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Front sag with plow on

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by lynchgmc07, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. lynchgmc07

    lynchgmc07 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 6

    Just bought a 2007 GMC regular cab 8' bed new body stlye and put a SS 8' Fisher MM2 on and the hole set up is awesome. The only thing that bothers me is that when the plow is on the front sags. Not sure what to do first plow truck. Want to fix the problem but don't want to kill the nice ride the truck has, do alot of driving without the plow on. What is the best thing to do to fix the problem?
     
  2. mike33087

    mike33087 Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    did you put any ballast in the bed of the truck, you need a min. of like 650lbs
     
  3. lynchgmc07

    lynchgmc07 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 6

    Didn't put anything in the bed. What's the best to put in the bed?
     
  4. Indy

    Indy Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    the cure for front end sag and recovery for plowing on a Chevy is TIMBRENS, end of story:salute:ussmileyflag

    Try a set, you won't plow without them!!
     
  5. lynchgmc07

    lynchgmc07 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 6

    Timbrens?

    Did a little research on them but not sure the hole story on them. Which are the best to get? How much is it going to coast? Will it mess up the ride when the plow is not on? New at this so any help will help. Thanks alot.
     
  6. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,546

    put anything with weight in the back closest to the tailgate and that will help.ive heard different stories on how the truck rides with tims without the plow on.
     
  7. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I wouldn't worry much about the ride quality. I have put a set on my truck ('03 2500HD) and cranked the T-bars up a few turns. The truck doesn't move more than a half inch with the plow raised now. The ride wasn't compromised either. The cost of the Timbrens were $160 and about 30 mins to install. You'll love it. Oh, and if you tighten the torsion bars, you may need an alignment. GOOD LUCK! wesport
     
  8. lynchgmc07

    lynchgmc07 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 6

    If you do the Timbrens, how much do you have to crank the T-bars? And do you have to crank the T-bars or can you leave them?
     
  9. TTA89

    TTA89 Member
    Messages: 36

    I didn't touch the torsion bars in my truck, just added Timbrens and put 800lbs of Sand Tubs against the tailgate. There is no ride quality difference what so ever with the plow on or off.
     
  10. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    I have timbrens on my 04 hd and it rides great. used to drop 1.5" and not drops not even a quarter of an inch. I have salt and ballast in back. rides the same with the plow off also. There is only one set that is made for your truck. Get them and you will be happy.ussmileyflag
     
  11. gcsupraman

    gcsupraman Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    What he said!
    I have an 05 w/timbrens, 600lbs in the back and the T-bars cranked 4 turns. Holds an 8'6" plow no problem and the ride quality is fine w/o the plow.

    BTW, you should be able to turn up the t-bars 4 turns w/o an alignment

    Timbrens are a must have upgrade.

    -Greg
     
  12. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I had my torsion bars turned prior to even having installed the plow. I did this to level things out and to be able to fit the 285's on it. After installing the plow, I installed the Timbrens. I don't care what the ride quality is like since I have a 3/4 ton anyway. It looks better and handles the plow perfectly with the setup I have.
     
  13. Chevy 2500 hd

    Chevy 2500 hd Member
    Messages: 50

    http://www.truckspring.com/timbren_285.html
    here order them here cause my parents went to the local spring place and they want $300 for just the fronts they work great with my 07 crew cab with the duramax with an 8' fisher x blade also have a 70 gal liquid transfer tank in the back that acts as ballast
     
  14. farmboy52787

    farmboy52787 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Why do you need to drive with the plow on? If your going to plow something then i can understand that but as soon as the storm is done i take mine right off, no sense of keeping that load on the truck if your not going to use it. Its ridiculous the amount of people who leave there plows on all season and then look at the problems they have later on down the road. My advice is just to take it off after your done with it, also get Timbrens. And dont leave your plow out for the taking either, put it inside somewhere because there were a few plows stolen here in Maine.
     
  15. lynchgmc07

    lynchgmc07 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 6

    I never ride around with my plow on when i don't have to. I take it off as soon as i am done. I am just talking about when i have to drive around plowing different drives is when i have the sag that i don't like. I will probably end up getting the timbrens. Anyway on locking them up if you have to leave it outside for a little bit?
     
  16. Chevy 2500 hd

    Chevy 2500 hd Member
    Messages: 50

    you could put a lock in the handle that retracks the pins on the part where the jack leg handle locks in or just keep something another vehicle or something infront of it
     
  17. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,828

    I didnt use Timbrens. I put between 6-800 pounds in the bed and i turned the t bars 6 times. Hardly any sag, the truck drops around an inch with the plow up. Good luck