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Dodge Ram 2500 and 2500HD

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by MoreSnowInCanad, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. MoreSnowInCanad

    MoreSnowInCanad Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    Is there a differance betweent the 2? If so what is it?
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I am pretty sure the difference is just the model year. But I have been wrong once before.
  3. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    I have the 2500HD. I think it has a heavier suspension. Also if it has a 5.7 , the HD might not have the MDS/(I think thats the right term for the fuel shutdown of fuel to the cylinders)
  4. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Its just a name change. They came out with 1500's in the new Body in 2002 And still sold old Body 2500/3500's in 2002. But when they released the new 2500/3500 late 2002 (titles 2003) they slapped heavy Duty on the Bumper

    RODHALL Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    the differance is just spring rating and payload rating.
    Trucks that got the trailer tow could be HD trucks that got plow prep could be HD trucks that got both could be HD. All the CTD were HD.

    RODHALL Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    ASD Auto Shut Down... it shuts down the fuel pump, injectors, PCM, removes spark, and in later models disconects the Batt and puts the trans in limp mode....
    All trucks built from mid 90's to present got ASD

    it is a NTSB requirment... Just like seat belts being installed in a car/truck
  7. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    cylinder shutdown is only available on 1500's
  8. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    I didnt think it was just a name change. And on my HD I wouldnt want cylinder shutdown as I either am plowing or hauling with it. There are no recreation miles on it. Mines got what Dodge call the"SnowChief" Package
  9. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    My 2003 doesn't say heavy duty anywhere on it...
  10. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Mine is a 2001, dosen't say HD on the truck but says 2500HD on the window sticker. Has overload springs but those were optional.
  11. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    Go to pickuptruck.com

    Your answer will be found there.
  12. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    actually, Chrysler calls it MDS Multi Displacement System.
  13. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Why any light truck manufacturer call their product HEAVY DUTY is beyond me. Heavy Duty trucks are the big long haulers , mine trucks, garbage etc. I remember looking at a repair manual for my truck and it was titled light duty. So I guess we got light duty heavy duty trucks.2010 trucks are going to here soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    in the 2nd gen modles 94-2002 they made a 2500 and a 2500HD the hd had bigger brake rotors, beefier front and a few other things. i know this because the guy who owned my truck before me didnt put the hd brakes on it, and when i had to have em redone all the parts were diffrent after looking up my vin.