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2500 HD Silverado/2500 Silverado/2500 Suburban

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Yohinan, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Yohinan

    Yohinan 1/2 ton status

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    I currently have a 95 Suburban 1500 4X4. I am going to be selling it in the future and want to move up to 2500 due to the stronger components all around. I am looking at big blocks only. I love the interior room of the Suburban and dont know if I want to give that amenity up unless the Silverado 2500 or 2500HD have that many strength advantages over the 2500 Suburban. This will be getting either a 10" or a 12" lift with 44-46" tires. Fender trimming will happen and I am not worried about it. 90 percent of the truck will be used for mudding but will see some street duty to get to and from my "fun" spots. Also, I am looking at these trucks for their driveline and engine strengths. Can you all give me your input as to which truck you would go with and why? To be honest I am not completely positive as to the main differences that three vehicles have. If I did not get the Suburban I would definitely be getting one of the other two vehicles as a crew cab (4 full doors). All your input and opinions are greatly appreciated. John
     
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    let me get this right, you plan on buying a new IFS gm product and running 44s or 46s on it?? or do you plan on swapping in a SFA??
     
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    Since you'll have to rip out most of the stock driveline/suspension anyways, I don't think there would be much difference between the 2500 and 2500HD.
     
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    KEITH!!!! Clear something up for us

    I think a 2500 is still a 6 lug truck with a SF 14. I think the HD gets the 14ff and it might also get the Alison tranny.

    I'm interested in the wheels and tires if you get the 8 lug fordged rims. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
  5. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Re: KEITH!!!! Clear something up for us

    Get a 2500HD and strait axle it... Don't cut the fenders on a brand new truck though! /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
  6. Yohinan

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    Sorry for not stating as I should have. Yes I do plan on swapping out to a straight axle. John
     
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    hmm i dunno about buying a brand spankin new truck and sending it right to the trails, but, if u can afford it, why not i guess. why not go for a 3500?
     
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    What advantage does the 3500 have over the 2500HD? I am still leaning towards the Suburban 2500 because no one has said anything turning me away from that and I love the interior room. No matter what I get it will be swapping to a straight axle. John
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    What advantage does the 3500 have over the 2500HD? I am still leaning towards the Suburban 2500 because no one has said anything turning me away from that and I love the interior room. No matter what I get it will be swapping to a straight axle. John

    [/ QUOTE ]Are you wanting brand new or used? I think the big block burbs have the full floater rearends and basically have the same drivetrain as the pick up.
     
  10. Yohinan

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    I am not looking at brand new but nothing older than say 2000. The reason I am looking at the 2500 is because I dont want to take, say my current 1500 burb, and upgrade to the big block/4l80E/14bff/etc... The only thing besides say the lift/gears/tires/straight axle/misc other parts is all I will have to replace on the 2500 hence the reason I am looking at the options I mentioned before.
     
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    Isnt the 3500 only offered as a dooley? 3500 will have stiffer springs also, thats about the only difference. The 8.1L has the Allison behind it, and it will also have the 11.5" 14 bolt. Yes the truck and Burbs are basically the same. Pretty much bullet proof! Its just wether you want a bed or not. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    If your talkin' new body style GM, the 2500 and 2500HD have diffrent frames I think heavier springs and axles. With a 6.0l you get a FF rear axle with the 8.1l or Duramax you get the 11.5" FF rear. also the allson trans is an option on the HD models. The 2500 Suburban is not avail. with either the Duramax or the allson trans. only the 8.1l. And there is no HD Sub avail. The 3500 is avail. in '03 with single rear wheels. If your going to go 44s and SFA I would get a HD model.
     
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    no you can get a 3500 in SRW /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Get a 2500HD with either the big block or duramax and it will come with the stoutest parts available. Strait axle it, 14 or 15" lift to clear the fenders with 44's, regear to 5.38,and have fun with it. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    There is quite a bit of difference between the 2500 and 2500HD pickups. Different body style, frames, axles, suspension. I also believe you can only get the diesel or 8.1L w/ Allison trans in the HD version, with the 6.0L/4L80E being the standard in the HD and the only option in the 2500. The 1500HD (basically a 2500), 2500, and 2500HD are all 8-lug.....I haven't seen a 6-lug 3/4 ton from GM since the late-80's to early 90's.

    I'm honestly not sure were the Suburban fits, but guessing that the standard 2500 Sub is equivalent to the 2500 truck, then possibly some upgrades if equipped with the 8.1L???
     
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    How about the brakes between the three. All the same or does one have advantages in that department? I am still not sure which to go with. Maybe now I am trying to decide between the 2500 Suburban and the 2500HD Crew Cab and I have left out the regular Silverado 2500.
     
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    GO with the HD
     
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    The Burb has the 4L80E, not the Allison, because it doesnt fit, not enought clearance with the floor. The Burb and HD have the same axles. 3500 also has a beefier frame. Id say get the HD! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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