Tom hit it on the head here...Originally Posted by tomtbone1993
I just traded my '00 GMC crew dually 4x4 for my 2500 4x4 Duramax extended cab..
The 3/4 ton stops the boat/trailer twice as well.
The 3/4 tons use the same brakes as 1 tons...
The old body style GMs handled and towed great (I had three of them). ALL had shiz for brakes.
It does you no good to have 400hp and 650 lb/tk if you are scared when you have to stop...
I pull my Pantera with my 2500 and it does a wonderful job. My boat&trailer is 8500, and the brakes don't work. I wouldn't hesitate one bit putting 12k behind it.
I pull this about every other day- It's my Demo for wok.. Boat on trailer is 8500lb. Brakes on one axle.
The biggest/most valuable improvement I have made on all trucks is to switch the shocks. I have used the Rancho RS5000 with great results. (most stock shocks are rebound damping only)
I'm going to change the shocks and tires on my new truck (it just flipped 4250 miles today)