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4x4 mount on 4x2 GMC 3500

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Duncan90si, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Well Western doesn't make a GMC 2WD 88-00 3500 ultramount truck mount. So I ordered a 4x4 mount and I'm making it work, contrary to what a lot of people have said.

    This is how the frame rail looked at the beginning.
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    This is how badly the mount fit up onto the rail.
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    So I began by making a template of the mount.
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    Perfect fit so I marked my cutting points and fired up the torches.
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    This is the rough cut. Not too shabby.
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  2. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I am going to box the bottom of the rail in again. I started fabbing up a plate to rebox it in.
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    The mount now fits very well. Not too bad for a 24 yr old white boy. :)
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    Heres a pic of the new rail compared to old rail. The drivers side sits nice and flush and look at the height difference also. Its good being mounted higher too since it is only 2WD. (I know the drivers mount is crooked. It not bolted in yet, its just kinda hanging there.)
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    Well I'm heading back out to the garage, lunch is over. I definately take pics when its done. My welder is working right now so I'll have to find someone else's. Let me know what you think.

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  3. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,828

    I think it looks real good. Great job. Are you going to be able to put the bumber back and also what size blade are you using?
     
  4. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Yeah the bumper brackets will still fit fine. I'm mounting a Western 8.5' MVP with wings.
     
  5. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,828

    Very Nice. Take some pictures of the plow on the truck. Rich
     
  6. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Well I got it done and it all worked nice. The truck is going to need atleast some Timbrens, if not heavier coil springs up front. I had the truck hooked up to my 16' foot trailer with my mowing equipment for ballast and it sits much much better when the plow is raised. I just bought a 8' Western stainless V box so I can put plenty of weight in the rear if needed but I still want the front to sit higher without any ballast.

    Heres how it sits without ballast and stock coils with 150K miles on them. Time for some front suspension upgrades! I bought this plow for $2200. Its in perfect condition. The mold board isn't even scratched.

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  7. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I just ordered a new set of heavy duty coils for the front. Its a 95 with 150K so I know the coils are weak, so I'll replace them first. I will then see how it sits and determine whether I'm going to need Timbrens also.

    Heres a pic with the wings installed. Its a half inch short of 10.5' wide.

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    Sorry for the bad quality. I can't expect much from a $50 digital camera. :)

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  8. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I put the heavy duty coils on yesterday along with new shocks. It sits much better now. It only drops an inch when I lift the plow. When I stick the V box on the back, even empty, I think it will sit good. I'm still contemplating Timbrens but I don't think I really need them, but I might throw on a set for the he!! of it.

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  9. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    168 views and 1 person replies? I guess theres no love for a 2WD. I figured I'd atleast get a few of comments on it. :cry: j/k

    Well while I'm at it, I might as well show how I bought the truck last November. It used to be a parking lot sweeper.

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  10. WSR

    WSR Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I am interested to see how well a 2wd dually plows in icy conditions. Nice job on the bracket, almost a factory job!
     
  11. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I plow three flat, open, large shopping plazas. This truck should do quite well. I have a set of brand new Workhorse snow tires with studs for the back. I have plowed with the identical truck but 4x4 before on these accounts, and I rarely ever used 4WD. That truck had an open rear diff, I put an Eaton posi with 4.56 gears in this 2WD. I'll see for sure when it starts snowing.
     
  12. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    our 91 is a 4x4 but they told me they rarely used the 4x4 last year and when its loaded with salt even better so i think youll be fine