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Clearance 24 series on a Dakota

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by rpdwyer, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. rpdwyer

    rpdwyer Member
    Messages: 35

    Hello List.

    Hooked my 24 series up to my 03 Dakota for the first time. Other than working well, the one thing I noticed is the clearance (or lack of it) between the bottom of the plow and the road. Maybe 4" when the plow is raised. Is this normal clearance? With the plow off, the mount has about 8" of clearance from the lowest point. Most of the holes on the mount are not slotted so I don't see room for adjustemnt. Are these clearances normal or am I missing something during the mount install?

    Thanks,
    --Rick
     
  2. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    IIRC the bottom holes of the mount should be somewhere between 10-11 inches.
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Try a set of timbrens and some ballast or at least some ballast.
     
  4. rpdwyer

    rpdwyer Member
    Messages: 35

    OK, I was going to do both. But is that the normal clearance without timbrens... 4" installed and 8" (from the lowest point on the mount) not installed?
     
  5. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I know mine was low on my 92 when I installed it probably close to the same 8" you're talking about. IMO in this order, add ballast when the plow is hooked up, crank the torsion bars 3 turns, add Timbrens. That should get you up a little higher and will help with the drop when you raise the plow.
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    All good advice.
     
  7. rpdwyer

    rpdwyer Member
    Messages: 35

    Thanks for the info to both you and Basher. Curious on the 3 turns on the torsion bars...how did people decide on 3...not more, not less? When the plow season is over, do you return them to the original position? Finally, I need to get new tires for the truck before the first snow fall. My guess is to do the mods (timbrens and torsion bars) before I get the alignment done...correct?

    --Rick
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    IF you turn the Tbars three turns get an alignment.

    Turning the Tbars will add pre load making the truck ride harsher. you can turn them back down for the summer but you would want another alignment.
     
  9. rpdwyer

    rpdwyer Member
    Messages: 35

    Got it. Thanks.
    --Rick
     
  10. CarCrazed4Life

    CarCrazed4Life Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    Mine are always cranked up ;)
     
  11. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    3 turns because it's a good place to start without putting too much wear on front end components and a good balance between weight carrying and ride......that said mine have about 9 turns since I'm running 31's.