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rjstractor

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Posted: 12/12/20 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the OP might have been contemplating a switch to DRW or 19.5s, not both.

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rjstractor wrote:

I think the OP might have been contemplating a switch to DRW or 19.5s, not both.

That is correct sorry for the confusion...

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Generally a conversion is not the most outright economical choice.
It certainly is not with your lack of mechanical knowledge.
19.5s are easy.
But there’s more to consider, as in what payload you’ll be carrying, mostly.
All that aside, any “deal” on a good 3500 anything (save for 6.0/6.4 Powerstroke) is worth buying. If for no more than making a buck on. Truck prices are high right now.


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jerryleejr wrote:

C Schomer wrote:

That sounds fun but I would check the axle weight capacity to be sure it’s worth continuing. Craig

The conversion would include the upgraded axle....

JJ


Aside from width there is generally no “upgrade” between srw and drw rear axles.

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bucky wrote:

Don't forget the front spacers, new front wheels, and a bed. Might be cheaper to keep looking for a real dually.


Front end doesn’t need to change. I originally swapped my front end over to dually rotors and wheels, but the 235 tires were too skinny for my liking for some of the places I go. I switched to 265 tires but they’re a little too wide for 6.5” dually wheels, and I didn’t like the sidewall flex while cornering hard. So ended up going back to SRW rotors so I could run 8” wheels. Hard cornering was much better after that. I carry an adapter to use the dually spare up front.

The rear fenders probably will cost more than axle swap or adapter kit, but dually beds are easier to find used because so many duallies get flat-bed conversions. And there’s options for bolt-on fenders too.


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carringb wrote:

bucky wrote:

Don't forget the front spacers, new front wheels, and a bed. Might be cheaper to keep looking for a real dually.


Front end doesn’t need to change. I originally swapped my front end over to dually rotors and wheels, but the 235 tires were too skinny for my liking for some of the places I go. I switched to 265 tires but they’re a little too wide for 6.5” dually wheels, and I didn’t like the sidewall flex while cornering hard. So ended up going back to SRW rotors so I could run 8” wheels. Hard cornering was much better after that. I carry an adapter to use the dually spare up front.

The rear fenders probably will cost more than axle swap or adapter kit, but dually beds are easier to find used because so many duallies get flat-bed conversions. And there’s options for bolt-on fenders too.

It’s a chassis cab truck...

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rjstractor wrote:

I think the OP might have been contemplating a switch to DRW or 19.5s, not both.


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