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Old 07-25-2013, 09:03 PM
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I was trading in a 2009 1500 Crew with 3.55 gears for a 2013 1500 Laramie 8 spd with 3.92. I tow from a boat to a small backhoe (about 7,500 to 10,000 #). In my quest for best pricing, I found out that I can get a similarly equipped 2500 diesel for about $3,500 more. I have never owned a 2500 let alone diesel. So my question is "was the change to a 2500 what you expected and was that good?

I test drove the 2500 and it was obviously only a short test drive but I would like some advise. I will most likely own it for 5+ years and average no more than 5,000 miles per year but when I use it I will be towing or hauling wood etc...

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Old 07-25-2013, 09:26 PM
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I just recently switched to the 2500 myself. I had a 2011 1500 4x4 that I leveled with Bilstein shocks all the way around and added tuff truck springs to the rear to help keep the back end up when towing.

I must say I was a little worried about the ride, mostly so I did not get complaints from my wife on trips but the ride was quite good on my first long trip pulling a trailer.

I added tuff truck springs on the front of the 2500 to level it out and also added the Bilstein 5100 shocks all the way around and the ride is still good and maybe a bit better than stock.

I do not have any diesel experience but I am really glad to have made the switch to the heavy duty.

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With your plans for the truck to be hauling that much weight quite often I would definitely recommend going with the 2500 Cummins. It will handle that load MUCH better in both power and handling.
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With your plans for the truck to be hauling that much weight quite often I would definitely recommend going with the 2500 Cummins. It will handle that load MUCH better in both power and handling.
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Well Bob, as much as I like the Cummins 850ftlbs of torque when properly equipped, you did say you would probably only put around 5000 miles on the diesel a year. With that said, the Hemi is more than enough motor to handle those loads in a 2500 frame. Especially when paired with the 66RFE trans and the 4.10 rear gear. And the only thing you'd have to worry about is a good fuel stabilizer and trickle charger for your Hemi battery when storing.
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Well Bob, as much as I like the Cummins 850ftlbs of torque when properly equipped, you did say you would probably only put around 5000 miles on the diesel a year. With that said, the Hemi is more than enough motor to handle those loads in a 2500 frame. Especially when paired with the 66RFE trans and the 4.10 rear gear. And the only thing you'd have to worry about is a good fuel stabilizer and trickle charger for your Hemi battery when storing.
I didn't even think of the 5.7 in an HD.
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the best thing about a diesel, is that it is a real work horse & it will last forever & then you can rebuild it several times over

a HEMI will get the job done, it won't last forever, but you can at least rebuild it once

with a diesel the rear end comes with at least a 3.73 ratio
witha HEMI, you have to get at least a 3.92 to be right, a 3.21 or 3.55 just won't do any real work on a regular basis
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gt, in the 2500, even with the hemi, gear ratio are 3 75, and 4,10.
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True but for the limited miles he will be doing the Hemi is the better choice, cost wise for the truck and fuel. If on the other hand he was putting 50k miles per year then the diesel would be the way to go. Just my opinion for what it is worth.
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