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Ford Stole 7 MPH !

richflynnrichflynn Posts: 147
edited February 28 in Ford
Just got back from a weekend trip to Laughlin, NV
from the LA area. MAJOR disappointment in my new
'99 F-250. The governor holds me to only 92.5 MPH!
(If the speedometer is linear like the '92 that's a
true 90+ MPH.) It was maddening! Up hill 92.5,
down hill 92.5, level ground 92.5, ALL at 92.5.

Ford stole at least 7 MPH over my '92.

Does anybody know where I can get this deficiency



  • AirwolfAirwolf Posts: 142
    I don't know about that in particular, but why not just get a performance ship for the engine that removes the governor? It's probably another one of those liability issues at Ford, but thanks for the tip. I might not be able to get that F250 now. :)
    Oh yeah, nice notation on the "'rents" article in the other conference.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113

    How about a supercharger or dual quads? Headers? Six Pak?

    Other than your inability to exceed 92.5mph, how do you like the truck?
  • dunbartondunbarton Posts: 46

    Haven't done 92 mph since the drag strip last year while blowing the doors off Mustang Cobras.

    Have problems just doing 40 mph in New Jersey. Does the Highway Patrol ever bother you guys?
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    My comments were in sarcasm. I've don't think I've ever had my truck up over 90. I think Rich's comments were made in jest as well. I usually set the cruise control about 7 mph above the posted speed limit on long trips unless the traffic is moving along at a quicker clip. I've not at problems with the highway patrol at that speed and I've even driven through some speed traps. They're looking for the guys that are really cruising, you know, the guys doing 92.5.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    richflynn, You must have a 4.10 rear end. Switch to 3.55 and you sould get 110-112
  • richflynnrichflynn Posts: 147
    First off, I LOVE THIS TRUCK! It rides better and handles better than my '92 7.3L F-250.

    The '99 is a little bit noiser than the older '92 was. Even my wife noticed it. (We both wear hearing aids.) It is sort of a hissing noise that we attribute to the turbo. (The '92 F-250 didn't have a turbo. It almost had a turbo, but my son needed help with a down payment for a Jeep.)

    The rear end in the truck is 3.73 and I'm not out of RPMs.

    No, I'm not posting in jest. I am disappointed.

    One of the tricks to driving in the California desert is the right lane. Drive at the speed your're comfortable with and as you catch other vehicles, signal, change lanes, pass, signal and change lanes back to the right. NEVER change lanes to the right to pass. This takes of most of the bears in the air.

    The CHP uses radar in the desert, Ka band.

    When it is dark, use the 7 MPH rule mentioned above.

    The real issue is not to make yourself stand out from the crowd!

    Yes! I'M STILL DISAPPOINTED! 92.5 MPH just ain't realistic. My '92 was faster by 7 MPH.

  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    That is odd.

    My '93 diesel with the 4.11 gears doesn't seem to be speed-limited. I can top it out (around 108 mph) at (er, thinks) around 2850 rpm, which is the same speed that the limiter kicks in in the lower gears. Plenty of power, just out of gear.

    Could it be part of the california emmisions package? Have you confirmed that you can rev faster than that in Drive? Just some wild guesses.
  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    NOISIER? The Powerstrokes I test drove before ordering another diesel were so much quieter inside than mine I was overwhelmed! The engine is a little louder from the outside, but with all the windows sealed it almost sounds like a gas engine.

    IMHO, of course.

