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    Default Best domestic full-size diesel truck?

    I don't know who it was, but I was running around the lake where we are right now and saw this BADASS 4 door Chevy Silverado go by (nice and slow due to the traffic). Now, me saying that is heavy, because this thing was totally tricked for an expedition, and I am not a fan of many domestic models.

    It had a mild lift (3-4"), and looked perfectly done (the rear end wasn't dragging) like a SCORE wanna-be, had a slight rake. It had probably 35" tires, but they looked skinny. I could have sworn it was ARB on the front w/front winch, but obviously a custom ARB-look-alike job. I can't believe how nice it looked without the fairing of a front bumper and a high-approach-angle bar.

    It had two spare tires positioned longitudinally (sp?) on either side of the headache rack which was integrated into a full cage if you will that extended the roofline all the way atop the bed. Custom rear bumper with rear winch fairlead and hook (gotta assume a rear winch) and build in ladder to get to the top of the cage. Bending down to look at the rear wich I saw a rear fuel tank angled up from the axle to the rear bumper. All of the accessories (like high-lift, shovel & axe, etc) were cleanly mounted.

    I've never seen a full-sized truck I wanted more. Again the thing was amazing. Oh yeah, and of course diesel. Aren't the Silverado's 4 wheel steering too?

    This got me really thinking of a full-size expedition TRUCK like that. If you built one, what make would you choose and why? Personally, I'd like to do the same get'up on a 4 door 2500 Cummins'd Dodge avec the 6spd manual. Ford 250/350s have PTO option. So much cool stuff.
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    I really like the Super-Duty. ARB bumper and some 255/85's with a fourwheel camper
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    GMC 2500HD with Duramax diesel and Allison transmission. Not as huge or ugly as a Super Duty (sorry, Scott. ) but also unstoppable and very reliable.

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    This is a bad thread.
    Just got my taco but couple days ago, I heard a 2500HD drove by the turbo diesel sounds so nice. From what I head it's pretty normal for 2500HD diesel to get 20mpg on freeway. The diesel engine will last a LLLOOOONNNGGG time. Ok now I need to stay away from this thread........

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    Cummins Dodge and 6-speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRXRacing
    Cummins Dodge and 6-speed.
    Yup. To bad they switched transmissions in 2007...people aren't real happy with them....6th gear is significantly lower than the previous trans. At 75mph, the B series Cummins needs to do little more than an idle....gearing to low is easy to do with them. Hell, even my 3.73's were to low (47RE trans and 305/70R16 tires).
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    Toyota Tundra... That is my vote. Can you really define Domestic anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRXRacing
    Cummins Dodge and 6-speed.

    Ditto... SFA and best engine. I'll finish building my expedition vehicle sometime.
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    Funny, I was just getting ready to ask the same question.

    I am seriously thinking of getting a fullsize. I will keep my Tacoma (it's paid for) and "give" it to my girlfriend.

    ...and since Toyota doesn't have a fullsize diesel yet (damn!)

    So which is the better one?

    I am thinking manual transmisson, either crew cab short box, or extra cab long box with a 4-Wheel camper. It will be used for yanking a trailer full of race bikes, and the occasional offroad trip.

    The only lift I have seen for the Chevys is a drop IFS...which I would see as a weak point.

    More opinions please.
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    The steering system on the chevy's really leaves alot to be desired (look at the tie rod ends sometime.....). I also prefer the inline engines....and you won't find them under the hood of a ford or chevy. The B series Cummins is to the diesel world what the small block chevy was to the gasser world. But honestly, right now I would wait a couple of years and see what the new diesel fuel brings in. I suspect we will be seeing a good number of new diesel offerings....

    But it would be hard to go wrong with a dodge and a 4 wheel pop up.
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