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Anybody ever installed central hydraulics on a 3500hd

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Blaine4450, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Blaine4450

    Blaine4450 Member
    Messages: 32

    I have a 1998 chevy 3500hd dump that currently has an electric over hydraulic pump for the bed. I would like to go to central hydraulics to run the bed and an under tailgate salt spreader. I would like to run a clutch pump and not go with pto. Has anyone ever done this and if so what did it require as far as parts? Do any companies make a ready to install kit? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I have that system, but it came with the truck.

    From what I can tell, these trucks were designed to run an accessory off the motor. On my truck you can see the diagram for the belt routing with or without the accessory which could be a second alt, air pump, or hydraulic pump.

    Here's the biggest issue with adding a hydro-system though. It can cost upwards of 4k in parts to put it in if not more. So it might not be cost effective to add it to an older truck.

    I have a sub-contractor who looked into this for his Kodiax. He couldn't justify the price, so he bought a snow-ex electric replacement spreader and said it works really well. This way you get your spreader and spend 1/3 the cost over doing a hydraulic set-up.


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