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I have an 05 Titan SE and I'm trying to bulk up the rear end a little. I don't want to replace the truck with another yet (paid off) but I want a stronger rear end with a little more versatility than the stock rear end.

What do I need to get a good set up for hauling hay etc and doing some moderate trailering (tractors, skid steer etc)? I've replaced the axle seals once already and I'm thinking about a Currie 3" set up as a replacement. What else will I need and what can I expect to pay? What will the set up from Currie handle as far as payload etc? Thanks


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you're asking far too much from a half-ton. Most skidders+trailer are too much for most 3/4 tons. As far as hay, well, that shouldn't be an issue unless you have a massive trailer, but when it comes to equipment, a half-ton of any flavor just won't cut it. Even if you replace the rear axle with a beefy full floater, the transmission will HATE you, and resign before too long. That's not even taking into account the problems with rear spring shackle failures, and the smaller brakes in early year Titans. I've towed over capacity many times, and it's not a good deal. I have 2 extra leaves in the rear with F-super-duty airbags, and it's great for handling and comfort, but still, once you get into the #12K+ zone gross (Truck+gear+people+trailer+load) it's hair-raising. If you do, watch the tongue weight closely, and use manual shift exclusively, keeping the rpms over 2800. If you let the tranny try and find its own gear, it will get nova hot in a real hurry... it will try to hit 3rd at 20MPH, when you should be in 1st. At least on my 09, once the tranny gets hot, it locks out manual shift mode, which just makes it worse. The Titan has the frame, and the motor to handle the task, but not the suspension, brakes, rear end, or transmission. If you went with the Currie 60 for the titan, and geared it super low, you could probably pull it off, but then you still have the soft suspension and half-ton brakes. Stick to hay, get a one ton for moving tractors around.
 
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