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SoonerLS last won the day on January 12

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  1. I think it's more likely that they decided that they could save $0.50 by leaving them out after the 5R55 trannies didn't grenade wholesale. The 6R80, f'rinstance, has a dipstick, but it's just a stubby little thing that's conveniently placed right next to one of the cats on the F-150 so you can burn your hand while checking it. You can, however, buy aftermarket dipsticks that mount on the firewall in the engine bay, so it's not like there's a lack of space.
  2. It needs to be done to clear the recall status, but the general consensus seems to be that you don't have to worry about the problem happening, as the custom tunes affect the shift points.
  3. Yep, it did involve replacing the lead frame. This recall is more widespread, though; my '13 wasn't affected by the previous program (IIRC, it was a one-shot warranty extension), but it is covered by this recall (I checked as soon as I read about it).
  4. Speaking as a nearly 30 year IT professional who did a lot of IT security, pushing automatic updates to critical systems like that gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies. That's a terrible idea.
  5. It's not dumb, it's security. If you don't make the controls for the driving systems available through the infotainment system, it can't be hacked through the infotainment system.
  6. '11 saw a change in computer architecture, so the '09-'10 6R80 has different electronics. IIRC, the '09-'10 had a TCM integrated into the transmission, whereas the '11-'14 (and probably the '15+) have a single PCM that controls both the engine and transmission.
  7. Congrats! That's a good looking truck!
  8. The right screen on my mom's Flex is great for showing the same infotainment info that's on the 8" screen about ten inches to the right. I still don't understand why they concentrated all of the useful info in mutually exclusive displays on the left screen and wasted the entire right half.
  9. Yeah, but selling peewater isn't the same thing as putting America (and the world) on wheels. Which of those three companies can claim to be the reason that Americans (and all civilized people ) drive on the right side of the road? I'll give you a hint: it was the one who built and sold the Model T, which had its steering wheel on the left side...
  10. It certainly looks like the same sort of flat that was in the Gen 1 Coyote heads. Huh. Futureproofing. Whodathunkit?
  11. The kind of people who would buy the Bronco wouldn't have a problem with it, and very well might prefer it (FWIW, swinging the spare on my folks' '84 Bronco never bothered me, and the tailgate was very useful). Ford obviously doesn't see it as a make-or-break decision (and I'm sure they're right), so they spent those development dollars on something else (or it kept them from cutting something else).
  12. I'd wager that a swinging gate vs a drop gate is a wash on the complexity. Engineering a swing for the tire isn't zero cost, but it's not exactly a moon shot, either. Obviously, Ford thought there were better ways of investing their development dollars, but "overly complex" is overstating it, IMHO.
  13. Shipping delays are one thing; the radio silence from Ford is a bad mistake, and, IMHO, inexcusable.
  14. SoonerLS

    New light & medium duty news

    That was what theoldwizard reported, that the Boss failed (or couldn't be made to pass) the medium duty cycle testing (cooling-related, IIRC), and that's why you don't see it in trucks above the F-350. ETA: AFAIK, the 6.2 performs admirably in the F-250/-350. Its only problem is that it's limited to those two trucks in the F-Series.
  15. Most likely, yes. I doubt that FE will be the deciding factor in whether or not it goes in the Raptor. Its suitability for the Raptor's purpose and the ability to meet F-250 and up demand for the 7.3 will be the big factors.