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How big is to big of a plow

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by show-n-go, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I have a 2003 for excursion 7.3 4x4. I have been looking at 8' plows but i found a smoking deal on a 9' western pro plus. Is that to big? I know there are few of you guy's on here plowing with them plus they are about the same as an f250 srw??? I was talking with a buddy tonight about it and he said that 9' is way to big but i think it will be fine. What should i do??
     
  2. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    hah you could put a commercial 11' on anything with the 7.3....ive got an 8' 6" straight with my 5.4 buddy!!! only harry part is driving down the road with it! u may take out some mailboxes...
     
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,552

    Go with the 9' Pro Plus! Your truck can handle it. Just swap in some heavier springs, add-a-leaf, or timbrens.
     
  4. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    The others are right, I had a 2003 with a 8'-2 Vee and no problems. I did just as the other guy said and put a set of $150.00 Timbrens up front and away I went.

    The Timbrens will stiffin' up the front but their so easy to put in that I took them out in the winter. Your Excursion won't sag a bit with a set, run that plow your lookin' at all day long !
     
  5. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Thats what i thought, just wanted some first hand info. The 3500hd i used last year had a 9' with a 496 and 2wd that did fine but that truck was bigger.

    I'm doing timbrens all the way around, i need them in the rear for summertime boat towing.

    Thank you
     
  6. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    I meant to say took them out in the summer :dizzy:
     
  7. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    496? my goodness is that the beloved 8.0 bigboy? what did you need that oil leaker for?
     
  8. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    You should look for X-Code springs for the front and heavier ones for the rear. I cant remember the codes exactly. They should be a big help both for the plow and the boat.
     
  9. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    Yeah, "X" code springs and at least 1k of ballast
     
  10. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I'll look into those, any place cheaper than others to buy them or check ebay as usual?
     
  11. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776


    I think it was an 8.1. that is a great truck, it was a flatbed/stakebed. i bought it just to plow with and i was going to put a vbox in it but i ended up just selling it.
     
  12. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    yeah ive heard of fellow v10 owners running from those lol.great engines from what i hear tho!
     
  13. prostk2

    prostk2 Member
    Messages: 70

    Are you plowing lots or driveways??-----I have a friend who has a 9' and can't plow a driveway that is 2 cars wide with a car on one side without ripping up grass or he has to angle it and mound the snow on one side---just a thought
     
  14. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    sounds like i will be this year. buddys hookin me up with 20 driveways. on full angle it sits around 7'3" or 7'6" i dont remember. but its hard to turn into the driveway. once your in its good, wears your cutting edge a little faster.
     
  15. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776


    Lots. The only driveways i plow are mine my parents and a few friends that i visit along my route.(all free) i ended up buying an 8' ultra. It was 4 miles from me instead of PA.
     
  16. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    ultra pro plus? or pro series?
     
  17. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Just an ultra pro. I really don't need the plus but i would of liked to have it.
     
  18. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    you took the words out of my mouth, It is a great sized plow if you have the area to use it in.
     
  19. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    Check www.powerstrokeshop.com they quoted me just over $460 for new X Code springs, new u-bolts and nuts as well as shipping. From my checking around, thats about $200 cheaper than the dealer.