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Unimount on 05' 1500 Silverado

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by tec_41, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Hello, I currently have a 94 GMC Sierra 1500 Reg. cab with a Western Unimount on it. The truck is about to die on me (great timing) so I found a 05 Silverado 1500 extended cab and am considering putting the same plow I have on it. I talked to the local Western dealer and the guy told me I would need a new mount, obviously, a wiring harness, and new headlights for the plow (?).

    Is this all correct? Also, is it fairly involved? I'm comfortable working on cars and wiring, just need to know if there is anything special that I might not be able to do just in my garage.I appreciate any help :)
     
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    How big is the plow you're wanting to hang on it? The newer chevy half tons don't hold all that much weight up front.
     
  3. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Just a 7.5" Unimount
     
  4. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    Yep, I just put one on a 2005 2500hd. It takes a 12 pin headlight and a harness with 6 relays. You could use your 9 pin set if you wire a switch for the headlights.
     
  5. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Okay, thanks for the info. And as far as attaching the mount to the frame...Drilling required and some bolts?
     
  6. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    An 05 1500 should be able to handle it. The new 07-up 1500's have the new car-like front end. As far as the lights go, my dealer said the same thing. He said the old lights might not work with the newer trucks. I just converted mine to the three plug and put the new lights on it. The mount just bolted up on mine. No drilling. Not sure about the 1500's.
     
  7. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

  8. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    I have no idea what harness you need. The dealer will know. I wouldn't rig up the lights. Spend the money and get new wiring for everything. You will not regret it.
     
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The right way to do it is to update to the 12 pin harness. You don't HAVE to purchase new plow side lights/harness complete though if you're a little wiring savvy, simply buy the plow side 12 pin harness and wire it to your existing lights if they're in decent condition.

    Or to update the plow to the current system forget the old relay systems and update to an Iso system. Not inexpensive by any means either but you won't be spending a considerable cost on an already outdated relay system.

    Good luck finding the mount. '03-up Uni had one of the shortest production runs of any mount out there. Likey have to buy an Ultra and then also purchase an Ultra to Uni conversion bracket which adds even more expense.

    Figure a $1000-$1200 minimum to do this full conversion which is often why it's not cost effective to mount an older plow on a late model truck.
     
  10. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thank you B&B, very helpful.

    I found this mount on craigslist, but it's not the greatest of pictures...I notice it says 01 2500 HD written on some of the pieces :S. Yet the guy says it was on a 05 1500, so I'll have to ask him about that.
    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/pts/2089758587.html
     
  11. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    The pic is of 2500 ultra mounts. The 1500 frame and the 2500 frame are not the same. He might have put the wrong pic up. I would call him.
     
  12. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yep definitely a 2500/3500 mount in the pic so be sure to verify before you buy.
     
  13. Subseven

    Subseven Member
    Messages: 44

    Work the same way with an 07 1500 new style?
     
  14. tec_41

    tec_41 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Well I talked to my dad since we're splitting the truck. I think he'd rather put the money into a new Pro plow and we're going to sell my old truck with the Unimount on it. I just can't waste any more time trying to find the mount and make this work...Thanks again for the help and info, it helped us come to a decision!
     
  15. pinosam

    pinosam Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    help please i want to connect my wester plow lights to a switch. what ga. wire do i need and what size fuse to use.

    thank you in advance.