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2001 3500 plow options

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by indplstim, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    Just bought a 2001 Chevy 3500, 8.1 with the Allison trans, extended cab drw, 4800 lb front end. Was checking around on the plow manufacturer websites last night, Boss was the only company I found offering better than an 8 foot straight blade. Anyone had any trouble with a heavier plow on these setups? Any opinions or past experiences or issues? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    Got a quote for a 9.2 boss dxt today, $6300 installed, what are you guys seeing in your area price wise?
     
  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,061

    That's not a bad price and a good plow. I sure don't understand why Chevy sells a 1 ton truck with a 4800 lb. front end. I've got a 3/4 ton and the front end is 5500. Makes no sense at all. Since you've got a dually I'd also add wings to the plow to help clear your rear wheels.
     
  4. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195


    I agree, my 02 F250 has a 5400 lb front end. Was just reading Boss doesn't recommend wings on the 9.2 due to sagging issues. I don't know if that has been rectified by stronger trip slings at this point.
     
  5. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,061

    I'm positive I've seen at least a few members with them on DXTs, and many with them on VXTs. I don't know the weight difference between the two. I'm sure someone will chime in here and help you some more.
     
  6. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,846

    talk to mossman381
     
  7. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    What are you going to plow? Do you really need a 9.2 or would you be better off with a 8.2 blade?
     
  8. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    I have a pretty good mix of properties I take care of. Few smallish parking lots, few drives, and a couple large churches. Also whatever else pops up here and there. I help a buddy out when we are done with our stuff. That was another concern, plowing between parked cars on my main contract which is a series of day care centers. I would say 75% of the time I am servicing the lots while empty. So I think I should manage fine.
     
  9. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    I don't want to deal with running over windrows that why I am leaning towards the 9.2
     
  10. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,061

    The weight difference between an 8.2 and 9.2 is 57 lbs. He's also got a dually. Why would he go with an 8.2?
     
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,061

    You are correct. Or, one other option would be an 8.2 with wings. Then if you had to remove them for tight spaces, you could.
     
  12. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I would run an 8'2" with wings before I ran the 9'2" without.
    I had a 2004 CCLB with the diesel and same front end. Ran an 8'6" MVP Plus with wings and no issues.
     
  13. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Missed the dually part.
     
  14. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,638

    I was wondering who was going to grab that.

    Those training wheels make a difference.
     
  15. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    Well here it is, 9.2 dxt. Not hooked up in the picture. Had to get a 2 inch leveling kit as the older chevys do not sit very high. Thanks to Mid-State Truck in Fishers Indiana for the clean install. Now we just need some snow!

    IMAG0221.jpg
     
  16. buddymanzpop

    buddymanzpop Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Boss XVT

    Very nice!
     
  17. Badlandsexc

    Badlandsexc Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Looks good. Dont forget the timbrens, well worth the money. Make sure the uca gussets are there, Iif not weld them in.
     
  18. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    I had timbrens on my old 99 1500 silverado, but honestly, the 3500 does not sag too much with the plow raised. I checked on the gussets before I bought the truck. They were installed by the factory, truck has the plow prep package and has not had a plow installed previously. Still waiting on it to snow here in Indianapolis....thank goodness for seasonal contracts. Looks like we will get to play sonetime in the next few weeks hopefully.
     
  19. Badlandsexc

    Badlandsexc Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I run 9.5 vxf w/wings so the timbrens really help. It has to snow sometime, hopefully.
     
  20. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,638

    I would put them on, the plow will sag the front end over time. Torsion bars are still strong as they have not had a load on them before, but you will notice over time, truck will sag.