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1996 Ford F-250 and F-350 Questions and Answers


  • Can Sealed, 3-Light Truck Trailer Identification LED Light Bar # MCL97RB be Mounted Horizontally
  • I spoke with my contact at Optronics and yes, the Sealed, 3-Light Truck, Trailer Identification LED Light Bar, # MCL97RB, can be mounted on the roof of your horse trailer. When mounted horizontally, the light will be visible from the rear of the trailer but won't be at the same intensity as if it was mounted on the rear of the trailer facing back. Please keep in mind that since the intensity of the light will be decreased when mounted on the roof, it will not meet DOT regulations.
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  • Can the OEM-Style Driving Light Kit be Installed Upside Down at the Back of a Truck
  • You can install the driving light kit # QH-16CT any which way you want so upside down would not be a problem. Please note these lights are not DOT approved as reverse lights, in part because they are so much brighter than regular reverse lights. You'd be blinding anyone behind you. But as long as you use the included switch so you can manually toggle them on and off then you should be fine.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for a 1996 Ford 350 Long Bed
  • The only fifth wheel rail kit and hitch setup we offer that uses a custom install rail kit is the B and W Companion Hitch Rail kit part # BWGNRK1110-5W with the Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3500. What is really nice about this setup is that if you remove the fifth wheel hitch you end up with a gooseneck hitch left in the bed of the truck as the rail kit doubles as a gooseneck hitch.
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  • Dimensions of Bargman 5th Wheel and Gooseneck 90-Degree Pigtail Harness # 51-97-407
  • I pulled a sample of the Bargman 90-Degree Pigtail Harness # 51-97-407 from our warehouse so I could take the measurement you require. As shown in the linked photo the distance from the rear surface of the mounting flange to the 90-degree bend is 3-3/8-inches.
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  • 5th Wheel Install Kit Options for 1996 Ford F-350 Diesel Long Bed
  • We can offer you two options in a universal 5th wheel install kit, part # RP30035 from Reese and part # HT31563-686 from Husky, both of which will require drilling into the truck's frame for installation. These industry-standard base rails will work with most hitches from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky. An installation video is linked for you. A custom-fit installation kit is offered by B&W, their gooseneck/5th wheel base # BWGNRK1100-5W, which works with their...
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  • What Size is the Mounting Bolt for Rectangular Tractor and Utility Light # TL46TS
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled Rectangular Tractor and Utility Light # TL46TS to measure the mounting bolt. Using a bolt measuring tool I found that it uses a 1/2 inch coarse threaded bolt.
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  • Where is the Brake Controller Port on a 1996 Ford F250 7.3
  • For most applications, the factory plug for installing a brake controller is located beneath the dash, near the center console. You will need to remove the lower dash panel underneath your steering wheel to access it. Check out the picture I attached to see it pointed out. I also attached an install video for you to check out as well. The wiring harness part # 20260 that you referenced will plug into this port and will wire to your brake controller.
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch for 1996 Ford F250 w/ 6-1/2 Foot Bed Towing Northwood Arctic Fox 27-5L
  • If you had the long bed (8 feet) model, the set-up you propose would work just fine. However, in order to prevent the rear of the cab from being struck by the fifth wheel, you'll need to use the sliding version of the Titan, which is part # RP30869. Normally, you'd keep the hitch slid all the way forward to keep the trailer pin weight centered in front of the rear truck axle. During low speed maneuvering, you'll slide the hitch to the rearward position, to allow maximum clearance between...
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  • Recommended Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch For 1996 Ford F-250 With 6-1/2 Ft Bed
  • Any truck with a bed shorter than 8 ft long is considered a short bed pickup. Per the attached helpful article, it is recommended to use a sliding fifth wheel hitch along with the extended pin box. Using just one or the other may not give the clearance you need when executing sharp turns, which will happen. My recommendation is to use a sliding fifth wheel hitch like the Reese Fifth Wheel, part # RP30075. This is a sliding fifth wheel that gives you 11 inches travel front to back. If...
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  • Can the Fold Down License Plate Holder # 8802 be Mounted Upside Down
  • I think I know what you are trying to ask. Sounds like you are asking if the Fold Down License Plate Holder # 8802 can be mounted upside down covering a hitch opening and then have the ability to flip it up when you need to tow so that you can slide in your ball mount and tow. Which this is totally possible and is what this product was intended to do.
