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Fisher 8 1/2 Extreme V - how to make it work

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by cookie, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Hi, went to the Fisher dealer here in town Fri. to price the extreme-v for my truck.
    He told me that Fisher doesn`t recommend that plow for my truck - it is a 2500 4x4 with a Cummins. I find it hard to believe that my truck won`t handle that plow - just wondering what I could do to the truck to make this set-up work. Thanks - Jason
     
  2. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Fisher's e-Match says for a 2002(right?) Ram 2500(hd), in either reg cab or ext. cab config, you can hang a 7 1/2 or 8 1/2' xtreme-v or a multitude of straight blades, as big as a 9' x-blade on your truck. To help handle the weight, you could try Timbrens or air bags.

    here is the link to truckspring.com for your truck: http://www.truckspring.com/VSearchResults1.aspx
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2008
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Ive seen 3 or 4 guys with X treme V's on thier 2500 all with cummins. They seem to do ok with it.
     
  4. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    that's what i figured - thanks
     
  5. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    i wouldn't worry about it my 8' pro plus weights 805 lbs and my truck squats about 1" in the front.(thats on a 3rd gen cummins)
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Believe me Fisher would if they could, but it's prohibited under the FVMSSA 105 brake certification. Some dealers will disregard the restriction and install it anyway.
     
  7. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    It got bought today - 8 1/2 extreme v. I went with the yellow moldboard - should look good installed!
     
  8. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    I was just on Fisher's web site. The 9 ft x-blade which is recommended is only 65 pnds lighter that the xtreme v, 65 pds wont make that much of a difference will it? Would it be because I have an 8ft box?
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2008
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Dont worry about all that crap. I hang a 9'2" Vplow off the front of my 2500 Cummins and the truck barely settles into the suspension. They are just going off ultra-conservative ratings the manufacture gives the truck.
     
  10. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Cool - thanks for the input. I am just putting my mind to ease. I'll post pics when she is done!
     
  11. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    post up the pics when its installed.
     
  12. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Plow is on the truck finally!! The old girl looks good, I just haven't had time to take pics. Hopefully I will have the salter on the back of her in the next week or two - then i'll post pics. The fornt end olny settles 1/2" so I think it will work fine.
     
  13. schuitb

    schuitb Member
    Messages: 95

    Only half an inch.

    Hey, just wondering does the truck only settle half an inch because that is all there is left and your on the stops or is there more susp. travel??

    On the other hand if you only had half an inch of travel before the plow goes on it wouldn't be much of a suspension..


    Thanks
    Brian
     
  14. farmboy52787

    farmboy52787 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Ive noticed that on Fishers ematch tool on there website they dont want to put a bigger plow on trucks with diesel engines probably because a diesel engine is heavier than a gas engine. O well
     
  15. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Lots of travel left in the springs, The little I drove the truck with the plow on so far it works pretty good. The heaviest plow Fisher recommends with the e-match is only a bit lighter the the Extreme. found out on another forum that Dodge came up with their weight rating based on 6 full grown men in Cab. Since I might only ever have 1 person with me (rare) I don't think the weight will ever be an issue.
     
  16. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Oh yea, got the tailgate salter mounted this week, If it's nice tomorrow I'll get some pics!!
     
  17. Stark_Enterprises

    Stark_Enterprises Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I have been told it has a lot to do with the GAWR, and ballast amount. (Gross Front Axle weight rating) Before 2000 The 2500s only had a 4800# weight rating. Now they all come with 5200# weight rating. Heince the reason why fisher (ematch) will only allow me to put a 7.5 Hd plow on my 1998 Ram 2500 Cummins QC/LB. I used to have a 02 Cummins QC/SB with a 8.5 EZ V. Ran great with it,but steering components did wear prematurley. Be heads up for that!
     
  18. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    Lol - my 96 1/2 ton Ram without a plow was hard on front end parts!
     
  19. kah68

    kah68 Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    Yep '01 3500 is a brute on stock front end parts, DSS steering stabilizer ( may not work with plow harness) and 3rd gen track bar kit helps. Also Moog greasable ball joints help out. All 2nd gen CTD's are hard on front ends, plow or no plow.
     
  20. cookie

    cookie Member
    Messages: 57

    The old girl is working well - 7 storms in, lol. Been to busy to take pics, figured i'd post now b4 our next one hits tonite!