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Hey Pinky......

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by 2COR517, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    ....Pick your poison.


    GM IFS or Ford TTB:gunsfiring:
     
  2. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
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  3. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    being a chevy man and 10+ year mechanic i hate to say it but

    ttb 1/2 of it. then swap in a 78-79 dana 44 solid axle and still have coils for the ride. payup
     
  4. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    TTB, because I can then swap in a Dana 50 out of a 99+ and have a real suspension unlike a GM, which will always be the butt end of sunken front end jokes.

    Thumbs Up

    BTW, this could have been a PM.


    EDIT: Hey h20, you never answered how many 8611lps you have on GM trucks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011
  5. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    IFS, friends break more u-joints than I wear out parts in my front end and none of them snow plow. to each his own though they both work. I prefer GM!
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    No extreme mods like axle swaps allowed. You can however use an 18mm wrench to adjust the torsion bars on the Chevy, as it was designed.

    PM? Where's the fun in that?
     
  7. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    So why are you in a Ford forum? :confused:
     
  8. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Neither. Both systems blow.
     
  9. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Well ya got me there. I never go on a specific forum or look which one I am posting in. I just click new posts and read through them lol:rolleyes:
     
  10. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Still waiting to hear which trucks get 8611s mounted on them, H20. :waving:
     
  11. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I never saw the question. One on a 2002 GMC 2500 HD gasser. Bars cranked with 285's. Was a little much for it, but in its defense, it's only a 3/4 ton. But no issues or broken parts. It handled it just fine. It was removed to demo a snowdogg 9'6 v. The 8611 went on my Ford and the 9.5 V is still on the GMC.

    That being said, there's an 810 on my buddies 03 2500 Suburban. It would have an 8611LP if I could find one used. I just gave him the 810 b/c it's the only used late pre DD I could find in a pinch before the blizzard. Sure was nice to have that truck on hand though. I used it in my fleet for about 12 hours during the end of the blizzard. It was pushing 2-3' of snow in the one large lot I had it on. I was too in the moment, I had no clue what day it even was. In hindsight I should have taken pics.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011
  12. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    And if you want to keep the discussion rolling, I know of a handfull of 8611 LP's on 1 ton Dmax dumps here.
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    So you would give up plowing if those were the only two choices?
     
  14. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I saw a new GMC 2500 HD the other day having a new 8.5 V installed and it looked like it was really down in the front "big time" ???? The shop is on a road that is pretty bad and has lots of potholes and when they tryed it out we were standing outside as they drove back in with it and in the V position and them going around 15 mph it was banging the end of the blades into the dirt on every pothole ?????? Not sure what GVW the front springs were but I just assumed that any HD would have held that plow up fine????? My plow actually weighs more with the wing on than that 8.5 does and I can drive in there no problem; everything equally; and never touch the ground ?????
    Have no idea what is up with that new HD as another friend has a new GM with a 9.5 V on it and it looked like it was holding it up just fine??? So they must have alot of different spring packages on those trucks........................
     
  15. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Probably...
     
  16. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Speaking of my sweet Ford, just had the pleasure today of changing a blown up rear diff. Nothing is bulletproof.
     
  17. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    First time I've ever heard of a blown rear diff. How did it blow?
     
  18. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Really? I've seen it before. In mine a couple bolts and a pin came out of the posi unit, the abs gear sheared off, the pinion was rubbing the carrier somehow, and what alerted it was the tiny hole worn in the cover leaking fluid, then started making noise shortly after. It still drove but the fluid looked like liquid metal and the ring gear would have shattered in no time. One bolt in the housing was shaped like a u.

    Hard miles and wear and tear probably did it. 226k and a truck that gets pushed VERY hard. After a test drive my buddie that runs the truck for me said he couldn't believe how quiet it was. We must have gotten so used to it that we overlooked it. My Dodge is ready to take a sh!t too. That thing growls pretty bad.
     
  19. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    i shake my head everytime i think about how much money i put in the front end of our chevy over the past year...
     
  20. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    as a shop owner and plow dealer who works on all popular makes and has no loyalty to any brand,i would choose ford for plowing.as far as 8611s go im not crazy about using them on anything but 550s and 4500 and 5500 lp gm's and hesitate even then, too much weight too much trouble. all my frame issues and plow bottoming problems have been gm exept 1 97 f350 with bent and cracked front rails.and most were overloaded.i use 8611lp's on 450's and 550's. just my opinion from direct experience.