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2WD Topkick

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mini man, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    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.
  2. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    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
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,617

    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.
  4. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    It is a brand new 2007 model 5500
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,617

    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.
  6. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Thats what I am thinking....Price is $38500 CND.....( just chassis no dump box, allison duramax )
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  8. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Get it! its a great Truck!
  9. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    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.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Lifting the box does help shift some of the weight to the rear wheels. A locker or a true trac helps the most.

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