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Front suspension

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by FCLC, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. FCLC

    FCLC Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a '02 Ram diesel, it is a lwb and a 5 speed. What is the biggest plow I can put on this truck and keep the front suspension stock.

    What would I have to do to the front suspension if I wanted to go to a bigger plow.

    I don't know much about these plows but so far I'm leaning towards the Blizzard 810 or a Boss V.
     
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Depending on what springs you have,you may need to upgrade them to carry a Blizzard or a big V.Check the spring codes,on the tags on each spring,both sides.

    Add a set of Timbrens too,they will help it handle the weight better.

    Other than that,the front end will be fine.
     
  3. griffithtlc

    griffithtlc Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    We are running a Blizzard 810 on a Reg. Cab 94 3/4 ton with the Cummins. We added the 47 and 48 spring combo, and now it carries the plow just great. It drops about 3/4 of an inch, and rides really nice with the plow on it. Before it would drop about an inch and a half at least, and the back would pop way up. You can read about the whole suspension mods in a thread just a little ways down the dodge forum. good Luck
    :salute:
     
  4. FCLC

    FCLC Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Wyldman, is it the blue tag wrapped around the spring. If so then the drivers side is #046 and the passenger is #039.
     
  5. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Yep,that's it.Those springs aren't bad,but if you want to go with a big plow,and have it carry it well and handle well,I'd recommend the 047\048 combo from the dealer parts department.
     
  6. FCLC

    FCLC Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Would those springs (stock) surfice with a set of timbrenswith a heavy plow.

    Do you have a guesstimate in U.S. currency what they(springs) cost.

    Is it a big deal to change the springs myself.

    Thanks for the info Wyldman.
     
  7. griffithtlc

    griffithtlc Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    New springs cost about 250 for the pair. Here is the link to the thread that talks about all sorts of suspension mods, and I also included some pics of the spring install that I did. http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11316

    If it isn't a real link, just highlight it, copy and past into your address line at the top.
     
  8. FCLC

    FCLC Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Well now it looks like I may end up waiting till next season to plow. I've called the 2 neasrest manufacture's in my area and they tell me that while they will put on the plow (Western V) they really didn't recomend it for my truck becasue its a Diesel Quad cab.

    They both said I could put the heaviest springs I could get on and the timbrens but if I was to have the plow on in anticipation of a snow and had to go run errands with the plow on prior to the snow, any large bumps in the road, etc., would be very hard on the trucks suspension.

    I really wanted to see what Blizzard had to say about the 810 (like the set up better) being put on a diesel but the closest dealer to me is a good hour and a half away. I e-mailed Blizzard to see if any dealers have started selling their plow in St. Louis thinking maybe they had not updated their for a while but I have not heard back from them yet.
     
  9. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Do a search,and read some posts.That front end will be just fine with a spring upgrade and some Timbrens.

    I use a 9 ft pro plow with very heavy wings,for a total of 12 ft.In 420,000 Km i've replaced the track bar twice,and have a little play in a right front ball joint.
     
  10. FCLC

    FCLC Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I just spoke with Curt a Blizzard (nice guy) and he said he did'nt see a problem as long as I did like most of you said.

    So I think I'm going to go with the Blizzard.

    Thanks for the advice.