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I have a chance to pick up a 1996 Ford F150 XLT Reg Cab long bed 4x4 auto v8 5.8 liter with 49,000 original verified miles on it. This is a beauty. This was a weekend truck for an oldster who had a company truck to commute in. My hold up is that this unit has the auto hubs with button on the dash for 4x4 activation. You guys have the answers to everything. I have always been a manuel hub guy so I need some feedback on this. It will be a weekend hunting/camping rig for me also. Should I have any hesitation here?

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Just so happens, we have a resident Ford employee in our midst.
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Originally posted by Native Native wrote:

I have a chance to pick up a 1996 Ford F150 XLT Reg Cab long bed 4x4 auto v8 5.8 liter with 49,000 original verified miles on it. This is a beauty. This was a weekend truck for an oldster who had a company truck to commute in. My hold up is that this unit has the auto hubs with button on the dash for 4x4 activation. You guys have the answers to everything. I have always been a manuel hub guy so I need some feedback on this. It will be a weekend hunting/camping rig for me also. Should I have any hesitation here?

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I have always had manual hubs on my trucks for the past thirty years, but I have never had any problems with the automatic hubs, ( or "shift-on-the-fly" or whatever you call it....) I now have a Dodge Dakota with automatic hubs, but I have driven plenty of other trucks in the oilfield with automatic hubs and never had a problem with hubs--and the oilfield is about the toughest scenario you can get outside the Baja 500. ( I have had other problems with trucks, but the only time I've had hub problems was from WATER ruining the hubs from fording creeks and dry washes in full spate---and that would kill anyone's hubs!!)   
 
I would not worry about automatic hubs---unless maybe you were some professional driver in some endurance race or something.            --Ed
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to bad its got a button,  sounds like a nice truck, how much time do you spend a year in 4 wheel drive???
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Thanks for the comments. I haven't spent any time in 4x4 for about 10 yrs - no rig. I have been pulled out frequently in my 2wd(the last time by a toyota tundra - ouch). Live in rainy Oregon and I find myself avoiding places I want to hunt because I don't want to get stuck and then have to walk out. That hasn't worked to well for folks lately! Basically it is a safety factor that I feel I need. Policy has always been go in 2wd until I get stuck and then use the 4wd to get out. I don't have that option at this point. With fuel prices the way they are folks are selling some nice rigs and it seems the time to buy to fit my needs. Maybe I am thinking about this too hard!
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Just so happens, we have a resident Ford employee in our midst.
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Here I am, I just happened to own a very similar truck for 100,000 miles and I worked it pretty hard. They are a tough 1/2 half ton truck and the Windsor block is great.
I would not worry about the hubs. Mine actually went on mine after 75,000 miles but I spend a lot of time in the U.P. swamps in Michigan and they get dunked a lot. I replaced them with Warns. They are cheap and very tough if it ever comes to that.

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Here is how my Ford trucks get used.



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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Here is how my Ford trucks get used.



 
I remember that pic, Doug.
Damn!! Smile
 
 
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Here is how my Ford trucks get used.



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That pic is only 1 1/2 miles from my place on Lake Superior. I'm lucky to have moose and quite a few bear in the area. My buddy had a pretty nice buck in the back of that truck last fall.
Ford trucks can haul a lot more than that, though. I'm a huge fan, of coarse!

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Tahqua, good thing you got all them moose, bears, an bucks round there to push an pull you outta holes like that.Laugh

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hey, Tahqua, have you thought about a canoe?   Wink
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What about a locker? True Trak?
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 I had always had manual lockers myself until my last YJ . My boys said the transfer case would blow ... never did . There is a conversion kit but expensive . I kinda like not crawling out in the slush or mud to engage .... goes everywhere my manual system went !   
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 I replaced mine on my 97 F-350 with Warn heavy duty's also, I'm thinking they were around $80 & easy to install.  I also put them on my 75 High-Boy, never had an issue with them on either truck.

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Get a tru trac differential kit limited slip up front, the front axle is vacuum actuated by coupler which diconnects the two sides, and put a true locker in the back. You could also put a true locker in the front, since there is the disconnect. My Dakota has fully locking true 4WD and is a blessing when the going gets tough. 
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