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Old 12-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #41
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I know my model year was the same either way.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #42
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You gained bigger brakes, a stronger frame, motor and transmission in a truck designed for doing work. You can haul a smaller fiver with that truck. If you wanted a big fiver you should have been looking at a 3500 model with a diesel.

... and dual rear wheels.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #43
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Agreed there is no difference between the 2500 and 3500 trucks except and extra set of leaf springs in the rear. No difference in brakes, axles, shocks. Nothing expect that little sticker on the door. That's why you go to the dealer have him put on the rear springs and verify the new payload capacity, gcvwr, gvwr etc so that you have the record.

Major difference for a set of leaf springs.
Had a single rear wheel RAM 3500 parked next to my RAM 2500 at the campground earlier this fall. He had pulled in pulling a Montana. Since I was considering upgrading at the time, I was curious about the difference between the 2 suspensions. To my surprise, the 3500 had one LESS leaf than my 2500! However, upon closer inspection, it appears that although the 3500 had fewer leafs, they appeared thicker.

Now, you guys got me wondering which Dana rear is in my truck. Or, does the Cummins automatically get the bigger rear?
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:22 AM   #44
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The rear end assembly (pinion and ring gear) will be the same. The Dana axles were different back in the day. I'm pretty sure that now days the 3/4 and 1 tons run the same axles and assemblies. Just the suspension changes.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:40 AM   #45
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Gas Ram 2500's have the smaller 10.5 AAM rear axle the diesel 2500 shares the same 11.5 AAM axle as the 3500. Payload will be higher on a gas truck look on the pillar that seperates the front and rear doors of the drivers side there will be a sticker listing payload. This sticker I speak of is not the one on the door itself. As stated the difference between a diesel 2500 and diesel 3500 Ram (until the current redesign) is the rear leaf pack. Front end of the 2500 and 3500 gas or diesel are all the same . I changed the gears in the Gas Ram 2500 I had from the 3.73 to a 4.56 it pulled my 5th wheel without much trouble at all from a stop. I switched due to the wife looking to make some long trips (NY to FLA Ft.Wildnerness Campgrounds) and upstate NY.
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The rear end assembly (pinion and ring gear) will be the same. The Dana axles were different back in the day. I'm pretty sure that now days the 3/4 and 1 tons run the same axles and assemblies. Just the suspension changes.
Went with air bags just in case. Hooked up to the new 5'er (2450 pin weight dry (advertised)) and found that the truck settled pretty much level with only 12 lbs of air in the bags.
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #47
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Went with air bags just in case. Hooked up to the new 5'er (2450 pin weight dry (advertised)) and found that the truck settled pretty much level with only 12 lbs of air in the bags.

Awesome. Glad everything worked out for ya.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #48
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To the OP: if you're serious about swapping gears in your truck, check out County Chrysler in Hamburg, PA--you're in MD, its a bit of a drive but not too terrible, and the parts manager (Brian) and the techs there are very "4X4, axle swap, gear change, lift system" saavy. My truck had the rears swapped to 4.10s by them (by the previous owner, who is a friend of mine,) and CC did an awesome job. Truck tows very well, fuel mileage took a hit because of the lower gears but that's not why I drive this truck--I drive it to tow stuff.

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Call the parts number and ask for Brian Moyer.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:10 PM   #49
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To the OP: if you're serious about swapping gears in your truck, check out County Chrysler in Hamburg, PA--you're in MD, its a bit of a drive but not too terrible, and the parts manager (Brian) and the techs there are very "4X4, axle swap, gear change, lift system" saavy. My truck had the rears swapped to 4.10s by them (by the previous owner, who is a friend of mine,) and CC did an awesome job. Truck tows very well, fuel mileage took a hit because of the lower gears but that's not why I drive this truck--I drive it to tow stuff.

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I'm actually in Massachusetts but thanks for the advice. My Tundra had 4.10's but only had the 4.7 motor and really struggled on hills and I needed more payload and power so I upgraded to the 2500
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