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    Default 2011 2500HD vs 2011 3500HD

    I have heard that the 2011 Silverado trucks have changed their suspension to provide a smoother ride. Is there a big difference between the ride in a 2500HD and the 3500HD? I am specifically interested in the single rear wheel models. Thanks!

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    Default Smooth Ride

    I don't know why I didn't see this thread sooner, but here goes.

    The 2011 3500HD SRW 4X4 has a pretty good ride. I signed on the line for this truck last march and have driven it about 5K miles. As you can see from that figure, this truck isn't a everyday driver. It's primary function is to tow my trailer while hauling my ATV's.

    It indeed has a fairly smooth ride for a 1 ton suspension. It is susceptible to "washboard" roads as is any leaf spring suspension. Outside of that road surface, it does well and is comfortable. The 18" tires help out.

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    The only difference between the two is the extra set of leaf springs in the rear that increase the overall payload capacity. Both share the same front end independent suspension which is unique to Chevy/GM and makes for much smoother ride compared to a truck with a solid front axle. The 3500HD has the dually option but if you are comparing SRW vehicles the unloaded ride is going to be same.

    If you want to know first hand about the ride go to your local Chevy dealer and drive the trucks.

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