Best regular cab for offroad

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Hi,

I'm trying to decide between a single cab, short bed, classic 1500 4x4, 3.92, hemi 8sp...

or a 5th gen single cab 8ft 2500 4x4, 6.4 hemi 8sp.

I don't tow or haul, and if I can fit a quad in either bed (I can, even with ram boxes), I'm fine with the form factor and options and size and MPG of each. My sole question is which will be better for off-road. I plan to invest a significant chunk of money into the suspension of either. The 1500 is IFS up front, the 2500 is SA up front. Both will get the job done. But which will do the job better for crawling around crappy roads on ranches in the chihuahuan desert? I have ridden in the 2500 and enjoy it fine, and owned a 4th gen RCSB and enjoyed it as well (other than being a 6sp). Just stuck between these 2, since both used tried and tested engines and transmissions (RCSB 2021 f-150 was in the running until I saw all of the trouble they've been having, and reliability issues for several years, with Toyota and Ram being 1st and 2nd on truck reliability, far ahead of chevy and ford).

Any thoughts? SA regular cab HD trucks make solid off-roaders once they are lifted, but not many people buy regular cab trucks anymore, and those that do typically lower or leave stock, and are 2wd. I can't find many lifted 4wd regular cab trucks. I don't plan to lift for looks, so will invest heavily in suspension with someone like dirt king or camburg or any of the well-known suspension folks.

Thanks for reading my rant.
 

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Oh, and 35 or so tires on the 1500, and 37 on the 2500.

3.92 on 1500, 4.10 on 2500.
 

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Not really close if the 2500 has a solid axle as you say, invest in a true locking transfer case and axle. I'm not sure what the 2500 has, but the 1500 just don't lock for ish. Look under the truck, 1500's have a lot of stuff that can break real easy if you wheel it.

Downsize is the weight, truly neither are good for wheeling when compared to really capable machines.
 

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Is that desert the blow sand kind or more the hard surface with all the washes

Playing in the dunes

 
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Not sand dunes, the other kind with washes galore ;)

I agree on the SA trucks, but a huge 4 door heavy truck is counter productive. For some reason the industry forgot that short wheelbase, lighter vehicles are better off road and only offer the offroad packages on behemoth sized vehicles.
 
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I like my RCLB, I don’t like enough people for a crew cab, does awesome in loose sand and mud, I’m not a rock crawler. It’s my work truck too.

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Seems there's more than one definition of what "off road" means. Neither vehicle's running Dusy-Ershim. In terms of which truck will fit down narrow and boulder-strewn Jeep trails better it's probably a wash.. shorter wheelbase on the 1500 vs. greater average clearance at the rocker panels & chassis on the 2500 . There are situations where either one will have an edge over the other.

For the first 5 years I owned my RCSB 4x4 I lived in Arizona and explored the desert as often as I could, every time I turned around it was because the trail ended or because the trail was too narrow. Not because of traction, not because of ground clearance, not because of articulation or torque or any other factor that might separate a 1500 from a 2500... pretty much just places where a full size truck was definitely going to take body damage if I proceeded.

These days in Washington I mostly turn around because of locked gates, since about 100.0% of all roads into the forest/up mountains/to lakes in this region are gated off. I probably should just get a hybrid and give up owning a 4x4 since I don't see any chance of those roads opening back up in my lifetime.
 

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I would have a hard time not going for the 2500 truck because of the beefier drivetrain and solid axle suspension, which is generally better for the lower speed off-roading and cheaper and easier to modify.
However the 1500 does have some advantages because it's lighter and more nimble. 35's on a 1500 probably offer just as much or more ground clearance as compared to 37s on a 2500 because of how much bigger the axles are and hang down.
 
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