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Plowing with a 6" Lift?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by PWRPLS, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. PWRPLS

    PWRPLS Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 3

    I have a 2003 F250 with a 6" suspension lift. I was told I wouldn't have any problems putting a plow on it yet the min they look at the tuck I'm told it can't be done. Any ideas?
     
  2. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    Quite honestly, I think you're going to have a problem there. A plow attaches to your frame - which is now separated from your suspension by another 6 inches. Then there's the distance to mother earth depending on what size tires you're running. Here's the big problem. In order for your plow to push properly, it needs to transfer and distribute loads back through your frame - which as we know is now 6" away from where it was supposed to be when the plow frame was engineered. Probably not gonna happen. I'd also be more than a little concerned about the significantly higher center of gravity.

    That said, could somebody "attach" a plow frame to your truck? Certainly. It just wouldn't work right.
     
  3. res201cue

    res201cue Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    I had a 6' lift on my truck I had to lower the plow mount add bracing and hope for the best. It worked I just didnt like the limited viability thats why I took the lift off. like I said it can be dont but requires a little fabrication and engineering skill.

    Good luck
     
  4. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    The rule of thumb is when the plow is hooked to the truck the aframe shoulsd be as close level as possible so there is even pressure on the cutting edge. Even more crucial with a V blade. Maybe you could run a little smaller than stock size tires for the winter to help compensate. Or modify the mount so it is lower.
     
  5. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I had a 01F350 with a 4" ProComp suspension lift. I also had a Blizzard 810 on it. All I needed to do was to modify the mount some. I had some metal welded to the bottom of the mounts and new holes bored into it to mount the plows crossmember to. It was a simple solution that worked flawlessly for the 3 years that plow was mounted on my truck. For snow loads, my truck was a diesel and the snow on Vancouver Island at sea level was always heavy and thick.
     
  6. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    It will work fine if you use a western uni mount plow with the ultra mount truck side and a uni to ultra adapter. Just have to flip the brackets upside down on the adapter. You will also need to go to a 285 tire and it is a perfect fit.
     
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  7. PWRPLS

    PWRPLS Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 3

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the replies. I did find someone that says he can install a 7' 6" 29HD sno-way plow. They say the mounts provided should fit perfectly with no modification to the truck frame. I originally wanted a Blizzard 8600 speedwing, what do you guys think of the sno-way?
     
  8. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    A 7.5 foot plow is way too small for your truck unless you are only planning on doing your own driveway. Mine is 8' plus the wings. It's wide enough when angled and pushing straight but not nearly wide enough to accommodate my wheelbase while turning.

    When you angle the snow-way, you aren't even going to be clearing the width of your tires.
     
  9. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    I've got to agree with this one. We used to run 8' Fishers on the old body style trucks and they worked fine. With the new Super Dutys, we run 8' 6" Fishers. I wouldn't want to run anything narrower.
     
  10. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    Weld brackets where the 3 holes are and drill hole higher.

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  11. PWRPLS

    PWRPLS Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 3

    The plow I will be running is a 29hd sno way 7`6" with 9 inch scoop extentions both sides....
    Still kind of iffy if is going to work with the lift kit on the truck. Getting the plow installed next Tuesday

    Still ha ve time to change my mind
     
  12. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    Not sure how it mounts, but the picture i showed you is how you modify a fisher for lifted trucks.
     
  13. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

  14. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

  15. dieseltech

    dieseltech Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    i too am interested in what needs to be done? looking at a 8' unimount and am wondering how much fab work will be involved in the install. attached is a picture of the truck in question which is an 06

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  16. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 747

    diesel tech. I made my plow frame pretty much exactly like the one i pictured above. I put a level on the a frame, used a floor jack to get it level. Then measured the distance of the 2 different holes and drilled.

    But i have a 9ft fisher x blade. I am buying a v blade and will be modifying my frame the same way.
     
  17. omya

    omya Junior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 3

    I have a fisher minute mount that was on an 07 GMC Sierra 1500. I want to mount it on one of these dealer lifted trucks that you see on the lots these days. 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 with 6 inch lift. 35 inch tires. I only do my own driveway. I understand the issues with traction and vision. I just want to get the mechanics right. Anybody already tackle this on a GM with a minute mount?
     
  18. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    Another 2 cents worth, yes you can make it work, like others said, need to extend your mounts and beef them up. Theres little to be gained plowing with a lift, more drawbacks, but I suspect you have a lifted rig that is used for many other things and want to plow with it. Do it. :clapping:
     
  19. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,034

    You realize this thread is over 5 years old, right?
     
  20. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    Im an idiot, :hammerhead: thanks for pointing that out.