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Too High

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by chevymann, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Is my truck too high?
    I've got a 1979 Chevy 1/2 ton fullsize 4x4 which I have recently done a frame off restoration on. Initially, I did not intend to put a plow on the truck. If I had, I would not have installed a 4" lift and 35" tires. Well, now I NEED a plow. I bought a new BOSS 8' Superduty Poly w/ Smarthitch2. The recommended push beam height is 15 1/2". I haven't measured yet, but I know that with the 4" lift and 35" tires, I'm a lot higher than 15 1/2". My question is, should I remove the 4" lift and 35" tires and have no lift at all or can I go with maybe a 2" lift and 33" tires? Or, can I weld brackets to the undercarriage to drop the height of the pushbeam (I realize that this will need to be well braced)? I just finished rebuilding the truck and I really don't want to lower it, unless I absolutely have to. What's the best way to deal with this situation? Also, what is the highe I can be on the push beam and still function properly. If I had lots of money, I'd just go buy a new truck, but unfortunately, that's not an option.
    Any help would be appreciated. If you think it would help, I could post some pics.
    Thanks
     
  2. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Loose the lift kit and go back to a stock suspension. Ditch the 35" & 33" tires and put on some tall skinny tires like a 235/75-R15 to get the best traction. I see your just down the road from me chevymann.
     
  3. jkce457

    jkce457 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a 1985 GMC Sierra K2500 with a 4" lift and 34" tires. I had the A-frame modified with a 3 inch block so it would not decrease the ground clearance when the plow is off. I have no problems plowing with regards to the angle of the plow.

    - Justin
     
  4. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    What type of plow are you using, Justin? Do you have any pics of the plow and modifications you can post?
    Thanks
     
  5. jkce457

    jkce457 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have an older 7.5 ' Western Pro-Plow. All that I had done was cut off the "tabs" on the A-Frame that the pins go through, then weld them back on with 3 or 4" stock under them. This keeps the plow at the same angle as it was with stock suspension(almost), and doesn't change the ground clearance when the plow is off because the modifcation is to the plow A-Frame, not the plow frame on the truck. Sorry, but I don't have any pics right now. Hope that helps.

    - Justin
     
  6. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks Justin. I know exactly what you're talking about. I also have an older Western plow with the same mount. However, it's on my '76 Chevy 3/4 ton, which is not lifted. The one I need to modify is on my '79 Chevy. The new BOSS plow with Smarthitch2 has a different mount. I talked to the dealer and he recommended lengthening the pushbeam brackets where they bolt to the frame of the truck. It looks like I can weld a 4-5" piece of steel to each side with gussets and drill new holes. Should put me where I need to be.
     
  7. Adams plowing

    Adams plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    my boss mount is running fine at about 18 inches beefed up the front end a bit and ran into the same problem you are looking at the only major problem about not having it at the 15 1/2 is it makes it a little harder to hookup...
     
  8. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Here's a pic of the truck

    dsc00114.jpg
     
  9. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Picture of the plow

    dsc00121.jpg
     
  10. Joe92GT

    Joe92GT Member
    Messages: 71

    What plow? I can't see it. All I see is a NICE camaro in the back, looks like its ready for some 1/4 mile fun.

    What class?

    Looks like a 9 second car to me, if not faster!!
     
  11. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    It's a consistent 10 second car. We've thought about getting into the 9's but the car is heavy and the faster you go, the more you break. It's very consistent and you should see the wheelstands:D
    It's also For Sale if you're interested
     
  12. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 513

    how much $$

    thanks
     
  13. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Dude that thing is way to high to do any serious plowing. How would you even see the plow to know what its at? I can see it now you mounted 6 foot high plow markers and when the plow trips you whip the alum siding with the markers. Whack!
     
  14. Joe92GT

    Joe92GT Member
    Messages: 71

    My 85 chevy pick up has a 4 inch suspention lift. I do serious plowing. Infact, I prefer the 4 inch lift, gives a better veiw of the land. Its no different than plowing in a single axle. My plow sits relativly level now that I put a new cutting edge on it. I do prefer to run a Pro-net instead of a tail gate. I plow lots of small lots, and seing what I'm backing into helps. The salter only blocks a small amount of veiw.

    I'm workin on my mustang right now. Turbo fed 408 cubic inch fuel injected monster, with ran by accell Digital Fuel Injection. :eek: should be 1000 flywheel HP.

    I'm lookin for low nines, @145-150ish

    Technology + displacement = real power
     
  15. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Wirenut........I'm asking $17,500.00 for the Camaro. I have specs and pics if you're interested.

    Robhollar.......I've seen trucks sit higher than mine w/ plows on them. If you know how to drive, it's not a problem and believe me, this thing will push some serious snow. As far as tripping the blade and the 6' markers hit the aluminum siding.....why are you plowing toward the house?

    Joe.........I agree with you about the 4" lift and the idea about the pro-net sounds good. What year is your Mustang? Sounds like a nice project. My buddy has a '92 LX Convertible 5.0 w/ turbo. He's putting out about 850hp. It's a total sleeper.
     
  16. ztoro

    ztoro Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 22

    plow

    I have a fabtech 5.5 lift with 35's and use the boss 8 foot superduty with smarthitch. They only thing I have noticed is that the float doesnt always work when leaving some driveways depending on the angle... other than that I havent had any problems. If I put the stock tires back on I dont have any problems at all.
     
  17. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Ztoro.....Did you have to do any modifications to the undercarriage? What kind of truck?
     
  18. ztoro

    ztoro Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 22

    here is the plow with stock tires and 5.5 lift

    boss.jpg
     
  19. ztoro

    ztoro Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 22

    no mods were done. here is the mounting bracket with the 35's on. you can see the bar can be adjusted pretty low

    boss1.jpg
     
  20. chevymann

    chevymann Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Nice Rig! Do you know what the height of the bushbeam is on your truck. BOSS recommends 15 1/2". Are you close to that. On my truck, the way it is, the pushbeam will be about 20".