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Chevy - Plow Prep / HD Suspension ?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by POWERBAND, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. POWERBAND

    POWERBAND Member
    Messages: 70

    I have a new Silverado W/T without the "Plow Prep package" but with the "HD suspension option". The front spring rating is 3950 lbs. I've been trying to find out if the HD Suspension option include heavier front torsion bars or is this standard rating?.
    I plan on putting a 7.5 light duty Western/meyers/Fisher..., and am very intersted to know what front axle ratings are on a"Plow Prep" equipped short bed/standard cab Silverado.
    I've been reading the advice on Timbrens and other suggestions. Other than a higher current alternator, It seems higher rated torsion bars would be the only advantage to the "Snow plow package" and they should be relatively affordable. Thanx - PB
     
  2. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    What model is your truck? All different truck models has different axle rating so it all depends.

    All I know is that the 2500HD with snowplow prep package has FAWR of #4800 on all cab models. 2500HD without that option has FAWR of #4500.

    There are several other stuff that are additional in snowplow prep package than just the torsion bars and higher output alternator. Do a search on that... it has been covered before.

    As for Timbrens... it would be very helpful for your truck front end to improve its handing and to reduce sag.
     
  3. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2003
  4. POWERBAND

    POWERBAND Member
    Messages: 70

    Thanx

    Just want to send a thanks :salute: to Sonjaab, There is lots of useful info at the link you posted in response to my snow plow prep question.
    :cool: PB
     
  5. mrwonderful76

    mrwonderful76 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I have a 2007 2500HD with the snow plow prep package. I'm having a snoway 29hdw 7.5 plow with wings installed in the morning. The company doing the install said I did'nt need to run the plow on an additional battery. My concern is should I buy an additional battery since the truck has a place for another battery.
     
  6. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    if you are just running the plow you don't need the second battery. it will be fine, but when you are running a lightbar,corner strobes,salt spreader, extra back up lights and a plow that is when the extra HD battery set up comes in handy. hope this info helps...
     
  7. mrwonderful76

    mrwonderful76 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I had a salt spreader installed last week Snow-ex 575, I have factory lights on roof top, and the plow will have a set of lights. This will be my first season plowing and I want to cover any potential problems before I get started. I'm a little disappointed with both the chevy dealer and the plow installers because neither was able to give me good advice. First, I thought the extra battery would have been included with the truck. Secondly, the plow installers don't want to install the plow to another battery even when I said I was going to buy one and bring it with me in the morning. Basically, I have to pay them to install the plow to my main battery and then pay someone else to install the plow (maybe spreader as well) to a new batttery.
     
  8. Spitz

    Spitz Senior Member
    Messages: 192



    Probably not needed, but your alternator may thank you for having a second battery.
     
  9. bike5200

    bike5200 Senior Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 437

    If you are going to add a second battery you need to get two batteries made on the same date, read the Sticky at the top.