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Readers Weigh in on the Chevrolet 1500HD

Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say…

Jun 16, 2017
Photographers: Readers
After featuring the Chevrolet 1500HD eight-lug truck in our May 2017 Garage editorial, we were amazed by the feedback from the “secret club” of owners and enthusiasts who live and breathe 1500HD trivia. Here’s what they had to say. Readers beware: We did no fact-checking whatsoever. Enjoy—and keep your eyes peeled for more 1500HDs.
I have a 1500HD, and they exclusively came in Crew Cab 6-foot 6-inch box in both 2WD and 4WD. All came with 6.0L gas V-8s with 4l80E transmissions. Mine has a 4.10 rear, but they also came with 3.73. They are 8-lug. They also made a 1500HD with the rear stear option called “Quadrasteer,” also with 6.0L and 4l80E, but they have a dualie-looking rear fender (but not as aggressive).
Dave Citton
Facebook Comment
It’s a 2500 frame non-HD with all 2500 running gear… (Idk why)
Landon Leffler
Facebook Comment
I have a Quadrasteer 1500HD and it's an 8-lug truck. The Crew Cab 1500HDs were 8-lug; the extended cabs were only 6-lug.
Scott Foster
Facebook Comment
Chevy offered a 1500HD with 8-lug from the factory, just like they offered the 2500 light duty with a 6-lug that was sporting a 14-bolt rear axle. The trick to identifying it is the ¾-ton has a plastic spacer under the park lights and grille filling the gap to the front bumper.
Matt Oliver
Facebook Comment
Photo 2/8   |   Pic of my ’06 1500HD, in response to your article on them. -Brian Brook
Photo 3/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Front View
Photo 4/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Rear View
Photo 5/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Engine
Per your 1500HD story, I have one of those “oddballs.” Given that mine also has GM's 4-wheel steering (Quadrasteer) and that I've installed an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger, it may be more of a unicorn now. My truck is an ’03 Silverado 1500HD that I've had for 7 years now and has just crested 90k miles.
The ’03 1500HDs are oddballs—as you noted—and in fact were renamed the 2500 in ’04 (non-HD). They all had the 6.0L/4L80E powertrain with 8-lug axles and even the same brake pads as the 2500HD. Also, they all were Crew Cab with the 6 ½-foot bed. This plus the unique combination of the NP246 transfercase, which had the AUTO 4WD feature (along with 2WD, 4LO, and 4HI and available on half-tons but not 2500HDs) were actually what drew me to it. Well, that and the Quadrasteer option.
John Grant
Salt Lake City, UT
Photo 6/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Front Gray
Photo 7/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Side View Gray
Photo 8/8   |   Chevrolet 1500HD Owners Say Hauling
Love the 8-Lug HD magazine, great job on it! Just wanted to share my thoughts on the Garage section article. I have an ’02 1500HD, and they are a true ¾-ton truck. They replaced the old version of the 2500, pre-HD, with a GVW of 8,600 pounds versus 9,200 pounds or so for a 2500HD. Semi-floating rear axle versus full-floating on the 2500HD. Also only available with the 6.0L gas engine. Have owned mine since 2004 (60,000 miles) and now have close to 260,000 miles on it. Been all over the country with it, and it’s still going strong! Here are a few pictures of it. Thanks for a great magazine!
Jason Arens
Midland, MI

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