Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD Parts
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD Parts
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Silverado 2500/3500 Parts
In the ever-changing automotive industry, one thing remains consistent: Competition. The major American automotive manufacturers battled for supremacy all throughout the 20th Century, and the competition would only heat up in the new millennium. As the 1990s drew to a close, the quest to design the ultimate Heavy Duty pickup became the latest endeavor in which the prominent automotive brands tangled over.
Shortly before the dawn of the year 2000, The Ford Motor Company fired the first shot with the introduction of its famed Super Duty line. The mammoth F-250 and F-350 pickups quickly established themselves as popular rigs for professional contractors and anyone else that needed to haul heavy equipment. Two years, later, however, Chevrolet countered with the all-new Silverado 2500 and 3500!
The Silverado nameplate effectively replaced the C/K models in the late-1990s, and the light-duty pickup became one of the faces of the Chevrolet brand. In an effort to create the ultimate full-size rig, Chevy took a Silverado 1500 model and added a rugged frame, a robust suspension, and even more engine power. With that, the Silverado 2500 HD was born!
Before we delve into the vast aftermarket upgrades available for the Chevy Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500, let’s take a closer look at the brief, but eventful history of Chevrolet’s Heavy Duty pickups.
With any Heavy Duty pickup truck comes the expectation that the rig will possess greater towing and hauling capabilities than that of a light-duty rig. Needless to say, the Chevy Silverado 2500 & 3500s delivered on both promises. The First Generation Silverado 2500 & 3500 models were built with a colossal frame and rugged steering and braking systems that could handle heavier payloads and accommodate whatever towing jobs that its owners may have.
The 2001-2006 Silverado HD pickups came with a 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline motor from the factory, with several other engine options, including a turbocharged diesel. The 6.0L engine enabled the Chevy Silverado HD to put down 300 hp at 4400 rpm and 360-370 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The powerful V8 and the five-speed manual transmission helped pave the way for the Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 to boast towing capacities that was competitive with its chief rivals, the Ford Super Duty and Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickups.
Throughout the First Generation, Chevy fans could select either the regular and extended cab Silverado HD options. The regular cab seats two or three passengers and came with two side doors. In contrast, an extended cab Silverado 2500 HD projects an SUV-like feel, with a compliment of a full-width backseat area, four doors and no center pillar, which can comfortably seat five-to-six passengers. The different combinations of seating demonstrated Chevy’s dedication to not only create the perfect working vehicle, but also a pickup that can accommodate the entire family.
The Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty pickup line was recognized as Motor Trend Magazine’s Truck of the Year in 2001, and the momentum continued throughout the First Generation and beyond. Chevy’s Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD models received a host of aesthetic and performance alterations throughout its first six years of production, including the addition of a chrome grille and front bumper in 2002.
Three years later, the grille, along with the hood, would be redesigned once more to keep up with the times. Also in 2005, the Duramax diesel engine became a popular commodity, thanks to its ability to produce 605 lb-ft of torque when paired with the all-new Allison five-speed automatic transmission. In 2006, the powerful diesel motor increased its horsepower total, now maxing out at 650 lb-ft of torque!
Second Generation And Beyond
Building off the success of the First Generation, the Chevy Silverado 2500 underwent a redesign for the 2007 model year. On the surface, Chevrolet’s 2007-2014 heavy-duty trucks closely resembled the Silverado 1500 models, only with a beefier frame, a power dome hood, and other larger exterior components. On the inside, Second Generation Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD editions featured a plethora of leg, head, and hip room, while offering some of the latest infotainment options of the time.
From 2007-2010, Chevy Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500 HDs utilizing the base 6.0L gas V8 increased their horsepower and torque totals by seven to 360 HP and 380 lb-ft, respectively. The 8.1L gas motor was discontinued after 2006, and the Duramax 6.6L turbodiesel V8 became a popular option for the Second Generation Silverado HD.
The 6.6L diesel motor more than makes up for its modest 360 HP by putting down 660 lb-ft of torque at just 1600 rpm. Paired with the Allison six-speed automatic transmission, the Second Generation Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks can haul roughly three times its weight while barely breaking a sweat!
In 2011, the Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup once again took home The Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award. The 2011 Chevy Silverado earned critical acclaim for its powertrain and improved independent front suspension. The many innovations made in the 2011 edition greatly reduced emissions and noise levels inside the cabin, while creating a better handle and enhancing the overall ride quality as a result.
The 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 & 3500 HD editions were roughly 800 pounds lighter than Ford Super Duty pickups, which gave them a distinct advantage in the weight-to-power ratio competition. The Duramax engine could not match the Ford Power Stroke in either horsepower or torque, but the diesel motor more than made up for it in efficiency, 0-60 time, and passing power on the track. Additionally, the innovative Allison transmission helped create a smoother ride and effectively differentiated the 2011 Silverado 2500 HD & 3500 HD from its competitors.
The excellence continued through another refresh in 2014, and the future has never been brighter for the Silverado HD well into the third generation.
Find the Best Silverado 2500HD/3500HD Parts at CJ’s
The Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and Silverado 3500 HD models are some of the most powerful American-made pickups out there and are both physical specimens as soon as they roll off of the assembly line. However, as a lifelong Chevy fan, you know that “good enough” is never ok, and that there is always plenty of room for improvement when it comes to your rig.
Similarly, after many years of serving you well on the roadway and the trail, it is not uncommon for factory Silverado 2500/3500 exterior parts to take a beating from the elements, as well as debris that is kicked up from the tires. Though your Silverado 2500 is one of the toughest vehicles on the planet, certain components are not impervious to damage as a result of rust, corrosion, or everyday wear and tear.
Driving around with an impaired exterior not only looks bad but also prevents a slew of safety hazards. The best way to remain safe on the roadway and to keep up your truck’s appearance is to swap out any impaired components for all new Chevy Silverado HD parts as soon as possible.
Luckily for you, CJ’s is your one-stop-shop for the best Silverado Heavy Duty parts around! Because we are dedicated to improving your build and keeping you safe on the roadway, CJ’s only carries aftermarket Chevy Silverado 2500 HD parts from the most trusted names in the industry. Regardless of which well-respected brand that you select, you can rest easy knowing that your build will stand out from the pack and it will perform like never before!
In order to appease Chevy HD fans from all walks of life, CJ’s offers a nice assortment of Silverado 2500/3500 parts, including replacement fender flares, running boards, and Tonneau covers among many others. The Silverado 2500 HD parts from CJ’s will directly-replace your outdated or impaired components from the factory while helping you add a personal touch to your build.
Be sure to note your truck’s correct year as well as any fitment instructions before you make your final purchase. What are you waiting for? Head over to CJ's for the best Chevy Silverado 2500 & 3500 parts on the market today!