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1999 F150 XLT 5.4L V8 Plow Options/Tire Recommendations

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by SliceWire, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. SliceWire

    SliceWire Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey Guys,

    So reciently I picked up a 1999 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 5.4L V8. Its a great truck, I've really fallen in love with it. But the big reason why I picked it up is I need to make some money with it this winter by plowing. I'll be working under a small contracting group in the Northern Chicago Suburbs, and will be working primarily with residential driveways and a few commercial contracts. I was looking at what my options are for a plow, but haven't come up with too much, and am worried about weight restrictions. This will be my fourth year in the snow removal business and the first year I will have my own vehicle to plow with. Any reccomendations/tips on what would be a good plow for a truck like mine?

    Also, It has some beefy tires on it, (Tire Rack Link Here ) I've heard bad things about plowing with mud-type tires and that I should hit the junk yard and pick up a set of thinner wheels for plowing in the winter. Sounds bogus to me but I honestly have never had a car with such fat tires on it.I'm going to have to put a new set of tires on before snow season, so which/what do you guys recommend? Fat or Skinny?

    Also Looking for a good place to find some cheap amber strobes. Any tips/imput on anything to get me started would be awesome!

    Thanks guys,

  2. Nismothunder

    Nismothunder Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    1. A heavy duty tranny cooler is a must when plowing with an auto

    2. You have the 34 spline 9.75 rear end, most likly with an LSD unit in it, Plenty strong for plowing.

    3. Bfg A/t's are decent in snow, if they have good thread I would run them.

    4.I would only run a straight edge on this truck, no V plow.

    5. If you are replacing tires, I would stick with the stock size, or maybe down grade too a 235-70-16 for more power, But then you may find that its harder too find traction.

    6. If you can run studded tires run them.

    7. Use low range and 4 high.

    8. Dont plow with OD on