Nice truck! I really like what you've done so far and you did well with the options list and drivetrain
I have owned many Super Swampers and they make a great tire, but I am so in love with my 255/85 KM2s on my Ford that I will buy another set just like them when the time comes. Either way I would go E rating period.
91- F350 CC - 7.3-IDI IH diesel - ATS Turbocharger - ZF 5speed - 1981 Four Wheel Camper
98- Toyota UZJ100 Land Cruiser - triple locked
79- Toyota Hilux 20R 4x4.
My Gypsy wagon buildup: http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38047
Hey there liking the build so far. I have a 03 xtra cab 7.3 im building waiting to get more done before I do a build up. Anyways for your skid plates take a look at asfir4x4.com they have been makin stuff for awhile but finally came to the US. Have a good superduty selection. They have fuel tank skids but not listed on their US site. Lookin forward too more.
Searching Diff Guards for the 60 in the front, there is a lot of selection. However for the Sterling 10.5 there seems to be pretty much nothing in terms of bolt on protection. Met with a friend for a beer tonight and thinking we will build one. Did that on a Ford truck a long time ago and it worked out quite well (it was battle tested !).
Also thinking about getting the Ford gas tank skid plate then at a later date using it as a pattern to build a quarter inch steel gas tank skid plate.
Fun fun stuff!
Check some of the vendors over on Pirate4x4.com, I'm pretty sure one of them makes a diff cover for the sterling rear. Ballistic Fab and Bluetorch Fab are two that come to mind
this one if for the 10.25
Last edited by Silverado; 01-06-2011 at 04:15 AM.
Wise move on passing on a Super Duty with a diesel! I know the 6.0L and 6.4L way too well and you donít want one of those if you plan on keeping the truck past 100,000 miles. I have a Silverado with that same S6-650 6 speed manual transmission. Great transmission! Odd that Ford pairs a manual trans to electric shift 4x4 though especially in work truck decor. That is probably one option you will eventually wish you didnít have. The electric shift will be one of the first things that will leave you in a pickle when you need it to work the most. There isnít a single manufacturer that isnít having problems with the electric shift soccer mom option especially in cold weather.
I dig the standard cab! With a little bit of lift and decent tires, you should have no problems tackling the trails you mentioned in your first post.
My 07 tundra has the soccer mom shift on the fly 4x4 switch and has worked flawlessly at -40.
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson
2007 Tundra Crewmax 5.7L 4x4 (with a lot of miles)
Northstar TC650 slide-in
About the only two options on this truck are the silly steps and electric shift 4x4. Steps will be getting removed (by me before they get removed by a rock).