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Changing GVW on a 3500....

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by pumpman26, May 4, 2005.

  1. pumpman26

    pumpman26 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I am deciding on a new truck for my business and am not a huge fan of the new 6.0 that ford has put out, however I need a truck with about 14,000 GVW and I didn't know if it was possible to buy a new GMC or Chevy 3500 and make modifications to make it a higher GVW. I know Chevy makes a larger truck, but I need the smaller chassis for what I am planning on doing with it. Has anybody done this before????
     
  2. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    Possible - probably
    Practical - not really
    Warranty - :nono:

    Why are you against going up to the 4500? You get the same engine/trans options as the 3500. The frame height is comparable and the wheelbase is shorter if anything (for the same CA dimension). You get heavier axles and might even get a tighter turning radius. The only things "bigger" are the things you already want bigger anyway.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    You forgot one thing, wfd. Legally. Your truck will always be rated a 3500 by the sticker on the door. No matter what anybody does to a truck to beef it up, it will always be limited to the manufacturer's GVWR.
     
  4. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    You could do things to make any truck handle a load but YOU CANT CHANGE WHAT IT IS SPECED FOR!

    Go check out a 4500 and a 5500. They use a duramax allison combo just like the 3500 but with some different programing.
     
  5. pumpman26

    pumpman26 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Can't use the 4500..

    I can't use the 4500 because I am putting a crane on the truck which goes over the cab and with the 4500 the cab height is much higher....Thats my dillema...
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    I guess your SOL, then. Or you can do like a lot of contractors and run it illegally until you get caught. Of course, you'd be in for some big fines or a nice lawsuit or both if you get in a wreck and injure\kill someone.
     
  7. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Any way you could go longer wheel base or something and not have it go over the cab? You are pretty well screwed. Is a ford 650 too big fisicly? I duno how the compare but you can get a CAT in them I believe.

    What about getting a 5500 and slamming it? putting some cool man dubs on it. That would be sweet yo :D