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Old 06-24-2012, 11:32 PM
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The answer to your question is yes.

A truck well siuted for mudding would be a horrible choice for towing IMO.
A truck better suited for towing heavy aint gonna make a great mudder.

You will not accomplish both with one truck IMO.

A compromize?
This.

For a mud truck you are going to want it lifted with huge tires, which pretty much renders the truck useless for towing regardless of the engine.

For towing you are going to want a stock truck, not much good for mudding.

Solution:

Find an old beat up 70s or 80s F-350 for dirt cheap and jack it up with some big tires. That's about the best mud truck there is. Then throw it on a trailer behind a 7.3 Super Duty.
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I don't tow that often mostly light but I would like the capability of towing pretty heavy my dad has a 02
with a 7.3 and we tow a jd big round bailer it does a pretty good job how would the gas hold up to it?
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I don't tow that often mostly light but I would like the capability of towing pretty heavy my dad has a 02
with a 7.3 and we tow a jd big round bailer it does a pretty good job how would the gas hold up to it?
That baler doesn't weigh much. Even the biggest one I've ever seen was less than 5,000lbs. Are you roading it between fields w/ the truck or pulling it on a trailer? Pulling it on the road between fields won't take much power, a half ton could easily pull it. You won't be going much over 20mph anyway. Now if you're talking about pulling the tractor and baler between fields on a trailer, that could get real heavy and maybe a job for the diesel.

Also, just how severe of mud are you talking about? A superduty is a big HEAVY truck, even heavier w/ the diesel - not exactly a great combo for a mud truck.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:26 AM
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I had a 1999 F350 Dually 7.3 with 6 speed zf tranny 4:10 rear gears 4"exhaust from the turbo back, S&K cold air intake and I believe it would pull the state of Delaware across country if you could find a place to hook up to.
I traded for a 2009 F350 dually v10 automatic 4.10 rear gears because arthritis makes it damn near impossible to push a clutch in. I thought the v10 would have less power when pulling our camper especially since it is automatic, WRONG.. a week after buying the truck I loaded my Goldwing into the back, hooked up the camper and headed out.To my amazement the v10 auto pulls just as good as the 7.3 manual even when we hit the mountains in north Georgia and Tennessee. The only real difference was no turbo whine and alot less MPG with the v10. So power wise Id say you wont go wrong with either, if you are going to do a lot of Mudding Id say the v10 because of maintenance cost and it will also be less expensive to fix if you break something and yes the v10 is lighter than the 7.3
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I wouldn't be pulling it on a trailer maybe just the tractor which is a 120 horse massy that would be the heavest I would ever tow

Not expecting to go in realy heavy mud but it will be just for playing around
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The V10 comes in two forms; the 2V and the 3V.

The 2V was used from 1999 to 2004 and is rated at 305 hp and 420 ft lb (this varies slightly due to a change in 2000.)
1999 2V NPI V10 - 275hp@4250 410tq@2750

2000-2004 2V PI V10 - 310hp@4250 425tq@3250

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:56 AM
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Have you guys had any trouble with the trannys on the 2000 v10's
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i love my 7.3 and wouldnt trade it for the world. but for what you want you better go with the v10.
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V10. 7.3's hate high rpms and everything is 2x the cost. 15qts of oil vs 7, your oil change will be 75-80.00 vs 25-30.00, if You want a truck with power and still be able to play around with the v10 is the way to go I think. I've owned and pulled with both trucks and if you get on the v10 it goes! The only thing and real difference is fuel Econ and ownership costs. But personally I like the v10 but as with everuthing there's pros and cons
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Thank you guys I am leaning toward the v10

What is the mileage of a v10?
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Also how is acceleration compared to the 7.3
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I'm assuming your a young kid correct? If you want a all around truck get the V10 and make sure it has 4.10 or 4.30 gears only, don't get the tiny 3.73 they suck. A V10 on average gets around 12mpg around town and 8mpg towing heavy, but towing 5k from field to field is noting a 5.4 could do that for years with no problem. But you seem to be young by the question on whats faster a 7.3 or V10.... so a 7.3 when properly built can be quite fast but your talking money, a V10 with 4.10 or 4.30 gears and a tuner is a awesome rig and can be fun as h$ll to drive. For what your asking id get a 2000-2004 Super Duty with the V10 and 4.30 gears. This way you'll have the power to tow 5k and you can add 35 inch tires for the mud and the 4.30 gears will help with turning them tires in the mud
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Empty expect around 11city and 14highway. Loaded prolly 9 city and 11 highway. My 7.3 excursion gets about 15 city and 18 highway loaded is not much different. Off The line the v10 is a bit quicker. I wouldn't worry about it. Your buying a truck not a hot rod.
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Thanks. Could I later reagear if I can't find a truck with the right gears
How much would that cost
Right now I am looking at a 2000 F 250 with the v10 it has the off road package not sure about gears
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