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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-27-04, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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My, new to me, 1989 F150

Hi,

I just bought a 1989 F150 (in great shape) and would like to know if it has the "Supercooling" option as described in the owner's manual and wether a "towing package" has been installed.

I am trying to find out what my actual max towing capacity is for towing low frontal profile boats. Virtually all the boats I will tow will have a smaller frontal area than 60 feet square and that includes the trailer frontal area too.

The truck is a standard cab, short bed with Inline 6 engine and 4 speed stick. It has a 3.55 rear end. The truck has a step style rear bumber with hole for the tow ball and the VIN is 1FTDF15Y8KNA08826.

I would like to know as much as possible about the truck so that I do not exceed its capabilities.

I have scoured the net for info but the truck is too old for any real information.

Thanks for any help you'all can offer.

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Re: My, new to me, 1989 F150

First off, don't use the factory bumper for towing. I know of many guy's that did, with terrible result's. A Reese hitch is much safer.
The towing capacity of the 4.9 inline six is actually better than a 302. More torque.
You can count the number of rear leaf spring's and contact you local dealer with this info. He can then tell you the towing capacity.

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