2500HD vs 3500HD SRW

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by burnthefurniture, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    new dodges have independent rear suspension on 2500's???
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep you can get air ride factory as well
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  3. 4B LawnCare

    4B LawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I believe they are still solid axles, just went coil springs.
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  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    My friend called it 5 link.
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  5. burnthefurniture

    burnthefurniture LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info.

    Today I hauled 7 12-13k gross loads of broken concrete in the 7x14 dump trailer with the 2011 2500HD 6.0 gas. The 6 speed transmission does help, but I can still definitely see the benefit of the diesel. Louisiana is flat as a pancake - the idea of engine braking sounds great, but would it see much use around here?

    I had read about the gooseneck squashing the whole truck down, makes sense with it being in front of the rear axle...

    I know chevy is IFS no matter what, but just for interest do the ford and dodge 2wd 2500 and 3500 also have solid front axles? Reason I ask, I see a lot of 2wd fords, dodges, and chevys for that matter running hotshot trucks around here, would they also have affected toe angles?

    I would love to step up to a 4500 truck, but frankly even a 3500 dually puts me in CDL territory around here with my trailers. Before anyone says anything, I know they're relatively easy to get and then you don't have to worry about it, but there are a lot of increased costs that I don't know if it justifies for us. For the weight of equipment we would have to haul to need one, its much easier to get a subcontractor if and when we need that size rig. Just food for thought.

    I honestly hadn't thought about the toe angles though, and have never heard of people with bad tire wear from towing...is that common?
     
  6. burnthefurniture

    burnthefurniture LawnSite Member
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    You're correct, just researched and verified. Still a solid axle, but just with a setup like a mustang (coil springs, parallel trac bars, and a panhard). I had seen in the 1500s, didn't know the 2500's got the same treatment. Pretty interesting...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWIiEodjJaA
     
  7. whiffyspark

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    Classis lawn care on here has one. I think the airbags are an additional $3500?
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  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I kept using toe, its camber I am talking about. I run older trucks and its an issue with my 93 chevy 3500 extended cab diesel. This winter running a plow with 8k of salt in the back destroyed my front tires. On my truck the camber changes with the stroke of the suspension, I just don't know if chevy has fixed that with the new trucks. Engine break is awesome for saving breaks. You won't use the breaks on the truck unless you come to a complete stop. Anyways just giving a different angle to the conversation.
     
  9. whiffyspark

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    Have you had proper alignment done? That truck is a pain in the ass. You have to grind out the slots to be able to adjust camber on them. A lot of people will just tap the receiver until it reads in spec because they don't want to do it
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  10. dieselss

    dieselss LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Almost no trk in your "weight" range has solid front axles. And you can run into more costs associated with a solid front axle.
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