Well for one the 3500 with the long bed you can get a drw. but i'm going to assume you mean something like a qc sb srw for both. The 3500 has a little bit beefier front end suspension and the rear springs have what is called an "overload spring" other than that engine tranny all the same
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab Short Bed 4x4 SLT
4.7L V8 Engine with 6 Speed Manual Transmission
There is way more involved than just an extra leaf spring...i cant believe you would hang your hat on what a car salesmen told you one time.
3500 QC SWB is equiped with cummins standard. Both auto and man have extra spring and a AA11.5 rear axle 3.73/4.10
2500 QC SWB G56 manual comes with AA11.5 and one less spring. Optional cummins.
2500 QC SWB 48RE auto comes with AA10.5 and one less spring. Optional cummins.
Think back to before 2002... same difference as Dana 70 vs Dana 80
Also, the 4X4 3500 has bigger front springs than the 2500 kid brother.
It also depends on the wheel base...long bed, short bed, single cab or megacab
My 2007 3500 2wd 5.9 G56 megacab dually has one less leaf spring than my 2006 3500 QC 4X4 SWB. They have the same axle, same motor, same gear ratio.
oh yeah...food for thought
you can move to Texas and register as Farm and haul as much as the trailer can haul legally. i.e. i have a 30+5 dual tandem dovetail that is rated for 22.5K lbs. i can haul it fully loaded with either of my farm tagged trucks mentioned above.
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