05-05-2012, 11:56 PM
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Yeah that's what I did when I bought my last one, got a regular bed and put a flatbed on it. They're a little wider, so sometimes they're harder to find a bed for, but I guess somebody already did that for ya. I don't know what the horsepower difference is now, but the last couple years it's been 70 or 75 hp. I guess they dummy-proof the cab/chassis trucks because so many of them become fleet trucks and have people driving them that don't own them. Kinda like a rental fleet, they plan on them being abused.
As far as the motors, I like the old 5.9. In my opinion you won't go wrong with either one. But the best I remember, the EPA stuff came with the new 6.7's. Well, they had some warranty issues with the turbos due to pollutants from the exhaust trap being sucked back into the turbo. Also mileage wasn't as good. The motors are good, but an 07 would scare me because they didn't have the bugs worked out yet.
Those 6 speeds are great, and that's probably what yall want for trailer pulling, but I think I'd rather have the 5.9 despite having an automatic. An 06 or 07 5.9 would be the last of the great ones in my opinion. But like I said, either would be good