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2011 2500hd 4400 fgvwr

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by djagusch, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,107

    Looking at a 2011 2500hd ext cab short 6.0 gas. It has 4400lb front. Its got 100k miles on it so warranty is a non issue. Its priced right and thinking of buying it.

    All the plow mfg's plow fittment guides says no v plows. To get it rated higher is it just the correct torsion bars needing to be installed?

    Truck has a 160 amp alt, and tranny cooler. Was planning on a dual battery setup just like all of my gas trucks.

    Anything I'm missing?
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    The problem you're having is the ext. cab. They consider you having it full of people. If you put in 4400lb front axle and reg cab you can have a 8'6" Western MVP Plus(it's the only one I checked).

    I have 2, 2007 and an 09 all with 4800lbs axle's but duramax. The 2 07's have Western MVP Plus 8'6" and Boss 9'2" VXT Poly and the 09 has an 810 Blizzard. They all have Timbrens in them and get grease regularly. Never had a front end problem. If it's not snowing the plows are off though.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,107

    The cab needs to add some weight also.
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    It'll hold an 8 1/2' vee no problem. Hook it up and go. I know guys with several of these trucks that run vee blades. Keep up with your maintainence and you'll be fine
  5. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    4400? Does it have plow prep? It will hold it, but this is coming from a guy with a 7'6'' Fisher HD on a 4 door tahoe...3600 fgawr and the worlds softest and most worn out torsion bars.
  6. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 889

    Plow prep on a 2011 and newer ext. cab gas is 5200lbs FGAWR. I'd think that if you put bars in for a truck with plow prep you could do it. If not, keep searching for a truck with plow prep.
  7. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    As I said, 4400 seems way too light. Thats almost half ton range.
  8. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    My 2012 CCSB has a 5200lb axle and I have the duramax. He will be fine with the gas engine. My 3 other duramax only have the 4800lb axle.

    A friend of mine ran a 8'6" poly Arctic on his 99 4 door Tahoe for 9 years with minimal work done to the front end.
  9. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    I've ran a 7'6'' HD Fisher on a 99 4 door for about 9 years....never touched the front end.
  10. bandy23

    bandy23 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    1/2 3000 and 3600 lbs front end
  11. SMiller

    SMiller Member
    from IN
    Messages: 46

    All the '11+ GM HD trucks have the same front end, simply just different (heavier) torsion bars, simply crank the bars up and add Timbrens and carry any plow you want!
  12. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I learned this obvious lesson the hard way as well. My accountant figured I needed to buy a truck that other people wanted so I got the a 2010 HD with a crew cab. 4200lb front GAWR, my Ford f150 7700 xcab has a 4150lb front GAWR. I thought I was getting a truck when it said HD on it. I just assumed i was getting a truck that could handle more than my 7700, but it can not.

    Get into the regular cab and you can get into having them install it.
  13. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    In 2010 there was only one front axle rating on all 2500 and 3500s (4800) . You had your accountant pick your work truck ? Did you have your dentist pick out your plow ?
  14. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    Or - you can pick your friends - and you can pick your nose - but don't pick your friends nose ... or have your accountant pick your ... (anything)

    Thinking about getting a plow for ya bike ... (no sure of the front end rating ! )

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  15. joeyg999

    joeyg999 Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 79

    No studs on the rear tire WTF you may get stuck
  16. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    You don't even need to touch the front ends anymore
  17. DuramaxLML-42

    DuramaxLML-42 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    Id like to clear up the GM's having the same front ends. They are not the same. They are completely redone. Part numbers do not match. Only reason i know this is i do alot of aftermarket performance and all the lift kits and front end parts are new/beefier. Ive spoken with many guys telling me the samething in the diesel go fast world. Plus ive been under these trucks too many times to count. These newer trucks are built for plowing.

    Before, the GMs were never designed for plows. If you have a diesel 2011+ truck with the snow plow prep package it has a 6000lbs rated front end. Gassers with the package have 5200lbs and diesels without the package have 5200 aswell. The bars are different as you stated but with the new front end. 2011+ was the first year that GM had a Plow package for Waranty purposes. But they beefed up the trucks to avoid premature wear resulting in warranty work.
    One thing i still dislike about the GMs is that Western will not use a cross bar on their frame mounts... I know its not deemed 'necessary' but still... helps a guy sleep at night.

    I dont know why your truck has such a low rating. Last time i saw such a low rating was on a 98 k2500.
  18. SMiller

    SMiller Member
    from IN
    Messages: 46

    What part of my post did you not understand? '11+ HD was/is a all new chassis, the only difference between any/all '11+ GM HD trucks is torsion bars, that is the ONLY difference! So regardless of what packages and/or equipment is on truck or what front gvrw is on the truck everything is the same besides different torsion bars...
  19. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    You still don't get it do you. The front ends are the same. Exact same. Just different torsion bars