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diffrence from a 2500hd to a 3500hd silverado

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by THEGOLDPRO, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    just woindering as were looking to buy a 2004 3500hd single cab 8 foot bed, reg pickup not a dually, we were wondering what the actualy diffrences were from the 2500 to the 3500 such as gearing,axles ext, i have no idea as im a dodge guy mostly. thanks in advance.
     
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Which engine are you looking at getting with this truck GOLDPRO? 6.0, 8.1 or a Duramax? The engine combination make's more of a difference on which trans and rear you'll have available rather than the difference's between the 2500HD and a 3500. In fact there isn't that much that's different between the 2500HD and a 3500 other than the rated towing capacity and the GVWR, which isn't a great deal more on the 3500.
     
  3. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    its a 6.0 work truck no options really on this truck.
     
  4. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    in 04 chevy didnt make a 3500hd. 2500, 2500hd, 3500, 4500 and so on...

    basically an 04 2500hd is a 2500 with a 3500 rearend springs and the suck. the 3500 would simply have a heaver front end.
     
  5. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    what do you mena heavier front end????? i suppose its just a 3500 not an hd i have no idea really, but anyoner diffrences??? i know nothing aboiut chevys
     
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yes, it would be a 3500 not a 3500HD. Ok, since your looking at a 6.0 truck then the only difference between them will be the GVWR and the GCWR. All the 6.0 single rear wheel truck's have the 4L80E auto tranny and the 10.5 AAM rear diff and most had 4:10's. The front diff and suspension are identical other than maybe the torsion bars. But, some 2500HD's and 3500 use the same bar's too. It just depend's on the option package.
     
  7. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    cool thanks man.
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    also how do these trucks hold up to plowin?? any known tranny issues or anything??
     
  9. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    I havent had a problems yet.
     
  10. kuryssnow5

    kuryssnow5 Member
    Messages: 39

    the difference is really only the payload it can carry.
    2500hd=3/4 ton in bed
    3500= 1 ton in bed
    but other than that the front end will be different if you get the diesel and towing by a few pounds but if you want to know all the differences go to a dealer and get the truck catalog on look online

    the trucks push great other than the independent front end they are a great plow truck, and driving with the plow on is great to. trans. are good too.
    hey if your looking for a truck you should think of buying mine its for sale
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2007
  11. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    tranny issues really depend on maintence and who is driving how much they care about the truck. i have seen some 4l80-E trannys only last 30K where i have seen others with 250K on the original tranny.
     
  12. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    They don't have anymore common issues than any other truck brand. The 4L80E is a great tranny and with a good cooler will take plenty of punishment. Occasionally they like to eat a set of rear rotors and once in a while an idler or pitman arm, but nothing major. The 6.0's are a super reliable engine with decent power and the 10.5 and 11.5 rear end's are as tough as they come in a pickup.
     
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    GOLDPRO, just to give you an idea how little the difference in weight capacity is between a 2500HD and a 3500 here's some specs with the 6.0 and 4:10 gear...The 2500HD and the 3500 both have the same max trailer weight rating of 10,100lbs. They also both have the exact same gross combined weight rating of 16,000lbs. The only real difference is in the actual gross vehicle weight rating. The HD's are rated at 9200lbs and the 3500 is 9900. Not much difference at all...
     
  14. jhook

    jhook Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Great trucks, I have run the 2500 HD ext cabs since I got my first one in 01. Have had a 01,04,05, and just picked up a new 07 and a used 06 D/A

    Never had any tranny trouble and we run them pretty hard.

    Crank the torision bars 3 or 4 turns and put Timbrens in the front. I carry Blizzard 810 plows on the front of these trucks. Never had any engine troubles with the 6.0 either.
     
  15. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    great to hear, thanks man!!