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Posted: 09/04/11 05:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 05' 1500HD and when I got it dealer said it had 4.10s but he was mistaken. In his defense he had two identical trucks one with 4.10 and one with 3.73.

I just noticed it a couple weeks ago and called and him and recalled our sale etc and felt bad. We have bought 3 vehicles from him before. So he said he would work with us and make it right. He doesn't have much in 2500 and up range. He has a 04' 2500HD LT extended cab with lower miles. I have a 05' 1500HD crew cab. Would this be a good swap? Not gaining much?

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If you like the truck you have and it pulls what you need to pull even with the "wrong" gears, I wouldn't worry about it. A 2500HD is definitely an upgrade form a 1500HD. Do you need the crew cab or will the extended cab do? It's really up to you.

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Depends on what you are using the truck for.
The biggest difference is the 1500HD has a Semi-Float Rear Axle and the 2500 has a Full-Float rear axle.
The mid 2000 modle years GM 1500HDs came standard with the 3.73 and the 4.10 was a special order, the 2500HD came standard with a 4.10.


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Posted: 09/04/11 08:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even though you are stepping back a year, I think it is a step up.


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Posted: 09/04/11 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 2500HD is definitely a step up in truck capacity over a 1500HD.

'05 to '04 model year is a non-issue, one year apart, big deal. [emoticon]

Crew cab to ext'd cab is only an issue if you are hauling adult size people in the back seat.

The fact that the dealer is willing to work with you and get you the right truck for your purpose and not hose you on the deal is awesome, unheard of. I would definitely take advantage of that!


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I am not a gearhead but I wonder if there is any mechanical differences between the two years since they have the same engine and transmission.?

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funkoptimus wrote:

I am not a gearhead but I wonder if there is any mechanical differences between the two years since they have the same engine and transmission.?
They are completely different trucks. There are lots of mechanical differences between them, simply because they are completely different trucks, regardless of the difference in year.

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I should have worded it differently. I assume the engine and transmission are the same. But did they have any changes between 04' and 05' engines and trans.

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Same engine same trans... Frames different, rear diff is different. the 1500 HD is the standard 2500 3/4 ton. Those 2 are the same truck, now the 200HD is different by the reasons I gave above. Your going from a standard 3/4 ton truck to a Heavy duty 3/4 ton truck. The 1500HD and 2500 non HD have the semi floater rear, while the 2500HD has the full floater. Your going back to a smaller cab, losing 12 inches plus in space in the rear. So its up to you, same engine and tranny, but different in other specs.


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1500HD has a semi-floating rear axle, and an 8600GVWR.

2500HD has a full-floating rear axle (reputedly much stronger) and a 9200lb GVWR.


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