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looking for first plow

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by 05ram, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. 05ram

    05ram Member
    Messages: 71

    I am looking for my first plow. I have a 2005 dodge ram 1500 QC. I am looking at the western pro plow @ 682# any one ever put this on a 1500? I will be doing mostly residential. I will also be helping other trucks doing a few large commercial lots. Will this be OK or will I have to get the midweight @ 540#? BY the way new plowsite member. First post!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010
  2. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 Senior Member
    from wooster
    Messages: 125

    plows on these trucks suck there front ends are crap and really light you can get away with it with a 2-3 inch lever kit and timbers and about 500-600lbs in the bed and it will be alright but still a very weak truck to plow alot with
     
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    That's not true at all. Get the heavier one.
     
  4. 05ram

    05ram Member
    Messages: 71

    There is only a 142 pound difference between the two plows. I was thinking if I got the pro plow and I started plowing a lot more I could keep the plow and upgrade the truck later, once I had more cash. Wish I could have a seperate plow rig, but I have no room to keep it. Just have to remember to NOT drive it like I stole it!
     
  5. snowfighter75

    snowfighter75 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Western will answer your question. If quick match says it will take it then it probably will. Good luck and welcome to the site!!!
     
  6. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Get the heavier one it'll be better in the long run. I know of guys putting 8' plows on 1500's.
     
  7. mskutnik

    mskutnik Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    i'am a dodge guy. get the heavier plow with timbrens & make money
     
  8. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,569

    Agreed! That truck can easy handle a bigger plow. Put a set of Timbrens on it and your ready.
     
  9. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 Senior Member
    from wooster
    Messages: 125

    does any one that is answering have a 2002-2006 1500?

    cause it is true there front ends are junk

    and ya i have seen people put huge plows on little stuff and it dont last long cause they shouldnt be on there there front ends will be junk and needing alot of work after a couple years of light plowing or a year if full time plowing and leave it on all winter

    trust me i know dodge and i know you can get by with it but do you want the truck to last or not if your gonna be running the plow on the truck alot id get the lighter one
     
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Yes 2002 Ram 1500 QCSB w/4.7. They go through tie rod ends and had steering rack issues with leaking. Steering rack issues have been fixed by chrysler and the tie rods are simple- just get aftermarket. 79K miles on the dakota, had 120k on the ram when traded.
    My dakota has the same front end (axle-205/8") but is lighter duty. Been plowing for 3 years with it and only replaced ball joints and shocks.
     
  11. mjsmith70

    mjsmith70 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I put the western hts on my 2008 ram 1500. No suspension add ons and the truck doesnt drop at all when the plow is raised. its handled it very well