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Old August 13th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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My I6 F-150 got totaled so its time to upgrade. I found two trucks both 96 one with the 5.0 302 and one with the 5.8 351. Im doing a 6" suspension and possibly a 2" body (still on the fence about that). I will be running 35s and this will be a Daily driver mostly pavement pounder.

My question is what motor would be better for a daily driver. From what i have read i'm going to have to re-gear either way. A little foolin around when i go hunting lol

.................Im also tempted to run 37's since i need to buy new tires either way. Not sure
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Old August 14th, 2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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imo both motors are great and you cant go wrong. ive owned both 5.0 and 5.8s and the 5.8 has more torque and ran alot stronger even with taller tires. i had 4.10 and 36 tsl in my bronco that had a 351 and it handled it very well. i put a superchip tuner, intake, exhaust and ignition setup on my 96 351 with 31s and 3.55s it would burn the tires till you backed out of it. i liked the obd2 setup with that alot.
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yea i haven't really heard any complaints about the 351 other than mileage but i figure the stress of the tires will kill whats left of the mileage on the 302 anyhow..........btw with the 351 i have heard you can run 35s on stock gears without killing it, where it isn't quite possible on the 302.
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the 302 is a stout motor dont let anyone fool you, but the 351 just has more cubes on its side. either way you go mileage wont be great but expecting mileage from a lifted truck is crazy anywase. if you were going to run 35s possibly 37s i would think a 4.88 would be nice. if you were going to stick with 35s 4.56s would most likely work well.
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I had a silverado on 35s with a stock 5.7l and stock gears never had a problem on the street with power and on the freeway could maintain any speed on the freeway. Off road I could have used lower gearing in 4 hi. Re gearing would help with gas mileage and be easier on your drivetrain.
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ya i dont expect anywhere decent mileage. I guess my real question is can i run 35's on a 302 with stock gears. Since im buying the truck stock and doing the lift myself it would be nice (cash wise) if i could go a little while without doing the gears
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Sorry, im sure these questions have been answered on here 100000 times but i'm just trying to make the right choice and only have to build it once............off topic and also another generic question but I planned on going with the BDS 6" but a couple people were persuading me towards the rough country telling me it's not far off in quality.....especially since it's really just going to be driven on the road. Which is almost half the price
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I6 with a 5 speed? Wth is wrong with that? Super easy to work on and very stout. Sure if you asked around you could find someone to make a torque monster out of that I6 that will surpass a stock 302-351.

Transplant your I6 into said new truck. Get a low kit for the transfer case that will give you a better craw ratio. Pick a axle ratio that will give you better on road mileage.

Bam simple.

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5.0 or 5.8............what trans do these trucks have? c6, aod, e4od, m5ord2???

I ran a 96 5.0L e4od and 3.55's and 33's

while it was fine and did me okay, I did notice the difference on hills and overdrive. 4.56's and 35's would have been decent. Running a 5.8L in my eb from a 96, I'd chose the 5.8 over a 5.0L everyday personally.
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