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Unread 04-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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94 f150 -- towing with an inline 300

I recently purchased a 94 f150 (long bed) for a tow rig and farm truck. It's 2wd, with the 300 inline 6 and a 5 sp. the plan was to use it to pull a 18' deck over tandem car trailer, with my 98 ZJ loaded for trail debauchery.

I pulled the ZJ about 200 interstate miles this weekend, on a tow dolly. The truck performed flawlessly, better than I had hoped for. However, the 300 seems to be lacking the horsepower to effectively deal with hills at 60 mph.

According to the dealer, my truck has a 3.07 rear gearset. With this in mind, my mod list has changed priority, from headers and possibly cam, to a rear with at least 3.73 gears.

Does this sound like a good idea? And can anyone help me to know what to look for in the local junkyards? (or, is my local dealer wrong again? 3.07 seems awfully tall for a 6 cyl, 5 sp 1/2 ton truck....)

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Unread 04-04-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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Ford 300 I6 have a lot of torque. Probably a good idea to go to the 3.73 gears. I think you will see an improvement. Assumptive that you are running the factory size tires. And depending on the size of the hills you may still find it lacking but still workable. I dont remember when that engine was changed to Fuel Injection, but if it only has a carb, you may want to consider FI to see both improvement and economy.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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94 was fuel injected
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Unread 04-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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I had that year and motor in an F250 and I am sure it was 4:11 or lower. Towed great.
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Very torquey engine - it will out tow a 302.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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I had a 94 f150 with a 302. It had 3.55 gears. There is a code on the inside of the drivers side door that denotes the gear ratio.

One other note about that truck is that the manual transmission that went into them was rated at 3,500 lbs towing while the automatic was rated at 7,000 lbs.

I towed my jeep with my truck once and the truck did not handle it well.
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The 300 will pull about anything just won't pull it fast.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 06:41 PM   #8
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3.07 sound right I had a 1992 f150 300i6 with the Mazda 5 speed. 4x4. And it towed great. I pulled a 26 ft gooseneck with two Willys flat fenders better then the guy who owned the jeeps and trailers 1992 f150 with a 351 and an auto could. By far. He had 3.55 gears. Both of us had airbags. I had 234xxx miles on it. Never should have let it go. Best truck I've ever owned!
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I've had a bunch of F150's, and they were all almost 3.55's. I'm guessing it's got the regular suspension and not the heavy duty package?
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Unread 08-13-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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I had that year and motor in an F250 and I am sure it was 4:11 or lower. Towed great.
Same here. Year, motor and diff and it was a great tow rig.

My suggestion to the OP, just keep it in 4th gear on the highway. You will end up in about the same place as re-gearinng.
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