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Old 02-20-2012, 04:54 PM
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So, I have been looking at some Rams that I would like to buy. A big question that stumps me on buying one is; what are the differences between a 2500 and a 1500? The reason why I ask this is because I like the 2500 is because it looks like a tank! Most 3/4 ton trucks do.( I assume this is only because of a beefier suspension) Where as you have a 1500 looks more like a regular truck. No offense! Is it just because it sits higher, this makes the front look bigger as well? Hell, I even like the wheels most 2500's come with over the 1500.

Is a simple solution to my crossroad simply lifting a 1500 approximately 6 inches to give it that 3/4 ton appearance and swapping wheels? Or is there more to a 2500 that I am unaware of?
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:03 PM
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I'm kind of interested as well, just for curiosity's sake.
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Mostly it is the type of springs, leaf instead of coil
to me coil springs are for cars & a car like ride
Leaf springs are for hauling & towing, which the 2500 does well

Another other thing is the transmission, the 2500 model has a heavier duty transmission

The 3rd thing is the 1500 models have MDS, ( the engine can cut out 4 cylinders, & supposedly get better fuel mileage )
The 2500s don't have that function, they always use all 8 cylinders
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Don't forget bigger axles and brakes.
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Is there any physical differences between the two?
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The 2500 front bumper is different than the 1500
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Is there any physical differences between the two?
The entire front clip is different!
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The driver of the 2500 is tougher

As far as the cosmetics go it's the front grille and bumper, stance and badging. Other than that they look identical to my eyes.

Underneath though it's rear leaf springs, heavier axles front and back, different tranny, no MDS and heavier suspension pieces. Plus some options and cab/bed configurations you can't get on the 1500.

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Just about everything about the truck is different. The suspension, steering, the entire drive train, solid axles, brakes, the frame, rims/tires, towing capacity, the way it rides, way it drives. The only thing that isn't different is the interior. Its a heavy duty truck.
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2500 is more of a work truck, if mpg is a concern, you will want the 1500.
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