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torsion bars

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by apalermo, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. apalermo

    apalermo Member
    Messages: 42

    hey gang,i just got my artic mount installed on my 1990 1/2 ton pick up.3350 lbs.front end.my question is thay did not touch my torsions.my truck sits high up.i went home and put the 7.6 poly plow on.and the truck went down but the bottom of the mount is still about 8 inches above the ground.the steering is quite tough to turn to.do you think the torsions should be cranked.also no timbrens istalled.truck is sitting high has about a 3 inch lift.but the front is only 3350 lbs.please let me know if i should go back and tell them to crank the torsions.thanks.
     
  2. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Sounds like you have a standard weight plow on your half ton. Probably weighs in the area of 750 lbs.
    Too heavy,should be in the area of 550 lbs. If this is a new plow, did you buy from a dealer.
     
  3. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    what do you have for ballast in the back?
    how many inches does the nose drop when you raise the blade?
    what kind of lift do you have? spindle or tbar or green keys or what?
    about what angle are your cv joints at when unloaded just sitting there?
    also and slightly unrelated......are your tires aired up to thier max level?
     
  4. apalermo

    apalermo Member
    Messages: 42

    actually the bottom of the mount sits about 10 to 12 inches above the ground ,once the plow is in the air it is about 8 to 10 inches high.
     
  5. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    So you drop 2" or so? What about how much ballast and what kinda lift?
     
  6. raptorman03

    raptorman03 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    i drop about 2 inches too, but i dont have any weight in the back yet
     
  7. apalermo

    apalermo Member
    Messages: 42

    hey gang ,thebottom of the a frame is about 6 inches above the ground when the plow is in the air.the bottom of the mount is about 7.5 inches above the ground.if i put ballsast in the back will the a frame be higher thean 5 inches.or will timbrems solve the problem.
     
  8. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    What is the weight of your plow??
     
  9. apalermo

    apalermo Member
    Messages: 42

    torsion bar

    hey bolts,how are you, the plow is a poly arctic 7.6 which is 635 lbs.the truck drives fine wiht no weight in the back yet.the concern is that the a frame is about 6 inches from the floor when the plow is in the air.the bottom of the mount is about 7.5 inches.form the ground.the a frame is to low.will weight or timbrems solve this or which of the too.
     
  10. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    On level ground, with the plow down look at the A frame of the plow. ( truck to moldboard) It should look level with the ground. If the truck end of the A frame seems below level it is an under carriage problem. My 1/2 ton chev has the torsion bars ( no timbrens, shouldn't need them) cranked up 5 full turns. Sits fine. 500 lbs. ballast in bed should bring your front back up about an inche.