As some of you are aware, we had another comparison meet in Millersburg, OH yesterday(see thread HERE). As we've done in the past we met up to talk trucks, pull some weight up some hills, and have a great time. This was no exception!
We started out by meeting at Wal-Mart, and then we drove to Mike's house a few miles away to get the trailer.
Mike was nice enough to rent a 14-foot dump trailer which was well equipped for our needs with 7K axles. Chad, the guy who blew his Cummins engine last time we did this, provided the gravel we used as ballast for the event. He did not participate in the pulls though, he was too busy today.
Matt's 2006 6.0L truck was up first, and the first stop was the scale to see how much weight we had.
Uh oh...NOT enough! We wanted to at a minimum match the 11,580 we had last time. Chad was nice enough to meet us at his gravel pit to load up some more ballast!
We then weighed it on Chad's platform scale, and the results exceeded our expectations! 13,800 on the trailer axles! We calculated around 1,500 lbs tongue weight which places the trailer weight at over 15,300 lbs! Here are the trailer axles.
We then set out for Buffalo hill with the heaviest trailer any of us has ever pulled. Matt's truck has been out here a couple times and has always performed well, but this time he upgraded to a Garrett Powermax turbo. He did not get the truck tuned for this turbo, and it was having a real problem building boost at low RPMs. He powerbraked the launch to build boost, but he still really struggled until his RPMs could come up.
His VSS sensor wasn't working for much of the pull, and we believe this hindered the transmission's ability to keep the truck in the proper gear. Once his speedometer started working again 3/4ths of the way up the hill it downshifted and pulled stronger(see 2:28 on video). 40 MPH at the top of the hill. Had this been working the whole pull I think his truck would have run stronger.
We went back to Mike's house and enjoyed lunch.
After Mike's tasty burgers we hooked up Matt's(2000silverbullet) 6.2L truck. I was very anxious to see how this one does, as I thought it would be a very strong truck up the hill even with it's disparity in low end torque compared to the diesels.
This was the biggest surprise of the day, it pulled at 48 MPH at the top of the hill as well as making 27 MPH on the steepest part of the hill. The 4.30s were what made this performance on the steep part possible, and we were all blown away with how the 6.2L performed! I was monitoring temps in the back with his Torque app on his tablet, and coolant temps never exceeded 215 and his fan never came on.
The massive amount of low-end torque allowed him to easily accelerate the fastest on the steepest part of the hill and he attained 30+ MPH far faster than the other trucks. He achieved 50 MPH at the top of the hill, but the faster acceleration at the bottom of the hill enabled the truck to complete the run in a significantly shorter period of time.
Last up was Mike's venerable 2000 V10 truck. Now before you watch this, I want everyone to know that he was overloaded by over 50% of his rated trailering capacity. His truck was rated for 10,000 lbs trailer weight with 3.73s, and Mike had no problems hooking his truck up to over 15,000 lbs for this test and flogging it up the hill.
His 3.73s and tall first gear on the 4R100 hindered him up the first part of the hill, but once things started to level off and that big V10 could rev it delivered a strong performance. His stock cooling package kept things cool, and after the tranny came up to temp it held 210-215° for the rest of the trip back to his house. This package is clearly capable of towing far more than it's rated for when needed, and it certainly didn't disappoint! He reached 45 MPH at the top of the hill, within 5 MPH of Steve's new 6.7L PSD!
I apologize for the poor video quality; I had to fly to Ohio for this and therefore didn't have room to take my video camera. All videos were taken with my cell phone, which downgraded to 240P with the length of the videos.
All trucks did a great job with this massive amount of weight, and the gas trucks distinguished themselves by demonstrating the capacity to handle heavy loads on steep hills without any trouble. It was a great day, and we all had an awesome time.
As always Tom excellent write-up! I want to thank everyone for coming out and spending your time and fuel to play around for the day. It's always great to BS with other Ford truck guys. Of course I always end up with truck envy for a few days but my old girl still holds her own.
Later today I will try to put together a PDF of the results again.
Love this stuff. I think it goes to show that the Super Duty product offering from Ford is a great choice, either engine (large gas and diesel), and any year. Some may be quicker than others but everyone made it up the hill. Hopefully I can bring out the 3V V10 to see how that compares to Mike's truck, and the rest of the pack of course. Great job guys.
The 6.2 sure sounded nice but it needs some of your TLC. Even though Scott had it to the floor it only let the throttle plate open up to 75% for awhile. Tom was watching it on the Torque Android app that Scott had on his Motorola Zoom.