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How big of a plow (if any) should i put on my 04 gmc READ THE POST TO GET THE STORY

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by nelsonlawncare, May 27, 2010.

  1. nelsonlawncare

    nelsonlawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    SHOULD I PUT A PLOW ON THIS TRUCK.................ok guys, ive been thinking for a while to put a plow on my 04 gmc sierra 1500,
    its got 102k on it and is mechanicaly sharp as a tack! never had any problems except for replacing a rear end(wich needs to be done again) and replaced the tranny. right now i have a 3" leveling kit front and back, 3'body lift, and air bags in the back, im running 305/75/16s (35s) and as is the truck is a dog, it still moves but has slowed alot with the bigger tires, and i started a lawn/snow removal business and have the option to sub contract for another company, Im thinking about replacing the stock 3.73's with 4.10s front and rear, or just replacing the rear end because it is going out, now to the question how big of a plow can i put on this truck and without absolutely babying it all night long. im thinking 7'6" stright or V or a 8' straight, i just need some advice so i have some time to decide before the snow flys, THanks guys

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  2. nelsonlawncare

    nelsonlawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    btw i just realized these pics were before the body lift, so the truck is taller but that doesnt effect the frame height from the ground,
     
  3. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    I wouldn't do it if it were my truck. Too nice, too tall and too weak. Save the nice truck for your enjoymnt and get a beater 3/4, HD or 1 ton for plowing.

    Plowing is really hard on a truck in every respect. Tranny, frame, motor, rear end..you name it, its going to get the crap beat out of it.
     
  4. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Change the tires for the winter to a 245/70/16 and it'll pick up more power. Stick to a 7'6" plow, that truck won't handle an 8'. You end up wearing things out faster but to get you through a season I think you'll be fine. I'm assuming your suspension lift is just torsion bar keys? This will help hold the plow up for you.
     
  5. nelsonlawncare

    nelsonlawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    yeah I realy love the truck and it has power everything, bose and i would absolutely love to plow in it but it would drop in value very fast if i plowed with it and started wearin **** out, so im thinking about investing in a 94-2000 old body style chevy 3/4 ton standard cab long box. so i can keep this nice and as a daily driver...................now i just have to find the right truck
     
  6. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Watch the classifieds here and your local paper and craigslist. I see tons of OBS 3/4 and up trucks with plows for sale. Now is a good time to buy because prices are low andyou've got the summer to do any repairs you might need.
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Who cares if you beat it up mechanically, as long as she looks pretty and you take off your plow stuff the dealer will never know if you decide to trade in. And if you sell outright you just "plowed your own driveway once in awhile" hehehe
     
  8. RCsLawncare

    RCsLawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Yea, I wouldn't even bother wit the plow for that truck. you could go spend $4k on a dedicated truck to do just that and not worry when you scratch it. Keep that nice truck in the garage!!!!
     
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Its a truck use it as one!!! Lol
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    So it's already eating rears and you're considering putting a plow on it? You obviouly have more load then the driveline can handle now. Buy a 3/4 ton to pull your trailer and push snow.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Find a 14 bolt six lug for the rear. Put 4.56 gears in, and match the front.

    The truck will be mulch more fun to drive again. As mentioned, find a 3/4 or 1 ton for plowing.
     
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    but the fuel cost will be so mulch more, it wouldn't make a good plow/mower truck.
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Many guys report mulch improved fuel economy with gear swaps like these. Gets the engine into a mulch more efficient RPM range.
     
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I still think plowing would be to mulch for it. With all the add ons an the lift kits you probably wouldn't be able to see mulch of the plow from the drivers seat and would need a back up camera to see mulch behnd you.. Of course it would be mulch better with the aforementioned 245/75/16s
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    235/85/16 would pretty mulch be my first choice for plowing tires. They are mulch better than any other size I have used. I do agree that the truck is still a bit mulch too high for mulch more than plowing a few drives.
     
  16. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    used trucks with a plow already on them, are a dime a dozen, wayyy cheaper than getting a truck,,,and then putting a plow on it,,,should def look into that route.
     
  17. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    235/85/16's would still be too tall and break things on his truck which is why I recommended the 245's. His truck is breaking because of the tires, I think he'd be ok if he went down in size and took it easy. I see 1500 gm's with 7 1/2' plows all the time.
     
  18. T&M SnowMan

    T&M SnowMan Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I have a 06 F250 SuperDuty I plow with that came with 3.73's..(bought used, 10,000 miles, never plowed) and after a month I couldnt take it....out came the 3.73's and in went the 4.56's...let me go a little bit further and say I put a 4" lift in it and 35's...so I wanted to get a better RPM range based on that set-up, and the 4.56's work fine for me...plowing, pulling a trailer, whatever, you name it and the truck does it better...fuel mileage...its about a wash...depends on my foot, but I would honestly say its pretty close to how it was before...maybe I lost 10mpg to a tank...maybe...as far as your truck goes...stick to pulling your lawnmower trailers, which it sounds like by the rear end changes isnt doing so hot...If your gonna lift your truck and put bigger tires on it to make it look good, do the truck the favor and put the correct gears in it so you dont burn it out..JMO..anyhow, best of luck on your decision making and I hope whatever choice you make the set-up works well for you...
     
  19. sven_502

    sven_502 Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 390

    Not really. 235/85/16s are still only about 31.7 inches, very close to a 265/75/16, which comes stock on a half ton gmc 4x4.
     
  20. streetscrapin16

    streetscrapin16 Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    truck is too nice to put a plow on it