try not eating them so fast... use them for counting, like humans do with
Face it, Buggs, without an opposing thumb, you're screwed.. *g*
I think you also have to factor in engine life and wear...
A gasser is designed to make power at higher rpm than a diesel... gearing won't
change that... add gears with more grunt to either and you're operating at
higher rpm ranges and asking for more/faster wear...
When my buddy and I are towing our trailers together, he gets 12 mpg towing an
12,000 pound 5th wheel with his f-250 doing about 1,700 rpm, while we're getting
8 mpg towing a 6,000 pound tt at 2,800 rpm....
We both have 3.5 (approx) gears... I could almost keep up with him on hills with
a 4:10 gear set, but at what rpm and mpg??
IMO, not worth the cost of regearing..
Granted, a gas engine properly geared can pull a significant load, but at
what price in fuel economy?..... engine longevity? That is where the diesel
is the engine of choice for heavy hauling applications... your anecdotal
nope it would not. ive never said a gas engine wouldnt get the job done. ive
said for many reasons, fuel milage the main one, the diesel engine is the
The ally has a 3.1 first gear vs 2.48
as have i many times in the past few months around here with a 30 hp farm
trac. surprising how many times these construction crews will get themselves
stuck after a rain.
It is all in the proper gearing for load and engine,
if all your concerned about is moving the load and not how much it will cost
you to move the load then yes, its all about the gearing, and not the
ive driven gassers and diesels. my 99 v10 with 4.10's got around 10 - 11 mpg
empty on the highway. i never figured it up towing. but i can tell you from
the way the gas gauge moved it was roughly half that. now towing the same
loads with 3.73's in the diesel im getting 14 - 15 mpg towing hmmm thats 5
mpg up with the load over empty with the old truck. and 19 mpg city empty
with the diesel. cost of operation under the load is a HUGE factor. thats
why all my vehicles are oil burners.
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