    The turbo whine is a little noticable, but I kinda like it. If you've both got hearing aids, is it possible that this is hitting you at just the wrong frequency? I have friends with hearing aids and they've reported similar sensations with different sounds.
  • cdeancdean Posts: 1,110
    the reason his new truck is noisier than his old one is because his old one was a '92-- no powerstroke, no turbo. that engine had a subtle clatter. it was definitely a diesel, but not near as loud as the '94- '98 powerstrokes; those things made some real racket. the '99 powerstrokes are impressively quiter and smoother than the previous powerstroke.
  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    Agreed -- I've got a '93 non turbo though. I'm comparing interior noise also (all bets are off if the windows are down).
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Word of caution: Ever see what a white-tail deer does to any car going 92.5? I get a kick out of this discussion. Relax, go 70--better reaction zone.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Deer? Roadkill in the winter in Alaska is moose. I have a friend who hit one in a Pinto and in a VW Scirocco. Talk about bad luck. Obviously, both cars were totaled. She was lucky to escape with minor injuries. Hitting moose is so prevalent in Alaska in the winter because they come down out of the mountains to look for vegetation to eat when the snow gets too deep at the higher altitudes. They have a list, usually of charitable organizations or lower income families. When a moose is hit on the road, they call the first person on that list that lives in that area and they have less than an hour to get to the site and dress out the moose. I'm not sure who dresses out what is left of the car.
  • queenmsqueenms Posts: 26
    Amen Brutus!

    I saw a brand new Honda Accord on it's way back from the State Fair in '95 hit a moose near the Ship Creek bridge between the Fort Rich and Elmendorf entrances. What a mess, didn't kill the moose outright (first APD officer on the scene had to put it down) it did kill the Accord owner outright. I may speed a bit on long open stretchs but my opinion is that anyone asking a Ford heavy duty truck to do a 100mph is looking for trouble. I will defend the right of those who wish to, do so. However I choose to drive so that I arrive at my destination in one piece. Growing up in Alaska with lots of mountains and winding roads teachs patience. It's proving to be a huge asset now that I am ordained to suffer in the creep and go traffic of Houston.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    I remember the poor lady in Chadds Ford in PA that was killed by the lowly deer. Eight point I believe. Went through the windshield and stabbed her head to the head-rest on 202.
    I'm tired of stories about the three people who live in the west who hit a moose. The stories here are very prevalent and people have no idea what a 200 pound animal can do. Pennsylvania has the highest population of deer to people in America. Too many roads with too many drivers compete with these animals. I would rather take the odds in Alaska over here anyday. 700,000 in Alaska doesn't equal 12 million people with 2 million deer on the roadways.
    143 people died in PA alone in 97 because of accidents with deer. Dept. of Trans. of PA.
    Over a 1,000 with injuries. Outside of Anchorage, are there even that many accidents?
    I wish people here would take this threat more seriously. 143 is alot when considering the little deer. 143.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Obviously hitting a moose would suck--my point is to dispel any myth that hitting a deer is nothing. I hit one in a 68 Mustang years ago and It totaled the car. My girl-friend at the time broke four ribs when the hoof came through.
    Yeah, measly deer can do some destruction. Their un-predictability lends themselves to my thought. " Do we run or stay?" Lights! "Run"!!
  • queenmsqueenms Posts: 26
    Your point is taken. Any object of significant weight (Rock - Deer - Moose) coming through a vehicles windshield at speeds above 30 - 40mph have a tendency to become lethal when impacting the human body.

    Moose strikes tend to number in the 100-200 range (statewide) most winters in Alaska. The highway department strenuously urges everyone through signs and stiff penalties to SLOW DOWN in the winter. I would imagine the same goes for back east where the driving is just as dangerous or more so. You shouldn't take anything for granted when driving.

    In a nutshell you should drive for the conditions! Things that can kill you will sometimes be no bigger than a cat.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223

    Did you ever check the accuracy of your odometer. The one on my 98 F150 was off by more than 5 percent (odometer clicked off 94.8 miles when I went past 100 miles of road-side mile markers. If yours is the same and it’s safe to say the speed indications are off a similar percentage, maybe Ford only stole a couple of mph from you.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Tire size could also impact the odometer.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Watch a body shop every now and then and you will see exactilly what a deer can do to a car. A very small deer (50lbs-60lbs) completely totalled a saturn. Whole front clip and roof, gone. Luckly the woman escaped with minor injuries and one hellofa scare.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but all odometers have a built-in error feature. Doing a 100? Nope, probably @ 94.
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