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i have a 2006 2500 i will be getting a new 32 foot 5th wheel travel trailer.
i have located a totalled 04 3500 srw. i am just wondering if i took the overloads off of it and put them on mine would it be the same as a 3500?
or there other differences. i thought the sway bars are the same but not sure if the springs in front are bigger coils than i have.
any info would be appreciated.
 

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Coils?Aside from the overloads and 265's,I believe they are the same.What coils?
 

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2wd's have coils I believe... I reckon the totalled 3500 is a 2wd?
 

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Reineke;1571068; said:
2wd's have coils I believe... I reckon the totalled 3500 is a 2wd?
Ok,but he says he has a 4x4?:eek:I thought all the HD's had torsion bars.
 

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Hmm, I think you are right...
 

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The only difference between a 2500HD SRW and 3500HD SRW is the tire and wheel. The 2500HD comes with a 245 tire and 6.5" wheel and the 3500HD comes with 265 tire and 7" wheel. The 6.5" width wheel cannot handle the extra weight. The brakes, springs, torsion bars are all the same.
 

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MTU alum;1571085; said:
The brakes, springs, torsion bars are all the same.
I thought the 3500 srw has an extra spring. I can go count mine I guess if needed.
 

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Reineke;1571068; said:
2wd's have coils I believe... I reckon the totalled 3500 is a 2wd?
All 3500 SRW are 4X4 i thought
 

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was looking into the difference between the two truck when I bought my 2007 k3500 and the frame is differn't. its thicker and has weird perforations from the wheel well back. it doesn't look like the 2500 frame at all. I got under a bunch of differnt trucks at the dealer to figure this out. also the locking rear diff is standard on the srw 3500. It weights mor too and not like 100 lbs witch could be explained by bigger springs only. it weights around 200-300 more and some gm site said its suposed to be 600. I am not sure witch site is the true weight difference but either way an added leaf or thicker springs alone dont add up.
 

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For 2004 (or 2004.5 at least) . . .

MTU alum;1571085; said:
... The 2500HD comes with a 245 tire and 6.5" wheel and the 3500HD comes with 265 tire and 7" wheel. ... The brakes, springs, torsion bars are all the same.
Yes, except the darn spare is 6.5" rim with the 265 tire, and except for . . .

06bowtie_guy;1571553; said:
I thought the 3500 srw has an extra spring. I can go count mine I guess if needed.
Yes.

tmg115;1571570; said:
All 3500 SRW are 4X4 i thought
I think so, too.
 

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I would bet the brakes are different on a 3500 SRW vs. a 2500HD
 

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All HD's are torsion bar. The rear brakes are different but IIRC he's not swapping rears just wants to add the overload springs.

Put air bags on it

The rear brakes are different on DRW's... diff rotor and caliper brackets. SRW has hats while the drw's the rotor is held onto the hub by the wheel studs, in other words remove hub to change drw rear rotors.

Only diff in front is the drw uses a bolted on spacer to account for the dooley wheel offset
 

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NODMAX;1571915; said:
I would bet the brakes are different on a 3500 SRW vs. a 2500HD
Brakes are identical. JH6 = SRW, JH7 = DRW
 

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I have one, if you have any questions let me know and I'll go out and look at it.
 

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the frames are different on the trucks. the 3500 SRW frame is based off the DRW, that is why it looks and is so different.
 

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oops sorry i havent checked this thread. i posted it then forgot about it until my friend just called me about it:eek:: thanks for the responses this site is just so addictive i get lost alot.i dont know what i was thinking when i said "coils". i must have warped to the pre t-bar days:p: anyways my friend took the overloads off for mebecause the ins. co. wanted the truck back for auction:confuzeld i guess they need to recoup their losses somehow
with these trucks going for 40,000 or more.i just hope that someone at the auction notices the 3500 badge w/o the overloads:eek: .
i wonder what one of those goes for?there has to be 10 to 12000 dollars
just in engine and trans:drop_mout
 

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All the information I've read here and at a few other sites over the last couple years said that the only difference was in the tires/wheels/overloads. The rear frames on the 2500HD's are sure a lot bigger than I've ever seen on a GM 3/4ton before the HD's. The difference between the GVWR's of the 3500 SRW and 2500HD isn't that huge (9,900 lbs vs 9,200 lbs). But on the other hand I have noticed in the specs for reg cabs that the 3500's were slightly taller (76.7" vs 76.2") , heavier (5,687 lbs vs 5,142 lbs), and with higher payload (4,213 lbs vs 4,058 lbs). And I haven't yet seen a 3500 frame in person to be able to compare them :)

x1320x;1571573; said:
was looking into the difference between the two truck when I bought my 2007 k3500 and the frame is differn't. its thicker and has weird perforations from the wheel well back. it doesn't look like the 2500 frame at all. I got under a bunch of differnt trucks at the dealer to figure this out. also the locking rear diff is standard on the srw 3500. It weights mor too and not like 100 lbs witch could be explained by bigger springs only. it weights around 200-300 more and some gm site said its suposed to be 600. I am not sure witch site is the true weight difference but either way an added leaf or thicker springs alone dont add up.
 

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all i know for a fact is that the 3500 SRW come with the overloads, 265s, on steel wheels, beleive you can only get them in a crew cab long bed and the come with the roof markers.

i dont beleive the frame is different but since this was mentioned i will have a look at my girlfriends dads and see. i just know from looking at gooseneck hitches they are the same for the 2500hd and 3500, if the frame was different i dont see how they could mount them the same, unless that one section was only the same.

the weight ratings between the two arent much different so i dont see how the frame could be different. from what i understand it isnt the frame that is the weak link for carrying more weight its the tires and wheels. like i found out on my 2500hd that the GVWR for the rear was exactly the same number as my rear tire load ratings were together. only makes sense to me that a higher load rating tire and either the overloads and/or air bags would increase weight ratings.
 

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I researched this when I bought my truck, and thought I read that the frame was the same for the 2500HD and the 3500. The difference was the payload in the 3500 was more, but the tow rating for the 2500HD was more, because of the weight difference. Could be wrong, but thought that's what I read.
 

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could someone chime in here and post up a pic or 2 of the rear leaf springs on a 3500 srw? curious as to what the difference really is
 
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