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Plow for a 2003 Chevy 1500hd

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by on-ice, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. on-ice

    on-ice Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    New to the site. Seems to be alot of knowledge out there and I hope I can get some good advice. I have a 03 Chevy 1500HD . Most dealers western/fisher, snowway, and blizzard mabey one other all say i can mount just about any plow they make including vee plows.
    I've been told that year is more like a 2500 regular duty? Same plows come up in dealer match systems. Any suggestions would be great. I plan on doing my drive 350 feet, and mabey a few others if I can get them.
    Thanks
    Rob
     
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    You can put an 8' on that truck. My friend has one and he has an 8' Fisher on it.
     
  3. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    id go with a western 8 footer...but really go with the best dealer...like if they will be open when ur out at 3am if something goes wrong...and if they stock most parts just in case...
     
  4. on-ice

    on-ice Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks for the replys and info
    think vee's are too much
     
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    As long as you get a V thats around 8' you should be all set. Get somthing thing like the 8.2' Boss V.
     
  6. on-ice

    on-ice Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    was thinking 8.6 western dothe boss plows have trips
     
  7. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Boss V plows have a full moldboard trip.
     
  8. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    just because you can put ( insert any plow ) on your truck doesn't mean you should. it's a 1500 and will get beat up and break just like any other 1500.

    anyway , if your just doing a couple drive ways why would you need a big expensive plow ?
    get a 7.5 western pro plow or a snow way.
     
  9. Jt13speed

    Jt13speed Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Here we go again...A 1500HD is NOT just like any other 1500! The 1500HD is build on a 2500 frame, it rolls on 8-lug wheels. It can handle any plow you want to put on it. All the plow manufacturer plow match features show that you can throw anything on it that you want, and you know they wouldn't do that if it couldn't handle it, because of all the federal safety stuff. There was a guy on here a few years ago that had a 2003 1500HD with 4-wheel steer and he mounted a 8 1/2ft Fisher EZ-V and loved it, truck handled it fine with ballast in the back.
     
  10. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    please note the word WAS ...


    im not a mechanic or car guy . all i know about cars / trucks is that i turn the key and it go's. :) i have never heard of any 1500's that are built like a 2500 but if you all say it is , i wont argue it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2008
  11. Jt13speed

    Jt13speed Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=16238 here is the guy, and just because hes not on the site anymore doesnt mean his truck is broken. Some people just arent as addicted to this site as others are. :dizzy::jester:

    Oh Im no mechanic either but i do know for a fact that the 1500HD models were a step above a normal 1500 and built on the 2500 truck frames. No arguing necessary:rolleyes:, im just stating because there have been a few other threads about guys with 1500HDs and people have started to argue that a 1500 is a 1500 and they werent gonna be swayed otherwise, until spec sheets were posted comparing regular 1500 to 1500HD and 2500 of that model year.

    Good luck with your truck and make sure to put up some pics when you get a plow!xysport
     
  12. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    HD stands for Heavy Duty. the 1500 HD is completly built on a 2500 platform, just like the 2500HD is built on a 3500 platform. I have a 2500HD and have a 9' western straight blade on it. The truck doesn't even realize there is a plow on it. I have not touched the t-bars, nor have I put timbrens on it, and it only squats about an inch with the plow raised.
     
  13. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    im kinda curious about the 1500 HD ... the frame is a 2500 but what about the rest of the truck ? more specifically the front end.
     
  14. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    AAAA then why are you passing judgment on equipment you admitidly know nothing about. Do you think it's helpfull to other people.

    the HD was a giveaway for me, I don't know the specifics of the 1500 HD but I do know its more than the non HD. As long as were on the topic of 2500 VS the 1500 You do know that my jeep and the F150 AND the F250 ALL use the same U-joint.

    Just my rant:realmad:
     
  15. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    A regular 1500 has 6 lug wheels I believe, a 1500HD has 8 lug wheels, which leads me to believe it is the 2500 front, and rear ends in them. I can't quote the specs for sure but from all I understand this is the case.
     
  16. on-ice

    on-ice Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    The 1500hd comes with 373 gears and the 2500hd has the 411 gears Thanks for the info and keep it coming
     
  17. stillen

    stillen Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I had both a 1500hd and a 2500 LD

    the 1500HD had an independant front suspension.. had 8 lug hubs

    the 2500LD also had a independent front suspension but had 6 lug hubs

    Both were great on gas, the 2500LD had more payload capacity...

    the 1500HD only came n the CC configuration

    The 2500 I had was a beast, with the 14 bolt rear end.... the 1500 HD had a whimpy 10 bolt...

    both had 373 gears...

    i wish they were still in my garage, i loved those trucks..... Both left me with well over 250k on each
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2008
  18. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    i have experience plowing with 1/2 ton trucks. many people i have worked with used them as well. most were gone after a year and all except one ( myself ) were gone after 2 years. so forgive me if i didn't know about 1 specific truck.
     
  19. stillen

    stillen Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    for me the deceiding factor would be the IFS. The control arms and torsion bars just weren't designed for the abuse and stress a plow puts on a truck. The 1500HD, is more than capable of off-roading, the occasional 2400lbs of dirt in the rear, tugging a 8500lb trailer. My 2500LD would do everthing my 1500HD would do.. Below is a pic of my GMC 1500HD, my GMC2500LD, my GMC1500 sierra , and my Dodge 3/4HD.... Sorry, but they are NOT next to each other, i owned then at different times..

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  20. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,302

    I think you are mistaken on what axle that was under your 1500HD it was a 14bolt with a 10.5" ring gear where your 2500LD 6lug had a 14bolt with a 9.5" ring gear.