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Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   05-10-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 29,910
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yeah, I sold my PSD and 5er several years ago and...

Yeah, I sold my PSD and 5er several years ago and downsized to an F-150 and small TT. You can find me on F150Forums.com and IRV2.com. So I don't participate much on TDS now. But the TDS admin...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   05-09-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 29,910
Posted By SmokeyWren
This thread is over10 years old, and lots of...

This thread is over10 years old, and lots of water has run under the bridge since then. When I click on that link today, then on "resoures" I get the following:

"Industry standards for load and...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   06-14-2016, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,063
Posted By SmokeyWren
GCWR = gross vehicle weight rating. That's the...

GCWR = gross vehicle weight rating. That's the most that the wet and loaded combined tow vehicle (TV) and trailer can weigh on a CAT scale without overheating anything in the drivetrain, and without...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   05-22-2016, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By SmokeyWren
What Mark said. One pass over the CAT scales will...

What Mark said. One pass over the CAT scales will give you front axle, rear axle, trailer axles and combined weight on all axles of the rig. Compare weight on the
- front axle to fGAWR
- rear axle...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   05-19-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 27,819
Posted By SmokeyWren
Slightly different conditions, but back in the...

Slightly different conditions, but back in the 1970s my folks were "trail riders". Riding horses or mules on scenic trails in places such as Big Bend National Park and Bonita Canyon near Ruidoso,
...
Forum: '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain   05-15-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 21,543
Posted By SmokeyWren
Hi, Mary Lynn, and WELCOME! to TheDieselStop. ...

Hi, Mary Lynn, and WELCOME! to TheDieselStop.

Jimmy answered your question, so I'll just muddy the water.

2003 Ford SuperDuty pickup frames are 38" between the rails. Chassis cab frames are...
Forum: '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain FAQ   04-12-2016, 09:35 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 483,500
Posted By SmokeyWren
Mark is a man of few words, but in this case he's...

Mark is a man of few words, but in this case he's right.


Your Owner's Guide says to use MERCON, but Ford no longer sells plain ole MERCON. Several years ago Ford replaced both MERCON and MERCON...
Forum: '11-16 General Questions   02-15-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 47,932
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yep, Outlander69...

Yep, Outlander69 (http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/members/309241-outlander69.html) retrieved an old thread from August, 2011, or 4.5 years ago. But there are probably some new guys like him that...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   02-13-2016, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,834
Posted By SmokeyWren
1. How many gooseneck hitches do you see on...

1. How many gooseneck hitches do you see on semi-tractors that gross 80k or more? Answer: None. Why? 5er hitch is more stable, and when towing heavy you want all the stability you can get.

2....
Forum: '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain   02-04-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,230
Posted By SmokeyWren
If you have a DP-Tuner multi-position chip, then...

If you have a DP-Tuner multi-position chip, then adding a tune switcher is not a problem. While you're at it, if you don't already have an exhaust brake, then add the decal tune for towing in hill...
Forum: '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain   02-03-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,230
Posted By SmokeyWren
EGT. The higher the HP, the faster the ...

EGT. The higher the HP, the faster the pre-turbo EGT will reach the red line of 1.250. So you must back out of the go pedal to prevent too-high EGT. With the added HP of the tow tune, you want to...
Forum: '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain   02-02-2016, 10:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,230
Posted By SmokeyWren
Back when I still had my 7.3L, I had DP-Tuner...

Back when I still had my 7.3L, I had DP-Tuner tunes in an Edge programmer. 80-tow was perfect for towing my 8,000-pound 5er on the flats or in the hills and mountains. I also had 80-economy but it...
Forum: General Diesel   01-23-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,910
Posted By SmokeyWren
Aww, come on Phill. Don't exaggerate, This...

Aww, come on Phill. Don't exaggerate, This thread won't be 6 years old until after April Fool's Day, 0:)
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   01-11-2016, 04:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 82,947
Posted By SmokeyWren
Not if you use '99-'04 F-350 dually rims, or rims...

Not if you use '99-'04 F-350 dually rims, or rims that meet the specs for '99-'04 F-350 Dually rims:


16" x 6.0 K
5.35" offset
8 studs
170mm bolt circle
2600 pounds weight capacity @ground
...
Forum: Other Technical Questions   01-07-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By SmokeyWren
Most folks with a pickup cannot haul a 100-gallon...

Most folks with a pickup cannot haul a 100-gallon auxiliary diesel tank and drag a big 5er at the same time without exceeding the payload capacity of their tow vehicle. About 40 gallons of extra...
Forum: Other Technical Questions   01-06-2016, 05:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By SmokeyWren
Two auxiliary fuel tanks in the bed would be...

Two auxiliary fuel tanks in the bed would be dumb. They make L-shaped diesel tanks for up to 100 gallons capacity, and that combined with the stock fuel tank should be enough fuel for any pickup to...
Forum: Other Technical Questions   01-06-2016, 04:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,097
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yes, this thread was at one time in the Towing &...

Yes, this thread was at one time in the Towing & Hauling forum. else I probably wouldn't have seen it. Apparently, another moderator thought it better fit in the Technical Questions forum.


As a...
Forum: Other Technical Questions   01-02-2016, 10:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,097
Posted By SmokeyWren
Doesn't matter. She cannot install a B&W...

Doesn't matter. She cannot install a B&W TurnOverBall because the old hitch is in the way. "The Goose" may not be as good as a TurnOverBall, but it will work just fine for her needs.


Or with...
Forum: Other Technical Questions   01-02-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,097
Posted By SmokeyWren
Baloney. Almost any ole shade-tree mechanic can...

Baloney. Almost any ole shade-tree mechanic can figure out how to install Reese in-bed rails for a Reese 5er hitch in your truck.


With the bed rails installed, you can then choose to add a...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   12-28-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,982
Posted By SmokeyWren
I just noticed the link I posted above includes...

I just noticed the link I posted above includes numerous brake controllers for your van. Since you have the factory 7-pin trailer plug on the back of the van, then you need one for "with factory...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   12-27-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,982
Posted By SmokeyWren
Y2K? Nothing from Ford. But if you ordered the...

Y2K? Nothing from Ford. But if you ordered the Ford towing pkg on your van back 15 years ago, then you have the wiring in place to plug in an aftermarket trailer brake controller. The current...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   11-27-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,043
Posted By SmokeyWren
I think so. I have the factory E-Locker in my...

I think so. I have the factory E-Locker in my 2012 F-150 and it works great. When it's unlocked, you have an ordinary open axle. Mine is unlocked 99% of the time. But mash the button and you have...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   11-22-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,937
Posted By SmokeyWren
The simple way is to take it to any Ford dealer...

The simple way is to take it to any Ford dealer and ask them to print out the report that shows the specs of everything that was installed in your truck when it rolled off the assembly line. The VIN...
Forum: Towing and Hauling   11-22-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,219
Posted By SmokeyWren
An 8k axle with single tires means tires rated at...

An 8k axle with single tires means tires rated at least, 4,000 pounds each. 4k tires are not cheap tires. I would run them until the first blowout, then replace all 7 with your ideal tires rated...
Forum: 1999-2007 General Questions   11-17-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,518
Posted By SmokeyWren
The rear axles are not the same. Those who claim...

The rear axles are not the same. Those who claim that all Sterling 10.5" rear axles have the same 9k weight capacity are uninformed.


Ford owns and runs the Sterling axle plant in Sterling,...
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