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Old 01-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #11
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I'm referring to pre '10. And am absolutely certain. What's even spookier is finding a difference between a 1500 Mega Cab and a 2500 with a hemi.

the 1500 m/c ram was built on a 2500 chassis. I have no Idea why they didnt just meet it half way and call it a 2000.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #12
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the 1500 m/c ram was built on a 2500 chassis. I have no Idea why they didn't just meet it half way and call it a 2000.

OK, I have to ask.
Where did this bit of insider information come from?

If the 1500 M/C has the same chassis and suspension as the 2500, WHY would they sell it for 1500 prices? This does not ring true, though I do not doubt your sincerity at all.

Was this a bit of salesmanship to move a 1500 on the lot or do you know from contact with the factory or a Chrysler-Dodge Truck web site that this is so.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #13
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I can't confirm that but the next time you see a 1500 m/c take a look. To the naked eye they're identical. 11.5" 8 lug full floating rear axle and all, same brakes, may have a lighter suspension but doesn't look like it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #14
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OK, I have to ask.
Where did this bit of insider information come from?

If the 1500 M/C has the same chassis and suspension as the 2500, WHY would they sell it for 1500 prices? This does not ring true, though I do not doubt your sincerity at all.

Was this a bit of salesmanship to move a 1500 on the lot or do you know from contact with the factory or a Chrysler-Dodge Truck web site that this is so.
How many 1500's have 8 lugs? Take a look at a M/C and you would think you was looklng @ a 2500
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:12 PM   #15
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I really am not trying to be confrontational; I really would like to know for sure. I mean the Hummer looks like it could haul a Saturn 5 around and yet it has crap for towing capacity.

My Mark 1 eyeball can't tell from looking; the thickness of the metal or what alloy they used to make the parts. They may look the same but are they? Is a "helper" spring actually an overload spring or is it part of the functional stack that gives it the rating required?

I am not an structural or mechanical engineer and I don't design trucks for a living. SOMEBODY is and does; and they most likely work for Dodge.

Looks can be deceiving is all I am saying. I would like to see an email or something from Dodge saying there is no structural difference between their 1500 M/C and their 2500; just cosmetic. Somehow I don't think that will be forthcoming.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #16
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I work for Dodge. the specs are the same as 2500 . As to why they branded it a 1500 was marketing. It puts it in the lower class allowing chrysler to say " it tows and hauls more then ford and Chevy" but it was only the hemi mega cabs that wore the 1500 badging. the cummins of coarse were all 2500/3500.
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Sorry I forgot to mention it was also to support the weight of the body.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #18
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Well there you go...
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Chevy also made a 1500HD that was a 3/4 6.0 gasser with half ton badges. Eight lug wheels and all.
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Chevy also made a 1500HD that was a 3/4 6.0 gasser with half ton badges. Eight lug wheels and all.

This is true, I have one. I recently replaced all 4 brake rotors and brake pads. I work for an auto parts store and looked up all the parts (as a 2002 Chevy 1500HD 4X4 Crew Cab), purchased them and set to work. Front went together without a problem. Rears however, just weren't going to fit. So, back I went and re-looked everything up (thinking I had screwed up) but nope, computerized catalogue was wrong. I had to look up 2500 pads to get the ones that matched what I took off.

So, it appears that the GM 1500HD's were actually 2500's (right down to the 8 lug hubs and axles, 13 inch rotors and huge brake pads with dual piston calipers front AND rear) with half ton badging. Oh, and it also has a "hydroboost" power brake system. I think the only difference is in the spring rates. Even though I have "looked" at 2500 springs, they "look" the same as my 1500HD. If mine are a little "thinner" or "narrower" then that may be the difference.

The truck "handles" the load superbly, just wish I had more motor at times.
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