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rancho 4" and my plow. quick question.

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by woofy315, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. woofy315

    woofy315 Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 20

    so,im pretty much **** outta luck when it comes to the front of my truck and plow almost touching the ground when mounted,ive looked and many diffrent options and none seem to fully work out, so my question is, with my western ultramount if i do a 4inch rancho lift on my 2002 silverado z71 will i still have good pushing ability? or will the angle be bad

    thanks in advance


    edit
    turns out the 4inch rancho turns into a 6 ,so my next option is the skyjacker 3inch....
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2008
  2. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    you would probably have to fab up the mount or the plow side. Why not just crank your T-bars and add timbrens?
     
  3. woofy315

    woofy315 Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 20

    t-bars have been cranked,to no avail.....its honestly the same with the plow on now as it was befor they got cranked,i cant imagiine timbrens would help much, why do you mean by plow side?
     
  4. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    You should be able to fab up some drop brackets for your ultra mount. 4" and a couple for tires shouldn't be hard to correct. 6" drop brackets or so and you should be back in buisness.
     
  5. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I mean cut and reweld where the plow hooks into your truckside mount. Not overly sure if it can be done on a ultra, but like mark said, some truck side drop brackets and some bigger tires would help alot. Plus timbrens would help with the sag when the plow is lifted.
     
  6. woofy315

    woofy315 Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 20

    sounds good,i know some welders :). thanks guys


    edit. theres no one that makes drop brackets for sale is there?
     
  7. aeronutt

    aeronutt Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    If your intent is to correct the front-end sag when loaded down with a stupid-heavy plow, a suspension lift is the wrong way to do it. You will be much better off with Timbrens and a set of torsion bars from a 2500 truck. You won't believe how much difference just the Timbrens will make (takes 30 minutes to install if you stop for a beer), and if you grab a couple of 2500 torsion bars from a junkyard you can install em yourself in about an hour. Chevy was really kind to us when they decided to make all the bars for 1500 - 3500 interchangeable!

    This will allow you to keep your stock ride height and carry the plow without excessive nose dive.
     
  8. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    If you are going to put a 4" lift on your truck, you shouldnt have to do squat to adjust it. My buddy has a 4" lift on his F250 SD and did not have to do any fab work to his ultramount. Just make sure the chains are adjusted right and you may have to raise the little feet up it sits on. But there was no cutting or welding involved, and his a-frame sits just fine too
     
  9. woofy315

    woofy315 Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 20

    ^ thanks man,and im acctualy going with the 3inch skyjacker
     
  10. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    If I was you I would just swap in a set of heavier rated torsion bars.
     
  11. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    But the others are right as well, a good set of 2500 Tbars will help ALOT!!!! And run some ballast against that tailgate too. You would be surprised how much more of a tank your truck could be with 3-500 lbs back there!!!!! I didnt buy into the whole ballast thing until this year. I run about 600lbs or so on average, and havent used my 4x4 once yet to push, even when it is a little slick.
     
  12. bike5200

    bike5200 Senior Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 437

    If you got to weld any thing do it on the plow side. The mount will not hang below your truck and depending on the plow if things change all you will need is a new a-frame.
     
  13. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    if doing the lift dont forget you REUSE your old bars.

    get a set of high gvw rated tbars from a 2500 or 3500 truck and swap them at the same time.
     
  14. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    And try to get bars from a truck that is plow prep equipped. They will be that much stronger. I think B&B said I have the 8615 bars on my truck, which is more than enough to handle a good plow. And it is just a regular 2500
     
  15. woofy315

    woofy315 Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 20

    all helpful,thanks alot guys
     
  16. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,380

    I don't know how the western mount attaches but in my case I have a 01 2500HD with a 4" rancho lift and the crossmember for the lift kit runs directly below the truck crossmember where I needed to attach my Hiniker mount so that took some fabbing to get to work. So beware of that.