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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:46 AM   #41
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I've never personally seen the 6.5TD in a 1/2ton Burban only in 3/4ton and I saw a 3500 once..wierd. But it is listed as one of the 2 engine options from 94-99.

I've been keeping my eye for a 94-95 Blazer with the 6.5TD...one of those with a SAS in front and 37's would be cool. More room than my ZJ.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 08:59 AM   #42
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Yeah, the 6.5 TD was available in the 1/2 tons..

Whats more, and what probably explains your story, is the fact that they came with the 9.5" 14 bolt semifloating rear axle, and yes, the 1500s were 8 lug bolt patterns.

Sshhh. don't tell the H2 guys, though, they get a little defensive if you tell them 1/2 tons used those axles...
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Old February 24th, 2006, 10:34 AM   #43
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Yeah, the 6.5 TD was available in the 1/2 tons..

Whats more, and what probably explains your story, is the fact that they came with the 9.5" 14 bolt semifloating rear axle, and yes, the 1500s were 8 lug bolt patterns.

Sshhh. don't tell the H2 guys, though, they get a little defensive if you tell them 1/2 tons used those axles...
Jason, did the 1/2 ton Suburbans w/6.5TD still used the 1/2 front diff or the 3/4 ton 9.25". And I assume in the 1/2 tons they put the 4l80e behind the 6.5TD and not the 4l80e like my 5.7L has.

Now the Blazers with the 6.5TD what rear axle did they use the SF 14 or 10bolt?

Whats really sad is tow ratings on some Suburbans. My 99 w/5.7L and 3.73 gears is rated to tow 6000 or 6500....the Suburbans 1/2 & 3/4 w/6.5TD are rated to tow the same amount. Oh you could also get 4:10's with the 6.5TD in Burbys. I don't believe the 4:10's where availible for the 5.7L only 3:42 & 3.:73.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 11:10 AM   #44
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And WTF 8K for a deisel upgrade......when I was looking for a new company vehicle last spring it was only $5-6k upgrade.
$8K is going from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton and diesel.
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Jason, did the 1/2 ton Suburbans w/6.5TD still used the 1/2 front diff or the 3/4 ton 9.25". And I assume in the 1/2 tons they put the 4l80e behind the 6.5TD and not the 4l80e like my 5.7L has.

Now the Blazers with the 6.5TD what rear axle did they use the SF 14 or 10bolt?

Whats really sad is tow ratings on some Suburbans. My 99 w/5.7L and 3.73 gears is rated to tow 6000 or 6500....the Suburbans 1/2 & 3/4 w/6.5TD are rated to tow the same amount. Oh you could also get 4:10's with the 6.5TD in Burbys. I don't believe the 4:10's where availible for the 5.7L only 3:42 & 3.:73.
Blazers with the 6.5 used a 10 bolt :tonka: I am not sure what GM was thinking, but (knock on wood) it has held up to 210,000 and I know a guy with a 6.5 in a half ton truck with 240k on it...

I THINK all the 6.5TDs had the 4l80e... every 6.5 I have seen has at least, if it did not have a stick.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #46
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I've hard the same trailer behind my short box reg cab and long box i have to say the longer truck felt a lot more stable to me. and springs seam to play a big factor 2 after beefing the springs in my short box it steped up in towing a lot.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 12:48 AM   #47
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Well i had an 06 Sierra Z-71 for 4 days this week.. i towed the GF' quads to mounds today.. i wasnt that impressed.. doin 75 it shifted every 5 min it seemed now honestly this is just the gear ratio but still the power from the 5.3 seemed lacking also.. and this is just two 350lb quads on a 2 place Sled trailer..
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Old March 11th, 2006, 08:37 AM   #48
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I tow with a 01' dodge 5.9 rattletrap 2500 ( chipped ofcourse ) I tow my 84' xj it works great! I see some of you guys are towing with smaller trucks. My rule of thumb has been your tow rig shouldn't be a whole lot smaller than what your trailering. Have you heard the saying " the tail wagging the dog"
You get out on the freeway around lansing with the wind comeing across the road at about 50mph you wishin you had a heavier truck! Grandman comment here!
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Old March 12th, 2006, 07:36 PM   #49
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I have a 01 Chevy Ex cab short box Z71 and tow a 2000 lb (dry) 18 foot + dovetail trailer and a 1939 John Deere D weighing in at a little over 6000 lbs by itself. Tows it pretty well, but is very slow getting up to speed. Because of the soft springs on the truck, and farther back trailer axles than I wanted, I keep the load towards the back (keeping 10% tongue weight).

