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F350-Wideout- Tie rod issues

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Timbercrk1, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Timbercrk1

    Timbercrk1 Member
    Messages: 63

    Hey everyone,
    Have a 2000 f350 xtended cab short box diesel with a wideout. This will be my 3rd season with the wideout. Love it. Last season I broke a tie rod on one side and the hub. Now the other side went. Any ideas how I can prevent or help this so it doesnt happen again?? Timbrens etc. Any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    You sure it's caused by the Wideout?

    Your truck was basically 9 years old and plowing since day 1?

    Front end parts break, I wish that was as little repairs that I have had.
     
  3. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Once you put that plow on those items become a wear item and fast. Ive replace hubs, ball joints, u joints, TR ends, and other stuff because of plowing.
     
  4. Timbercrk1

    Timbercrk1 Member
    Messages: 63

    3rd year plowin with this truck. Will timbrens or anything help at all?
     
  5. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    No

    it wear out fast because you have HEAVY plow and diesel on front end.

    You need keep grease all tie rod and u joint. Or good idea remove snowplow when no snowstorm instead leave plow on truck all times during winter would wear out fast.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    They won't help with wear, but they will help with bottoming out.

    Shouldn't be that major of a problem overall.

    I have 3 350's with 8611LP's and have not really had excessive wearing on 'normal' wear parts on my Ford's than before.

    Just realize that you will see somewhat of an increased wearing on these items. But this isn't out of the ordinary.
     
  7. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    How much ballast do you run?
     
  8. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    i think you better just trade with me...i have a nice 8' pro-plus so you're truck will not wear anything out..

    lemme take that bad boy off your hands and lighten you trucks work load....lol
     
  9. Timbercrk1

    Timbercrk1 Member
    Messages: 63

    haha. no given up my wideout. love it. I need to put a pic up of my setup. I run a 1.5yd poly saltdogg salter. thanks for the help guys.
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Gee, I thought you Ford guys never had front end problems LOL

    That's why your always telling us to try the Blue Oval. right?
     
  11. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Might be a dumb question but what is a Wideout?
     
  12. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Its a Western expandable plow, like the Fisher XLS.
     
  13. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    I think they weigh about 1000lbs?
     
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Fisher XLS is 985 Right between an 8.5 XV and 9.5 XV

    Wideout is listed at 955.
     
  15. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Did you replace the other side last year when they failed on you?
     
  16. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    I thought you Chevy guys were big on front end problems... :gunsfiring: Maybe if he had a Fisher on there he wouldnt have problems ;)
     
  17. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Easy now. :gunsfiring: we don't need a manufacture war this early in the season! :D But your right, I had better luck with my SuperDuty on front end stuff. I hate to admit it though.

    Fisher....Western...all made at the same place. :D
     
  18. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Haha, At least you can admit it, some people, I wont mention names:rolleyes: cant. I know they are all made at the same place, I just think yellow looks better :cool: Lol.
     
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I don't think any of us enjoy front end problems:dizzy: That's just silly.
     
  20. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    You may be able to eliminate those front end problems by purchasing the blue oval? xysport