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Size of plow?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Travisvt, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Hi I just got a new 2015 GMC Sierra that was offered with the 8'6" hd2 Fischer Minute mount 2 plow. I am wondering if the 8'6" is to large of a plow for that truck or in general? It is brand new so I can probably trade it for a smaller plow if thats what makes the most sense and thats why I figured I would ask.

    I will mainly plow residential driveways

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 739

    I think it is a normal size plow. I had a 7.5' Snoway on a 1999 Expedition. I then got a 2006 F350 because I wanted a V plow. I kept the plow at 7.5' tho, which was a mistake because it was just too small. Swapped it out for a 8.5' V plow; much better. Have wings for it too so it can be 9.5'


    I'm guessing your truck can handle it weightwise if the dealer put it on.
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    If it's a 2500, then go with it. If your talking about a 1500 then it might be to big.
     
  4. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    It is a 2500, should've mentioned that.
    Thanks
     
  5. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Is there anything I should add to the front end of the new truck to help the suspension? Would like to take any precaution I can to get longer out of the truck... other than not plowing :)
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Can turn up the bars some.
     
  7. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    What do you mean by "bars"?
     
  8. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Torsion bars. Do they even still use those on these new trucks? Just wondering.

    Make sure to use ballast and then see what the front end needs, if anything.
     
  9. CowboysLC_DE

    CowboysLC_DE Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    Timbrens or a smilar product could be a preventative option. Adjusting the torsion bars is not a permanent fix. I got lucky that mine last two years while being tensioned up.

    Michael
     
  10. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the help, the Timbrens look like a good solution. Does anyone have any experience with them
    and know how the make the truck feel/handle when the plow is not on? Also can you put just front ones in or is it recommended to put both front and rear?
     
  11. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 739

    I put Tinbrens on the front and rear when I plowed with my 99 Expedition. They helped alot. You don't really feel them at all; they just help to keep the truck from sagging too much or bottoming out. If the truck isn't loaded, the truck won't be sitting on them.
     
  12. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks, I was just wondering while driving at a nomad speed on a road if you notice any change in suspension. I am curious if it is just for the plow if I even need them on the rear?
     
  13. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 739

    I put them on the rear too because it helps when you've got the back loaded up with stuff (including ballast for the plow)
     
  14. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,034

    You can't feel them at all during normal driving. They're basically bump-stops, to stop the truck from bottoming out. If it were me, I wouldn't even put them on your truck with a straight blade. Your truck will handle your blade no problem. But if you want, go ahead and put in the Timbrens. They only cost a couple of hundred bucks and install easily. You won't need them for the back unless you're installing a spreader.
     
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    Hold on, this a 2015 2500?

    If so, you'll just need weight in the bed.

    No need for spat in the front end.
     
  16. Travisvt

    Travisvt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Yes its a 2015 2500 and 8.5' plow straight blade.
    What do you recommend for weight in the bed?
     
  17. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    500 lbs behind wheelwells