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Old 09-04-2010, 12:18 PM
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1993 2wd Hitch install.

Alright guys, I have my 1993 f-150 2wd. it did not come with the tow package, I want to put a hitch on it for hauling a trailer of leafs in the fall with my friend and a utility trailer for misc use. my mom and dad say NO because since it wasn't ordered with the tow package it wont be able to "handle" a trailer.... I say bullll crap they said the tow package trucks have different rear ends wich i can't see Ford doing all that work for a hitch. So, Would my f-150 haul a trailer or is it like my mom and dad say a "piece of &^%"
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Read the owner's manual and the door sticker. There are instructions for calculating the "safe rated" trailer weight, tongue weight, & cargo weight. Of course, if you drive carefully & do a few little mods to the truck, you can bump those numbers up slightly.

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Old 09-04-2010, 02:06 PM
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What engine, tranny, and rear ratio?

Hint: Post the trans and axle codes from the door jamb sticker, along with the GVWR.
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Engine is a 302 5.0, The Code on the sticker said T for the Trans, and the Axle code was 19 the GAWR is 3800,The GVWR is 6050. The Rear ratio someone told me it was 3.55 most likely.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:15 PM
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Yes, that's a 3.55 with an AOD transmission. You should be good to tow up to about 5000#. You need a Class 3 hitch.
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Yes, that's a 3.55 with an AOD transmission. You should be good to tow up to about 5000#. You need a Class 3 hitch.
The guy I was talkin to at Autozone where I live told me he'd be dissapointed if I got anything less so I had already planned on Class 3. so my truck wont crap out and blow my tranny or rear end if I haul a utility trailer with 2-4 thousand pounds on it
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:08 AM
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I would install an auxiliary transmission cooler. Rear end is fine. I'd change the tranny and rear fluids before you tow the first time.

You have the exact same rear end and rear suspension as the tow package trucks. The only significant difference is the hitch and the tranny cooler.

The AOD isn't that strong a tranny - I would not tow in overdrive and keep it down to about 55 mph.
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I would install an auxiliary transmission cooler. Rear end is fine. I'd change the tranny and rear fluids before you tow the first time.

You have the exact same rear end and rear suspension as the tow package trucks. The only significant difference is the hitch and the tranny cooler.

The AOD isn't that strong a tranny - I would not tow in overdrive and keep it down to about 55 mph.
So Keep it in regular drive Most of my driving will be in the city or from one of the big citys around me back here with lumber or somthing. Thanks for all your help, one more question, Like how difficult is it to install the Tranny cooler? does it take all weekend or a couple hours haha?
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If you know what you are doing, a couple hours will be plenty.
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so my truck wont crap out and blow my tranny or rear end if I haul a utility trailer with 2-4 thousand pounds on it
No way to be sure - it depends on how much abuse the trans has already seen. Do you know how old (miles) the ATF & filter are? Does it already have the upgraded brass bushing for the TV cable on the throttle lever? If not, take it to a slushbox pro for adjustment IMMEDIATELY.



And you really need to read the owner's manual.
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You have the exact same rear end and rear suspension as the tow package trucks. The only significant difference is the hitch and the tranny cooler.
How do you know if he has 1.5" or 2" springs, or what they're rated for? The tow package also includes F&R sway bars and quad front shocks, as well as brake controller wiring, trailer light relays & fuses, a steering damper...
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:33 PM
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His rear GAWR is 3800#. That should be sufficient to handle a 5000# trailer.
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No way to be sure - it depends on how much abuse the trans has already seen. Do you know how old (miles) the ATF & filter are? Does it already have the upgraded brass bushing for the TV cable on the throttle lever? If not, take it to a slushbox pro for adjustment IMMEDIATELY.



And you really need to read the owner's manual.How do you know if he has 1.5" or 2" springs, or what they're rated for? The tow package also includes F&R sway bars and quad front shocks, as well as brake controller wiring, trailer light relays & fuses, a steering damper...
I have 3 inch springs. there rated enough I used to haul a 100GAL water tank for a pool in the bed of it. yeah the front end didn't hardly touch the ground but we got it there
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