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I am currently looking to get a 5500 4wd(19.5K GVW) Id like to know if anyone has one, what they think of it, And most off all I need some frame height measurements. Im looking to get an 06' dmax, RDS ALLI, 108" CA, If anyone here has one Id love to know what the top of the frame to ground height is. Im planning on putting a sideloader on the back(Im in the garbage business) But Im afraid the truck sits too high to load garbage in, and be a bit difficult to jump in and out of 100 times a day. Id also like to know whats the difference between a 4500 and 5500 truck(besides GVW) Do they both have the same frame height etc. I thank you ahead for any responses.
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I just bought one, I can get you all the info you need, send me a email with all the mesurements you need. So far I like it, its def. big and it sits pretty high.:ro)
 

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I just tryed the link and it worked Thankful. Might want to check your computer settings. It really has great info. I learned alot about my truck from it and what everything means and does.
 

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I just tryed the link and it worked Thankful. Might want to check your computer settings. It really has great info. I learned alot about my truck from it and what everything means and does.
Weird! It worked that time and I didn't make any changes.
 

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That is a obscure unsecured link through a GM Fleet website to the Online Order Guide. I don't know if you saw the "Grey Tabs" link at the very top, but there is a ton of technical info in there. When you select one of the "books" click print and it will open pdf files that you can either print or save.
 

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I found out their is no difference between a 4500 and 5500, at all. Other than the GVW ratings (17.5v19.5) And the sticker on the side distinguishing the 2. Same everything suspension,springs,brakes,.....alll identical. I guess GM made the 2 of them so a medium duty GM dealership can sell them 19.5GVW. And a normal GM dealership can sell them 17.5GVW. Kinda their way of getting everyone in to sell them.
I drove a 4500 4wd on tuesday and was surprized they are pretty nice..... rode decent but was pretty peppy with the 5.13 gears.....turned on a dime.
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I guess my english isn't as good as I thought. From the GM web sites (Chevy/GMC Medium duty truck selection guide), there appears to be a clear difference: http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/me...ear=2006&brandID=1&series=1&src=/dmdindex.htm

It makes the following claim:

Class GVWR Range
C4500 16,000 lbs. - 17,500 lbs. (7257 kg - 7938 kg)
C5500 18,000 lbs. - 26,000 lbs. (8165 kg - 11,794 kg)
C6500 22,000 lbs. - 25,950 lbs. (9979 kg - 11,770 kg)
C7500 24,640 lbs. - 37,600 lbs. (11,176 kg - 17,055 kg)
C8500 33,000 lbs. - 42,000 lbs. (14,970 kg - 19,050 kg)
C8500-Tandem 46,000 lbs. - 61,000 lbs. (20,870 kg - 27,670 kg)

I'm glad I have the Internet and the "experts" on this site to point GM's half-truths and crooked sales tactics out for the uninformed like me.

C4C042 (2-WD Reg. Cab) BASE MODEL PRICE: $27,595.00
C5C042 (2-WD Reg. Cab) BASE MODEL PRICE: $35,805.00
C6C042 (2-WD Reg. Cab) BASE MODEL PRICE: $42,270.00

C4C044 (4X4 Reg. Cab) BASE MODEL PRICE: $34,765.00
C5C044 (4X4 Reg. Cab) BASE MODEL PRICE: $42,735.00

Front Axle
C4C042 6250 lbs. Includes C7P (16,000 lbs.) GVWR
C5C042 7000 lbs. Requires GZG (18,000 lbs.) or GZJ (19,500 lbs.) GVWRs
C6C042 8000 lbs.

REAR AXLE
C4C042 Single speed, 11,000 lbs. - 26,000 lbs. GCWR
C5C042 Dana S110 13,500 lbs. (Req. GZG or GZJ GVWRs) - *32,950 lbs. GCWR
C6C042 Dana S130-S, 15,000 lbs. capacity - *40,000 lbs. GCWR

Frames
C4C042 6mm - 80,000 psi yield strength, RBM: 610,400 Section Modulus 7.63
C5C042 6mm - 80,000 psi yield strength, RBM: 610,400 Section Modulus 7.63
C6C042 6mm - 50,000 psi yield strength, RBM: 479,000 Section modulus 9.58

Diesel Engine
C4C042 Duramax Diesel 6600, LPD, 300 hp, 605 lb-ft torque, $7,127.00
C5C042 Duramax Diesel 6600, LPD, 300 hp, 605 lb-ft torque, $7,891.00
C6C042 Isuzu 6HK1-TC 7.8L, LQB, 200 hp, 520 lb-ft torque, $9,950.00
C6C042 Isuzu 6HK1-TC 7.8L, LPT, 215 hp, 660 lb-ft torque, $10,750.00
C6C042 Isuzu 6HK1-TC 7.8L, LQC, 230 hp, 660 lb-ft torque, $12,580.00

* - From Dana Spec. Sheets.
I need to tow up to 32K lbs. cross-coountry (double-trailers) and the GM software at the Commercial Dealer recommended the C5 over the C4 (and C6), to get the job done. I guess I've been had again.

RF
 
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