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I'm thinking about upgrading from my F150 to a HD
Duramax/Allison...

Will GM (GMC/Chevy) be offering a 3500 series with SRW
for 2004? IF yes... the current 2500HD model which has
a GVWR of 9200lbs-- anyone know GVWR of the new
3500 SRW? The current GVWR for the 3500 DRW is 11400lbs.

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I believe I read somewhere that the 04 SRW 3500 will have a 9900lb GVWR. Let me see if I can dig that info up...


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Thanks Bob, that's exactly what I was looking for....

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I'll be interested to hear what changes will be made, I bet the only difference between the 2500HD and 3500 will be the rear leaf pack and maybe they'll add a sway-bar.
 

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I believe the 2004 3500 SRW trucks will have 16x7" wheels (instead of 6.5") and 265/75/r16 tires rather than the 245s. This makes up for a lot of the gvwr increase.
 

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The 3500SRW is mentioned on the GM media site. Said to be a mid-year update. I would guess that about half way through the model year we will see advertisements for the "New Heavy Duty 3500SRW, available now with the new and improved 325 hp Duramax, with class-leading torque."
 

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The salesman I am dealing with said the srw 3500 will be available January '04, so it looks like they are waiting for the new Duramax engine upgrades before releasing it. He said I could order one now, but I went with the 2500 instead. It should be able to haul whatever I need it to anyway.
 

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I imagine the main difference will be the wheel/tire selection on the 2500HD's. Currently the trucks are rated at 9200# GVWR with the 245/75R16E stock tires rated at 3042# each for a rear axle load max of 6084#. Change the tires to the Michellin 265/75R16E rated at 3415# each and the rear axle load max goes to 6830# for a difference of 746# from the current setup. 9200# + 746# = 9946# or basically a 9900# GVWR. The current tire choice is the main limiting factor for the GVWR. So I doubt that there will be many changes to make a 3500 SRW with a 9900# GVWR.


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Michelins would be nice but they'll probably stick with Firestone, they make the Steeltex A/T in a 265/75R16 load range E also.
 

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Actually this is an interesting discussion precisely because the current tires are no where near limiting. as stated the RAWR is 6084#, but there is no way you can come near that without exceeding GVWR in a 2500HD. My truck, with the toolbox and hitch on it weighs almost 7,000#, but more than half of that weight is on the front axle. Even assuming it was split 50-50 at 3500# per axel empty, that would leave 2,584# of headroom (6084 - 3500) for load at the rear axle, but only 2,200# to keep it under GVWR.


In reallity it's more like 4000# on the front and 3000# on the rear empty, Still only 2,200# between empty and GVWR, but about 3,000# under the Rear Axle Weight Rating. 4,000# front and 5900# rear would equal the proposed 9,900# rateing, and would not exceed teh capacity of the wheels, tires, brakes, axels, springs or any other thing I can think of on my 2500HD, but it would be 700# over GVWR.






I expect that springs will be changed, but I'm wondering of the tires and wheels will too. If they go to LT265/75R16 LR-E will they also change the gearing? Because so far all factory tires on D-maxes have been the same diameter.





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Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Single Rear Wheels

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 series has only been available with dual rear wheels (Dooley). For 2004, a Silverado 3500 with a GVWR of 9900 lbs will be available with dual rear wheels. This configuration is scheduled to be a four-wheel-drive vehicle available in a regular and extended, and crew cab models. All other models in the Silverado 3500 series (11,400 lb GVWR) will have dual rear wheels.



In December, 2003, GM will cease production of all 2500 series Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra regular cab and extended cab truck modes with a GVWR of 8600 lbs.
Model numbers CC25903 and CK25753
TC25903 and TC 25753 (GMC)





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hoot said:
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Single Rear Wheels

For 2004, a Silverado 3500 with a GVWR of 9900 lbs will be available with dual rear wheels.

Hoot,


Did you intend to say "will be available with SRW" in the sentence above?





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Interesting, the 2500HD replaced the Classic 3500 SRW. Both have 9200 GVW. 3500 SRW's were/are a rare bird, at least in this area. 2500's ruled the roost.


So, they re-badged the 3500 SRW to 2500HD, and now that is all you see. 2500's have become "the rare bird", at least in these here parts.


1. Add "HD" to the end of your model #


2. Watch sales soar.


3. Profit
 

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the only that sucks is the 3500hd SRW will only be offered with a long bed. since iam getting a crew cab the 8ft bed is just a little to long for me.
 

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Willis 04 said:
the only that sucks is the 3500hd SRW will only be offered with a long bed. since iam getting a crew cab the 8ft bed is just a little to long for me.
I think it's always been that way.
 

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I wish GM had started this program a year ago. I needed the C/C but got stuck with the a short box this time or a dually which I don't need. I miss my long bed dearly.
 

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Ok, I had a 3500 SRW, 9200 GVW, it was called a 1 ton. Now I have a 2500HD, 9200 GVW, why is it called a 3/4 ton?
 

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Victory Red,

Were you not able to find a 2500HD CC LB to suit your taste??


My dad has a "Classic" 3500 SRW. Gonna be neat to have a truck that equals his now. Actually, more than equals since he has a 6.5.....


Bob
 
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