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3/4 ton upgrade

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by SCSIndust, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. SCSIndust

    SCSIndust Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Hi all,

    Well,I've done searches on the website and haven't come up with the answer I'm looking for. This subject has been hit upon many times, but different years. So, If I buy a 3/4 ton (94-98) 4-door diesel truck, can I upgrade it to a 1 ton SRW just by replacing the rear springs? The other posts I found listed older trucks. I see a lot of 2500's out there for cheap, with the same features as a 3500, just a different weight rating.
  2. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    your right if you change out the rear you will have a 1 ton.My HD 3/4 has the same front end as the 1 ton
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Jamie. I am 99% sure that GM didnt make any 4 door 2500 trucks from 94-98.In 99 they added a 2500 crew short box,about the same time they released the new dody style 1500,and 2500. GM did make a crew cab 8ft box 4 door 3500 srw truck from 94-98 get one of those. Trying to make a 3500 out of a 2500 usually isnt worth the trouble,and the GVWR and legal payload doesnt go up,it still stays the same. If the truck had a diesel the 3/4 ton and 1 ton would have the same rear end 14 bolt 10.5 FF,anyway,but the 3500 should have 3.0-3.5" wide brakes,while the 2500 will have 2.5" wide. The front ends are the same on excab 2500's,they use 1.25" thick rotors,and have a 4250 GAWR.all crew cab 3500 use 1.5" thick rotors and have a 4500 GAWR. The rest of the front end components look similar.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2003