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03 2500HD first time plower

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jtmonte, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    approaching a good deal on a 7'6 curtis snow pro 3000,

    this will be my first time plowing, i will be sent out for the local municipality plowing neighborhood streets

    my truck is a 2003 GMC 2500HD 6.0 auto with 112,000 miles.

    what if anything should i do to the truck to beef it up for plowing?

    also is the Curtis plow dependable?


    any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. chitown sparky

    chitown sparky Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    put timbrens on the front and as far as curtis plow never used one I have 3 Boss's for 10 years and never had a problem with them Ron
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    check the front end out,,a/c belt and tensioner. water pump???? was it already done?
    dipstick tube and the ever popular exh manifolds!!!!! and look at the motor mounts, ive done all our 6.0s at work.
     
  4. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    havent done any of that ha, guess im in for some work
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Ha. Welcome to plowtruck ownership lol
     
  6. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    make some gussets for where the front A arms attach at the frame. Search on here, there' a thread in the Chevy forum called "every CHEVY IFS owner should read this" or something like that. it's real easy to do if you have a welder.
     
  7. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    how do i know if its time to do the exhaust manifold or water pump?
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Manifold studs are broken,,and or exhaust leak water pump...if the hub or pulley is loose...or your not getting proper cooling
     
  9. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    should i purchase a bulk supply of advil to cure the headaches?
     
  10. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20


    thanks for the info, i definitely will be doing this
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    No. You'll be fine. Couple days and shell be great
     
  12. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    the back of the a arms. look up frame gussets on here. lots of useful info
     
  13. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    the arm closest to the cab.
     
  14. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    yep i will be getting in contact with b&b for the gussets that he makes
     
  15. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    i have an 04 gmc 2500 hd, i recomend timbrens! havent got them for mine yet but i think they are a must. put a 8ft hiniker on mine couple turns of the torsions and still a little soggy in the front. plenty of truck for a bigger plow though. i have about 500lbs of ballast in back, truck is a tank! gl to ya
     
  16. jtmonte

    jtmonte Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 20

    what kind/size tires are you guys running?
     
  17. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    i have 285/75-16 bfgoodrich all-terrain t/a love the tires just when the run out need to get the load range e the d's dont like the wieght. i also like the cooper m/s tiers but they just dont last way to soft. best i ever got was about 10000 miles roatationg them constantly. these bf's are holding up very well
     
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You dont have to do any of these projects just to plow snow. If they are not leaking, run them.
     
  19. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    True,,,,the leaky manifolds tho. If they are leaking you should. But Idk if they are, just suggesting as a item to look out for
     
  20. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Thats why i said if they are not leaking, run them.

    Sounds like he has had the truck for a while, I'm guessing he knows the overall condition.