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  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I believe the CID is 330 on the 5.4 motor.

    Most recent tank of gas gave us 15.8 mpg. We don't drive like old farts, not like maniacs too often neither. We have not broken 1,000 miles on the Super Crew yet. Certainly cannot compare apples and oranges on the mpg thing. Gas here in metro Phoenix Az is around $1.12 a gallon.

    A long time friend has a 2000 5.4 powered F-250 super duty with 4.10 gear. He pulls an enclosed 24 foot trailer(sand rails/toys) about 5 times a year. He says the truck is under powered for the load. I tried in vain to get him to buy a power stroke. I guess with his limited towing, being under powered a little is fine.

    I must add that "under powered" is his words. I have never riden in the truck with his trailer hooked up. It may pull just fine, he may expect more from the truck possibly.

    I am confident that the Ford will serve us fine like the Chevy truck has done.

    So far the Ford store has not gone out of it's way for me on the radiator issue. They tell me a letter will come in the mail.

  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    just got a Supercrew Lariat (leather seats). With only a few hundred miles on it I couldn't get over how creased and "used" the driver's seat looked. Looked like my Wife's Explorer with almost 40k miles on it.
  • I came from a Y2k SD CC 4x4 with the 5.4 & 4.10 L/S, it pulled just fine for my purposes and got fairly decent gas mileage for the size of the beast. The 5.4 in my SuperCrew is just fine, I have 3500 miles on my 02 XLT 4x4 FX4, getting around 15 toolin around town and close to 17 on the highway. I heard they were boosting the 5.4 in 03 up to 300-310 hp. During the time, I had my SD, the place where I bought never went out of it's way to make your experience with them pleasant. When the interest rates got down, I decided to dump the dealer for good, found me a good dealer, that also gave me a good deal on an 02 SC, so here I'm today driving a SCrew. When I had my SD I thought the SCrew was too small but I have found out it works just fine for me.
  • My brakes started squeeking around the 8000 mile mark. I mentioned it to my delear and he said that we should hold off and monitor it. At the 12K service I asked to have them replaced and the dealer did not question. I am now at 21K and beginning to hear the same thing I heard at 8K.

    With 0% financing I am looking at moving up to a 2002.

    Recalls: I had my recalled for a wiper motor that may catch fire. 2 hr replacement.
  • I just traded in a 2001 Gmc sierra Ex-cab with a 5.3 for a new Ford supercrew with a 5.4.While I think the 5.3 was peppier around town I know the 5.4 is a real Truck engine for towing.I do not have to rev it up or wait for revs like the 5.3 to get going.The 5.4 just pulls pulls pulls. I am not a brand loyal guy-I just go with whoever has the right product for me at the time.I will say this though,Gm really gave the new generation of trucks the shorter cheaper end of the stick.The old generation Gm had crummy brakes but I have to say those trucks felt solid inside and the frames flexed less.The interior parts are terrible.The door panels pull loose too easy,the rear wing doors shut like crap and the bed bounces over bumps.I would buy another Gm product if it fits my needs,but the interior was way too cheap for 31000 dollars.I also noticed the body panels fit pretty crummy.fender was misaligned and the doors are welded to the hinges so you really cant correct a bad day on the assembly line. I thought I was just going to live with it.I did not have a knocking motor yet (6200 miles) and I drove this truck real hard.While the 5.3 is fun to beat up you soon realize that tearing [non-permissible content removed] aint everything.A balance of good stuff is better than 1 good thing.I love the Ford fit and finish-interior is just a good as my Lincoln and all the body panels are as good as a Hondas.The 4 full doors and still being able to haul stuff and fit it in my garage for under 30 grand make this a no brainer. A Gm crew is too big-too long and 37 grand with the same options as the Supercrew.I will put anything in my 5 1/2 foot box that I would put in the 6 foot box.What do I care it sticks out,if I have things to do thats the way I will get them home-too bad for whose behind me.The Fords 5.4 tows awesome-just pulls pulls pulls!!.I dont have to rev it like the 5.3 camaro motor when I tow my utility trailer.My kids fit in the back great and cant kick my arms anymore when they are in thier car seats(I will really miss that on trips-not).After a 4-12 shift my 6 foot friends can hop in the back without a circus act to get in and out like the extended cabs(all of em suck for that).And you know what-this Black Supercrew looks bitchin from any angle.Gm is missing a good sales market segment. I know a lot of guys who feel the same way I do about garging a new vehicle and getting your moneys worth,and right now Gm is missing the mark.This is going to be a great truck.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    The fit and finish is nice on my 2k Silverado. Welded door hindges do make you wonder about adjustment. Interior finsh is similar on both trucks. The Chevy has a better dash/gauge package IMHO.

