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98 Gmc 1500

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by F350plowing, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    So my boy wants to get into plowing. Hes got a 98 GMC sierra 1500 ext cab 5.7L 4x4. What do you all think of that for like a 8 foot western and some weight in the bed? Just for a season or 2 until i get some more funds in the company to afford another new truck. Anyone use a truck like that? any mods you had to do?
  2. chevyman51

    chevyman51 Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    I run a 95 1500 with a 7.5 western I put timbrens up front and run around 800 lbs of ballast.
  3. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i would say go with the 8 footer aslong as you are not travling far with it on and it comes off between storms. i think you can legaly run it according to westerns web site but to save some front end parts i would dismount that big of a blade from a half ton when not in use!
  4. 1/2tonthatcould

    1/2tonthatcould Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    the torsion bars in these trucks are to light almost for a 7'6 foot plow, the front end sags quite a bit. this can be done but you need to use timbrens. i also plan to run a 8 ft fisher of my 98 chev 1500 this season
  5. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    the truck in my avator was the 1500 i used for 3 plowing seasons with a boss 7'6 sumer duty. have 2 inch lift kit. i removed the rear blocks and added air bags. i sold the truck and now have a 2500 truck because of the towing and plowing i do. the 2500 with only have the 7'6 still but i plan on upgrading to a 8'2 v mid season or at the begining. if i had to buy another straight blade for half to x-cab short bed i would do an 8 footer for clerance on the wheels.
  6. mule585

    mule585 Member
    Messages: 74

    The plow in my avatar is a 7-6 western on the same truck as yours. I use 600# of sand in the back. It drops the front about an 1"-1/2 with the plow up. Great truck to plow with it will push snow like a champ. Also this plow is for sale.