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Old 11-10-2012, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 f350 options?

I am thinking about purchasing a new f350
I am having a difficult time in finding one in the right color with the right options. So I wanted to see if anyone know which options could be added on after the purchase? Such as nav or heated cooled seats? I think I found the right truck and it is only missing the nav head unit. I have read about the new kenwood units that can be integrated in with the sync system but so far the reviews don't sound to great. I also like stuff to just work so I am thinking about a factory nav unit. Can it be installed and still function like the factory installed unt?

Also I have found a few short beds but most f350 are long beds. Is there a big difference in driving? Granted I know the difference in length I am asking more from a maneuverable and ride quality stand point?
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I test drove a SB 350 when I was looking and it was as good as any thing else. My dad had a 250 LB and it was tough to park and turn around. If you are going to haul stuff in the bed all the time I would go with the long box but if you are using it to tow go with the short bed. These trucks ride like a caddy anyway


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I will be using it for towing almost exclusively.
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Don't ever get a short bed in a HD truck for any reason! That is just wrong and for lack of a better word down right gay. I can't believe what I see anymore. Short bed F350 dually. Talk about wrong. Want a short bed get a F150, like it should be. Prior to 1996 they didn't even offer short bed in a F250/350. I can't imagine having a shortbed HD truck. I would be embassassed at the mere mention of it, let alone actually owning one. Just the thought of that makes me sick. Had a F150 shortbed once and that was stupid enough, but a HD truck in shortbed???? Worthless as tits on a bore.
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Hey RonKZ650 looks like in your sig you have a 4ft bed?


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Hey RonKZ650 looks like in your sig you have a 4ft bed?


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Yeah, but that's not "gay"! What a ridiculous analogy. There's nothing functionally wrong with the SB 350, unless you need a larger fuel tank (I'm thinking, you either tow most of the time, or live in the Western US). I wanted the larger fuel tank when I went looking for a new 2012, but I didn't want to try to park a crew cab, long bed truck. I haven't missed the 8 ft bed at all. If I towed all the time, I'd get an aftermarket 50 gallon tank.

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Back to the original question, if you want to add factory navigation to it, you might see if the guy mentioned in this thread can help you. Added navigation thanks to a fellow member

The Kenwood deck you mentioned that's compatible with Sync can be found here: Kenwood - DNX7190HD
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My 2000 and 2003 trucks were Short beds, In 2005 Ford redesigned the front end and the 2005 and later longbed trucks turned as good as the 99-04 short beds. So my 2006 and now my 2011 are long beds. I've never regretted the change.

True, I don't park in parking terraces, I rarely go down town and have to try and find a parking spot. Home Depot, Lowes and most grocery stories seem to have adequet parking for a long bed truck.

As far as serious towing, I'll take a Long Bed F350 every day over a short bed. The ride is great on any of the wheelbases. Wouldn't worry about that. So basically the trade off is a little harder to park in the down town areas vs having the extra space when I need to throw a few extra bales of hay in or when I need to haul lumber it doesn't stick out the tail gate as far.
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Don't ever get a short bed in a HD truck for any reason! That is just wrong and for lack of a better word down right gay. I can't believe what I see anymore. Short bed F350 dually. Talk about wrong. Want a short bed get a F150, like it should be. Prior to 1996 they didn't even offer short bed in a F250/350. I can't imagine having a shortbed HD truck. I would be embassassed at the mere mention of it, let alone actually owning one. Just the thought of that makes me sick. Had a F150 shortbed once and that was stupid enough, but a HD truck in shortbed???? Worthless as tits on a bore.
Get a flippin life!!!! Up hear in the Dakotas we spell "boar" the correct way!!! And who pi$$ed in your coffee!!
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Also I have found a few short beds but most f350 are long beds. Is there a big difference in driving? Granted I know the difference in length I am asking more from a maneuverable and ride quality stand point?
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Can't speak to the Nav part. I have owned long beds since my first full size truck. First was a '72 Ford standard cab. From there went to an '86 extended cab, and now have a crew cab. I never noticed any difference in the "ride" and as far as maneuverability, it's just a matter of getting used to what your driving. I like the long beds for the ability to carry a 2X4 in the bed or a full size piece of plywood. I have towed fivers since 1989, and yeah a CC LB with 33' of fiver takes a little more road to make a turn, but you adapt quickly. No need to have a slider hitch either, and I have had my truck past 90 degrees to the trailer on occasion.

To each their own, and in the end you need to decide based on YOUR needs. BTW, I park out from the store, less chance of door dings, and no-one complains that I am taking 2 slots.
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Typical post for that guy, just ignore him.
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Don't ever get a short bed in a HD truck for any reason! That is just wrong and for lack of a better word down right gay. I can't believe what I see anymore. Short bed F350 dually. Talk about wrong. Want a short bed get a F150, like it should be. Prior to 1996 they didn't even offer short bed in a F250/350. I can't imagine having a shortbed HD truck. I would be embassassed at the mere mention of it, let alone actually owning one. Just the thought of that makes me sick. Had a F150 shortbed once and that was stupid enough, but a HD truck in shortbed???? Worthless as tits on a bore.
This is a forum where people post their opinions. Don't get pissy about someone else's opinion. I tow a lot and I like the short bed. It rides good and is what I am use too.

As far as the nav goes I would try to stay factory.


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Don't ever get a short bed in a HD truck for any reason! That is just wrong and for lack of a better word down right gay. I can't believe what I see anymore. Short bed F350 dually. Talk about wrong. Want a short bed get a F150, like it should be. Prior to 1996 they didn't even offer short bed in a F250/350. I can't imagine having a shortbed HD truck. I would be embassassed at the mere mention of it, let alone actually owning one. Just the thought of that makes me sick. Had a F150 shortbed once and that was stupid enough, but a HD truck in shortbed???? Worthless as tits on a bore.
This is a forum where people post their opinions. Don't get pissy about someone else's opinion. I tow a lot and I like the short bed. It rides good and is what I am use too.

As far as the nav goes I would try to stay factory.


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