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snow tire pressure and rear ballast

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by brimfield, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. brimfield

    brimfield Member
    Messages: 68

    I have a 2002 duramax 2500 ext cab 8' bed and I just got a fisher 8' plow for it. I had the timbren suspension kit added. I am running Wild spirit snows, 265 75 16's. I have around 500lbs in the rear over the tires. had some trouble backing up a steep drive and I am wondering if I need more weight lower tire pressure, I run 80 psi or should I get studs? Chains are a no go as it is a long drive from work.
  2. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Try another 300lbs at least and move the weight closer to the tailgate.
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,513

    move the weight closer to the tailgate.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    if you put sandbags right up against the tailgate it works pretty well
  5. cubplower

    cubplower Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    i believe that the lower your tire pressure is, the less traction in the snow because you get more floatation rather than your tires digging in and getting down to pavement.
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    more weight and dont try to push as much snow in a pass
  7. brimfield

    brimfield Member
    Messages: 68

    Well I did add another 150 lbs but I will try more and put it on the tail gate. Right now I am stuck in my own driveway:realmad:.And I am not sure how to get out but this can wait till morning. Might have to get chains to get out.Funny thing is I carefully pushed the town snow bank out of my way in small bites then I went down the hill not plowing to the pavement due to an 18" build up since I plowed out at 4 in the morning and moved a good 8+ inches. I had 4 low and pavement all the way up then! Now I might be stuck in the chassis height. Got out of one ditch from hell and left it at that because I cant go forward with the plow up. And no way anyone will come to help in my "DRIVEWAY FROM HELL". Hope to get out soon enough to get some maintenance property jobs. PS who makes the best tire chains and the easiest to go on!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  8. ihwild

    ihwild Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Where are you stuck at ? Your own driveway? Any pictures? If you can dig down to pavement then throw some sand under those tires. Why can't you go forward with the plow down? Have you tried to use the angle to push the truck back while in reverse? You might just have to dig it out. I buried my Scout up to the frame and possibly then some. I couldn't back out up the hill but I was able to go forward turn around and drive up. You might even just have to dig out in line with the diffs that should be your lowest point.

  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Tire pressure is way too high. Drop to 45 or so, and go to about 1,000 lbs weight in the bed.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011