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Old 02-05-2018, 10:23 AM
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I've gotta 6.0 with 6 speed and 3.73. Tow in 5th for top gear...perfectly happy. 6.0 is a torquey motor.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:24 AM
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I'd like to talk your out if it. But I'd take a 6.0 burb 2500 over the excursion. The 6.0 vortec is super reliable long term.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:38 AM
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Joey, a 1500 Suburban would likely do all you want unless you just want a 2500. The extra length of a Suburban over a Tahoe is very significant for interior space and towing stability. I'd look for one with the 6 speed transmission - that was 2009-onward in 1500. Not sure which year in 2500 but think 2009 also.

The 2500 is fine but the 2007-2013 2500 Suburban has only a slightly higher rated towing capacity - about 9500 lbs for 2500 vs 8000 lbs for 1500. My 2012 1500 has no trouble getting my 7500 lb load through the mountains and to the beach. All of these tow ratings are appreciably lower than the Silverado pickup with the same engine/transmission combo.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:51 AM
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I had a 2005 expedition with 250,000 miles, that thing was bulletproof, and could tow 7,500 i'm pretty sure.
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Originally Posted by russellbailey View Post
Joey, a 1500 Suburban would likely do all you want unless you just want a 2500. The extra length of a Suburban over a Tahoe is very significant for interior space and towing stability. I'd look for one with the 6 speed transmission - that was 2009-onward in 1500. Not sure which year in 2500 but think 2009 also.

The 2500 is fine but the 2007-2013 2500 Suburban has only a slightly higher rated towing capacity - about 9500 lbs for 2500 vs 8000 lbs for 1500. My 2012 1500 has no trouble getting my 7500 lb load through the mountains and to the beach. All of these tow ratings are appreciably lower than the Silverado pickup with the same engine/transmission combo.
My current boat is at 8500 on the trailer, so more capacity than a half ton should handle on a regular basis. The Escalade pulls and stops it just fine and is solid on the road with the air suspension and is great around town to park and has enough room for the day to day stuff, but I am thinking to have the bigger heavier vehicle for inevitably more stuff with another kid and of course I donít just tow my boat but plenty of towing for the marina too where the envelope is frequently pushed on my 1500 Silverado. Even though itís factory rated at 9600 pounds, that half ton chassis, springs, and brakes just arenít made for that type of abuse on a regular basis.
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My 6.0 is no 8.1 I'm sure, but it gets the job done. And slightly better fuel economy than the 8.1.
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Friend of mine running the local chevy store just showed me a sticker for new 2500 Suburban LT;......over 86K
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Friend of mine running the local chevy store just showed me a sticker for new 2500 Suburban LT;......over 86K
Not that sticker prices really matter....... But that is sickening.
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I went to Cali and picked up a 99 2500 burban,one owner 104000 miles on 454 ,all fluids changed with synthetic,home for 4500$
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Originally Posted by sundancekid View Post
No Fords here, rather push a Chevy than drive a Ford! The other issue I hav with the 8.1 platform is being stuck with the 4L80e transmission. Great reliability, had one in my Ď99 Suburban with a 454, but it was always hunting gears since itís only 4 speeds. I absolutely love the 6 speed in my Silverado. From what I can research, this truck has the HD 6 speed from the gas 2500/3500 trucks, 14-bolt locking rear end, tranny and engine oil coolers, and a 10k pound towing capacity, seems like it would be a beast. My truck came with a 3.42 ratio, this has a 3.73.

I guess if I wear out the platform, can always do a duraburb conversion. There are a handful of those around too, mostly in the low to mid 40s, is it worth exploring that option?
They didn't put the Allison in the suburbans? I have a 2001 Sierra work truck with the 8.1L and it's got an Allison 1000 behind it.
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They didn't put the Allison in the suburbans? I have a 2001 Sierra work truck with the 8.1L and it's got an Allison 1000 behind it.
No the alliison wont fit without a body lift.

Unfortunately you are stuck looking for the 2500 and i would get the 8.1

Its the best out there
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Landlocked97 View Post
Friend of mine running the local chevy store just showed me a sticker for new 2500 Suburban LT;......over 86K
Holy $hit Batman. I hope that is the Trump version with bullet proof glass and run flat tires......

These prices are crazy.
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In case you fella's were not aware ;

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Originally Posted by DreamCatcher14 View Post
Holy $hit Batman. I hope that is the Trump version with bullet proof glass and run flat tires......

These prices are crazy.

Perfect for "Driving those Dusty roads" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Swanson says conversions start at about $45,000. The 2017 Suburban 3500 Heavy Duty was $135,000—and the limits are endless when it comes to customization.
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Love my 2002 with the 8.1 and 4:10 gears. It's a beast. Just dropped a Jasper engine in it at 185k. Sundancekid is correct, no longer casting that block, GM Goodwrench had no reman 8.1's available and could give me no ETA on getting one. Getting some rust around the rear wheels below back doors, I guess to much fun in Hatteras, anyone dealt with that issue? As far as the interior, looks of trim parts available, we slapped some Wet Okelele (?) seat covers in there and she looks new inside.
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Originally Posted by little slick View Post
I went to Cali and picked up a 99 2500 burban,one owner 104000 miles on 454 ,all fluids changed with synthetic,home for 4500$
this is what I am talking bout
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Originally Posted by avalonandl View Post
No the alliison wont fit without a body lift.

Unfortunately you are stuck looking for the 2500 and i would get the 8.1

Its the best out there

yes, need 2 1/2" minimum to get that drive train under it.
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don't do it. hey, I tried
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:06 PM
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If Chevy realizes the demand is out there and builds a 3500 Duramax Suburban in 4x4, I'll be first in line. I've had multiple Suburbans including 2500s. Great vehicles. Do it!
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