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Old 10-16-2020, 12:04 PM
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Anyone here pulling a 30 CC or close to it with one of these? Would I regret going to this gas engine for power coming from a 6.6 Duramax?
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any of the new 3/4 ton gas jobs will be more than adequate for a 30' CC, me personally I couldn't do it, I wouldn't trade title for title on a new gas truck for my 14 year old diesel, it makes no logistical sense but I just really like the way it pulls and performs in comparison
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I traded a 17 f250 diesel for a 19 f250 with the 6.2 gas. Ok around town but 1 trip towing to the keys and I am now back in a diesel. I did drive a f350 with the 7.3 and couldnít tell much difference from the 6.2 power wise. YMMV of course but I wonít make the mistake again.
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The 7.3 with 10 sp and 4.30 gear would change your mind.
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
Anyone here pulling a 30 CC or close to it with one of these? Would I regret going to this gas engine for power coming from a 6.6 Duramax?
as far as performance goes, both will pull the boat! the difference is going to be where the power is located. on a diesel all the torque is lower in the rpm range in a gasser its all in the higher rpm range. typically gassers have to rev to make power!

500lbs of torque is 500lbs of torque! so you either want to hear a truck turning higher rpms to make power or less rpms to make power?

diesel is way more fun to play with!
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
as far as performance goes, both will pull the boat! the difference is going to be where the power is located. on a diesel all the torque is lower in the rpm range in a gasser its all in the higher rpm range. typically gassers have to rev to make power!

500lbs of torque is 500lbs of torque! so you either want to hear a truck turning higher rpms to make power or less rpms to make power?

diesel is way more fun to play with!
The 7.3L makes torque low and flat. Itíd surprise a lot of people were they to get behind the wheel of one.

To the fellow that said he couldnít tell a difference between the 7.3 and 6.2, I donít know what you drove but itís a big difference. Iíve already towed a good bit with mine and itís a great compromise.
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I wonder if a dealer will allow me to hook my boat to one and drag it 5 or so miles.
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Kind of ironic. 15-20 years ago very few (if any) diesel pick ups had 500 ft pounds of torque.
Now that a gasser has almost that much most donít consider it worthy.
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Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
Kind of ironic. 15-20 years ago very few (if any) diesel pick ups had 500 ft pounds of torque.
Now that a gasser has almost that much most donít consider it worthy.
You got to have 1000# to tow that 3K boat.

Hell, the old 7.3L PSD was 235hp and 500# and I drug a 15K trailer up and down a mountain.
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
I wonder if a dealer will allow me to hook my boat to one and drag it 5 or so miles.
You need to have a thousand miles on them before you hook up a trailer so I doubt it.
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What did people do in 1997 when your choice was 180 hp 6.5 gm diesel
215 hp 7.3 power stroke
190 hp 12 valve Cummins
Can you buy a full size truck that weak now?
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
You got to have 1000# to tow that 3K boat.

Hell, the old 7.3L PSD was 235hp and 500# and I drug a 15K trailer up and down a mountain.
I had a 2002 7.3. It pulled one of my rigs around Alaska for almost 10 years. Never felt like I needed more power. Boat and trailer weighed 10k.
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Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
I had a 2002 7.3. It pulled one of my rigs around Alaska for almost 10 years. Never felt like I needed more power. Boat and trailer weighed 10k.
But, but, but, you got to be able to pull it at 80mph, getting 25mpg with one finger on the wheel. Canít have that engine revving over 2500rpms. And you ainít truckiní unless youíre risking a 5 figure repair bill and burning fuel oil But hey that added $10k premium is worth every penny of the < 100k miles most put on them for a cool side badge.

Iíve driven a diesel truck for 22 years. No more, no need and I tow heavy trailers and a heavy boat. Something is back there almost every day.
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I drove a 2006 motorhome the other day with a 8.1L / Allison combo, the owner told me
there was no torque management on motorhome tunes.
That thing had plenty of power, pretty impressive feeling for basically a big old 19,000 lb bus.
We don't know what we are missing with all the torque management tunes these days.
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
Anyone here pulling a 30 CC or close to it with one of these? Would I regret going to this gas engine for power coming from a 6.6 Duramax?
If you tow regularly, yes.
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diesel makes twice the torque at much lower rpms. The 3/4 tons aren't making much more torque than gas 1/2 tons. Less than 100 difference.
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
diesel makes twice the torque at much lower rpms. The 3/4 tons aren't making much more torque than gas 1/2 tons. Less than 100 difference.
but its WHERE they make the torque that counts. Same reason guys love the ecoboost, it makes torque lower in the RPM range.
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Originally Posted by SharkSugar View Post
If you tow regularly, yes.

Iíve had all three since 2016 and now the 7.3, 95% of diesel owners these days would never know the difference.
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I won't dispute the improved torque on the gas motors, and would be interested in driving the 7.3. Also a 10 spd and 4.30's would also sweet. But coming from 800 ft/lbs at 1600 RPMs, not sure I'd like the difference.
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I just picked up a new 7.3 last week. So far Iím very impressed with the motor. As some have said it has a very flat torque curve. I towed my bay boat through the Texas hill country 70 mph 8th gear 2200 rpm 9.5mpg no down shifting. None. Plenty of low end torque going up hills on I-10. The ten speed is nice because you can find the perfect gear for the load and speed. I will be adding a goose neck in the future for towing my cattle trailer. I have no doubt it would pull a 30í boat. I think ford got it right. It is the only gas 3/4 I would buy.

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