I'd love to see how your 2000 5.4L manual 4x4 4.10 does out there Josh compared to the others. I know a buddy of mine had a 2005 5.4L F350 2wd standard 4.30s in his and he said it was gutless but I hear other people talk so great about them so I would like to see how one does with something like this.
I am really curious to see how it does too. I have two hills leaving my house that are pretty steep (23% and 18%) but are only about a 1/4 mile long. It has no problem pulling 10,000 lbs up them. I had a 97 7.3 with the exact same setup(gears, transmission, cab size, etc) and my 5.4 would pull the same trailer up the same hill 8 mph faster. It's not the best pulling engine on the road, but I like it better than anything that came in the obs trucks if comparing stock to stock(haven't owned a 5.8, but have had the 5.0, 7.3 and 7.5).