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Just got a 03 Ram 2500

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by eman5oh, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. eman5oh

    eman5oh Member
    Messages: 33

    So I just got rid of my F150 and jump to a Dodge Ram 2500. I have a Curtis snow pro 3000 plow and am going to mount it on the dodge. My question is will I need to do anything for the front end to handle the plow. On the Ford I cranked up the torsion bars and it worked great, not sure on the dodge it is a bigger truck but has coil springs. Any advise? Thanks
     
  2. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I have a Hiniker 8 1/2' V on my Ram 2500. I have the cummins in mine, with Timbrens on the front axle. Handles the plow fine, with the plow and the 1100 pound engine! What engine do you have in your truck?

    kevlars
     
  3. eman5oh

    eman5oh Member
    Messages: 33

    I have the 5.7 Gas. I was hoping the truck would handle it with out any mods and not have the front sag too much, The Curtis is in the 800lb neighborhood though.
     
  4. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I would think you would be fine with the Hemi. But, the Timbrens don't really modify anything. They just keep the front end from sagging to much with the weight of the plow. When you don't have the plow on, they don't affect the ride or anything else.

    kevlars
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Timbrens are nice but Ballast is better.
     
  6. eman5oh

    eman5oh Member
    Messages: 33

    I ran 450lb in my f150 and plan on running it in the Dodge make a big difference.
     
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    You do not need to do anything to the front but i would suggest at least 600 pounds in the bed. BEHIND the rear axle.
     
  8. RacingZR

    RacingZR Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 398

    I run a 9.5 XV on my 03 Hemi without mods. Handles it fine, I run around 1k lbs in the bed. Squats just over 1 inch when raised. If I ran around plowing for ten hours every storm I would run Timbrens but I just plow 2 drives. Congrats on the truck, you'll never want a half ton again.
     
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I've run various blades on my 2005 weighing as much as 1K without timbrens in the front. I have them in the back to handle the 2 yard spreader I carry about 1/2 full while plowing.
     
  10. Rece5.7

    Rece5.7 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I have an 03 but it is factory plow prepped. Plow prepped or not you should be fine. You can call the dealership and have them check the vin as it might be factory plow prepped already. Nice truck you'll love it pushing snow but keep it clean underneath to keep rust down, I have the engine out of mine now replacing exhaust manifolds and the oil pan. I also wanted to check the clutch after 8 years of plowing on it (it looked great). Nothing leaking yet, but it's only a matter of time and I don't want any problems during the winter season.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011