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Old 01-11-2005, 02:28 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.
The salesman says for 05 half ton crew (new design), you can get 4.1gear with 5.3L but cannot find it
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Old 01-11-2005, 02:32 PM
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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.
Ric my Silverado has the 4.8L and a 3.73. I have absolutely no problems towing with it. As long as you keep the engine in the 2500-3000 RMP range...it will pull like a r@ped Ape
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Old 01-11-2005, 02:38 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.
Sorry, forgot to mention that my Ford has the 5.4L V8. Tows like its not there.
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Old 01-11-2005, 03:05 PM
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Sorry, forgot to mention that my Ford has the 5.4L V8. Tows like its not there.
What year is your Ford??? I heard that the new ones aren't all that great due to the almost 6000 lb wt of the truck. They did a test in Road and Track, I think, and the Ford was the worst in towing due to the amount of vehicle wt. That new Nissan Titan was the King of the Hill, but I can't get used to the looks of the crew cab. It even had the most interior and back seat room of the 5 trucks tested. I will agree though.......the Ford is one fine looking truck and I love the interior , especially with the center console. The new Harley Davidson model is going to offer an all-wheel drive system, but no crew cab. I wish the manufactures would let us option the trucks the way we want.
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Old 01-11-2005, 03:42 PM
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Its a 2001 Expedition. I added a transmission cooler for peace of mind. Again, there are more capable tow vehicles out there. But for towing my boat and trailer, which can't be over 4,000 pounds, I have to remind myself that they're back there.

The 2004s come with the 3.73 rear axle ratio standard, which should be helpful.

I love the new Nissans and like their looks, too. Those guys in Road and Track no more about cars and trucks than I do so they get to rate one versus the other. All I can say is that it rides nice and does well at yanking the boat around.
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Old 01-11-2005, 03:49 PM
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Ric my Silverado has the 4.8L and a 3.73. I have absolutely no problems towing with it. As long as you keep the engine in the 2500-3000 RMP range...it will pull like a r@ped Ape
yep, that's why I'm wondering why no 3.73 is available on 5.3L hmmmmm oh well I guess in march when I get my prostar I will tow it to the chevy dealer and hook it to a 3.42 5.3L and give it a test drive
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Old 01-11-2005, 07:15 PM
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Old 01-11-2005, 07:26 PM
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I have an 01 Silverado 1/2 ton extended cab short box pickup with the 5.3 and 3.73 gears that I bought new.. Pulls my Maristar 225 anywhere I want to go.. Great power especially in the 1800-2400 rpm range.. Real pleased with the power and the driveability.. Now if they have only fixed the Cold Start Knock, it would be perfect....
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:22 PM
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I recently pulled my '93 S&S accross the state of Michigan and down through southern Kentucky. I've also done the same with a 1500 Suburban, both 4WD. These Chevy trucks are the best. I didn't even know the trailer was back there, not only from a reserve acceleration standpoint and a vehicle dynamics stability point, but from a transmission busyness standpoint...the busyness algorithm is awesome. It only learns once you are towing a trailer - even on the highest grades.
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:26 PM
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where were you going in southern Kentucky?
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