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I was wondering what determines a truck's classification?
I know there small sized trucks, like S10s, Rangers and such. There's mid-sized, which are Dakotas. And there's full-sized, like Ram 1500, Chevy 2500, F-350 and such.

But, what are the differences between the Dakota and Ram 1500, 2500 and/or 3500 that make one a mid-sized and the others full-sized? I mean, it was nothing for my Dak to carry a 1200 lb load, which would make it a 1/2 ton, so shouldn't it be a full-sized truck?

What is the difference between a 1500, 2500 and a 3500? Are they built on different frames? I know engines may differ, but if I put a 3500 engine in a 1500, would that make the truck a 3500?

Also, what limits a trucks capacity, the engine/tranny combo or the frame construction or the suspension setup? Or something else?
 

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Umm, no The frame and suspension determines what makes the truck a 1500, 2500, 3500 hense, 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, 1, ton.
 
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