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What is the difference between 3/4 & 1 ton trucks?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by GMSNOW, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. GMSNOW

    GMSNOW Member
    Messages: 68

    I have always driven a 3/4 dodge ram. Just wondering if anyone knows the differences between the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks.

    One time a saleman told me the only difference was the 1 ton has heavier leaf springs in the back. But that is the only difference why is there a $3,000 price difference?

    Wondering if the front end suspension is also beefed up? Does the 1 ton truck have a heavier suspension to carry the weight of the diesel and a plow?

    Thx
    GMSNOW
     
  2. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    the customer gets gouged
     
  3. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    I am pretty sure the one ton has higher front and rear axle ratings, bigger axles and bigger brakes. The leaf springs are also a bit stiffer. The rear end might also be bigger. They also have a higher towing capacity. They also usually come with less options then the more popular 3/4 tons.
     
  4. BlueWing

    BlueWing Member
    Messages: 34

    I have never been able to justify the cost difference between a 3/4 ton and a 1 ton pickup.
    I just keep getting 3/4 ton and am a happy camper. I have yet to see where I could justify the added money for something that I might overload a couple times a year and not have any issues with 99.9% of the time.
    I think all your getting for the money is a higher rear axle rating and heavier front and rear springs. The brakes are the same on both trucks. The frame is the same on both. Lots of $$ for those items.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    The truth is, if we are talking about 1 tons with a srw, the only real difference is that the 1 ton comes with a rear overload leaf in the springs, so the truck starts sitting into the springs a little sooner under load.
     
  6. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    You also get a higher gvrw, not a huge deal until you get stopped by the dot.
     
  7. snoway63

    snoway63 Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    They do come with bigger brakes and heavier axels, plus suspension, and you do get all the same options as the 250 and then some
    I have a 05 f350 Lariat fully loaded and love the truck
     
  8. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    This is the correct answer. And the price difference is only about $400 from a 2500 to 3500 in the SRW. Yes its a 3k option on a drw. SRW 3500 are out there but a lil bit of a rare bird compared to the amount of the 2500's
     
  9. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Actually- it depends on what year(s) you're referring to. In most cases with Dodge, very little is different. 2nd gen the 3500 was a DRW only which was a Dana 80 versus the 2500 that had a Dana 70 (auto) or dana 80( 5spd). Extra leaf in the spring pack in the back (front springs are the same in 2500 diesels and all 3500s, 3500's got bigger rotors in the front and shoes in the back being drw, and a greater registered GVWR - unit bearings are the same, front axle was still a Dana 60, frame was the same I believe, trans was the same.
     
  10. GMSNOW

    GMSNOW Member
    Messages: 68

    I am always seem to be replacing front and rear u joints and front tie rods. Does anyone know if they are same on the new 2011 3/4 and 1 ton PU trucks?
     
  11. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Wow I have never done a set of tie rods. at 120k now. Did all my front U-joints just recently and rears need to replaced soon truc is vibrating.

    What size tires are you running? and do you have any lifts or leveling kits?
     
  12. BlueWing

    BlueWing Member
    Messages: 34

    Let me tell you I had to do tie rods on my new Dodge at 45,000 miles. Dealer would NOT cover it under warranty and it really ticked me off. Said it was normal wear and not covered.
     
  13. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I should clarify.... my post was about Dodges. I don't know about the other trucks.
     
  14. GMSNOW

    GMSNOW Member
    Messages: 68

    I am running the same size tires the truck came with from Dodge. I did put in a 1.5" lift in the front but I have had this same problem on my previous Dodge truck without any lift.
     
  15. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    I think most of us and me thought 3rd gen since he said salesman said the only difference was the overload spring. And thats the 3rd gen difference between 2500-3500 srw in the Dodges

    Also the 3500's now only come with a CTD no Hemis. think we really need to know the year he wants

    Just went online 3500 srw and 2500 are pretty damm close in price when set up with CTD. But 2500 is a 9600 gvwr and 3500 is 10100 gvwr. Now here is the major issue you have to becareful off. Check with your insurance company if you run pass plates. In Mass anything over 10k and the want a comercial policy on it. This could also hurt resale in some areas
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  16. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    The rear Axles are the same on newer Dodge trucks. All Diesels have the 11.5 Rear end. As far as I know the only difference between a 2500 and 3500 is the extra leaf spring and higher gvrw.

    If I remember hearing right Dodge had new U-joints in their 10-11 trucks. I know they were having problems with the wearing out prematurely. I had just about every front end part replaced on my 06 last summer with 45,000 miles on it. U joints, tie rods, track bars ect. I only work my truck in the winter and dont do a huge amount of plowing.
     
  17. Joneso8

    Joneso8 Member
    Messages: 30

    Do 2500 gassers and 2500 diesels share the same front coils? does anyone know the capacity of 2500 gasser coils on a 2010?