68mph so it does pretty decent. My old truck only averaged 12ish towing at the same speed. But in all fairness if I could get a Cummins in my truck without destroying the ifs I would do it. Sorry for the long post.

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Well.. there is your problem.. SFA swap FTMFW! IFS + (any of the following, lift, any power, large tires = Failtacular
When I had my dakota I got an AVG of 15-16.5 towing pretty much anything.
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Now or over the last 10 years...

A year without something nice to tow with I went all out...In 2007 I bought this 2006...just sold it the day after winterfest...this was her last pull for me...and first time both of my XJs were on my 34ft trailer...


Currently am saving and searching again...either some type of diesel motorhome or a dually long bed is in my future...

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Yes, My issue with the MEGACAB is that you cant get that +longbed. When I can afford it, I'm thinking a 6.7L Cummins + 5th wheel camper/toy trailer, Otherwise It will be an older 12V CTD, mild-decent built.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:10
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Re: What are you towing with?

Johnnie do you know of any companies offering kits for state swap? I've searched for one for a couple hours and gave up. But I would seriously entertain the idea. I think a sfa Chevy with a 5.9 CR would be the best tow rig out there.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 13:39
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Re: What are you towing with?





2008 Ford F450 Lariet 4x4 Crew Cab dually diesel 54k leather power everything sunroof and bells whistles and a touch screen stereo (funny that i'm listening to AM radio on that in the pic) that I dont need but think is oddly cool with nav.

And yes I know there is a hubcap cover missing on the passengers side tire.

Just picked this up today.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 13:54
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Re: What are you towing with?

I love the new F-series. that truck just looks unstoppable. the front wheels look like they are Freightliner take-offs.

but everyone says stay the hell away from the 6.0 :-(
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Old March 31st, 2010, 14:23
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I love the new F-series. that truck just looks unstoppable. the front wheels look like they are Freightliner take-offs.

but everyone says stay the hell away from the 6.0 :-(

that has the 6.4L..



btw awesome new tow rig mac!
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Old March 31st, 2010, 14:30
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that has the 6.4L..



btw awesome new tow rig mac!
yup 6.4...

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Old March 31st, 2010, 17:36
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Re: What are you towing with?

Thats an impressive tow rig Mac!
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Old March 31st, 2010, 21:11
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Yes, My issue with the MEGACAB is that you cant get that +longbed. When I can afford it, I'm thinking a 6.7L Cummins + 5th wheel camper/toy trailer, Otherwise It will be an older 12V CTD, mild-decent built.
there is/was a dealership in utah that could lengthen a mega cab frame and put a long bed on it. at this dealer it would not void the factory warranty. i remember reading about it in a mag and online some time ago. kinda like dodges BFT concept.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 21:43
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I'd like to see pics of the modification & tow bar ...
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sure. lets see if i remember in the morning...
ok, heres the pics


it was claimed that the tow bar was designed for an xj but the fit wasnt quite right. with the bumper on the bar only contacted the frame rail at the far rear edge and sat at a severe nose down angle. it attached with only one bolt each side to the frame rail and one on the bumper bracket each side and the two bolts for the license plate frame on the bumper. so i spaced the tow bar down with two pieces of 3/8" and one piece of 1/4" plate to get it to sit flush with both the bumper and frame. then i welded on a piece of 1/4" plate to the side of the larger mass tyeing it all into the tow hook brackets directly. now it secures with the two to the frame, two to the bumper bracket, 4 to the tow hook bracket and all the frame bolts of the tow hook brackets. its pretty strong- ive taken a couple good hits coming off ledges onto the bar.

the plate between the tow hook and the bracket is the added plate for the tow bar.



the tow bar does stick out some, but with 35s its not too much of an issue.
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there is/was a dealership in utah that could lengthen a mega cab frame and put a long bed on it. at this dealer it would not void the factory warranty. i remember reading about it in a mag and online some time ago. kinda like dodges BFT concept.
How much does that cost tho? I do not really want to buy a NEW truck anyways, but would be nice.

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I love the new F-series. that truck just looks unstoppable. the front wheels look like they are Freightliner take-offs.

but everyone says stay the hell away from the 6.0 :-(
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that has the 6.4L..


btw awesome new tow rig mac!
The Ford 6.0L Diesel fails horribly, and the 6.4L is even worse. I mean really, add .4L of displacement and another turbo with an engine that already has oiling issues. I used to work for a ford dealer, did way too many6.0L swaps and turbo replacements. I did a decent amount of 7.3L swaps, but most of those had a lot of miles on them. The 6.0L's were warranty thats freakin horse crap!



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Johnnie do you know of any companies offering kits for state swap? I've searched for one for a couple hours and gave up. But I would seriously entertain the idea. I think a sfa Chevy with a 5.9 CR would be the best tow rig out there.
What state do you live in? Do you know anyone that has enough ability to swap stuff?
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 07:31
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Re: What are you towing with?

I'm currently in between states. I'm in more training and wont know where I'm going to wind up until June/July. It seems pretty straight forward though. Only kit that I found was an 8" lift, and I don't want a tall truck. If anything I would want to lower it 2".
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How much does that cost tho? I do not really want to buy a NEW truck anyways, but would be nice.



The Ford 6.0L Diesel fails horribly, and the 6.4L is even worse. I mean really, add .4L of displacement and another turbo with an engine that already has oiling issues. I used to work for a ford dealer, did way too many6.0L swaps and turbo replacements. I did a decent amount of 7.3L swaps, but most of those had a lot of miles on them. The 6.0L's were warranty thats freakin horse crap!




What state do you live in? Do you know anyone that has enough ability to swap stuff?
I thought the 6.4 was a ground up new engine? Something to do with being pissed at Navistar for building them the crappy 6.0 and saying screw it, if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself!
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well if you think bout it they only bring him the 6.0s with problem


03 f350 4x4 6.0 273k egr delete thats it just changed the oil its just luck of the draw
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Re: What are you towing with?

Here is my antique Tow Rig . 1981 Big Block Chevy power and can hold 150 gallons because it gets thirsty while haulin down the highway trying to keep up with the diesel haulers. I need to get my ride on OVERHAULIN and have them put in a Duramax in it.....



Here is what happens when you use all the power you have. You need to bow your head and borrow your nieghbors SuperDuty to bring it back home when it breaks down.

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2001 Cummins. Yea i know there is a CJ on the trailer. I drive my XJ everywhere

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