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Plow for Dakota

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Killy, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Killy

    Killy Junior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3

    Hi
    I have a 97 Dakota that I would like to put a plow on, did a search and saw a poster was selling one a few years ago with a snowway plow on so it would seem to be possible. I know a heavier truck would be better but this is what I have and I only have a small lot/dway I want to do. Snowway site only lists an application for Dakota's from 2000 on up, I know they look like mine on the outside till 04, anybody know why this is? I am fine with western...meyer etc if anybody has info on another brand that will work. Thanks
     
  2. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,846

    i had a 6.5 meyers on my old dodge i should of put a 7ft though
     
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I have a 7 1/2' Fisher MM1 Regular Duty on my truck and it handles it just fine. The truck turns so tight that if I'm at full angle and turn, the front tire will hit snow. I was being told to go with a Blizzard 720 which would've been too small. It came down to a Fisher MM 7 1/2 or a Boss Poly 7 1/2', but I found a used Fisher for next to nothing. Good luck!
     
  4. Killy

    Killy Junior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3

    I was thinking 6.5 to 7.5 depending on what I could find available used...sounds like 7.5 will be more practical. Not sure I worded the original question well. I have checked western and snowways plow matching website and neither one lists Dakota's until year 2000 as having a plow/frame h/u available. I know the Dakota looks like mine up till 2004 but maybe the frame or something has been changed in 2000 and previous to that they were unusable for plows?? I was hoping someone on here had put a plow on a 97, plowed with it for awhile and had some feedback. I have towed with it regularly and hauled some pretty big loads of topsoil/mulch so it can handle it I think..any ideas why no hookups?

    Thanks
     
  5. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,846

    take a look at western midwieght series plows there real nice
     
  6. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316

    Fisher HT series
     
  7. bravada75

    bravada75 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    boss

    check out the boss sport duty i have a 04 dakota and put on the sport duty 7ft great plow works just as well as the big plows
     
  8. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    97-04 share the same framework. IMO don't get anything less than a 7.5 adding wings would be even better.
     
  9. Killy

    Killy Junior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3

    Sounds good, I have a blizzard dealer close by and he thinks he might have something that will work. If not I'll try the fisher ht I think, looked good on line and was not to heavy.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Your blizzard dealer will recommend the 720 which will be too narrow for the truck. you'll need the 760 which he'll tell you is too big of a plow which it really isn't.
     
  11. CarCrazed4Life

    CarCrazed4Life Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=74565

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=74565

    Search Dakota and you will see that much of this is covered.

    I have an 04 Dakota Quad Cab. I use a tailgate salter. I replaced the standard 265/70/16s with 245/75/16. Use Timbren Front & Back, and then mount the lightest plow you can find for your work load.

    I recommend the Sno-Way because its a 1/2 Ton Truck size plow on a Dakota. The 7'6" is the way to go for the 26 series. Also you get Down Pressure which is pretty important.

    Either ways, I think you'll see a few guys recommend different plows, so do your research.
     
  12. canadianplower

    canadianplower Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I have an 03 Dakota and can not find a used plow that I can buy a mount for. I am just starting out and don't want to spend $5k on a new plow with only 4 or 5 residentials interested so far.
    The other thing, when I was reading the owners manual, Dodge warns that this truck is unsafe to plow with as the air bag could deploy when plowing. Is there a mod that has to be done to plow with these?
    Thanks for any advice in advance.

    tymusic
     
  13. TeamBrain Damag

    TeamBrain Damag Junior Member
    from MA/NH
    Messages: 6

    I just picked up a used 99 dakota from the original owner, with original plow paperwork for it.
    and It has it listed as a Fisher MM1 7.6 LD bought in 99
    the owner has all the service records from it, and looks like he went through 2 sets of NAPA ball joints and the U joints replaced too, 82K original trans and shifts good.
    front sits a little low with the plow on, I'm going to crank up the torsion bars, and put in a set of MOOG ball joints, it looks like this truck eats ball joints!
     
  14. stevejwys

    stevejwys Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    cant find a plow for my 98 dakota sport

    Killy did you find a plow for your truck I hvae been every where cant find a mount for 98 dakota
    Thanks
    steve
     
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    When I was searching Fisher, Blizzard, Snow Way, and Boss all made mounts/plow setups for the dakota. Meyer/Diamond only had mounts for the 97-99 trucks and nothing listed for the 2000-2004 Dakota which is weird because a co worker had a 2002 Dakota with a Meyer plow. Anyways, I found a used truck mount for a Fisher Minute Mount that was intended for the 97-99 truck and there was a small difference. The Mount bolted up to the bumper bolt/mounts fine but it has 2 support "arms" that go towards the differential and bolt in there. On my truck they wouldn't reach the spot so I had to have something fabbed up so the support would be there- so I'd say there is a small difference in the front end between the years.
     
  16. bhud1263

    bhud1263 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey guys i got a 2001 dakota and im lookin to put a used plow on it but i dont know where to begin to look for a used plow that fits it. Any help would be much appreciated!
     
  17. TimTheToolMan

    TimTheToolMan Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Sno-way 26, timbrens, 300lbs in the box, good to go !

    littelplowtruck1.jpg
     
  18. lilpusher

    lilpusher Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 140

    I have a Snoway ST with 6'8 blade on a 97 Dak. I would part with. Let me know, down pressure, wireless stored inside except using right now.
     
  19. bhud1263

    bhud1263 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    hey lilpusher could you post more pics of that plow and shoot me a price
     
  20. lilpusher

    lilpusher Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 140

    check out the pics in the Snoway ST thread site won't let me repost the same pics I can get others up later. 2100.00 with everything. I'm located in Indy i'm not apposed to driving a liittle bit for a true buyer.