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5.4 liter on fords

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bigviclbi, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    Guys I did do a search but have a few questions. Right now I have a 1993 ford f-350 with a 460 in it. It is KILLING me in gas. I am thinking of going after a newer 250/350 with the 5.4. I have a dump trailer that weighs about 2500 and we haul 3-4 tons in it. Will the 5.4 be okay if I get the 4:10 gears? Are these easy to find since most of the 5.4 I'm assuming are not 4:10?Any info would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    Depends on how often you want to haul. If its not regular like once or twice a month, it'd be fine. If you are going to be hauling regularly I'd consider the V-10 or the Diesel.

    The new F-250/350's have better brakes so they are up to the task. Along with the Tow Command system in the F-250 or the Tow Boss system in the F-350, you could handle anything thrown at you.

    The Tow Command is the integrated brake controller/wiring in the F-250 and F-350.

    The Tow Boss is a complete package on the F-350 which includes the Tow Command system, 15k receiver hitch, 6.0L PSD, TS auto, 4.30LS rear, and 5700lb payload, IIRC.
  3. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    dont get the v10 opt for the desil with gas prices goin the way they are :realmad: :angry: :realmad: you will be a lot happier with it. plus you can put a snorkel on it and drive though small streams and ponds. you cant do that with a unleaded engine

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Trailer = 2500# + 3-4 tons could weight in at 10500#
    Match that number to the tow rating of the truck and you will have your answer
    Max on the 5.4 is about 8700# in an 02 book I have, even with the 4.10
    Think you need the 6.8 or diesel.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    1st my jeep is gas and I can

    2nd and how often do you need to do that in lawncare?? :p
  6. Sunset Lawn Care

    Sunset Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I have a 99 Superduty Extended Cab Long Bed with a 5.4 and 4.10's. I regularly pull around 3500# and it does O.K. but not great. I also have a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires which probably reduce my gearing somewhat. My advice would be to get a 6 speed diesel and be done with it. I wish I would have been patient enough to do so, but I was in a hurry.

  7. Sunset Lawn Care

    Sunset Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    One more thing....the older 5.4 has aluminum heads which are known to spit spark plugs and that is an expensive repair on an aluminum head unless you have a machinist buddy or own a machine shop. Unless you are looking for a new truck go V-10 or diesel.

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