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Old 10-31-2019, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Medium Duty 2019 Truck Bed Swap

Hello folks! New to the page. I wanted to share a little project I am working on. I will have a new Medium duty 4500 4x4 LT crew cab with a 3500 long bed Dually bed by the end of the year! Looking for ideas on how to work the body lines to make it look as factory as possible, also what could we do to improve ride quality in cab sense we will not be working with air ride from the factory as the 4x4 do not offer air. Thanks!

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Old 10-31-2019, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks man! We are very excited to get the process down and have a few units available next year for the general public!
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am working on a solution to this bed "problem" currently. I am also trying to find solutions for some of the other issues that you may have for these new medium duty trucks. You can try to pm me your number or I can give you some other contact info for insta or fb.

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Old 11-03-2019, 11:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think its a cool idea but what for? They have a terrible tow rating, the 2020 Silverado has a nicer cab and higher tow rating. The new MD just doesn't have the big truck factor like the Kodiak did in the 2000s
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Need someone with Photoshop to take the new Hood and put it on the old Body. So we can see what they should of done.If Im correct the old Savana Van body is still in production with the new Hood New Interior and L5p in it. So the new trucks dont have air ride seats? Thats gotta be brutal.
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Savanna vans only diesel option now is 2.8L. That isn't near enough motor for something that large and especially if it is heavily loaded. I found out 16 was the last year for the 6.6 in the vans and flew across the country to get the last extended cargo I could find at the end of 16
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I think its a cool idea but what for? They have a terrible tow rating, the 2020 Silverado has a nicer cab and higher tow rating. The new MD just doesn't have the big truck factor like the Kodiak did in the 2000s
To be honest with you the best reason for us doing it is why not? We just wanted to do something fun that hadn't been done yet. I have been getting a lot of buzz from people asking as well on the retail side. Alot of interest in the Midwest/Down-south. Granted the towing capacity isn't what it once was, but people will always love a big *** truck that gives the ability to look over at a semi and be eye level with. This truck also isn't to shabby on towing, 24,000lbs on this particular unit, and its a 4500, 4x4, crewcab. Granted a new 3500 reg cab dually will tow 35,000lbs but again it does not have the same commanding drive as the MD has on the road. If we bumped up to the 5500 2x4 with the correct transmission selection and the heavier duty rear end it will tow 27,500 with a payload of over 10,000lbs. Its more for the fun of the build rather than a rational decision I guess to answer your question!
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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R1.....I think you think they took the savana van chopped the front off and added a hood. The cab was used. This has nothing to do with the duramax van they had..
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As far as I know the only thing that is labeled savanna still has the short van hood and not a full cab and hood. Sounds like what is described is a full cab and chassis which uses a pickup truck cab and full hood and is typically just called cab and chassis

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