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Frames

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by PITCH, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    I Have Read Some Threads In The Past, About The Frames On The Chevy's Cracking In The Front Behind The Upper Control Arm. Has Anybody Ever Had A Problem Under Normal Use. I Plow My Driveway And Our Lot At Work.
     
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

  3. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    After Reading The Other Threads I Did A Little Research. I Talked To The Dealer And They Haven't Done Many Frame Repairs. They Don't See It As A Common Problem. Older Trucks Yes But Not Many On The Hd's. I Questionsed Them On The Gussets And They Said Installing Them Would Probably Void The Warranty If A Problem Should Occur In The Future. They Said Deal With A Crack If It Cracks. I'm Doing Light Commercial Plowing With A 7.5 Vee Blade. I Only Keep My Trucks For Four Years. Is The Cracking More Common During Heavy Use And Age Or Is It A Problem No Matter What?????
     
  4. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    It seems to be more of an issue with the older HD's with the 8.1 V8's in them and bigger plows. I think your truck with a 7.5 foot plow should have no issue. It is an 07, so any issue will be covered by warranty
     
  5. Jon Geer

    Jon Geer Member
    Messages: 834

    I had the dealer weld in the gussets on my 07 before any frame damage should happen.

    I have about 4 more years of warranty and I would like to use it on other things than my frame. I really haven't had a problem, but safer is the way I roll. I had a buddy with an 06 2500HD gasser, and his frame cracked to where they had to replace the entire frame under warranty. Sorry GM, give me a new truck. His truck will never be the same.

    Jon
     
  6. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    JON
    DID YOU PUT GUSSETS IN YOUR CLASSIC WITH TE 9 6" POLY VEE??? YOUR PLOWS ARE A LOT HEAVIER THAN MINE!!! IF NOT DID YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS??
     
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    A 7.5 ft Extreme V weigh's close to 900 lbs with the truck side hardware... I'd add the gusset's without question.
     
  8. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    B&B

    I AGREE WITH YOU, BUT THE DEALER DOESN'T THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA. THEY ARE TELLING ME (AND THEY ARE A FISHER/WESTERN DEALER) THEY DON'T SEE A LOT THESE PROBLEMS. THEIR VIEW IS IF YOU START ALTERING THE FRAME AND THERE IS A PROBLEM DOWN THE ROAD CHEVY WILL PROBABLY VOID THE WARRANTEE STATING THE PROBLEM STEMS FROM THE ADDING OF THE GUSSETS. I KNOW THEY ARE WRONG, BUT IT COULD BE CHEVY'S WAY OUT OF THE WARRANTEE. THE TRUCK DOES HAVE THE SNOWPLOW PREP, AND I KNOW IT IS JUST WIRING BUT THE STICKER SAYS SNOW PLOW PREP!!!! I DON'T THINK THE DEALER WOULD STEER ME IN THE WRONG DIRECTION BECAUSE I WOULD CONSIDER US TO BE A GOOD CUSTOMER. 30 VEHICLES IN FOUR YEARS
     
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The only problem with that is the fact that if your truck ever did in fact break the frame, I doubt they'd stand behind it regardless (warranty wise). They'd just claim it was from abuse rather than a defect in the frame. And since they're a GM dealer and a Fisher dealer, they'd also know that any size Extreme V exceeds the FAWR on your truck, plow prep or not. Plus, they'd also know that Fisher doesn't recommend anything heavier than a 7.5 ft RD plow on your truck. So it wouldn't be too hard for them to deny a warranty claim on your frame if you did ever have a problem with it. Granted, I hope this situation never arises for you but I also see your situation as the perfect example to add the gussets in the first place, since your running a plow that GM or Fisher doesn't recommend on your truck.. I would look at adding the gussets as cheap and easy way to prevent a lot of headaches later.

    Now I hope they do consider you as a very good customer and they'd never steer you in the wrong direction, but that's a lot of trust to put in a dealer. If they denied your broken frame under warranty and you had to pay the out of pocket expense to replace the frame, your lookin at about $5000 and 2 weeks of down time (minimum) on the truck. Verses $300 and 2 hours worth of work to install the gussets to prevent the problem in the first place. Would you put that much trust into your dealer?....just food for thought. :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2007