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Boss V on 1997 Ford F-250 HD Powerstroke?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Mj's Lawncare, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Hi guys i'm new to the plowing scene. I've been using a bobcat for snow removal on my lots but need a more efficient setup. I own a 1997 Ford F-250 HD Powerstroke which i will be using to plow. A friend of mine has for sale a Boss V-plow in "like new" condition" currently mounted on a 1996 Ford F-350. I believe its an 8' or 9' plow. My questions are:

    Is that mount compatible with my truck?
    Can my truck handle this plow well?
    Is $3500 reasonable for everything, lights, mount, controls, plow?
    Will i need to upgrade my truck suspension? My truck sits slightly lower in the front, and the bumper rubs my oversize tires slightly the way it is. Here's a link to a pic of my truck.
    Thanks guys!

    http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v299/175/32/1042430106/n1042430106_30095180_1035.jpg
     
  2. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Well if the plow is really in like new condition, that's a good price. One of the dealers on the site will see this thread and tell you if the mounts and wiring are compatible. Get new shocks, a set of timbrens, and crank the T-bar up a bit and you'll be set
     
  3. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Without seeing the plow it's tough to say if it's worth $3500. My gut instinct tells me that it's probably not since it's mounted on an old truck.

    The best way to know for sure is to snap a pic and post it on here. You'll get a lot of very honest opinions of the plow's true value.

    Secondly, your truck should be able to handle a 8'2" Boss. I've seen those plows mounted onto many 3/4 ton trucks before. Like the guy above me mentioned, add some timbrens and you should be set to go.
     
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Mount and wiring are a direct fit for your truck.

    Suspension may need an upgrade or two.

    Need to find out for sure what size the plow is (7.6, 8.2, 9.2).

    And some pix will help to "guesstimate" the value.
     
  5. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    the 90s fords like that have sold front axles and leaf springs just thought id let you know that. ford makes a pretty decent front end just make sure the lock outs on the 4 wheel drive work the hubs go bad sometimes get broke and what not
     
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Actually Mj's F250 would be TTB...not solid axle. Just thought I'd let you know that. :D
     
  7. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks guys for the input, just have a few more comments/questions. The plow is a 9' 2", I will get my friend to take some pics. My truck doesn't have the same axle as the F-350, the F-350 has like a solid piece running across the front of the axle. The truck has leaf springs, pardon my ignorance but what are timbrens?
     
  8. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    mike my 96 250 has a solid one [​IMG]
     
  9. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    it sure looks like it came that way but then again the front fender on the passanger side and the rocker and hood r all alittle diffrent color it could of been stock. But my dad had a white 95 f250 extended cab long bed and i believe that was solid 2 but i was little then
     
  10. JDFireFord64

    JDFireFord64 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    im new to the plowing forums but i kno that an f250 3/4 ton came with a twin traction beam dana 50 front end, not a dana 60 solid axle. despite that, maybe add-a-leafs or timbrens will help your truck handle that v, good luck.
     
  11. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    well i guess ill be crawling back under that green truck its sitting at my couzins house
     
  12. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Ok i'll take a picture of the front so we know for sure. What difference does it make, maybe affects how much I'll have to modify the suspension?
     
  13. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

  14. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    pic not work

    you need use photobucket to post pic here.
     
  15. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    ok i just attached the pics hope you can see well enough

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    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  16. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The plow is at least 10 years old (RT2) but does look to be in good condition. Wouldn't call $3500 a good deal though. For that amount of cash you can buy a 2 or 3 yeard old one.

    Your truck has the standard issue Dana 50 TTB just like I first mentioned. If you want to run a plow just adding a set of Timbrens up front should be enough to support it if the springs are still in good condition.
     
  17. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    ok what would you call a good deal, could I buy a three year old Boss V for $3500
     
  18. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    $2000 tops. The old RT2's were great plows and it may be in good shape but it's already on the obsolete list.




    Definitly..look around in the used equipment forum here.
     
  19. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Which means the next truck upgrade will be expensive, no mounts/electrical for the newer trucks. Go with a new model blade:nod:
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  20. Mj's Lawncare

    Mj's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    So I could put a new blade on an older mount? What advantage is that? Im not planning on buying a new truck anytime soon the stroke is still young:)