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Mini man
01-23-2009, 07:02 PM
Got a chance to buy a 2WD topkick truck for a good price.
I need desperatly to haul my trailer and equipment legally.....the 2500HD Duramax won't handle the weight legally.
What do you think of 2wd in such a truck?
I am so used to having 4WD all the time.

01-23-2009, 08:26 PM
Have a 4500 kodiak. Same thing. Excellent truck and the 2wd is perfect. Even if you do do plowing, from what I have recently gathered it is actually pretty good at plowing with some weight in the back. The diesel/alison combo is great and our 2004 6.6 pulls our 18ft enclosed fully loaded very very well. Great truck IMO

01-23-2009, 08:56 PM
what size is the topkick? in the 6500 and 7500s you DON"T want a live front axles, major bucks and maintenance that and what little fuel mileage you have just got less. do try and get one with a locking diff in the back though, I don't know where I'd be without mine.

Mini man
01-23-2009, 08:58 PM
It is a brand new 2007 model 5500

01-23-2009, 09:02 PM
in that case it'll depend on what you're doing with it, hauling equipment and whatnot you're going to be fine w/o the 4x4, but be warned, we've had our f450s and f550s on wet grass and got them stuck up before. so much weight in the front and if the back is empty they're so long that the rear wheel can't get traction. so if you're keeping it as an on road hauler, I'd go for it, off road dump truck, I'd think about it. but if the price is right I'd still go for it, how often are you really going to need 4x4 anyways.

Mini man
01-23-2009, 09:05 PM
Thats what I am thinking....Price is $38500 CND.....( just chassis no dump box, allison duramax )

Gravel Rat
01-24-2009, 04:06 AM
What do you need 4 wheeldrive for because any F-450-550 4500-5500 truck sinks like the titanic in soft ground been there done that :laugh:

A Detroit locker or a Detroit True Trac in the diff and some open shoulder drive tires you will be fine.

01-24-2009, 06:14 AM
Get it! its a great Truck!

01-24-2009, 09:12 AM
Not that it is the same truck, but with my 2wd if i am empty i raise my bed up all the way. It puts more weigh on the back wheels if i am spining, maybe a helpful hit for you guys to try next time you get stuck. May work for you, may not, but its cheaper than a tow truck.

Gravel Rat
01-24-2009, 02:53 PM
Lifting the box does help shift some of the weight to the rear wheels. A locker or a true trac helps the most.

01-24-2009, 04:00 PM
I would get it. But there are countless times when 4wd really helped us out.

Mini man
01-24-2009, 09:33 PM
Just found out the wheel base is 176"....is this ok for a dump box and trailer puller?

01-24-2009, 11:41 PM
but is that really a great price? w/o the body and everything? sounds like a pretty average price to me, but I haven't bought a chevy lately.

Gravel Rat
01-25-2009, 04:17 AM
The price is pretty good your not going to find a deal any better. With the wheelbase its a little long but it depends on what you want to do. You can put a 14 foot bed on a 176 wheelbase truck or you can put a 2 foot toolbox behind the cab and a 12 foot bed.

01-25-2009, 07:01 AM
The price is pretty good your not going to find a deal any better. With the wheelbase its a little long but it depends on what you want to do. You can put a 14 foot bed on a 176 wheelbase truck or you can put a 2 foot toolbox behind the cab and a 12 foot bed.

Agreed! The towny trucks here in WI are all pretty much 2wd, can't really say anything about canuck snow as you get dumped on by the great lakes pretty bad, the townies got bigger loaders, garbage trucks, and last resort here the US Army (nothing like a civilian in a caddie driving into rear end of a camouflaged 5 yard CAT last year). Back on topic my old boss told me "leave the 4wd to 1 ton and lower" a expirenced driver can plow snow in 2wd all day.

Gravel Rat
01-25-2009, 04:03 PM
Use a pick up to plow with and just use the 5500 for hauling. Yes 4 wheeldrive helps in the snow without chaining up but 4 wheeldrive just gets you farther into trouble. A dual wheeled truck needs chains in the snow.

In mud and soft ground your going to sink if you have 4 wheeldrive or not.

01-25-2009, 04:27 PM
With some good tires on the back, a 2wd should do ok. I just put some Kumho mud tires on the back of my Dodge because the all-terrains were getting me into sticky situations and not wanting to get back out of them. Haven't had it off-road yet, but I did drive in some snow last week (our biggest storm in 3 years--only about 3 inches :laugh:) and they did great. From now on, I probably will not have a 2wd without some really aggressive tires on the back. You can get some pretty good 19.5" tires, like the Goodyear G-124 and Hankook DH01. You can see them here: http://www.ricksontruck.com/tires_26570R195.html

Gravel Rat
01-25-2009, 04:58 PM
This is the tire I'am going with next for the drive tires on my F-450


I have Bandag recaps they are okay but the gripper tread howls like a banshee. Works good in the dirt and mud but howl on the highway.