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Old 01-10-2005, 12:06 PM
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Very nice ride, but did you get rid of your Disco?
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:43 PM
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We've got a 2002 Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0 liter Gas and the 4:10 gear. We have 79k miles on it now (bought new in May 2002).

Whether pulling our MC or our neighbor's 37 foot Baja, truck still has plenty of power.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:32 AM
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No Disco/ I got a permanent company car -Jeep Liberty, a little feminine but I'd drive anything when it's on someone elses bill. That LR quirkiness was the best, but now I love 4Runner more.

I toyed around with a new LR3 a few weeks ago while car shopping. I hope someone on here gets one I'd love to hear how it tows - big power jump, and a jump in base price. The 04 Disco S are gone ($35k +rebates). Now they start at $45k. But SO much nicer.

Now I have some money left over for my next boat. But I need a bigger garage first...We should do a garage thread.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:16 AM
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Hey Becamp....how does that discovery do with the Prostar? I was considering one to tow mine, but I wrote it off because of the terrible weight to power ratio, would be interested in your take...which engine do you have, the 4.4?
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:38 AM
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My '00 Disco tows my Prostar with no problem. I don't even feel it behind the truck and that's with the 4.0 liter engine.
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:41 AM
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Care to expound on this Mark?? I was actually considering buying a 2005 F150 Lariet crew cab 4x4. I need more room than the chevy x cab for hauling passengers. It's either the Ford or a Chevy Avalanche. I really don't like the look of the new Chevy crew cabs
Mag, you can get a half ton Chev crewcab, w/ the real short bed now. Not an Avy, a real 4 dr p/u w/5-5-1/2' bed. They look good, just like a 2500 crewcab w/ a little shorter box.
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:46 AM
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Mag, you can get a half ton Chev crewcab, w/ the real short bed now. Not an Avy, a real 4 dr p/u w/5-5-1/2' bed. They look good, just like a 2500 crewcab w/ a little shorter box.
I want to meet someone who's pulled a boat with one of those Thrall. They only come with 5.3 motors (unless you get a denali package) but it's like a needle in a haystack to find a 5.3 half ton crew with a 4.10 gear.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:28 PM
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As far as rear axles go, you can get away with much less than a 4.10 rear and pull a ski boat. Obviously, a 3.73 or so is preferable though.

Edit: Sorry, I'm reading backwards on this thread. What does Chevy offer? A 3.55 or comparable?

I found out (a little late) that my expedition has a 3.33:1 ratio. Didn't even think to look into that when I was shopping for it and might have kept looking had I known. I added a tranny cooler and it tows the boat quite happily with no ill effects and no struggling. It's rated at 6,500 lbs with that rear axle ratio. I think the 3.73 gets it to 7,800 or 8,000 but I'm struggling to remember what I've read at this point.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:44 PM
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yes, my 6.0 has a 3.73 axle and is absolutely perfect combo for pulling (and not pulling) BUT the new half ton crew (5'8" box) only comes with the small (5.3) v8 and 3.42 axle OR 4.10 axle. I think the truck would be great but am concerned about the 5.3(much lower torque than a 6.0) combined with the high rear axle ratio.

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As far as rear axles go, you can get away with much less than a 4.10 rear and pull a ski boat. Obviously, a 3.73 or so is preferable though.

Edit: Sorry, I'm reading backwards on this thread. What does Chevy offer? A 3.55 or comparable?

I found out (a little late) that my expedition has a 3.33:1 ratio. Didn't even think to look into that when I was shopping for it and might have kept looking had I known. I added a tranny cooler and it tows the boat quite happily with no ill effects and no struggling. It's rated at 6,500 lbs with that rear axle ratio. I think the 3.73 gets it to 7,800 or 8,000 but I'm struggling to remember what I've read at this point.
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Old 01-11-2005, 01:42 PM
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I do not beleive Chevy offers a 4:10 gear with the smaller 5.3 liter.

You can get the 5.3 liter (1500 series) or 6.0 liter with a 3:73 gear (2500 series) or comparable.

When you move up to the HD Series, 2500HD or 3500HD, you have the choice of the 6.0 with the 4:10 gear , the 8.1 liter with the 4:10 gear or the DuraMax Diesel with the 4:10 gear.

For 2005, they may have some changes, but I highly doubt it.

The 5.3 liter was supposedly relcing the 5.7 liter but is no way comparable. You would have to move to the 6.0 liter or the the big boy, 8.1 liter for more hp.

The 5.3 liter would be good to drive around town but not something to make long trips without the tranny screaming. My buddy went from the 5.7 liter to the 5.3 liter back up to the 6.0 liter. He said he'll never go bacl. We've got the 6.0 with the 4:10 gear.
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