I specifically ordered the truck w/ 4.10's to get a max towing capabity of 9000 lbs. 33,000 miles and several loads and no issues. Hoping the tranny holds up (4l60e).
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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #50
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jd d? thats a heavy tractor. would you happen to come to the mich flywheelers musem show??? eh eh eh???

but towing with my 1/2 is fine for the stuff i tow with it. its stable. i feel in control 99% of the time, unless i have the trailer loaded wrong.
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jd d? thats a heavy tractor. would you happen to come to the mich flywheelers musem show??? eh eh eh???

but towing with my 1/2 is fine for the stuff i tow with it. its stable. i feel in control 99% of the time, unless i have the trailer loaded wrong.
Been going to the Flywheelers show since it's inception!
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 09:20 PM   #52
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im there every year.. i help put it on
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Ford now has the 8200 package with the 5.4, bigger radiator, bigger brakes, bigger trans cooler, bigger battery, 10.25 rear axle, 7 lug wheels and a towing capacity of 9900 lbs!
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There must be something about a 3/4 ton that makes it appealing for towing. Maybe it's the fact that a 3/4 ton suburban w/ a 454 makes easy work of towing a 27ft. Chris-Craft w/ twin mercs for a good 5 or 6 years. But maybe we just bought one of those exceptions.?..
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There must be something about a 3/4 ton that makes it appealing for towing. Maybe it's the fact that a 3/4 ton suburban w/ a 454 makes easy work of towing a 27ft. Chris-Craft w/ twin mercs for a good 5 or 6 years. But maybe we just bought one of those exceptions.?..
I ended up buying another 3/4 ton dodge with a V10. Pulls most hills in 4th... LOL, that long incline at Blueberry Hill, I manage 55 with the pedal on the floor, though, thats a monster..
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Well i had an 06 Sierra Z-71 for 4 days this week.. i towed the GF' quads to mounds today.. i wasnt that impressed.. doin 75 it shifted every 5 min it seemed now honestly this is just the gear ratio but still the power from the 5.3 seemed lacking also.. and this is just two 350lb quads on a 2 place Sled trailer..

well one your not supposed to tow at 75 mph :miff:

I put my YJ behind my dads 2002 Avalanche Z-71 and it pulled it great at highway speeds. I knew it was there... but I was probably pulling 5k with the trailer.
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I tow 75 with my V10, no shifting, except on something liek the Zilwaukee bridge, when I run 3rd, it will hold speed or accelerate at will.


With the 5.3, 3.73 gears are a minumum, and 4.11s would be much better. They need to rev.
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i thinki pulling 2 quads on a tiny lil sled trailer should be fine towing at 75.. but i guess i was wrong.
Anyway i pulled the grand antional down to milan (about 50min freeway) on our 18ft with my dads crew cab sierra 1500 5.3 auto no problems VERY stable lots of power. and that seemed to be steady at 75 with out much shifting.

Haggar: it was just a rental truck while mine was getting fixed.. :tonka:
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I ended up buying another 3/4 ton dodge with a V10. Pulls most hills in 4th... LOL, that long incline at Blueberry Hill, I manage 55 with the pedal on the floor, though, thats a monster..
One mile hill.....thats a big ass hill. I've seen diesels bog down on that hill....your are right its a monster.
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i have an 05 f-150 and tow a 18ft steel deck trailer, it tows the jeep just fine as well as a 1949 gmc pick up. i have never had any problems with it. i think it is rated to pull just under 10,000lbs.
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