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How much??

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by FF/P215, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. FF/P215

    FF/P215 Senior Member
    from 01085
    Messages: 176

    How much ballast do the Duramax guys use? First year plowing with it and the VXT, I've run 300-ish in my gasser in the past without a problem, plowed last year with none (3 pushed, wasn't even ready for October...) And I learned on an '04 gas 2500HD w/o any ballast ever, boss never felt the need :dizzy:

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I always had 600-1000 in my bed. I had a western v plow on mine. I have lift keys and it helped keep the weight off of the front
     
  3. Dr_Goodwrench66

    Dr_Goodwrench66 Member
    Messages: 39

    I have 1200lbs of sand stacked directly over my rear axle.
     
  4. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    I used to run about 800 until I bought my ebling. My thought was to always have the same amount of weight in the back as I do out front. It keeps the truck balanced and helps with traction. Also keep it as far backwards as possible. If you can put everything in front of the tailgate and behind the rear wheels.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
  5. FF/P215

    FF/P215 Senior Member
    from 01085
    Messages: 176

    Always had it minimally over the read axle, '96 has a great bed liner for it, this one I just took a pallet and placed it against the cab, keeps my weight right over the back axle to the tailgate. Anyone upgrade springs, or do anything to help the rear end for that matter?
     
  6. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I have airbags. They work wonders.