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2000 F150 4.2L 5-speed, 197K, strong truck

 
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i read those and i guess its not recommended.

with that said, i haven't heard of major issues with manual trannies, but maybe i am out of the loop.

i wonder what my rear gear is. how can i find out?

according to one of those threads a 3.55 gear increases towing up to 3500 lb...
 
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i read those and i guess its not recommended.

with that said, i haven't heard of major issues with manual trannies, but maybe i am out of the loop.

i wonder what my rear gear is. how can i find out?

according to one of those threads a 3.55 gear increases towing up to 3500 lb...
There should be an axle code on the door sticker. A lot of the 2wd manual V6 combos from 97-03 came with 3.08 gears. But that's not to say yours couldn't be the 3.55.

Either way, I guess the weak link is the input shaft on the transmission.
 
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http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2000.pdf

F-150, Manual Transmission, Conventional Towing:
F-150 4.2 V-6 2,000 a
F-150 4WD 4.2 V-6 2,600 b
F-150 4.2 V-6 3,600 c
F-150 4WD 4.2 V-6 3,200 c

a Requires 3.08:1 axle ratio.
b Requires 3.31:1 axle ratio.
c Requires 3.55:1 axle ratio.

The bumper may be rated for 500/5000, but that doesn't mean that it's a wise thing to do. Of course you can tow more than those max ratings above, but it also is not a wise thing to do. With an automatic, the ratings are between 4800 and 5800 depending on drive type and axle ratio. It's the input shaft on the 5 speed and the clutch system that are the limiting factors.

I have the same truck as you but it's a 2003 and it has 3.55 gears and a frame receiver hitch. I have no problem towing a lowboy enclosed 5x8 fully loaded but I don't think I'd want to tow anything bigger. I did a lot of towing that trailer a few summers ago, it pulled like a champ but I did have some clutch issues. No brake issues because I had ceramic pads and premium rotors up front, it's a single axle trailer with no brakes.

3.55 axle code should be 19 or H9 (limited slip)
3.31 axle code should be 17
3.08 axle code should be 18
 

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axle code 19, 3.55 limited slip, so according to you, i'm good to go...

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The manual truck with 3.55's is rated for 3500#.





thanks for your input, this has been educational...
 
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Technically, yes - if it's 2wd it's 3600#. 19 is 3.55 open, not LS. 3.55 LS is H9. The ratings do vary by year.
 
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Technically, yes - if it's 2wd it's 3600#. 19 is 3.55 open, not LS. 3.55 LS is H9. The ratings do vary by year.
cool, appreciate your input and this discussion...

and agree, mine is not limited slip...

bad *** little truck i got here.
 
 


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