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I use my 06 1500 for everything, daily driver, hardcore off road,firewood hauler, sled hauler ..etc etc....
My question is, How much weight will these rear diffs take ?
I have seen how small these axles and bearings are [at the dealership], mine seems incredibly strong, I abuse the hell out of this truck, and she keeps on going with not a single failure, but, since my 3/4 ton has give up the ghost I will be using my half ton as my full time sled hauler, sled deck = 350 lbs + 2 sleds =1200 lbs= 1550 lbs payload. I'm thinking of adding air helper springs to stop sag, but, how much will these diffs really take ?
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I hauled 3100 pounds of sod in my truck, it held up just fine.
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Payload is around 1,200#. Beyond that and the liability becomes too much. Have a wreck while overloaded and your insurance company can say "too bad".
Liability isn't a problem around here ! I don't live in a populated area, and my truck spends 90% of its life in the bush on logging roads. but, thats my point, I'm not driving up and down the highway , I'm on rough, rutted, muddy , snow covered bush roads turning big rubber. And I don't have the option of pulling a sled trailer because of the terrain, but, thanks for the responses, I guess I'll just keep beating on her until I find the breaking point !!!
Hey I went with the Air Ride air bags and love the ride and the load leveling. I had a few pic's of the install back in May. Try them out, Amazon.com has a great price on them just run a search on their site.
2005 RAM 1500 2WD QC 4.7 MAGNUM w/Ebay K & N CAI, Flowmaster "Super 40", Silverline tips, Air Lift 'Ride Control' Kit, Recon Line of Fire Tailgate light bar, Yokohama
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I haven't cracked the differential, but since it's a half ton I'll assume that if you overload the truck too much the first failure mode will most likely be the axle popping a c-clip. Allowing the axle to slide out of the differential (not good) cornering with a load will cause it. Or does the RAM use a different type of rear axle?