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the 3500s dont have the TPMS system which is a plus and normally you can get a 3500srw cheaper than you can get an equally equipped 2500
 

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The 3500 comes with the 6.7 Cummins and limited slip diff standard. They're both options on the 2500. The 3500 does not come with the silly tire pressure warning system. The 2500 does. Otherwise, it's badging. I'd take the truck that suites you the best. I wanted a 3500 SRW (just to say I had a 3500 ;) ) but ended up with a 2500 with the limited slip differential as an option because it had the other stuff I wanted.
 

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A 3500 set-up w/what you want....Leap on it! Hard to find exactly what you want, and probably won't sit for long on dealers lot. Not very many 3500 SRW to be had here in NE US.
 

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Yeah, it's exactly what I was looking for a loaded black on black mega. Thanks for the info guys. I definitely won't miss the TPMS....
Go geeeeet it and then post pics!!! :thumbsup:
 

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The rear springs are probably 5-10% stiffer than the 2500 leafs, which IMHO isn't enough to really notice.

I don't think I would ever get a 2500, when 3500 SRW's are available.
 

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Ummm... My understanding is that the rear leafs on the 2010's are the same between the SRW 3500 and the 2500.

2009 and older 3500 SRW's had extra helper springs. But I don't think that's the case anymore...

If I'm right -- there should be no difference in the ride.
 

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Ummm... My understanding is that the rear leafs on the 2010's are the same between the SRW 3500 and the 2500.

2009 and older 3500 SRW's had extra helper springs. But I don't think that's the case anymore...

If I'm right -- there should be no difference in the ride.
In 2003-2009 the 2500 and 3500 SRW had the same base leaf (4/1), and the 3500 SRW had the overloads. The 3500 DRW had a different base leaf pack (3/1), with the same overloads as the 3500 SRW..

From what I have noticed the 2500 has the same style (4/1) leaf pack as 03-09, and all 3500's have the 3/1 leaf pack, where now only the DRW's have the overloads on top.
 

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In 2003-2009 the 2500 and 3500 SRW had the same base leaf (4/1), and the 3500 SRW had the overloads. The 3500 DRW had a different base leaf pack (3/1), with the same overloads as the 3500 SRW..

From what I have noticed the 2500 has the same style (4/1) leaf pack as 03-09, and all 3500's have the 3/1 leaf pack, where now only the DRW's have the overloads on top.
Are you sure? This doesn't make sense. This would imply that the 3500's with the 3/1 leaf pack and no overloads would have less spring capacity than the 2500's with their 4/1 leaf pack.

From what I saw in considering the 3500 SRW quite strongly was what I thought :confused013: was the same rear springs on both the 2500 and the 3500 SRW's for 2010. Again -- I concede that I could be wrong.

Now I want to go and personally investigate all over! :doh:
 

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it could have the same number of springs and still be rated different as there could be different rated springs in that pack.
 

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Are you sure? This doesn't make sense. This would imply that the 3500's with the 3/1 leaf pack and no overloads would have less spring capacity than the 2500's with their 4/1 leaf pack.

From what I saw in considering the 3500 SRW quite strongly was what I thought :confused013: was the same rear springs on both the 2500 and the 3500 SRW's for 2010. Again -- I concede that I could be wrong.

Now I want to go and personally investigate all over! :doh:
I don't have the numbers for the 2010's, but they look like the same packs as the 03-09's... anyhow, they 03-09 4/1's were rated at 2600 lb/in and the 3/1 at 2800 lb/in, so it is an increase in capacity. The 4/1 with a lower rate can offer a "better" ride.

I haven't seen too many of the 2010's, but this is also the same data I got from a buddy when he was shopping and bought his 2010 3500 CC LB.

I would be very shocked if the 2500 and 3500SRW had the same rear suspension.. They need something to "justify" the additional 1000+ lbs of payload and RAWR.
 

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I haven't seen too many of the 2010's, but this is also the same data I got from a buddy when he was shopping and bought his 2010 3500 CC LB.
Gotcha. I defer to you guys then. Would make sense there was some increase in capacity.

Still doesn't answer the question -- is there any difference in ride quality between the 2500 and 3500 SRW assuming the same wheelbase model...
 

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Hey '08,
I drove both and can' really find any difference what so ever! Both ride extremely smooth for the size a the beast! The 3/1 springs in 3500 are just a bit beefier, than 4/1 2500. Go for the 3500, as it is exactly set-up w/what you want. I'm sure you drove the new one around some, so you would see, the ride of both is quite acceptable. Keep us informed!!
 

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Go take a look at your rear leaf pack, is it 4/1 or 3/1? If its 4/1 (pretty sure it is) then the ride will be slightly different, but is your butt calibrated enough to feel a 7.7% increase in spring stiffness?
 

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I just went out and looked on my 2010 megacab 2500. It's got four leafs bunched together and then an extra one below them. Looks like 5 total.
 

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I just went out and looked on my 2010 megacab 2500. It's got four leafs bunched together and then an extra one below them. Looks like 5 total.
Sounds like the 4/1 pack found on 03-09 2500s and 3500 SRW's...
 

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I have a 2010 SRW Laramie Crew and it rides significantly worse than the 2010 2500s I have driven. I also have cooled seats which are pretty stiff themselves, so that doesn't help. It does have the 3 thicker leaves on the back versus the 4 thinner ones for the 2500. I haven't driven a 2010 2500 Megacab, but I have driven 2007, 2008, and 2009 and they all ride smoother than my 3500 SRW. I would assume the longer wheelbase and weight would help the ride. Mine's pretty brutal, I was able to get a better deal on the 3500 because they had it on the lot and they couldn't find me a comparablely 2500 so I was able to steal it, I love it, but it still rides like a tank.
 

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3500 rougher

It may take me a little time to get everything lined out. Just curious, never had a 3500, is this going to be a much rougher ride?
We were facing the same question - have a 2500 on order.

We are buying a truck to haul our 7500# RV and other personal use; either truck had much more power than we "need'. It is also very much a his AND her's truck, we both will drive it a lot so consensus was needed.

The 3500 was much stiffer ride and empty it bounces badly on washboard even at 80 mph. (We have lots of gravel up this way and riding on washboard roads will happen). The 2500's ride did seem a lot softer (we love a luxury ride)

As for the tire preasure gizmo, not sure what the fuss is, have it on my current ride, no big deal. Gettting nitro tires this time so maybe not so many false alarms at 40 below. We'll see.

We would have had to order either one, price as very close, after configuring the trucks to be pretty much the same, the 3500 turned out to be a little more.
 
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