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Old 01-24-2008, 04:08 AM   #1
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Best Suburban Specs?

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I am planning to get a 2500 suburban as a TV for 27' Overlander: recent model 1-3 yrs old. Can someone help me with the rest of the specs??
Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:44 AM   #2
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We'll need engine size, tranmission, and rear axle ratio, as well as if it is 2wd or 4wd to know what you are looking at.
Most of this info is on the options tag, usually located on the inside of the glovebox, or under the hood.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:00 AM   #3
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2007 was a model year change. You could only get a 3/4 ton with a 6l engine and 3:73 rear gears. 2wd=9700lbs
2001 through 2006, they came with the 6l engine but, GM offered the 8.1 l motor with 3:73s or 4:10s with a max tow rating of 12,000lbs
Again, don't know if you are looking at 2wd or 4wd. That would change the tow figures somewhat. In the 2001-2006 models, check for problems with the hitch itself. They failed on some, (twisted), I believe. Good luck
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It may still be possible to get 4.10s, but to be honest, with the wieght and size of your vintage, a 6.0L and 3.73s is about all you'll need to think about as long as you stay 2500. Of course, 4x4 is another thing to consider, but as for towing, the Chevy 2500 Suburban comes with nearly everything you'll need to tow that Overlander or heavier.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help All. A friend of mine is a dealer and will keep his eyes open for what I need over the next couple months. It sounds like the 2007 2500 with the 6L will do it. No choice to make on the rear end or the motor. 4WD would be nice but not required. Anything else I should be thinking about?
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Thanks for the help All. A friend of mine is a dealer and will keep his eyes open for what I need over the next couple months. It sounds like the 2007 2500 with the 6L will do it. No choice to make on the rear end or the motor. 4WD would be nice but not required. Anything else I should be thinking about?
The 6L really likes the 4.10 rear end if you can get it. It is a high revving engine with a rather flat torque curve. Check over on the PickupTruck.com: Pickup Truck News, Reviews, Community and Help Finding a New or Used Pickup forum for additional info on 3.73 vs 4.10 with this engine.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:03 AM   #7
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Hi,
I think you will be very pleased with a 2500 series with the 6.0 L and a 3.73 axle ratio. Moosetags lives in the panhandle and he owns a 2500 Yukon XL and is very pleased with it. Maybe he will chime in and tell you more about his experience. Good Luck
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:24 AM   #8
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suburban as a TV

I had a 5.3 L with 3.73 pulling a 25' Excella and found the TV downshifting way more that I liked. A little head wind or a slight grade on the Interstate would have it dropping down a gear in order to maintain the speed limit.

I replaced that TV with an 8.1 L with 3.73 and have had no problems since.

By the way, if you plan to do any boondocking on the beach or elsewhere, you may want 4WD.

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I am planning to get a 2500 suburban as a TV for 27' Overlander: recent model 1-3 yrs old. Can someone help me with the rest of the specs??
Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-25-2008, 10:35 AM   #9
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You may also want to replace the OEM hitch receiver. They're not up to handling the tongue weight you'd expect for a vehicle rated to tow 11k lbs.

FinalCutJoe can tell you all about that!
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Hello,

I am planning to get a 2500 suburban as a TV for 27' Overlander: recent model 1-3 yrs old. Can someone help me with the rest of the specs??
Thanks in advance.

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3.73 instead of the 4.10 diff's
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It looks like your window sticker indicates the 4:10 rear end Bob
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It looks like your window sticker indicates the 4:10 rear end Bob
Have that under control.....3.73's on order
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Dear EE,

Welcome to the Forums. We're Glad to have you with us.

We are in Santa Rosa Beach, just east of Destin. We pull Lucy, our '05 25FB, with Olivia, a 2005 Suburban 2500 4x4x4. She has the 6.0 Liter engine and the 3.73 rear end. Lucy runs about 7200#, and the Olivia does a fine job. We have done about 30,000 in all conditions with this combo, and are quite satisfied. Olivia is a Quadrasteer (4 wheel steering), and we really like this feature. The Quadrasteer was available in '03. '04, and '05 only on 2500 Subs and Yuk XLs. They didn't make very many, and they are difficult to find, but you never know.

The only problem that we have had with Olivia is that the welds started cracking on the OEM receiver. We decided to replace it with an aftermarket Class V receiver. That did the trick.

We are pretty close by, and if you would like to take a look at our set-up, give me a call. My cell is 850-830-9444.
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Nobody mentioned this, but I like barn doors better then a gate. I'd rather open doors to the side then lift a gate, that gets old, fast.
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