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Duramax setup question.

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by CandyAces, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. CandyAces

    CandyAces Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I just started a landscape co this year and I want to get into plowing. I am a plowing virgin and I have a 07.5 ext cab dmax 4x4 with a 6.5 bed. I dont know what I need to do to the truck to make it carry the weight of either a Western Wideout or a 8'6 boss v blade. I know I will need the timbrens but what else do I need. How much ballast do I need? I cant use the fitment guides on the plow websites because they say with the diesel engine it will overload the front end but I know guys are doing it. Thanks guys and take it easy on the greenhorn .:help:
     
  2. T-Trim

    T-Trim Senior Member
    from NE OH
    Messages: 207

    Do you have a plow prep package???
     
  3. chad1234

    chad1234 Junior Member
    from 48348
    Messages: 25

    I run a 8 2 vxt on mine same year and model as yours just with the t bars cranked up. Don't necessarily need ballast but 500- 1000lbs helps
     
  4. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Ive run an extreme v for several season with 500 balast no issues. More ballast is better Ive even plowed with no ballast no big deal for me. Ive never needed timbrens or anything else. 04 2500hd duramax cew cab no plow prep option for my tuck.My torsion bars have the gl code.
     
  5. CandyAces

    CandyAces Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    No I don't have plow prep package. I have two batteries and was thinking of adding a Additional alternator and wiring for strobe lights myself.
     
  6. BowTieDmax

    BowTieDmax Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Just put any plow you want on, crank the torsion bars and your good! Will your truck work without ballast ? Yes! But with ballast against your tailgate you will plow better, plow will come off the ground faster ( because the back won't raise up), you will be safer driving around because your back wheels won't be light!
    There are many good reason to have ballast with a heavy plow. And really no bad reasons .
    Don't really need the extra alternator . But that's a personal call on you.
    If you can fit more than a "finger" between the bottom of your alternator and the bracket below it than its not the " high" amp alternator.
    I ran timbrens on one of many Duramax's and really didn't see the difference ? Once again, a person choice ?
     
  7. CandyAces

    CandyAces Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks guys for the help.
     
  8. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,987

    Few cranks on the tbars and timbrens + ballast is always a good idea. For traction and counterweight as mentioned before. My truck holds the 9' v great with that recipe.
     
  9. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    What they said! Truck will hold just about any plow just fine. Balast is a great idea though I don't run any...probably should.

    When referring to the t-bars the term "crank" I think is overused. Just give them a couple/few turns.
     
  10. T-Trim

    T-Trim Senior Member
    from NE OH
    Messages: 207

    Read up on the big three wiring. You really don't need a bigger alt. You need more amps at lower RPM.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Counterweight rules