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MD75 on Frontier

Discussion in 'Import and Other Trucks (Light Duty)' started by JSutter101, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    After searching high and low for a plow, good ole Craigslist came through. A local guy just traded in his 2012 1500 GMC and didn't trade the plow. I picked it up for $1500 complete.
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    I just needed the truck mount and headlight adapter to fit my truck. I did the install myself.
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    We've gotten plenty of snow lately and it has worked well. My back is thanking me big time. I have 400 lbs of sand in the bed, the truck feels fine with all the added weight.

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  2. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

  3. djr623

    djr623 Member
    Messages: 60

    Wow, that's nice! Any complaints with the snow dogg?
     
  4. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    The mount is huge and hangs down but that is partly my fault since my truck is lifted. I had to use the lowest holes to get the mount at the correct height. Not a big deal and I will take it off the truck in the spring.

    The controller is too large and makes it cumbersome to shift into reverse while holding it. I have to press a shifter button to get into reverse. Probably not a big deal with a column shifter or a gated shifter.

    As for how it performs, its great. I looked it over top to bottom, changed the fluid, greased all the fittings, and even touched up the paint. It should serve me well for years. I don't plan on doing much more than my driveway and some family members.

    There are only a few plows that fit the Frontier. The Snowdogg beats the competition.
    I searched them all. In my order of preference:

    Snow Dogg MD has all the features and construction of a big plow, but is light weight enough to be installed on mid sized trucks. Well priced.

    Snoway 22 has good features like down pressure and wireless controller, but the clear mold board seems less durable. Pricey.

    Meyer Drive Pro is built like a big plow, but is slightly too narrow at 6'8". Great warranty, good price.

    Curtis Home-Pro 3000 has all the features and looks well made. It's the most expensive.

    Fisher Homesteader / Western Suburbanite is built like a toy. Priced high for what it is.
     
  5. BD1

    BD1 Member
    Messages: 85

    Looks good
     
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Dang, that does a nice job.
     
  7. JCByrd24

    JCByrd24 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 232

    What a little animal plow rig, 7.5' on a narrow truck. Looks like you're running dedicated snow tires (steel rims one pic vs alloys in the other), very smart. Looks like good choices and a good setup any way you slice it!
     
  8. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    Yes, I got my snow tires mounted just in time for the real snow. I did plow some light powder with my MT's and while they did OK I knew real snow tires would be a good investment.

    Last night through this morning we got some very wet snow. I'm not certain on totals but I'd guess around 8". No problems pushing it.
     
  9. wislxer

    wislxer Member
    Messages: 89

    Wow, I really like how this truck looks! I am a big fan of how these new Frontiers look especially with a mild lift. Didn't care for the OBS Frontier at all unlike the OBS Taco, which I love, but Nissan hit it out of the park with these Frontiers. (Even if it has been around for what?....almost 10 years now) Great looking truck man. I have an 04 TRD Taco with a mild lift and I can say unequivocally that the new Frontiers are better looking than the new Tacos. Pretty equal tech between the two (IMO: available lockers, manual transmissions, ballsy V6s). When I go to replace this Taco I'm gonna take a serious look at a crew cab, 6 speed manual Frontier if I can find one.

    I think overall the Frontier/Titan are about a million times better looking than the Tundra/Tacoma. Excited to see the new Titan with the Cummins too!

    Looks great with that plow too! I'd love to see more shots of this thing in action! Is that a 2-3' lift? What brand?
     
  10. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    Thanks. If you don't need/want a full size, you can't go wrong with either Fronty or Taco. I like them both and we've had many 05+ Tacos at work.

    The lift is a combination of PRG and Rancho. Rancho quick lift struts with a PRG 1/2" lift spacer; about 2.5" total. The rear has PRG adjustable shackles set at 2". I also have the Nismo/Pro4x sized tire, 265/75r16, about an inch taller than stock SE size.
     
  11. ZL155

    ZL155 Junior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 1

    Hey nice job on the plow. I'm currently researching what plow to get for my 2013 Frontier crew cab and I'm more then likely going with the Snowdogg md68 like yours.
    Question for you, How do you like it thus far? Has it been a good plow?

    Also I see you have had it for over a year now, if your ready to part , I'm ready to buy.
     
  12. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    I cannot imagine not having a plow. We just got 6" of snow over the weekend. After doing my own driveway I had to do my parents. They also got rain/sleet on top making 1/2" of ice. Even where the city plow left the snowbanks around a family members car I cleared it no problem.

    The only issue is the deflector. I cracked it last year and pieces broke off. Over the summer I stitched it back together with zip ties. It's cracking again. Seems like a common problem.

    The 6'8" will fit fine, but if you can go with the 7'6" you'll be better off.
     
  13. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    Here's a few recent pics:

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    Looks just like the one from last year!

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    Had to remove the silly Dogg, sorry.... looks more betterer.

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  14. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

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    Quickfist clamps for jack

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    Homemade dolly

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    Cracked deflector

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  15. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    That's a good looking setup...

    I have aMD75 and it has held up well. The stickers are gone after 4 years but very little rust. I did add a back drag blade and found with the Ram1500 600 lbs of ballast works wonders.

    Supposed to have up to foot of snow next three days! looking forward to some truck time.
     
  16. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    Yes a back dragging attachment would do me wonders. Do you have a hinged or fixed drag blade?
     
  17. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    Standard MD75 backdrag blade that Dogg sells. Adds about 35 lbs to the plow. Well worth it.

    Also my snow deflector has been fine. I think the early ones had the cracking issue.
     
  18. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77

    Mines only from 2012, at least it came off a 2012 Sierra, dealer installed. It was deformed when I bought it used fall 2013 and cracked in that area that winter.
     
  19. jstevens66

    jstevens66 Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Great set up!!!!! You really lucked out finding that deal, truck looks GREAT!!!
     
  20. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 77