I have several questions about fixing up and upgrading my 1989 F-250 XLT Lariat

FordTough1989
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Asked by FordTough1989 Mar 14, 2014 at 08:56 PM about the 1989 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

#1. prob a number one question all RWD truck owners have.  Is there an way to convert a 2wd into a 4wd truck.
#2. my truck has a C6 3speed trans with a 4-11 gear ratio.  I would like to find a better trans for it to increase my MPG's.  I will admit it is an amazing towing truck because of the ratio but I would like a better trans. any sugestions?
#3. im looking at upgrading the exhaust and have some good ideas like the flowmaster 40 series.  what is a very good system I can use that will put a nice tone to my V8.

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Tracy Hooks
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Sounds like a lot of work. #1, I'd buy a junk 4x4 F-250 or F- 350 and trade parts. #2. Transmissions don't make gas mileage unless they are an overdrive transmission. 411 gears (Ford 4.11 gears?) 3.56 is more common but - ok. So you want to add 500 pounds to your truck AND get better mileage? #3. All an exhaust upgrade will get you is cool sounding exhaust. Why don't you just buy the truck you want instead of trying to adapt this one? (Or buy a small car if you want gas mileage.)

FordTough1989
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I meant to say rear end with the mpg part. I found it weird to because of the gear ratio but the previous owner told me he bought it with a low ratio rear end for when he used it to pull his camper to Texas. i was just wondering if there was a way to buy a rear end with a higher gear ratio so i can get a lil better on fuel. but i own a chevy s10 also im just trying to fix up the f250 for looks. that's why i was asking what people thought was a really good quality baffle for the truck that would show off the V8 better. i mean the point of the truck is to be a project, give me something to do in my spare time. ive always liked square body fords so i got it to fix up and make it look nice. just looking for advice to what i can do.

Truckdriver1976
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I own a 4x4 f250 and those things do a lot of damage man.

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