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  • Will the HitchMate Cargo Stabilizer Bar # HE4016-4017 work with Bed Liners
  • Yes, the cargo stabilizer # HE4016-4017 that you referenced will work with a bed liner like what you have in your 1996 Ford F250. You will be able to adjust the tension of this stabilizer tight enough to the sides of your truck bed. The rubber feet of the unit will provide excellent grip. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Looking for 17/32 and 21/32 Size Drill Bits to Install Husky 5t5h Wheel Installation Kit
  • Your best option would be Sears. I checked Sears online and they do list both 17/32 and 21/32 size drill bits. You might also want to try a mom and pop type of hardware store. It is also possible that a friendly mechanic will loan them to you if they have them. The instructions for the Husky 5th wheel installation kit does specify that the holes have to be those exact sizes so you wouldn't want to do any sort of work around or use a different size.
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  • Effect on Trailer Ride Quality When Using a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Like # CAB-C5G
  • Any type of adapter used to couple different types of trailers and hitches - like the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G - will have an effect on ride quality because it introduces additional connection points. In the sense that "the best adapter is no adapter" additional mechanical junctions will always lead to more potential for noises, vibration, jarring and chucking. I do not mean to suggest that such an item is not suitable for short-distance transport...
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  • How To Determine Where the Curt Front Hitch # 31310 will Install on a Vehicle
  • I don't have the exact measurement you are looking for, BUT I can tell you how to locate exactly where the hitch opening will be on the front of your vehicle when it is installed. From the lower mounting hole on the side brackets of the hitch down to the hitch opening will be 5-1/4 inches if you find where that hole is on your truck and then measure down 5-1/4 inches you will now where the top of the hitch opening will be relative to your truck, and then from the mounting surface where...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 1996 Ford F-250 With 8 Inch Step Bumper
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W about your 1996 Ford F-250 Powerstroke. They were unable to tell me anything about the Luverne 8 inch bumper you have on your F-250 but did offer some other advice. The trailer hitch designed to fit your truck I recommend is part # BWHDRH25198. This trailer hitch is a fit for a truck with a deep drop bumper. When I looked at the installation instructions it states that this trailer hitch will fit your year and model truck with a 10 inch drop bumper. My...
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  • 7-way Recommendation to Replace a 6-Way
  • I would recommend you cut off the 6-way you have at the rear of your truck and then install a # 50-87-004 in it's place. I attached a couple wiring diagrams for the two styles of connectors so that you would know how to wire up the new 7-way with the wires from the 6-way.
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  • Can Brophy D-Ring Tie Downs # SR15-C be Welded Rather Than Bolted on as Intended
  • The Brophy D-Ring Tie Downs # SR15-C that you referenced is intended for bolt-on installation. Its 5000-lb capacity rating is based on this intended installation method. However, you certainly could cut down their length from 3-1/2 to 2-inches and weld them into place but you will need to be careful to do the welding in a well-ventilated area since zinc-plated material can give off fumes that could be harmful to breathe. Also be aware that the finish of the welded parts will be discolored...
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  • Front End Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 1996 Ford F350 4WD with 4 in Lift
  • On lifted vehicles Timbren kits like the # TFF3504A would not be effective, we have spoken with Timbren several times about this and that is what they have told us. If the lift kit you have on your truck is just a spacer between the leaf springs and the frame what you could use is the Air Lift Helper Spring part # AL59511. If it's a suspension lift the # AL59511 could potentially work but it would require you to fabricate a 4 inch spacer. My contact at Air Lift said this kit would...
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  • How to Lock a Curt Spyder # 16085 to Fifth Wheel Rails
  • What I recommend you get to lock your Curt Spyder part # 16085 to the fifth wheel rails of your truck is the Reese Pull Pin Lock Plates # RP58093 and then use a pad lock like part # 37DAT to lock the pins that hold the spyder to your rails. Check out the picture I attached to see how these products all work together.
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  • Best 7-Way Trailer Connector Extension for a 1996 Ford Super Duty
  • It sounds like you are looking for an extension for the factory 7-Way on your truck to add in-bed wiring. We do have 1 option that would work but it is 7 feet long. If you can work with that it is # 20027.
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  • Adding a New 4-Way and 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 1996 Ford F-250
  • To add a new 4-Way to your 1996 Ford F-250 you will need wiring harness # 118316. I have linked a video to the right showing how it installs. It does not sound like the truck came with a factory 7-Way to begin with. In order to install one you will need # 37185. This will actually mean that you do not need the bracket # 54-77-074. Instead you will use the bracket that comes with # 37185. Once installed you will have both a 4-Way and a 7-Way at the back of the truck. You could use the...
