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8ft plow on a 1/2 ton?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by 1/2tonthatcould, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    Anyone do this? I would use timbrens and have my torsion bars cranked up, what do you guys think?
    98 k1500 ext cab sb
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Used to run a 9ft Western on a Chevy short box.
     
  3. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    by the way the truck is a 98 k1500 ext cab short bed
     
  4. 7d9_z28

    7d9_z28 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Ive got a 98 silverado 1500 ecsb and im going to a 8 foot as soon as i find the right one for the right price. not gunna use timbrens, my front end barely drops with my 7.5 meyer on it
     
  5. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Just run it!
     
  6. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    a little overkill......
     
  7. 7d9_z28

    7d9_z28 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    how is it overkill? its less than putting wings on a 7'6''.......
     
  8. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    I mean if I had unlimited funds I'd put a 7'6 on but I got this plow for next to nothin
     
  9. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    i run 7.5 western with pro wings on my 98 chevy ext cab short bed worked fine but cranking up bars will where out your tires i ran mine a few years then changed keys in bars to level it out also added helper spring in back it works as good as my 95 2500
     
  10. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    When you crank your keys it affects your caster and camber if you get an alignment it wont be a problem. My keys have been raised for a long time no issues:
     
  11. Gear_Head

    Gear_Head Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 245

    I have an 05 1500 with a 8 ft. I wanted a 7.5, but could not pass on the deal of the 8fter. I cranked my bars up and run 5-600 pounds of ballast in the bed. No problems here.
     
  12. BOSS LAWN

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Yeah, I have the torsion bars raised on my Chevy 1500, I run a 8'6" Western Ultramount with weight in the rear. Handles it fine under 55mph.
     
  13. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,305

    Usually only about a 15lbs difference between the two
     
  14. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    are the westerns much heavier or lighter than fishers
     
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    There cpl guys around here has Boss Vplows with wings on Short bed 1/2 chevys When they lift them up looks like Tires are in the fenders Plus they have Rear pull plows on them
     
  16. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u Member
    Messages: 72

    what do timbrens do?
     
  17. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    My mistake was never running the recommended 500Lb balast but with the timbrens I got 2 1/2 years out of the front wheel bearings. This was all driveway service. Thats with a 500 lb plow.
     
  18. Pushin4U

    Pushin4U Senior Member
    Messages: 145

  19. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u Member
    Messages: 72

    what do timbrens do?
     
  20. Pushin4U

    Pushin4U Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    What do you mean what do they do? The website explains everything that timbrens do. You can use them in the front or rear of your truck.

    He put them in the front of his truck to keep the sag not as bad, which in turn if your truck has more sag from a 800# plow up there it wears front parts out quicker! So by using timbrens, they eliminate sag. Basically, it's a way of beefing up the front end.