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Old 10-06-2011, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1995 F-350 Crew Cab Dualie with the 7.3 power stroke. It is a 5 spd manual. 4.10 gears. I checked the owners manual and it say that the trailer towing capacity is only 10100# but if I had an automatic in would be 12500#. I can't believe there is that much difference between the two. Any and all help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think the 1995 auto had a 20000 gcw, and the stick was at 17000 lbs. I looked at the owners manual of a 97 the other day, and the stick and auto were both the same. Im not sure if there were any changes to the trans between 95 -97. If there wasnt any changes you would be fine using the auto's tow rating
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Thanx tanbuddy! Anyone one else?!?!?!
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do some research on this message board, there have been lots of people that have pulled 20K plus with these old fords, just start out slow and break early, These trucks are more than capable of pulling 20k, the ratings are underrated for liability and wear and tear issues. Follow the laws but realize you can hook up and pull just about anything out there
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Mazda M5OD-R2 = torque 330-500?
M5HD = Torque 400-450
Ford 4R100 = Torque 740

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I can't believe there is that much difference between the two. Any and all help would be appreciated.
According to Ford years ago, they erred on the safe side. Since they have no control over clutch abuse when towing a heavy load they rated the manual trans gcwr lower.
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rockinthe4banger -

I suspect you're misreading the Owner's Guide. The numbers you quoted are for the 460 V8 gasser. For my '99.5, the GCWR and tow ratings for 7.3L engine were not included in the Owner's Guide, but they were included in the PowerStroke supplement.

The '95 thru '97 trucks with PowerStroke 7.3L engines should have the same towing capability. The '97 specs in the '97 Trailer Towing Guide say 20k GCWR for diesel engine and 4.10 ratio, for both the stick shifter and the automagic slush box. And the "tow rating" with 4.10 ratio is 13,400 with 4x4 or 13,800 with 4x2, regardless of tranny. I'll bet the PowerStroke Supplement for your '95 says the same thing.

Your comments are valid for the trucks with 460 gas engine. Maybe Ford put a heavier-duty clutch in the hand-shaker trucks with diesel engine?
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Smokey,

You are correct, I was looking at the 7.5 ltr numbers because I could not find ANYTHING for the 7.3 diesel in the owners manual. Even in my Powerstroke supplement book, nothing about towing. I did speak with Believer45 who sent me the 1995 Recreational Towing Guide. The manual trans went from 10100# to 10700# but the auto was still at 12500#. I did run into an old Ford Mechanic who is a guru with ANYTHING Ford. I asked him about the poundage difference. He said the only thing he could think of as to why the auto podage would be more than the manual poundage is the clutch being the "weak" point. He said if I was going up hill or starting off pulling a heavy trailer and shifted the torque on the springs on the clutch would be HUGE. If I abused it shifting I could/would prematurally wear the clutch. We both agreed the clutch was cheaper then a new auto transmission. Just my two cent on what I found out.

Thanks to everyone for their input.

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Ford F-Series Fifth-Wheel Trailer Towing Selector
here are all the numbers for 95 trucks
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