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F250 vs F350 which to get.

I know there are probably 100 threads on this, but going back quite a few pages did not see anything, and doing a search with numbers appears to be hopeless. (IE: f250 vs f350)

I have always owned 1/2 ton gassers, and looking to buy a 3/4 ton diesel... however looking at cost and payload ratings, what disadvantages are there to upgrading to a 1ton?

Is ride firmer? or with the setup of the spring packs is the unladen ride about the same for both trucks?

Seeing as how right now I d not have any toys or trailers, but plan to in the future (LQ horse trailer, possibly a slide in camper), should I save the (roughly) 1grand difference in price and just buy the 3/4 ton, or spend the extra and not be limited down the road.

Spending nearly 50g's for a truck, I don't want to have to trade it in a year down the road, already took a bath unloading a problem child 03 Chevy and know I am going to take a bath on my Charger... (luckily I have alot of equity in it), but don't want to deal with buying more then I need (in terms of ride/service) with daily driving, or if down the road a 3/4 ton is all I will need to do the job.

Any advise welcome.

Oh, and I got the Charger because I always wanted a fun RWD car, and living in AZ now, I was able to get it without dealing with winter driving, but I have always been a truck guy, and am used to off-roading, hunting, etc... things having a car have put a stop on. Plus I work construction, so the car has been an issue, for hobbies, way of life, and work..... :
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In all honesty, there isnt much difference in the 250-350...except better payload capacity, and the ride is about the same in either. I would say if you are planning to have trailers like you mentioned, I would get the F-350 and not have to worry about if it can handle the trailers or not.

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That basically sums it up. The rear axle on the 350's are built for a heavier load. More axle splines and a larger diameter. Don't know the exact specs but I'm sure someone will get them to you before too long. Just got my 3rd 350 and the ride is great and sure can handle a load. Good luck on the new truck.

I'm kinda in the same boat for cars. Traded my 85' CJ-7 for a 70' mustang. Mistake, especially after all the mods I did to that CJ.

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the only difference is the F350 has 2" higher blocks in the rear, it rides the same, just has a higher load rating, I'd get the f350

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Here's the specs I mentioned.

Axle Shaft
F250
Spline Minor Dia.(in.) 1.36"
Spline Major Dia.(in.) 1.50"
No. of Splines (Hub End) 35
Capacity (Rating @ Ground) 6200 lbs.

F350srw
Spline Minor Dia.(in.) 1.50"
Spline Major Dia.(in.) 1.57"
No. of Splines (Hub End) 37
Capacity (Rating @ Ground) 7280 lbs.

The 350's comes with a 2" block. It also has auxilary leaf springs standard, while they are optional on the 250's.

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SCT tuned w/5" DPF/DOC delete going into black 6" Aussie Stacks
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Thanks for the specs bud :HappyMugs
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the only difference is the F350 has 2" higher blocks in the rear, it rides the same, just has a higher load rating, I'd get the f350
I read about the 2" higher blocks on here or another forum over the weekend... not sure where I saw it... Having always lifted trucks, but thinking of keeping next truck stock for towing.... the factory higher ride peaked my interest as well
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I switched to 350's a few years ago just cause i was tired of the sag in my 250's with the trailers loaded. I can honestly say the 250 handled the weight just as good, I just like the look of the truck level when loaded.

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Here's the specs I mentioned.

Axle Shaft
F250
Spline Minor Dia.(in.) 1.36"
Spline Major Dia.(in.) 1.50"
No. of Splines (Hub End) 35
Capacity (Rating @ Ground) 6200 lbs.

F350srw
Spline Minor Dia.(in.) 1.50"
Spline Major Dia.(in.) 1.57"
No. of Splines (Hub End) 37
Capacity (Rating @ Ground) 7280 lbs.

The 350's comes with a 2" block. It also has auxilary leaf springs standard, while they are optional on the 250's.
No no no, the 250 comes with a 2" block and the 350 comes with a 2" taller 4" block. :Thumbup:

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Same concept, 2" tall on 350's

2008 F-350 6.4 CC DRW 4x4 Cowboy Edition 6-speed w/3.73 gears
SCT tuned w/5" DPF/DOC delete going into black 6" Aussie Stacks
Keystone Ram air hood feeding a S&B Cold Air Intake
Ranch Hand front bumper, custom headache rack and bed rails, lots of L.E.D.'s, 15 million candlepower H.I.D. GoLight
Black 22.5" Alcoa Big Rig wheels with 36" tires
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