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Old 02-24-2010, 09:23 PM
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Hello everyone.

I am looking for any recommendations as to a shop in the area Cities/St. Cloud/Willmar to talk to about a gear swap on my 2002 F350 4X4 with V10. I have 3.73 & contemplating 4.30.

I could swap axles myself, but it may be the same price just to have some one swap the gears in the current axles. Do not now how serious I am, but a price may cure me of the idea.

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Hey Lee. I personally have no experience in that area so I am not sure who to recommend. Maybe Troy or Mike (allis) will have some ideas. Dale (excursion4x4) is a mechanic. He may have some thoughts also. You can PM them. They have all posted in the BS thread or the camping thread.
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Hey Lee I actually used to live in St.Cloud when I went to tech school but as far as shops go I never really used any I always did my own work. My brother used to live there so I will give him a shout and see if he knows of any. Why are you wanting to change them? Need more power or maybe that V10 doesnt suck enough gas yet? LOL
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Lee I just looked in the 4x4 axle recomendation thread down a little farther and there are some shops posted there.
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Thanks Troy,

I will take a look.
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I forgot about that thread. D'oh!
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Hey Lee, did ya get a hold of any shops yet? Just curious..
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Troy,

Actually, I am probably going to wait to see if my new Y pipe and the 5 star tuner has done the trick. It pulled the camper before OK, so it should be better now. A gear swap was probably not economically feesable at this point.
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Gotcha! I hope the tuner and Y pipe work for ya. Just needing a little more power pulling the 5ver?
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It actually pulled it very well around here, even with the boat behind, but in the mountains and long hills it would struggle to maintain 65 mph. 3.73 gears are a little high, but for the 2000 miles a year I run in hills or mountains, it may not be worth it.
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Yeah for that few a miles in the big hills you might just go a little slower instead of scraficing the mileage with the deeper gears. What do ya get for mileage pulling all that around here?
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With the truck alone, before anything but a K&N filter empty I would get 12-13 on avg. The best was 14.6 on the way back from Iowa. Have not run more than 30 miles with the mods, or pulled anything.

With the 5er, I get 7.5-9 depending on hills & wind. Up north and back is usually around 8-9, but as good as 9.5. With the boat it drops to 7-8.5.

What do you get with those 7.3 dsl. I have heard some amazing numbers from people, and some really bad from people with the 6.0 & 6.4 DSL?
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With the same gears as you and empty I have gotten as high as 20 maybe 21 on two lane roads. In the summer I usually average around 17. Pulling the 5ver I will get 10 -13 depending on wind. I got a little lower once but was bucking like 30 mph wind the whole way. All this and my only mods are 6637 intake and straight piped exhaust yet.
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Those 7.3 are hard to beat on mileage and longevity. I tried to buy one before I bought my V10. It was a 2002 F350 CC 4x4 with 90000 miles & loaded. I drove all the way up to Blackduck for an auction and it went for $20200, I thought I would have a shot at it at $15000, and that was Oct of 2009.

Apparently the recession had not hit northern MN.
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I know what you mean by the recession not hitting areas. I bought mine 4 yrs ago and I looked long and hard for the one I got. Probably searched for almost a year. I wouldnt trade it for anything.
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