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Registration my truck is $56, its the property tax on it thats $230 and then inspection is $40. Stupid government
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Registration my truck is $56, its the property tax on it thats $230 and then inspection is $40. Stupid government

No such taxes or inspection in NM. Registration and you're done.
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Yet another reason to move west
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Well I went driving around to look for a place to test the front locker close by. Best thing I found was a metal ramp that is 30-36" high to load motorcycles. The truck drove up forward and reverse in 2wd while lifting a rear tire, so it wasn't sufficient to test the front locker. lol

I'm not sure if it is working as it should or not. If I get into a gravel parking lot, put it in 4x4 it will bind a little as it should. If I engage the front locker, it feels the same at first. If I turn enough it seems to lock up and the steering gets really tight. However if I let off the throttle it seems to almost loosen up again.
Maybe I'm not understanding the operation of it but I believe once locked it should remain 100% locked, and I'm not sure it is. I need a better way to test this thing!
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I also discovered a more pressing need for traction bars. Wet pavement + rear locker + acceleration means a bit of axle wrap/wheel hop. Zach, get your knee fixed and make some traction bars eh!?
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Well anyway, after filling up and driving 230 miles I got 12.6 mpg. Considering I have been driving fairly aggressive, a lot of in-town driving, lots of flooded roads and standing water it isn't too bad. Probably close to what I would have gotten before re-gearing, all else being equal.

I think in town mileage will improve some in general, while highway/freeway will probably drop some or stay the same.
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I have to pay "usage tax" on both cars at the end of May. $260 each to register for one year, what a joke!
holy ****! then again your stuff is pretty new, im sure ca is as bad if not worse
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Yeah, it still sucks. No new toys for me right now! lol

I filled up again at 12.75mpg, mixed driving. Really it isn't much (any?) different than what it has been the last few tanks before gearing. I'm sure I could get a little better economy with 4.10s or 4.30s but I didn't really re-gear with a primary goal of getting good mileage.
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Dang Brian why is your mileage so low? I'm still averaging my normal 15-16 with mixed driving. I drive mine hard too lol
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Probably just because of my driving, or maybe partially because of the way the tuning is. Mostly I blame it on my driving and dealing with the idiot drivers out here. lol
Last summer/fall I remember getting closer to 15mpg. The truck runs fine, everything is where it should be on maintenance although I bet new plugs would help.

For what it's worth, most of my driving lately is short distance in town. When I drive to work it's 30 miles each way at about 60mph, but I also generally idle the truck for a decent amount of time to power the fuel pump on the trailer.
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Ah yeah that will kill it. Have you guys switched to summer gas up there yet? We finally did recently
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I don't know if they have switched gas yet to be honest. I wouldn't be surprised if there is still some winter mix floating around though.
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You might have posted it in this thread but I don't feel like reading every post to find out sooo... Where'd you get your gears from? I have a buddy looking for some 4.56's for his F-150
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So Brian, any updates? How are you liking them? Fuel economy?
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I'm on my phone, so short post...

I got my gears and eveything from Wayne at diffsonly.com . Go to pirate4x4.com, search for waynehartwig. He has a thread for Lowest prices somewhere. Pm him about the thread (or post in it) asking for lowest prices for the stuff you need. I had part numbers ready from ringpinion.com.
His prices best every vendor on the site, and ringpinion.com by a lot. Great guy. I have a few guys turned on to him on f150online and they have been really happy as well.

Jason I still love the gearing, although I haven't been on any long freeway trips. The front locker is great, the Detroit is okay. Some days I love it, some days I think the truetrac would have made more sense.

Fuel economy hasn't changed, 12-13 in mixed driving, lots of in town, short trips, idling, heavy right foot, etc. I'm still running the 93 octane performance tune, maybe I'll switch to the tow tune and see if it improves. The performance tune probably kills economy due to the shifting and torque converter behavior. The tow tune locks the torque converter earlier but he shifting is kind of odd. Maybe eventually I'll try a more standard tune as I would imagine it could be a but better.
Now that we have the golf tdi I don't drive the truck as much (on longer trips) and haven't cared much about economy.

I still do think economy would be better with 4.10s, but it would be such a small step from 3.73s that I don't think it would be worth the time and money. If 4.30s are available, that would be best I think.
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Haha... I like your definition of 'short'.

Thanks for the update Brian, sounds like things are working out well. I still haven't re-approached the idea of regearing and a front locker. Soon though hopefully.
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Here is a quick video shot with my iphone...

YouTube - 06 F150 0-60

0-60 is around 8 seconds from what I can tell.

From this old video, it looks to be at least 2 seconds faster than it was with 3.73s.

Older Video

Cruising at 60mph, the RPMs are around 1800. I wasn't anywhere today that allowed me to look at them at higher RPM.
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Your gas mileage drove my buddy up the wall when I showed him this thread. He has a 2007 f150 4x4 4 door much like yours with a programmer, 3in lift, and 33x13.50 nittos and he gets the exact same gas mile as you do with 35s. I hate trying to explain what gears can do for a vehicle.

But anyway, awesome looking truck and bet it is a beast now.
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I must be lucky with my 15 average on 35s with stock gears haha.
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Your mileage is probably due to a difference in tuning and your right foot.
I think I could do reasonably well (even with this tune) if the idiots here could drive. Even on my 20 mile drive to work I get stuck behind several cars driving 10mph below the speed limit, people that come to a FULL stop before making a turn off of the main road, pull out RIGHT in front of me with no cars behind me. It is unreal. The drivers here have me wanted to carry the 12 gauge with a pistol grip.
I usually go through several WOT runs from 45-75mph on the way to and from work, it is ridiculous. I'm getting irritated just thinking about it. LOL
You can't simply get on the highway and cruise smoothly at 60mph like you can everywhere else, I hate it. I have always loved driving, and since moving here I don't even want to leave the house because of the drivers, they are just plain retarded. Thanks for reminding me, I need to follow up on a resume for a job somewhere else.
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Haha I know what you mean. Yeah, I drive it pretty easy most of the time. When I do its normally on all highway, I'm either going to the mountains or picking up something from Craigslist haha. Mustang gets most of the DD miles right now
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