Where are the dual rear axle 6x6 2500 and 3500 Light Duty trucks?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by PantheraUncia, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I get that this is a "niche" market and that the only company I know of that did this (6x6 USA) or something like that went out of business.

    I also know that most people that need or want 6x6 drive will be moving to a "medium" duty 4500 or larger truck.

    But I have seen some interesting combinations that are custom fabed for 6x6.

    Has anyone seen or does anyone have a 6x6 light duty silverado were all 6 wheels are driven?

    I know dodge did a ram prototype that never made it to production.

    And, yes, it can be done, and it is not cheap, but it is not as expensive as some might think:



    I want to see a Silverado HD 3500 outfitted like the ram in the gallery above.
  2. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen!!
    Never mind the extra weight from an extra axle would bog the truck down. The power plant would have to have some work done to make it useful off road. And if you don't intend to use it off road there isn't a need to have one.
    Your Unicorn is becoming more rare!!
  3. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I need you to clarify what is "ugly"?

    • Is it ugly because who needs that in a light duty truck?
    • Is it ugly because it is a RAM?

    I suppose huge trucks only need 2 axles also with the right engine, tranny, and drive train? Why would a topkick need tandem axles.... just put 1 huge axle with 10 times the load capacity right? and a bigger engine and tranny.

    I would consider full size trucks with 4.5ft short beds just as "ugly" then? So you bought a full size truck to go grab grocery's ? :lol:
  4. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Why is it ugly? Aesthetics!!

    Has nothing to do with the brand. It just looks like something not so well thought out.

    To me this one looks like some time was spent designing it before anything was cut or welded.
    The reasons most Top Kicks have tandem rear wheels isn't for offroading. Those things are usually hauling/towing a load with weight. So it is needed to increase it's capacity.
    Although my bed isn't much longer than the 4.5' one you mentioned but the F@#D Exploder Sport Trac is almost as ugly as the 6x that you posted a pic of. And yes it is only good to grab groceries.
  5. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    most any thing that really needs dual rear axles is something so far beyong what 99% of people need, why build it? if you REALLY need dual rear axles for weight carrying capacity, you NEED a full blown truck, and by that i mean something capable of 30,000 lbs plus, not a 1 ton pickup.


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