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  • Derale Transmission Pan Cooler # D14208 for 1996 Ford F250 w/ 7.3L Engine
  • According to my research, the 1996 F250 7.3l engine should have a E40D transmission. There are two different ways of confirming this. First, you can check the sticker on the driver's side door jamb. You will see the letters TR or TRANS, followed by a letter. If the letter is E, you have the E40D transmission. Secondly, you can check the number of bolts holding the transmission pan on. If there's 20 bolts, it's a E40D. The Derale # D14208 is indeed compatible with the E40D transmission.
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  • Blue Ox Underbed Gooseneck Trailer hitch For 1996 Ford F-350 Diesel With Crew Cab
  • The Blue Ox Diamond Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part # DH1202 is a fit for your 1996 Ford F-350 diesel with a crew cab and 4-wheel drive. This hitch has a 30000 lb gross towing capacity and a 7500 lb tongue weight capacity but you will want to check your owners manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the truck towing capacity. This hitch allows you to store the ball upside down which will give you full use of your truck bed. this includes all the mounting...
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  • Can an Edge Evolution Programmer be Used on More than One Truck
  • For programmers like # EP85100 and really any programmer, to prevent people from just passing around the programmer it can only be tuned to one vehicle at a time. To move it to a different vehicle that it is also compatible with it will have to be re-registered with Edge for a fee. I have linked a video review of the programmer and a link to our FAQ on programmers to the right.
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  • Are Cushions in Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Ball Mounts Rated for the Same Capacity as the Ball Mount
  • The cushioned ball mount # AMSC2HD is given its rating based on extensive testing and the design of the components. That does include the cushions on the inside of the shank. So in other words if they tested it at 14K and the cushions failed they would not rate it for 14K. The ball mount meets Society of Automotive Engineers J684 specs. The cushion is going to provide more and more resistance the further or harder it is pushed against so it would not collapse or anything like that.
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  • Class V Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Ford F-350
  • We offer several classes of hitch receiver for the 1996 F-350 and the particular version of the truck you have will determine what options will work for you. With the link provided you can use the drop-down menu at the top of the page (Select Vehicle Style) to indicate the particular version of the F-350 you have, whether a cab and chassis, or a pickup with deep-drop bumper, standard bumper or step bumper. The three Class V hitches we offer will fit only the standard- or step-bumper...
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  • What is the Bolt Hole Spacing on Curt Trailer Hitch # C15300 for a 1996 Ford F-250
  • The first thing you are going to want to do is measure the width of the frame on your 1996 Ford F-250 to determine the width of the frame. Measure from the outside on one side to the outside on the other side. Trailer hitch # C15300 is made for trucks with a frame width of 37-1/4 inches. I have included a picture that shows the measurements between all the holes on the hitch, center to center. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK2416. It comes with a ball mount, 2...
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  • Compatibility of Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch and Install Kit with 1996 Ford F-350 with 8 Foot Bed
  • The # PS30132 Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch w/ install rails you mentioned is compatible with your 1996 F350 long bed. I have linked you to the installation instructions for the rail kit. The instructions that apply to your vehicle are on page # 11. I have also linked you to an FAQ article about 5th wheel hitches.
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up When Using the Tekonsah Primus IQ Brake Controller on a 1996 Ford F-350
  • It sounds to me like there is either a wiring issue between the brake controller and the trailer connector on the truck or the brake controller is bad. Since your trailer brakes lock up when you are connected to the truck, that would indicate that there is constant power on the brake output circuit. The first step that I would take is to use a circuit tester with an incandescent bulb like our Quickee Tester, # 3808, to test the pin in the 5 oclock position if you have a 7-way trailer...
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  • Replacement Side-View Mirror Options for a 1986 Tioga Arrow by Fleetwood
  • I pulled one of our CIPA Universal Door Mount Mirrors, # CM45000, and took some measurements for you. The distance from the top mounting bar to the closest edge of the mirror is 8-3/4 inches. From that same bar to the center of the mirror is 13-1/4 inches (see photo). Once this mirror is installed and the final angle adjustments are set, you may only have about half of the mirror extending past the extended sides of the RV. Another option that you may be interested in is the CIPA...
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