    I wanted a real 4 door truck. The xtra cab 4 door trucks suffer from loose doors and wind noise after the newness wears off. My friend with the 2k Super Duty F250 has a 4 door xtra cab. His doors have started the wind noise from needing a little adjusting now.

    I am a life long GM guy, although I own a 1961 Dodge Lancer , a Ford 1962 Falcon and others (12 vehicles on hand).

    I could not buy a GM truck like I wanted, a 1/2 ton real 4 door truck. The HD 1500 is really a 3/4 ton unit(8200 gvw). I did not want a tougher ride that comes with 3/4 ton trucks. It seems every 1500HD GM I looked at was a 4x4, I have no need for a 4x4. The salespersons could not get 4x4 out of their heads. The wife and I walked away.

    So off to Ford we went and we could not be happier.

    Although the 5.4 does sound a bit like a small diesel motor in the mornings. The middle aged crowd here may remember the "piston rattle" from the muscle car days when early forged pistons would rattle on a cold start up.

  • Just picked up my 2001 Supercrew Lariat 4x4. Since it has 17" tires is difficult for the wife and kids to get in. Can anyone recommend some good quality chrome tube step ups. Also I am looking for some molded mud guards that work and look good.

  • Westin makes several different models of tube type step ups. Can't comment on their quality b/c mine has the factory cab steps but have read several posts from people who were happy with them. They also make a stainless steel model.
    Husky make mud guards to fit the S'crew. I've seem them on a couple trucks and they look OK.
    Cab height does take some getting used to but my kids think it's fun to crawl in & out of my truck.
  • if you have not looked at these for your truck, i have never ever seen or had a floor mat that worked as well as these. My dealer was also a hunter and had them in his screw.. I got a set and they are woderful. they FIT, stay in place, and catch everything. great investment.
  • zimzamzimzam Posts: 10
    Have any of you guys or girls ever heard of a product called a Tornado Fuel Saver? It suppose to increase your gas mileage and power. It 's a metal object that you put in your air inlet to your carburetor. That makes the air swirl in instead of just flowing in straight. There is a web site for this product at So is this just another gimmick product or has anyone tried it and it worked for them?
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    i'm sure it's a gimmick. otherwise every truck maker out there would use it to get their corporate fuel economy rating up...
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    intakes are built in a similar fashion. There is also a PowerAid unit that goes along with the AirAid intake that does basically the same thing. I can't say it helps but there IS something to the concept.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I had a guy at the ford store telling me that the poweraid spacer would give me near 3mpg more on my 5.4 Super Crew.

    As a mechanic, drag racer and street rodder for a few decades, that's when I knew he was full of cow muffins.

    And the statement about the manufacturers raising the mpg rating on the trucks by 2-3 mpg easily, they would do it in a heart beat to meet the CAFE standards. Then they could sell more big trucks.

    Chrysler worked hard to get the PT Cruiser listed as a light truck with the federal boys. That way they can sell more of the larger trucks since the PT's mileage is higher it offsets the lower gas mileage trucks.

    MPG on our truck is at 15.4 so far, only 1300 miles on it. I did add a repalcement K&N filter recently. Most of the fresh air kits pull hot engine compartment air instead of fresh outside air. I'll wait and see if better kits are offered.

