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Dodge Dakota ??? Help

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by bigmike35, Nov 22, 2002.

  1. bigmike35

    bigmike35 Junior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 10

    I am being told by snowplow dealers that i should not use my 99 dodge dakota for snowplowing residential driveways.
    Someone please help.
  2. Clean Cut Lawns

    Clean Cut Lawns Banned
    Messages: 53

    what size motor do u have?
    whats there reason?
  3. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Where arround Buffalo are you?
    About what plow will truck will accept I dunno...
    Something small like that is great for some of the tight drives more twards the City where nothing else will fit. If we get and you know we eventually will another big storm you will need something else helping you out. The Dakota will only be able to puch so much & stack so high.
    If you can fit something larger in your target areas, get something larger that will be able to handle more snow.
  4. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    There are mounts for that truck from several manufacturers as we looked at buying the wife a Durango and putting a blade on it as well.

    Sno Way might be an option for you as well.
  5. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    a local guy has a 7'6" western on a 97, holda it real well.
  6. bigmike35

    bigmike35 Junior Member
    from buffalo
    Messages: 10

    Dodge dakota reply

    My dodge dakota has a V6 Magnum in it & i was leaning towards a snoway plow. Also can anyone give info on maybe beefing up the truck like heavy duty springs. Basil ford where i got the truck also suggested that i add a tranny cooler. Does that sound logical to anyone ? I will be plowing in the inner city which has mostly narrow driveways.
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    Last edited: Nov 23, 2002
  8. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201


    Yes the tranny cooler is logical. (In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY NEEDED) Unless you like buying trannys. You can check with some local spring shops, they can hook you up with some heavier srings or airbags. A snoway is probably a good alternative, depends on how much work you wnat to do. From past exper. it never stays at a few driveways. Just out of curiosity, what is the front spring rating on the dakota? I imagine light because of the V-6... Jusy my own opinion. Good luck
  9. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Go with the SnoWay... Just make sure you have a dealer close by open 24hrs. If not stock up on common parts. Dealer support is a major factor when buying a plow. I hate to see guys broken down at 3am & no parts avalible. As we all know something will break at the worst time in the worst storm....

    D, R, D, R, D, R, D, R, D, puts a lotta stress on the tranny so I'd deffinatly get a tranny cooler, Not from the dealer as thay will charge the heck outta ya for it. Some local shop will install one much cheeper. Well worth the investment, compared to your truck sitting at the shop wating for a new tranny & your customers getting po'd.
    Whatever you do come to a complete FULL stop before switching gears, even the best of trannys will blow up if you dont....

    Don't beat the truck, work with the sorms so your not plowing 7ft at once & you sould be fine.... Goood luck from a fellow WNY'er....
    Clarence/Anherst here....
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2002
  10. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    The Dakota has a torsion bar spring set up, timbrens will give you all the help you need. I have plowed with 2 Dakotas over the years, very good little trucks. Both has v-6's
  11. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    yup dakotas have a torsion bar, but if he wants.. a good spring shop can cut down 1/2 ton springs for them, the dakotas come with a progressive rate spring for the front. you might want to look into airlift 1000's for the front, it is a air bag that goes inside of the spring and gives a better ride then the timberns fully loaded.


    BTW PlowGrrl thanks, I am working on a new one right now.
  12. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    hey nate, you have a online body double now? are you the same person?
  13. Body doubles???? can i have a double.... the double will have to work while i lounge on a beach somewhere???? Where do i sign up????
  14. dbtoe

    dbtoe Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a Western polly 7'6" on a 2002 Durango. So far so good and there is no sag when the plow is on and up.
  15. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    welcome to the site. I just got confused because you had his loader picture under your post.
  16. no really.... find me a body double....
    I would much rather be :cool: poolside :cool:! ;)

    and thanks for the welcome![​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2002

    FORDNUT Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    7'6" Fisher ld

    Look at a Fisher 7'6" ld plow. Great fitting and looking
    truckside mount. Minute mount blade easy hookup,
    super dependable.
  18. plowman777

    plowman777 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    i have an 88 dakota and its a good driveway machine, good visibility and turning radius. i use a 2 meter meyers which i have had welded 3 times. i often think my whole system is too light for heavy snows but it does get the job done and have used it for 26" to 36"! tho the 36" storm fried my clutch

    i have a manual trans and that has been rebuilt as well as 2 clutches in 100k miles. i used to bottom out the front end driving
    over whoop de doos before i had the timbrens but i also think part of the problem was i didnt have lt tires and they would squash down. i also installed new torsion bars and cranked them up as far as they will go. the manufacturers will tell you what size plow is max for the truck and dont forget the 300lb ballast in the back, (use sand comes in handy when you get stuck!)....truck is spooky without it and puts too much pressure on front wheel bearings.
  19. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    Dakota plow question


    Have been sucessfully hanging plow's on Dakotas since they came out in the 80's with lot's of success. Frames are strong and there are lots of torsion bar upgrades avail on the aftermarket if you feel you need them.

    Tranny cooler - As already stated YES
    Alternator -- YES 120 amp or bigger is avail or can be made at a alternator repair shop.

    Ballast in the back is also a must.

    Add a set of Hercules or Cooper polar trac tires with/without studs and it will plow extremely well.

    Check with Bison Turf in Tonawonda they have a couple of 700LD
    Blizzard plows for that truck. 528# weight and it's all usable.

    The snoway is good but you'll love the ease of attachment and the plow performance from the Blizzard.

    Good luck Jerre