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Ford to GM

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by EXR, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Looking for some feedback from anyone that has gone from a F250/350 to a 2011/2012 GM 2500/3500..

    What are your thoughts about the new GM front end and how does it compare to the Ford when plowing?

    Thanks
     
  2. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    its gonna plow the same as your 08 just be more legal... The new trucks ride and feel much more solid but in a good way... How can you go wrong with a gm now with the duramax(best motor ever) allison trans and a 6k front end?
     
  3. ceptorman

    ceptorman Senior Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 197

    +1 Thumbs Up
     
  4. buttaluv

    buttaluv Member
    Messages: 81

    My last three trucks have been GM/Chevy...I like the trucks, the interior, exterior looks, etc. but this is the first one I've put a plow on (04 Crew 4x4 2500 hd) ....I'm a little worried about the front end holding up...it seems chevy has more issues with the front than trucks with a solid front axle....I dunno, 6 to one 1/2 dozen to another!
     
  5. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Chevy has more front end issues? as to what?
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Frame cracking with a plow, steering parts, and on and on.

    When I'm on this forum, I never really see any posts about those types of issues on a Ford.

    ...
     
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Frame cracking you see once in a blue moon and wount exist on the new trucks... I read lots about ball joints, u joints, death wobble and so on and so on about solid front axle trucks...
     
  8. braceyaself

    braceyaself Member
    from ct
    Messages: 63

    I had an 06 f250 fx4 biggest hunk iv ever owned. It had problem after problem with everyday driving never mind working the truck. Went to a duramax could not be happier!! Plows like a dream and tows amazing. I also love my cummins too. Would never buy a ford again after my Last 3.
     
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Here's another thing I tell people also.

    Ford, Chevy, Dodge, it doesn't matter, I can break them all the same.

    Any type of construction work or snow plowing is just hard on a vehicle.

    .....
     
  10. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    It all about the diesel's, the over all trucks are built to handle more and last more miles. Ive had them all D-max, Cummins, Powerstroke. Next one will be a cummins mega cab again, totaled the last one
     
  11. radguard9

    radguard9 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    CIMG0516.jpg I have a 01 Duramax with over 150k miles and LOTS of hours plowing. Was a Texas Ebay special but this is the 6th season plowing with it and have only replaced both wheel bearings once and a shift sensor. Keep grease in the front end and it will last a long time! This pic was taken during it's first season plowing. I now have a SS Heniker spreader with a flip up shoot so I can tow my 4 place snowmobile trailer with the spreader in it. It also tows my equipment trailer/tractor and my 34ft fifth wheel. Love my Duramax/Allison!!!

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  12. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    ya there are pros and cons to the maintenance and repairs to both mfg's
    However, I'm looking for plowing exp reviews from both trucks.
    Still would like some feedback from someone who went from a ford to the new gm..
     
  13. hunt 444e

    hunt 444e Member
    Messages: 62

    im thinking about putting a new d max in my fleet was wondering if the front ends ie tie rods pitman idler etc are holding up better then the old hds i used to run the chevy hds but was sick of putting front ends in the damn things every year if anyone can honestly say the old chevs had grat front ends would be lying. anyone that runs one of the new silverados could u please let me know
     
  14. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Wow, that sounds like a lemon of a truck..
    I've owned 3 gm hd's and never had to do that much to them.
    My current dmax is a 07 with 130kms on it with a 8.5 v blade. In the front I've done one idle arm and one pitman arm and thats it. oh I had the rotors and pads done in the summer.
    Careful on who you take your truck too...I took my truck to a mechanic for some noise in the fall and they came back saying I needed ball joints, idle arms and pitman arms. I felt they were full of **** so I left.
    This was on the weekend, dealer wasn't open. Come Monday took the truck to the dealer because I have warranty and wanted to have them check it wasnt driveline because I still have powertrain warranty. Had them check the specs on the ball joints and all suspension/steering related components (cost me one hour labour, no big deal). Turns out the noise was something from my skidplate being bent and broke loose a bit and make a noise over some bumps and certain angles...very weird. Dealer just removed the skid plate and noise was gone. All my suspension and steering components were in spec and didn't need to be replaced..

    I've had to replace some parts on my ford, nothing major..some ball joints.

    Im not trying to open a can of worms here, just looking for 1st hand experiences.
     
  15. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    My 02 GMC Dmax 185k

    Shift Senor
    1 Wheel Bearing
    Water pump
    U Joints

    5 years plowing, Pulls a enclosed mowing trailer five days a week

    Great truck, killing a 06 powerstroke with 60k
     
  16. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Well...I have never owned a Ford but have driven new HD Chevy's and we have had two new trucks at work for plowing the lot in the past year (one last winter and a new one this year). The most experience was pulling it in at night haha but they hold a plow like a champ. Very little drop in the front (6.0 gas extended cab). Hooked up a customer's 7'6" Western on a reg. cab 2011 Duramax and you could barely feel this thing on the front end (6000lbs front). So I guess on such little experience, I can say that I was impressed lol.

    I can tell you this though. If you look at the frame and components on a 2011+up versus a 2010 and back, its quite the difference. Way way stronger components, frame, etc. The front differential is not a split case design anymore, CV to axle shaft connection is 8 versus 6 bolts, the steering gear larger, brakes are larger and much better feeling and stopping, etc. Huge improvement imo.
     
  17. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    I'm taking it that no one on this site has gone from a Ford to the new 2011 GM?
     
  18. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Whats your problem, you own a ford and a gm, ask yourself... Nobodys gonna have gone from an 11 ford to an 11 gm...
     
  19. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Ya I own both, but thats not what I'm looking for..
    I'm looking for someone who sold a ford (pre 2011) and upgraded to a 2011 gm.
     
  20. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    I see, well here's your awnser... I went from 9mpg in a 6.4L to 15mpg in a new duramax LOL