    I did a 2/4 drop on our 01 Super Crew and the ride quality did not suffer.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I've noticed the S'Crew seems to sit unusually high in the rear compared to other 1/2 tons.
    BTW, I don't have the spacer but have the AiRaid on my Sierra. If anything I may have lost a little mpg. The figures have bounced around so much it's hard to be sure, but it definitely is not higher!
  • gimpyrxgimpyrx Posts: 198
    I get mine on Wednesday,I will let ya know how it fits,looks.I added the head liner,and light to it.
    It is for a 2001 King Ranch Supercrew (green)


    If you're looking for some weatherflectors for your door windows get the WEATHERTECH brand.
    They fit into the trim around the windows and look awesome.
    Here is the link
    CROSLEY4....What kit did you use to do the drop?

  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I used Western Chassis parts to lower our truck. Coils in the front and new leaf spring front mounts with longer shackles at the rear of the leaf spring.

    The kit I bought from Performance Suspension in Phx came with the Doetsch Tech shocks. Several different people told me to use the Doetsch Tech shocks over others.

    The rear spring mounts and shackles come with 2 different positions, 2 inch and 3 inch lowering. I used the 2 inch on each.

    I may install some 1 inch blocks to give the truck a bit more rake from rear to front. Seems backwards to lower the truck , then add blocks to raise it a little.

    I did need to add some 4 degree shims between the leaf springs and differential pads to correct the angle of the rear u-joint. The cheapy aluminum shims from Western did not please me, so I machined some from steel plate.
  • gimpyrxgimpyrx Posts: 198
    Thanks for the info. what was the aprox cost?
  • zimzamzimzam Posts: 10
    Well we had our first snow here in Oklahoma and I got to try out my 01 S'Crew 4X4. It handle like a dream on both the snow and the ice. There were times when other trucks were not getting any where and I was able to drive around them with no problem. Sure am happy with this truck. Oh I didn't leave the other guy stuck, he was able to back down the hill and go another way. The only thing missing is that this truck needs air ducting for the back seat.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    How our Super Crew looks slightly lowered.


  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Is that color the Arizona Ash or something like that? I like it.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    is the name Ford puts on it. Does not look like beige to me.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    are the trees in my yard. Looks a little like a darker Pewter. Nice color anyway.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I have Texas ash trees, while living in AZ.

    We wanted the Metallic red color that Ford has. We drove an xlt truck in the color we wanted. The tires shook the truck awfull, they were flat spotted from sitting I guess.

    Then we found this Lariat truck with the equiptment we wanted.......poof! we owned our first new Ford.
  • great is what i got and doesnt show dirt bad at all.. and I get it dirty.
    The color depends on the light..sometimes it looks gold, sometimes almost a brown color. I am impressed with the pic..I have tried to take a picture and the color never comes out.
    I almost had to lower mine. I have a 4x4 and a couple inches higher and I would not have been able to get it in the garage.
  • gimpyrxgimpyrx Posts: 198
    The fit is great,paint match is perfect.
    Head liner looks great,easy open & close.
    Go and get ya one!
  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    Can anyone give me the specs. from Ford's service manual for 2001 F-150 power steering adjustments? I'm not sure what Ford calls them, but GM terms are:

    1. Ball drag
    2. Bearing preload
    3. Over-center preload
    4. Total preload

    All figures would be Thanks.
  • I have a 2001 Screw and I like when the doors automatically lock when it's put into gear, or at least relatively soon. The only part I don't like is that I have to manually unlock the doors to let the kids out of the back seat, only because they don't want to lift the manual lock. Does any one know how to make the locks automatically unlock once the truck is shifted back into park? Or if the ignition is turned off?
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380

    i hear ya...but i don't think there is a way to get the locks to "unlock" automatically. you might be able to install some aftermarket devise that would accomplish this...
  • rcoosrcoos Posts: 167
    Why doesn't Ford offer these options on the SuperCrew or SuperCab? Living in Washington State, it's a nice option to have on foggy or cold damp mornings & nights.

    Does anyone know if Ford will make these options available or can be installed after market?

  • I am considering putting on dual exhausts.... no good reason except I would like them.... does this affect warranty and does anyone have a recommendation on a brand... cost?
    I dont want really loud ones...just a good sound..
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