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APT

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Posted: 04/05/21 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All 3/4 ton Suburbans (and Yukon XLs) 2008-2013 have 3.73 axle ratios. That helps make up some power difference from the 6.2L with 3.42 axles, but the 3/4 tons are also heavier.

For your targeted weight, either should be fine. Since you are not using a WDH, you may want to budget some some for of rear suspension aid such as Timbrens or Air Bags.

* This post was edited 04/06/21 05:52am by APT *


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Posted: 04/05/21 08:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Burb 2500 all the way towing 6000lbs. They could be ordered w 3.73 or 4.10. It's worth the extra $$ to have the heavier running gear.

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Posted: 04/07/21 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow my travel trailer with a 2000 Suburban, 5.3, Sumo SuperSprings. It's 5800 dry. I figure, without water, I'm still plenty over 6,000 Lbs. Yeah, it's slow going and I drive it easy. I have looked at 2500 series Suburbans, Avalanches, etc.. With the 8.0 they are a little cheaper but, I don't want that engine. The 6.0 versions can be quite expensive, considering year and mileage. I keep kicking myself because I saw a 1996, 2500-454 V-8, 4x4, low miles on a lot a couple of years ago reasonably cheap. And it was as shiny as a new penny. I passed on it. That 454 is a hoss and would have been a great vehicle for towing. Not much of a daily driver mind you.. I keep passively looking. And I haven't ruled out a 3/4 ton Chevy or GMC van with the 6.0.

BTW, the chassis does fine. No complaints with the WDH. And, if you could ride around at 3200+ RPMs the power would be fine..

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Posted: 04/07/21 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

falconbrother,

Here is my 1996 GMT400, K3500, 7.4L, 4.11, Suburban's picture. Tongue-on-cheek K3500 because ordered it with the F60 option. Which is snow plow prep package, which gets the 1 ton front suspension torsion bars and since the rear end is the same as the 1 ton dully of that year... [emoticon]


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Sold the boat and only occasional borrow a TT to camp with

Itching to 'have' to rebuild the engine and then an of course the tranny & rest of the drive train. Plus 4.88 or 5.xx front and rear diffs with a GearVendors 0.75 over drive to give an 8 speed setup.

If the OP doesn't mind an older Suburban, there are a few out there that were still truck like.

GMT400 has a few things that need to be addressed and improved. Mainly the brakes, but after converting mine to the same rear dually brakes...nose bleed braking. Even touchy, which is okay with me


-Ben Picture of my rig
1996 GMC SLT Suburban 3/4 ton K3500/7.4L/4:1/+150Kmiles orig owner...
1980 Chevy Silverado C10/long bed/"BUILT" 5.7L/3:73/1 ton helper springs/+329Kmiles, bought it from dad...
1998 Mazda B2500 (1/2 ton) pickup, 2nd owner...
Praise Dyno Brake equiped and all have "nose bleed" braking!
Previous trucks/offroaders: 40's Jeep restored in mid 60's / 69 DuneBuggy (approx +1K lb: VW pan/200hpCorvair: eng, cam, dual carb'w velocity stacks'n 18" runners, 4spd transaxle) made myself from ground up / 1970 Toyota FJ40 / 1973 K5 Blazer (2dr Tahoe, 1 ton axles front/rear, +255K miles when sold it)...
Sold the boat (looking for another): Trophy with twin 150's...
51 cylinders in household, what's yours?...

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GMT400s are still best of the breed on several accounts, IMO. Anything older will require this n that for repairs. Since "there's no demand" for HD suvs as some claim, you'd think they'd be paying you to take them gas hogs, but around here, a Burb like BenK's with low 100s for miles is a $10k rig.
IMO, the GMT 400s generally didn't have any fatal flaws (if you don't get into the 6.5 diesels...) and relatively easy to improve certain aspects, like the dually rear wheel cylinders. I did that cheap mod years ago, it was great.
Only thing better is if you could get a GMT 400 big block K2500 burb with the NV4500 that you could get in the pickups!


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