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Old 12-28-2012, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3500 to 2500 swap

OK after searching for a while I still have some questions.
What would be involved in taking a '97 4x4 3500 and turning it into a 4x4 2500?
I have a '97 2wd 2500 I can take parts from.
  • SRW bed
  • Rear axle
  • Do I need to do anything with the front axle?
  • Rear Drive shaft?
And what else?

I have the truck in my sig and would like a 4x4 2500 and my buddy has a 4x4 3500 for pretty cheap so I was thinking on making it a 2500 and make my current truck a 3500 and sell it, or just part it out.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why would you downsize your truck?
I don't tow much weight, and don't like using 2 extra tires.
I have a 3500 already so if I need to tow bigger then that's an option.
And this will probably be a long term DD for me.
Sorry, probably should have said all that in my first post.
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Get ya some Super Singles and 8" bullhauler stacks and you would be good to go!!

I am failing to see why a person would want to make a light duty 1 ton? Them extra tires do serve a purpose. I keep mine in the tire rotation. Why not just get a 4x4 2500 instead of down grading a perfectly good tonner... Just kinda baffling to me. But to each his own and what ever trips your trigger. Not trying to sound like a jerk but it is just kinda weird to me is all.

It is probably a lot easier than you think. Depending on what kind of axles is on the 2wd and what is on the 4x4. If they are the same axle you may be able to just change out hubs.... I may be wrong, someone correct if I am.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If they are the same axle you may be able to just change out hubs.... I may be wrong, someone correct if I am.
His 2500 likely has a Dana 70 being that it's an auto, while the 3500 will have a Dana 80.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Basically all you're looking to do is turn a dually to a single wheel. Use the search function and try "drw to srw swap"

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Dont know about the front, but for the back just bolt one some stock rims. Or regular SRW rims, it is only 3 inches overall wider.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Basically all you're looking to do is turn a dually to a single wheel. Use the search function and try "drw to srw swap"

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Thank you sir, I was looking with 3500 and 2500 I put in what you said and got what I was looking for, thanks.
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Dont know about the front, but for the back just bolt one some stock rims. Or regular SRW rims, it is only 3 inches overall wider.
Thank you, That's what I wanted to know.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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OK guys thanks for all the help!

I found this thread that has some good info, if somebody searches for 2500/3500 instead of srw/drw like me and find this thread then hear you go,

single rear wheel swap...

if that doesn't help then search for "drw to srw swap" that gets you a lot of info.

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we are dreaming about converting our 2500 to dually and you want to do the opposite
please let us know what are you planning to do with the extra parts. Very interested on the fenders
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Here's the whole story, I NEED A 4X4.

My buddy has a 3500 4x4 5spd that has a bad IP (he thinks it's bad I told him I would look into it and see so I can pay him accordingly). He really likes the truck and does not want to sell it so he really wants me to take it, and I know he does not beat on this truck so it's kind of a win win.

And then swap the SRW parts from my 2wd auto 2500 so I can have a 4x4 5spd 2500. And then put all the DRW stuff on my 2wd auto making it a 3500 (still perfect running truck).
If I have to put my IP in the truck then I might have to part it out so I don't give it away.
The demand out here for a 2wd is not good and being a auto does not help.

Anyway if your interested I might now of a DRW bed for you I'd have to check the condition of it.
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