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#1 See Ya

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 05:38 PM

I'm seeking the truth of the capabilites and differences of the 1500HD VS 2500HD.

This is what I have gathered (correct me if I'm wrong)

The frame on the 1500HD is 10" in height but drops to 8" after cab.
The 1500HD's brakes are a little smaller then the 2500HD's.
The suspension is not as beefy as the 2500HD. It has 4 leaf springs plus a helper spring?
It doesn't have the same rear as the 2500HD. The 2500HD uses a 10 floater, vs the 9 and no floater on the 1500HD.
The 1500HD is about 1-2" smaller in height vs 2500HD.
The 1500HD & 2500HD both have 6.0, but 1500HD gets 1 mpg better in fuel consumption?

Did I miss anything?

Also I talk to this person online at another forum and he is always comparing older HD trucks like late 80's and older saying they were built alot better and can handle heavier loads and such. What do you seasoned people think? Also goes on about how GM uses cheaper materials to build trucks these days, meaning from 90's all the way up to present day.
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:26 AM

There isn't much difference. No full floater, I think the 1500hd wasn't available in all cab styles, but I do believe the brakes are the same size. Also only the 6.0. I don't know of any other differences myself.Mark.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 04:24 AM

There isn't much difference. No full floater, I think the 1500hd wasn't available in all cab styles, but I do believe the brakes are the same size. Also only the 6.0. I don't know of any other differences myself.Mark.


You are right the 1500HD was only available in the crewcab shortbed configurationn.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:32 AM

And the 2500HD can be had with the Duramax/Allison option, which makes all the difference.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:47 PM

The 1500HD was the old 2500 (non HD) replacment. At one time GM offered a 8600 lb 3/4 ton and a 9000 lb 1 ton single rear wheel truck. They came out with the 2500HD at 9200 lb and a 2500 at 8600 lb. The changed the 2500 to a 1500HD (I think it was so they could claim the highest towing capacity in the 1/2 ton market). When they brought out the 2500HD they dropped the 9000 lb 3500 single rear wheel truck.

The 1500HD was only available with a 6.0L but you could get 3.73 or 4.10 rears (the 2500HD was only offered with 4.10 ratio unless you got the 8.1 or the 6.6). The 2500HD was offered with the 6.0, the 8.1 or the 6.6 engines.

The 1500HD has a 4500 lb front axle and 4500 lb front suspension vrs the 4800 front axle and 4500 front suspension in the 2500HD.

The 1500HD has a 6000 lb rear axle and rear suspension vrs the 6900 rear axle and 6084 rear suspension on the 2500HD.

The 1500HD was only offered in a crew cab with a 6.5' box vrs a full line offering for the 2500HD.

The max payload of the 1500HD was 3129 lbs. vrs 3606 for a comparable 2500HD.

This info was found in the 2006 Chevrolet Truck Order Guide.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 05:29 PM

The 1500HD was the old 2500 (non HD) replacment. At one time GM offered a 8600 lb 3/4 ton and a 9000 lb 1 ton single rear wheel truck. They came out with the 2500HD at 9200 lb and a 2500 at 8600 lb. The changed the 2500 to a 1500HD (I think it was so they could claim the highest towing capacity in the 1/2 ton market). When they brought out the 2500HD they dropped the 9000 lb 3500 single rear wheel truck.

The 1500HD was only available with a 6.0L but you could get 3.73 or 4.10 rears (the 2500HD was only offered with 4.10 ratio unless you got the 8.1 or the 6.6). The 2500HD was offered with the 6.0, the 8.1 or the 6.6 engines.

The 1500HD has a 4500 lb front axle and 4500 lb front suspension vrs the 4800 front axle and 4500 front suspension in the 2500HD.

The 1500HD has a 6000 lb rear axle and rear suspension vrs the 6900 rear axle and 6084 rear suspension on the 2500HD.

The 1500HD was only offered in a crew cab with a 6.5' box vrs a full line offering for the 2500HD.

The max payload of the 1500HD was 3129 lbs. vrs 3606 for a comparable 2500HD.

This info was found in the 2006 Chevrolet Truck Order Guide.

Gary


So now I am wondering, I read awhile ago regarding 03-07 era 2500's that the 2500 from that time was actually more like a Ford F350 in regards to a HD truck. So I guess then the 1500HD was more equal to an F250? Just going buy what the truck's payloads are, I know you can't really compare the older F250's to a 2500 as they lacked alot of goodies and especially HP.
I'm guessing GM when they made the 1500 HD in 03-04 time pushed Ford to redesign that ridiculous looking F150 before 04 era. They built a new F 150 from frame up.
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