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Old 12-29-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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I have been looking at the 2017 F350 SRW thinking of upgrading from our 2008 F450. I get tired of parking and does not fit in the garage with other cars and a SRW would fit and could be a everyday driver. I miss driving a truck everyday to work.

I test drove one over the last week and to get a feel also have a friend that has a 2016. I wanted to see how it would tow the RW so used his truck to pick up our RW from the shop had some Warranty items completed.


I wont be changing anytime soon did not like the feel of the SRW on his 2016. Trailer was pushed all over when Semi went by or passing one. Our F450 feels so solid going down the road and it has much more power than his F350. I know the power is from all the performance Items I have added over the years. I will just keep my 450 for awhile only has 40k miles and I know the truck well.
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:14 PM   #2
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I felt a performance drop going from my 2008 F350 dually to my 2014 F350 dually. The 2008 had 4.10 gear ratio, and the 2014 had 3.73 gear ratio, but I thought the extra HP and 6 sp of the 2014 would overcome the gear ratio difference - NOT. It only takes a few drives up I-70 here in the Rockies to know you are in a different truck.

As much as that 6.4 was a fuel sucker, it was a rocket. I miss it, but overall I don't miss a dually at all. I really did not like that thing, either one of them.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:59 PM   #3
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I did not consider the 4:10 gears in the Truck. But you are correct the 6.4 seems like a rocket compared to the 6.7. I can live with the MPG I am getting about 12 pulling the Trailer and 15 when not. That is providing I don't get on the gas to much.





I will just keep the F450 for awhile longer in about 4-5 years we plan on retiring completely and will most likely go to a DPMH at that time. For now I have a little Kia soul for my everyday car.
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:36 PM   #4
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I did not consider the 4:10 gears in the Truck. But you are correct the 6.4 seems like a rocket compared to the 6.7. I can live with the MPG I am getting about 12 pulling the Trailer and 15 when not. That is providing I don't get on the gas to much.





I will just keep the F450 for awhile longer in about 4-5 years we plan on retiring completely and will most likely go to a DPMH at that time. For now I have a little Kia soul for my everyday car.
I have a 2015 f350 srw long bed king ranch.I drove one of the new 2017's and if you don't want to buy one don't drive one.Totally different ride.Box frame made a lot of difference plus the truck has alittle higher payload and a bigger rear end.
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:12 AM   #5
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I noticed that on Ford's build and price tool the DRW is only available in 3:55 and 4:10 gear ratios. No more 3:73. Not sure that's the best choices. My old 2013 SRW had 3:55 and was constantly shifting going up small hills, and I don't think I would like the 4:10 for the fuel economy. But it would be interesting to know what difference that makes.
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Jim, do they still offer the wide track on the 2017 F350 dually? In 2015 it got you the wide front axle (hence a better turning radius), front fender flares, and mandatory 4.30 rear end, exactly like the F450 was in 2015.
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Old 12-30-2016, 01:49 AM   #7
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The build and price tool doesn't let you choose the 3:73 axle ratio on the 2017 F350 DRW no matter what configuration. When we bought our 2015 DRW only the 3:73 and 4:10 was optioned; this year it's only 3:55 and 4:10.
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I would bet with the new transmissions, they are able to get the overdrive to make up for the lower rear end ratios in regards to fuel economy when not towing. The tow/haul mode while towing will shift it out of overdrive most of the time but while towing the RW, or anything else heavy, the truck will work less.

I think the 4:10 is a good option and will also increase your towable weight. If you want fuel economy and power your options are few. I do not think you would like the 3:55 and would regret that option before long.
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I think the 4:10 is a good option and will also increase your towable weight. If you want fuel economy and power your options are few. I do not think you would like the 3:55 and would regret that option before long.
I agree with X. If it wasn't for the power enhancements on my truck, it would be a real dog towing the RW. I'm currently coming out of my "Boys with Toys" phase and seriously thinking about taking the truck back to stock as we're now spending more time in the mountains where I need whatever power my 3.73 rear end can give me. However good looking my 285/75 17s and lift are, the tires certainly aren't helping me get all of my power to the ground.
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I agree with X. If it wasn't for the power enhancements on my truck, it would be a real dog towing the RW. I'm currently coming out of my "Boys with Toys" phase and seriously thinking about taking the truck back to stock as we're now spending more time in the mountains where I need whatever power my 3.73 rear end can give me. However good looking my 285/75 17s and lift are, the tires certainly aren't helping me get all of my power to the ground.

I agree Tom

I spent over 10k in all the adaptions I put on my F350 and I'll admit I had fun with it but I won't do it again. With all of the money and work done I ended up putting out between 900-950 ft pounds of torque and now I believe the new trucks do this from the factory. That 10 mph fast up the mountains wasn't worth the money.
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