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What are the major differences between a 1500 and 2500?

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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!:smileup: 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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One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the heavier duty cooling systems (engine coolant, engine oil, transmission).

This is all assuming you are talking NEW. The sheet metal and interior differences apply to the 4th gen truck, but not the older trucks. The only exception to that being in 2002, when the 3rd gens came out only the 1500s upgraded, the 2500 and 3500 were still 2nd gens and upgraded to 3rd gen in 2003. Also, the base motor in the 3rd and 4th gen 2500 and 3500 is the Hemi - none of the smaller motors that are available in the 1500 are available in the HDs.
 
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