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#560 of 768 THANKS FOR THE INFO!!
Sep 04, 2001 (1:19 pm)
Gentlemen: Thanks for the response. I appreciate all the information I am able to get from this site. I check weekly for topics and useful information insight.
I'll let you know what I think of my 2002 F-250 Super Duty 4x4 with V-10 once it is delivered and I have a chance to put a few miles on her.
This will be my first owned Ford. My last vehicle was a GMC Suburban 1500.
#563 of 768 advise from an "old-timer"
Sep 04, 2001 (6:52 pm)
Decided to check back with this forum after being away for about 1-year. The ford-diesel site has a section dedicated to "gassers", where I have been lurking. To re-introduce myself to the new crowd, I have a 2000 F250 XLT 4x4 V-10 Auto 3:73..all options EXCEPT the electronic shift on the fly(esof). Mods I have added are Jet Performance Chip, Borla Cat-back Exhaust, K & N filter, RHINO liner. I have also added a sonnax shift valve and tri-cummulator springs to the transmission. I only have about 15,000 miles on the truck and have had few problems. Replaced 1-steering stabilizer, 1-power steering pump due to leaks. Recently had the IDLE AIR CONTROL VALVE replaced. For you gassers out there, especially the V-10's, if you truck exhibits vapor lock symptons on hot days, or stumbles in reverse backing, this is most likely the problem. Mileage in town averages 9-10 with heavy foot, short trips. Mileage on road 13-15 if speed kept under 75-mph.
For JAY107, one of the reasons that some trucks sit more level than others is the snow plow package. The snow plow package gives you the highest rated springs(called "X") 6000#'s, and brings the front end up about 1-2". I believe there was a TSB for some of the earlier trucks because of spring sag. Several guys over in the other forum just ordered the "X" springs and had the dealers install them. I have them on mine and have NO problems with the ride. I even keep my tires up around 70-psi and still rides better than wifes car. Now as far as tires on the stock rims, the 265's are about as big as you can go "by the book". I believe the 285's take a .5 size bigger. Many guys over in the other chat room have done it, while others have run into problems with the tire dealers not wanting the liability.
As far as the auto hub locking feature, there a couple of reasons I decided against it. First, as mentioned before, there were still bugs with them when I ordered my truck 2-years ago. Second, if backing a heavy load/trailer, you can take advantage of the lower gearing without engaging the front end. This can really save the automatic tranny from burning up. However, if you do suspect your tranny is getting hot, there is a TSB for some late 99 early 2000 trucks for extra tranny cooling. The TSB adds a water cooler in addition to the air cooler that is already there. I have had it done and noticed a change in every day in-town driving temperatures. Congrats to all those with new trucks, I already have my next one specked out....now if I can only convince the wife.......
#564 of 768 2001 F250 Platinum Edition
Sep 04, 2001 (7:30 pm)
Hey everyone... My dad has a 2001 Platinum Edition with the limited slip 3.73 rear and the 7.3 diesel engine.. It's a very sweet truck!!!! Anyhow, what I am wondering, is there any way to find out which number truck this is.. I think they only made so many of this edition truck to commerate the 1 millionth super duty to roll off the lot.. Can anyone tell me any info of this truck?? It is greatly appreciated..
PS: I have a dicsussion on the 2001 Platinum truck started so you can have a look..
#565 of 768 thanks "old-timer"
Sep 04, 2001 (8:51 pm)
Thanks for your valuable info., I found it very interesting about the snow plow package as I will have that on my 2002 F350 that I still have about 5 weeks to wait for. I saw a 2002 on the lot the other day and I saw the new reflector headlights and they do look good. My truck was ordered a Lariat supercab, short bed, V10, auto., 4.30 ls, snow plow prep, and I did get the ESOF, because after my last couple of trucks being Ram 2500's with shift on the fly, I was spoiled as to not having to get out in the snow to engage hubs.
#566 of 768 "gossamer" and Platinum Edition
Sep 05, 2001 (5:46 am)
Gossamer, welcome back, I remember when you were a regular on the Super Duty site. I was lurking around then, didn't have one had an F-150 on order, but used to watch the Super Duty thread for good info and humor, remember "Crazy Elvis" and some of the others?
As for the Platinum Edition I don't believe it is limited production such as the Lightning, it is an option package that was available on 01s and is still available on the 02s, so I don't think it has specific production numbers, such as 332 of 5000.
#567 of 768 will start checking back....
Sep 05, 2001 (6:22 pm)
...Glad I can share some of the knowledge gained from this site and others, in addition to owning the truck for about 2-years. Has anyone heard from Crazyelvis??? Does he check in from time to time?? If I remember correctly he was down in florida. Yeah, our discussions got pretty comical at times......
As far as the platinum edition, it is like the "LE" version of the dually. Alot of it depends on the dealer knowledge for these special option groups because most of the time they are not in the regular brochures....then again, I have not yet seen the 2002 brochures to see if the Platinum option is mentioned. I have seen one from a distance, and they had some pictures posted over in the diesel site....looks SHARP!!!
If any of you are in the Illinois area, I do have a good dealership and salesman that will help make those dreams come true. They are right in the middle of farm country, so they have a high allotment for truck ordering. What is the average time you guys are waiting now?? 2-years ago, it was 8-weeks to the day that I got mine into the garage.
Speaking of picking up new truck...for those of you doing this....check over the paint VERY carefully for little specks of what looks like dirt. It is actually what is known as rail-dust. There is a dealer TSB on this, but maybe they are protecting the trucks better now than they did in the past. See attatched thread, scroll down to the Z-18 clay bar and happy reading.
I have been using these products for almost a year now and this stuff ROCKS!!! I thought that I kept a clean truck...but after using the clay bar, I was almost embarrassed. If others have questions, please don't hesitate to ask....
#568 of 768 gossamar
Sep 05, 2001 (7:12 pm)
Good to see you back.. I've been here the whole time.. I haven't seen elvis in a looong time..
My SD is as great as ever.. 00 F250 xlt SC 4x2 5.4L 5sp 4.10LS, around 29k miles.
Which of the Zaino products do you use? just the clay bar, or do you use the Z-02 as well?
#569 of 768 have VIN #
Sep 06, 2001 (1:03 pm)
I just recieved my VIN from my dealer and he said that I could have my truck any day now. I was originally told about 8 weeks wait time, but he ordered my truck on 8-16-01 along with another guys truck and the other truck was delivered yesterday. Does anybody know what the normal wait period is after recieving a VIN? Thanks