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#61 OFFLINE   dubob


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Posted 11 May 2013 - 05:11 AM

Dubob, impossible to read your posts.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:47 PM

Gentleman!  Just do this. And I think you will have your answer


Find the truck that is the same year as yours. And the same rear end (3.73, 4:10 or whatever)


 For example if you have a  2010 GMC 2500, find a 2010 GMC 3500 SRW for sale.


Then get the GVWR & GAWR numbers from that truck along with the VIN Number.


Now go to or call the local dealer (I found better service when I sat in front of the fellow).


Take the VIN number from your truck & the VIN number from the other truck (3500) with the add'l payload capacities.


Now you can start to compare parts from both trucks because you have the VIN numbers from both truck


So far ya with me?


Now using VIN numbers from both trucks..


Compare, axles, tires, brakes, suspension, shocks, frame, engine, trany etc.... tear it down part by part


What you will find is that the ONLY difference is the leaf springs. THAT'S IT!


Every other part is the SAME.


The other thing that you will find is that the payload increases on the 3500 by about 2000 lbs of payload. 


Again, on the 3500 you get an add'l 2000 lbs of payload. But the ONLY difference is the springs.


Here is the best part. On the 3500. The tires are under rated to handle the weight that the payload allows.



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