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3/4 ton non HD??

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jbone, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. jbone

    jbone Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    HI I have a 94 chevy 2500 non hd. Im trying to find out if its a half or 3/4 ton. I always thought it was a 1/2 but im told its a 3/4 ton just not an HD. Any ideas?
  2. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    The HD class didn't come out for until I think after 2001. Check the wheel studs 6 = 1/2 ton 8 = 3/4. being that it is a 2500. I would assume it's 3/4
  3. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 662

    Exactly right!
  4. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    1500 = 1/2 ton
    2500 = 3/4 ton
    3500 = 1 ton

    I think in the last few years they've gotten rid of the 2500 and replaced it with the 1500HD, which has the 6.0 and the 8600 gvwr (I only hope it also has the sturdier frame of the 2500 too), so now it goes 1500, 1500HD, 2500HD, 3500.

    All the big 3 full size trucks have the model beginning with "2" (Sierra 2500, F250, Ram 2500) as 3/4 ton trucks. Been that way for decades.
  5. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 662

    You can still get the regular 2500.
  6. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Not according to Chevy's website. I did a build your own and for 2006 and 2007 the only options are

    1500 SS
    1500 HD
    2500 HD

    Since the 1500HD has a gvwr of 8600lb I'm assuming its taken the place of the old 2500.
  7. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Think they go like this now on the GM trucks.. strange, but that what I was told.

    1500 1/2 ton
    1500HD 3/4 ton
    2500 3/4 ton
    2500HD 1 ton
  8. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    In the late 80's and early 90's (I have an 88 here like this) you could buy a 2500 3/4 that was basically a light duty version... 16" six lug wheels on a 14 bolt semi-floater axle and heavier suspension on more or less a half-ton truck. Thats probably what you have too.

    The heavier versions had 8-lug wheels and the urethane fender flares.
  9. jbone

    jbone Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    that would be exactly what I have!! Thanks for all the input guys!
  10. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I am agreeing with Derek on this one. I had a 93 2500 which was 6 lug. Don't use lugnut count method to decide it is a half ton on the year of your truck.

    DerekBroerse-how about checking out my liquid setup questions in the ice section? Aren't you a build your own liquid setup man? Thanks
  11. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 662

    How do you know it wasn't a 1/2 ton? Every 3/4 ton I have ever seen has had 8 lugs. The Heavy Half they made a while back had 6, but it was still considered a 1/2 ton.
  12. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    My '88 is a 2wd 2500... 6 lug.... half tonners were 5.

    Sorry, hickslawns, I don't run liquid, so I'm no help there.
  13. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 662

    Yup 1/2 tonners were 5 lug in 2WD. I still thoight the 3/4 tonners were 8 lug, like they are now, regardless. Can't say for sure as I've always been a 4WD guy.
  14. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    The best way to tell is the GVWR...

    Further more you state it is a 2500 for that typically means it is 3/4 ton. In 94 there were no 2500HD's, but there were two variation on the 2500.. There was a lighter duty version which typically had a lighter duty transmission and taller rear gears if I remember correctly. My father had a 2wd 2500 that was the light duty one.. that truck ate through 5 transmissions before we traded it in.
  15. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    So am I, but I'm not complaining, the truck was a freebie.... :D

    In the glovebox is a label that states the cargo weight capacity is 2430lbs. No sign of the label for the GVWR as the truck had been painted. To me, if you subtracted three adults weight from that (say, 3x 200lbs each) it would leave you with 1830 cargo capacity, comfortably over 3/4 of a ton...

    This truck was used for many years towing farm tractors and skid steers daily... the same one I reported before having somewhere around 750000 kms... slightly used and abused.
  16. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    A 3/4 ton has a GVWR of 8600lb, trucks weigh in about 5000-5100lb without people or fuel. You should be able to load in a solid 3000lb in the bed of a 3/4 regular cab without exceeding the GVWR. I've done this in both my brothers 97 GMC 3/4 and my older 85 GMC 3/4, both longbed 4x4 regular cabs.

    My 2000 3/4 has a GVWR of 8600 and with just me and a full tank of fuel it tipped the sales at about 5700lb (extended cab 4x4 with short bed). I was able to load in 1.25 tons of stone and was still about 300lb below the GVWR.

    A payload listing of 2430 is a safe number for a 3/4 so the owner doesn't overload it every time. Since the mfr doesn't know how much you or your passengers weigh...this is why they use GVWR though.
  17. calhoun

    calhoun Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Actually, in the year that the original poster was talking about (94), the 2500 had a GVW of 7200. The 2500 with the C6P option had the 8600 GVW. You can tell them apart because the C6P had a wider front end with fender flares and 8 lug wheels.
  18. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    just counted the studs on our 93' 2500 4x4 there are 6 of them.
  19. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    in the 90s there was a lighter duty 2500 with 6 lugs, regular 3/4 with 8. Dont know what the difference is between the 1500 and the light 2500, but it can't be much. They are phasing out the 2500 for lack of interest, but not actually replaced with the 1500hd. The 1500hd is only available as a crewcab, does not have the same frame as a 2500hd, only has the upgrade (questionable IMO) from the 5.3 to the 6.0, as well as 8 lugs and better brakes. 2500hd was actually the SRW 1 ton for a while, but now they have again started making single wheel 1 tons, only with longbeds though. For a few years 3500 meant DRW, but not anymore. It's getting hard to keep track of, but I will say this: at least it's a Chevy; take whatever it is and work it's guts out, it'll give you all it's got and ask for more. I'd rather work out of an old worn out half-ton Chevy than a brand new super duty Ford. Heck, I'd rather have an itchy, burning rash than drive a Ford!
  20. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921