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I am thinking of buying a new mega cab. I dont pull anything big other that my YJ. and 2 quads. I am not getting the cummins just because I dont want to spend the x-tra bucks.. I will be keeping this thing til the wheels fall off. So my question is what is the big dif between the two. they both have the same engine and trans, and from what I see the same rear axle.....

The sticker price on the 1500 is $38.5 and 2500 $42.5 the 1500 i get 5k rabate and 3.5k on the 2500 both 4x4.....

I think I can get the 1500 for around 30k otd after rebate.
 

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I'd be willing to be that everything is slightly lighter duty on the 1500, springs, shocks, cooling systems, etc. Is the rear full float, or semi-float? They are NOT going to give you the same truck for $4K less than a 2500.
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Haven't compared closely, but I think the 1500 megacab is common chassis with the 2500. Main difference I know of is you can't get the cummins in the 1500.
 

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Aren't the 1500s IFS front?:confused:
 

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The 1500 mega has a straight front axle on the 4x4s and are said to have the same frame (most likely because it's easier to have 1 frame instead of 2). But, like I said, they are not gonna give you a 2500 with 1500 badges for $4k cheaper unless alot of the hard parts are lighter duty.
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The 1500 mega has a straight front axle on the 4x4s and are said to have the same frame (most likely because it's easier to have 1 frame instead of 2). But, like I said, they are not gonna give you a 2500 with 1500 badges for $4k cheaper unless alot of the hard parts are lighter duty.
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Parts are the same. They are hoping your average Joe wont notice this and try to sucker you into the 2500.

The shocks and the badges are the only major difference. The megacabs are all built on the 2500 & 3500 frames. Do not let them sucker you into a 2500 as it already is one. Get the 1500 pocket the extra cash. Go to parts and order the 2500 badges slap them on and no one will even know the difference. Odd how a 1500 has 8 lugs huh?
 

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I am thinking of buying a new mega cab. I dont pull anything big other that my YJ. and 2 quads. I am not getting the cummins just because I dont want to spend the x-tra bucks.. I will be keeping this thing til the wheels fall off. So my question is what is the big dif between the two. they both have the same engine and trans, and from what I see the same rear axle.....

The sticker price on the 1500 is $38.5 and 2500 $42.5 the 1500 i get 5k rabate and 3.5k on the 2500 both 4x4.....

I think I can get the 1500 for around 30k otd after rebate.

If you plan on keeping it that long a diesel might not be a bad investment in the trucks longevity.....
 

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If you plan on keeping it that long a diesel might not be a bad investment in the trucks longevity.....
I think the biggest difference between the 1500 and the 2500 is the rear springs, rear axle and shocks. I know they share the same front axle, but the rear axle on the 1500 is semi-float and on the 2500 is full-float. Other than that, they may spec different calipers on the front axle but I doubt it. Those are the only differences I've seen on the two, 1500 and 2500, driving around town here. Why don't you just ask the sales guy, oh wait you probably already know more than he does.
 

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Just went to the dodge website and comparison-shopped the 1500 vs 2500 and there is quite a difference in price. The site clearly shows you get the 9.25 front axle and 10.5 rear axle. Definitely 8 lug stuff. If I were in the market for a new truck and didn't mind the fuel economy I would certainly consider this.
 

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Well, I for one have a 2500 and its got the 11.5 rear, but that might be because its a diesel. If they really are the same, get the 1500 if you don't mind the horrible mileage its gonna get. I'd also be willing to bet that they run different rear springs on the 1500 than they do on the 2500, but I don't know that for sure.
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Well, I for one have a 2500 and its got the 11.5 rear, but that might be because its a diesel. Scott
I believe the SO (auto for sure) diesels still even got the 10.5"

The resale would be higher on the 2500 since most people don't realize they are the same truck.

This isn't the first case of this. GM has been selling the 1500HD (which is just a rebadged 2500, same GVWR, 8600lb) crew cab for quite a while. 8 lug, 9.25" front, 9.5" rear. 6.0, 4l80E. All the same as the 2500.
 

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Get it. You cant beat a lifetime warranty and your getting a 2500 for 1500 price.

I would de-badge it, leveling spacers and some larger tires and instead of driving it till the wheels fall off drive it forever since wheels falling offf should be covered for life.

I was trying to talk my dad into a diesel for longevity but a lifetime warranty on a 1500 is better since he doesnt need 7,000lb diesel w/ 100K warranty
 

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with thier new unlimited mileage warranty if he's truly going to drive the tires off the gasser is covered and the cummins isn't.

-ben
good point didnt think about that:laughing:
 

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I understand what everyone is saying, but a lighter rear axle, springs and shocks and probably a million other odds and ends does not a 3/4 ton make. 8 lugs don't mean shit to me unless they are on a full float hub. Go on and buy one thinking it's "exactly the same" as a 2500. It may LOOK like a duck, but it quacks like a chicken.
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1500 has the 10.5 full floater

2500 has the 11.5 full floater with the 6.7 and the 10.5 with the 5.9 diesel.

Front axle is the 9.5 in either version 1500 or 2500.
 

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I. 8 lugs don't mean shit to me unless they are on a full float hub. ..
It is on a full float hub. Its an AAM 1050 which is the Dodge version of the FF 14 bolt. 10.5" ring gear. No remvable pinion support though.

The Megacab 1500,2500 and 3500 are all the same frame and cab. Drivetrain is dependant on engines. Suspension has minor alterations to address GVWR. Duallys get flares, wider rear axle and front spacers.

Changing spring and shock rates does not add up to the mfg very quickly.


On the same note, double checkother options, when I was looking for a Dodge ('04) the 3500 was substantially more expensive then the 2500 but it came standard with a CTD where as the 2500 had the hemi. (When you added the CTD the price got very close)
 
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