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Thinking of buying a 2015 HD

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by snowman4, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. snowman4

    snowman4 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    Couple questions for you lads that know more than the staff at the dealership.

    What truly is the difference between a 2500 and 3500? Is it simply one more leaf spring??

    Also, with the snow plow prep package you seem to get some skid plates. The dealership is saying I'm nuts to not get the Z71 package but I'm wondering if it's really at all necessary since I'm getting the snow plow prep package.

    What are your thoughts?

    Any other suggestions, recommendations?
  2. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    I'm somewhat certain the Z71 makes it harder to install a plow...so I'd advise against it. The one ton gets a higher GVW and, depending on the configuration, heavier front suspension and an extra spring.
  3. My '15 came with the Z71. If you get the plow prep you will get all the skid plates and the only additional item you get with the Z71 is the Rancho shocks. FYI, the shocks significantly stiffen an already stiff ride......
  4. kampfitt

    kampfitt Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Hi I work at the Flint Truck plant, we make a 3500 reg cab single wheel 8' box with a 11000 gvw!! gas engine work truck so you can run biggest blade and salter. Heavy front end, overloads on rear, you should see this thing it's a tank! if you order one you can come to plant and see it built!! I hope you buy one and tell everyone how much you like it!
  5. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Z71 has different fascia doesn't it?
  6. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Which is the reason I believe it complicates mount installation. I may be wrong however.
  7. snowman4

    snowman4 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    Regardless, seems Z71 is a pointless feature with snow plow prep option.
  8. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    A 3500 with a salter and plow is legal a 2500 is overwieght . Thats a big problem when pulled over by the PO PO . Other than that it is just an extra leaf in the rear.
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    No its not. Don't you get a cool sticker? Bahaha
  10. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Just buy a set from eBay.
  11. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    There's like a 800 pound payload difference between the two

    9500 vs 11000 on gvwr. But quite honestly id stick with 9500. 11000 is going to require a med card in some states as well as bring down what your trailer gvwr can be

    Not sure if you can get a reduced gvwr for 3500 like ford does for 350
  12. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 889


    -17" wheels standard, 18" and 20" optional.

    -Gas gets the 10.5" full float, Duramax gets the 11.5" full float.

    -9500-9900lbs GVWR depending on cab/engine config.


    -18" wheels, steel or aluminum, no other sizes available from the factory.

    -11.5" full float axle regardless of engine.

    -Extra load spring(s) and higher GVWR.

    Using a regular cab long box 4x4 as an example:

    Gas plow prep:

    2500 (GVWR 9500lbs)- 5200lbs FAWR, 100lbs permanent truck side hardware, 900lbs max plow weight.

    3500 (GVWR 10,000 or 10,700lbs)- 5600lbs FAWR, 100lbs permanent truck side hardware, 1000lbs max plow weight.

    Diesel plow prep:

    2500 (GVWR 9900lbs) and 3500 (GVWR 11,400lbs)- 6000lbs FAWR, 100lbs permanent truck side hardware,975lbs max plow weight.
  13. No more sticker!! It's chrome up on the front fenders with the 4X4 badge.
  14. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    That's worth the price right there
  15. gallihersnow

    gallihersnow Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Are you going gas or diesel? If you want a diesel, I'd wait a year. Rumor has it there is a new Duramax coming for the 2016 model year (avalible fall 2015). From the rumors I've heard (from some reputable people) It's going to be class leading in HP and TQ.
  16. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    how about some pics or video of the build of one .
  17. snowman4

    snowman4 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    Yes thinking Diesel. I hate being on the cutting edge of a new motor. I'd rather let the excited characters try it out first, let the bugs out of it then I will pick one up
  18. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    X2 Pics please!
  19. jdfireman

    jdfireman Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 38

    Z71 2015 2500hd and plow mounting is a head ache
  20. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    Hopefully this is specific to the Z71 Package. I have push plates in my basement waiting to go on. (Boss) Dealer told me it was a no drill, no cut install, other than trimming the lower spoiler.