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how much plow can a 99 f250 7.3 handle?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Shoreline, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Shoreline

    Shoreline Member
    Messages: 59

    I have to replace my plow truck and I'm looking at a 99 F250 with the 7.3. I'd like to put a V blade on it. How big can I go and what modifications if any should I do to the front suspension? This truck already has after market air bags in the back.
     
  2. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    We run a 1999 and a 2000 F-250 7.3 Ext Cab, short bed models both with 8'6" Hiniker V-Plows. The only mods we have ever done was Timbren load boosters in the front of them no problems and they plow great
     
  3. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    got a 02 f-250 7.3l with an xtreme vee 8.5ft, wishing i woulda gone with 9.5ft, could easily handle it. i have tuff country leveling kit on the front, and readylift 5" rear blocks
     
  4. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I think it will handle just about any plow you put on it. X-Code springs in the front should be mandatory.
     
  5. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    i just checked my sticker in the door jamb, says front is 5200, is that the biggest on the f-250?
     
  6. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    For our generation of trucks, yes. 05+ got more front axle capacity.
     
  7. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    I run X code springs with a xtra leaf on my 99 F250 and i have run a Blizzard 8611lp on it for a couple of seasons. I run a Boss 9' now for 2 seasons without any issuse.
     
  8. sd_truck_tech

    sd_truck_tech Inactive
    Messages: 14

    Hey Shoreline,

    We got a ton of guys that come in the shop with those exact trucks and the only thing we normally add for them is a timbren kit. This 99 F250 Timbren Kit should work perfectly for you and allow you to use any plow (within reason) without sagging or squatting in the front.

    What plow model were you looking to use?
     
  9. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    Hey bigbadbrad, I have the same truck and am looking at a 8'-6" Extreme V, I would like the 9'-6" but cannot afford that much, I found a sweet deal on a new one, end of the season kind of deal. Would you suggest buying this one or wait till fall and buy the 9'-6" I just do a few residential and couple commercial lots in town.
     
  10. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    super wet heavy snow?? 8 foot max.
    nice light fluffy snow? 11 foot with no problem.
    it all depends on what you are going to be pushing.
     
  11. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    I ordered the 8'-6" today, the more I looked around on the net that seemed to be the most popular size V plow on these trucks.
     
  12. Shoreline

    Shoreline Member
    Messages: 59

    I found a used but good shape Boss 8'2 power V. Nice plow.
     
  13. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    it works good and everything, but if I would have to do it again i would get the 9.5' in stainless instead, the truck will handle it really good but in scoop or vee you just cover the tires with the 8.5' but you can always buy the wings if you need more, but i just plow my own driveway, so if you are working it you might want the bigger one, but i seen you all ready odered so it's too late now
     
  14. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    If I can pick up a couple more accounts next year I will buy the wings. I would like to get 2 or 3 more commercial accounts in town.
     
  15. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    7.3L Diesel

    This is a pic of my '00 F350 7.3L Diesel with a 9' Western on it. This engine and truck combo pushed snow like there was no tomorrow.

    My buddy had a '99 F250 with an 8' Western and had wished he had gone with a lager blade.

    They are tough trucks!

    Enjoy your new setup!

    [​IMG]
     
  16. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    I was just talking to a guy about the trip design on the plow like I ordered and he said he had problems with the black tripping on the bottom, he said he would plow a gravel driveway and the gravel would get caught in the crack and the blade would not trip back up all the way so there for would not push snow? Anyone ever have this problem?
     
  17. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    nope springs are pretty strong usually can brake something in between hinge
     
  18. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    I guess I forgot to mention his was a Boss too. Maybe the designs are different. He was trying to talk me into canceling my order this weekend and ordering a Boss V-XT. I am going to stick with the Fisher.