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88-98 2500 questions...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ryan22re, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    Are the 88-98 2wd 2500's five or six lug?

    Are there two different 2500's like the 4wd? I.e. 9.5sf or 14ff? Like a light duty and heavy duty 2wd 2500.

    What I am getting at, is that I think that a 2wd 1500 and a light duty 2500 use the same front spindle, but the 2500 would have six lugs, allowing me to run a 9.5sf in the rear of my C1500 daily driver with a 2500 six lug front rotor.

    Ideas? I doubt I could find a 9.5sf out of a 454ss. Plus I don't want to buy drums and zxles to convert to 5 lug.
     
  2. Cajun4x4

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    some 6 some 8

    yes

    you are correct sir, its a completly bolt up deal
     
  3. daleearnhardt01

    daleearnhardt01 1/2 ton status

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    I believe you are right, that makes sense. Maybe post up over at FSC and see what they say
     
  4. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks guys, I did some digging, and found my theory correct. Looks like all I would need to do is to buy front rotors from a 7200 lb gvw 2500 and then swap in the 9.5 out back. Turn my 1500 into a light duty 2500.

    Sweet.
     
  5. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Looks like you got your answers. But just to confirm, yes there was a LD and HD version of the 2500.
    I own a '97 K2500 HD. The stamped Arms on the light duty are same as the 1500, mine has the 1ton cast a-arms. I've got a 14bff out back, the LD had the SF.
    Actually the only difference, and I looked when I bought the truck in '97, between mine and the 1-ton was the 1-ton had 1" wider brakes on the back and a borg-warner transfer case. Everything else was exactly the same. The leaf and torsion spring part numbers, front brakes, were all the same.
    Similairly, the 2500LD version shared many of it's components with the 1500.
     
  6. sled_dog

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    There are 3 versions of the 2500s in the 90s.

    2500LD, with 6 lugs all around, and basically a glorified half ton.

    2500, with 8 lugs all around and a 14 bolt semi floater out back, as well as a 4l80E transmission, and heavier springs all around. My 97 2wd DD is one of this breed.

    And the 2500HD, with a 14 bolt full floater out back, as far as I knew that only came behind big blocks and diesels.
     
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