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Looking to put a 7.5' unimount on a 2004 F-250

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by let it snow!, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I'm new to plowing and I am looking to put a plow on my 2004 f-250 super cab long bed diesel. I am looking at a used unimount (about an 03) of a 2003 F-250 that is complete with truck side mount, controller and wiring harness. Is there any difference in the mount for a 2003 to a 2004? How hard would this be to install myself? Also, is a 7.5' big enough?
    Thanks
     
  2. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Not positive about the mount but they should be the same. IMO 7.5 is to small unless your doing driveways.
     
  3. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Go bigger !!!
     
  4. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Install isn't bad. You have to remove the front bumper, but other than that it goes ok. Be sure to assemble everything before you tighten anything up.

    As for a 7'6, yes, it is a bit small. 8' or bigger would be best, 7'6 will work ok though.
     
  5. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    7'6" is like kissin' your sister
     
  6. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    My truck is a similar size to yours and a 7', 6" is waaaaaay too small for that truck. Go bigger my friend, 8 ft. as a minimum.

    You'll have problems pushing windrows as the blade won't stick out far enough from the side of your truck and your tires will start spinning as the snow falls into your path. Not to mention turning with your plow at an angle.

    If you need a small blade for driveways or whatever, either get a V blade, which shrinks from its max width when Vee'd or in scoop, get a straight blade and get wings, or buy an expandable wing plow.
     
  7. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Well hopefully I didn't make a big mistake, because right after I started this thread I decided to go take a look and I ended up coming home with it. A local plow dealer was helping me out and when he heard I could get everything for 1800 he said to jump on it. Maybe I can just get my feet wet with this one and get a new one next year if all goes well. I also found Western dealer to install it for $350.
     
  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Oh you got a great deal. That would be around $3k or so installed here. Like you said, get your feet wet. Its a great plow to start with. You can always graduate to something bigger or even add wings to it if need be. Also bear in mind that just the moldboard (blade itself, the red part) can be swapped too. The mounting is universal for all sizes within reason.

    You didn't make a mistake by any means. You're on a path to good things.
     
  9. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    So I could swap the blade out with a 8 or 8.5' and keep the same light assembly and everything? I think it has 3 trip springs I don't know if that matters or not.
     
  10. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Here's some pictures of it. The only thing that concerns me is the cylinders have some pitting. Is this a problem? Do they need replaced?

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    Here's the pitting:


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    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  11. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Yea you can swap. Even a 4 spring has the tab for the 3rd one in the center instead. That amount of pitting isn't anything to worry about. Just keep an eye out for fluid around the seal. Worse case let me know and I can get you a good price on cyls.
     
  12. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Great, thanks for the info. In the event that they start leaking, roughly how much $ are they?
     
  13. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I'd have to look but probably around $80 or so each.
     
  14. let it snow!

    let it snow! Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    That's not bad, thanks.