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2500 to 3500 conversion

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Hauling Hunger, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Hauling Hunger

    Hauling Hunger Junior Member

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    Hi you all. I've a question.
    I have a chance to buy a nice 06 2500 with only 119k miles on a 5.9 cummins, and I have heard of conversion kits which I assume is air bags, but maybe just different springs?

    My main question is, (provided they have these kits for 3rd gen) will it legally turn my truck into a 3500? ...so I can haul more legally?
    Apeasing scales and or employers?

    Thanks
     
  2. crazykid1994

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    No. What the truck is registered for and what your door say are really what you are limited to. Increasing the payload capacity does not increase axle strength or brake power
     
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    I'm pretty sure they have the same axles and same brakes.
     
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    Frame strength as well. Either way you look at it it’s in your hands. If you go over door weight and something happens that’s on you. If you make it by with nothing happening than congratulations. I still don’t think it’s a good idea. It’s rated what it is compared to a 3500 for a reason.
     
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    Nothing can legally change your max capacities. Sure it might feel better but won't be legal if you are over you trucks manufacturer rated numbers
     
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    NO. That's the simple answer. A lot of people run 3/4T overloaded and don't even know it, especially in the RV area. For your own use I wouldn't hesitate to beef it up, but it will never be a legal 1 ton. And like others have said, if something happens you might find yourself on the short end of the stick-insurance wise and otherwise. I did some research on this before I bought my last truck and there are definite differences between the 3/4T and the 1T, and not just because you can get duals on a 1T. Everything from frame reinforcements, brake upgrades, springs, etc. Even gear ratios in the rear end can be different. Buy a 1 Ton if that's what you truly need. There are some good deals out there if you look hard.
     
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