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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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f550 vs f350

I know this question has probably been answered 1 million times but I will ask again. the only difference between an f550 drw and an f350 drw is the suspension in the rear, the front suspension is the same. on the newer f550 that are ten lug, do semi wheels fit with out adapters or do you need adapters.
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I know this question has probably been answered 1 million times but I will ask again. the only difference between an f550 drw and an f350 drw is the suspension in the rear, the front suspension is the same. on the newer f550 that are ten lug, do semi wheels fit with out adapters or do you need adapters.
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Re: f550 vs f350

Pay more to buy the 550 & more for repairs, tires, brakes & insureance/reg. that sort of stuff. It all depends what you want to do with the truck too though.


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i want to use the truck for repos. i want to put the dynamic stealth unit. its a self loader wheel lift but i also want to 5th wheel with the truck. i need the weight ratings so i can tow any vehicle any time but also tow 3 cars at the same time. but i dont want to limit my abilities by using an f350 instead of an f550. thanks
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I've got a 96 F350 crew cab dually and my dad has an 01 F-550 reg. cab with a 10' bed. When I get in his truck and drive it I feel like I went from a half ton truck to a semi. The 550's are a hell of a heavy duty truck.

The front and rear axles are much heavier duty than F-350's. Don't plan on one for you DD though because the ride is far from luxury.

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I got a buddy that does repos...

Drives a F350 w/V10...

He also has a 3 car hauler(where he really wishes he had a diesel)...

He wont use a diesel for repos because, its too loud the sneak through apartments, etc...

The stealth from what I saw on these trucks, wont really work well with the rear tank...

You should be fine with 1 ton

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I had a crew cab F450 with a 9' bed and used it as a daily driver for 8 months and it wasnt bad at all, Just had to be a little selective of where you park, It was no diffrent then any other crew cab truck i have ever drove and even a little narrower then most dually's

The Fron axle is the same as the 350's with the exception of the diffrent outer hub adapter. If you unbolt the adapter it gets you back to the original superduty 8 lug pattern, (at least it was this way on my 99)

the rear tail section of the frame is diffrent on the 450 and 550's because they are cab and chasis style frames slightly narrower and flatter. The rear axle is bigger along with bigger brakes and heavy springs. The truck does ride rougher empty but put a load on it and it shines

For what you are wanting to do go 550 and never look back. However do not get the steepest gear available. Mine had 4.88 and it sucked get a 4.30 or 4.10 if ya can

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hey travis ive been doing alittle research on the hole gearing for the 450 sence it does have the earth moving but fuel drinking 4.88's in it, if i put a 285 tire on it which comes out to about 36in's tall it'll be like driving on the 225's with 4.30's, as far the rpms at 70mph and driveability. whats your opion on this? i talked to a guy at randy's ring and pinion the other day and he agreed with me.

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That's what I wanted to do with my dually. I wanted to get 19.5 wheels and a taller tire, so I could get the RPM's down at highway speeds with the 4.10 gears, and it would look alot nicer!!! Alot of people say it'll be worse milage because you have more tire to get rolling

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hey travis ive been doing alittle research on the hole gearing for the 450 sence it does have the earth moving but fuel drinking 4.88's in it, if i put a 285 tire on it which comes out to about 36in's tall it'll be like driving on the 225's with 4.30's, as far the rpms at 70mph and driveability. whats your opion on this? i talked to a guy at randy's ring and pinion the other day and he agreed with me.
I actually thought about doing that also, You have plenty of room in the back with the flatbed, You may have to use a leveling kit or something in the front to keep it from rubbing!! PUT SOME FLOATS on the front of that thing!!

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