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Used plow install

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Yardman41, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Yardman41

    Yardman41 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota that I would like to install a 6' 8" plow on. I have access to both a Western and/or a Meyers, older plows. Question: What do I have to do to get one or the other of these plows to fit on my Dakota, what kind of mounting system would I have to get? Would a unimount system work? Thanks.
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,594

    first, ditch the 6.5ft and get a 7.5ft at a minimum.
    a 6.5 isn't wide enough to clear a path for your truck.


    mounts can be found for your truck from any of the major mfgs.
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,992

    Find out what mounts are available first then decide on brand
     
  4. Yardman41

    Yardman41 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I just got back from a BOSS/WESTERN dealer and I like what I found out. I have the option to buy a used unit, but I think instead I'm going to go with a new set up. If I got a used unit elsewhere and had to have the mounting bracket and all the electronics installed, by the time I done that, it would only be a savings of maybe $900 once the sales tax is added in. Then I would still have a used unit prone to problems. With new, I get a 2 year warranty and I can gradually grow along with any problems that might occur, rather then going in blind. I think the BOSS 7' Sport Duty, with the Poly blade is the plow I will be going with? Anybody have any thoughts on this?
     
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,550

    That mount will be hanging low, do you have enough clearance?

    We have a western mid-weight on a 03, seems to be a perfect fit
     
  6. Yardman41

    Yardman41 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I'll ask the dealer about that, glad you brought that up! Thanks.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,992

    Why can't/couldn't you install the mount and wiring? It's not that hard....And you'll have a better understanding how things work in case something breaks down the road
     
  8. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,315

    Still Liquored up on the Western Kool-Aid I see:drinkup::drinkup:.......... Thanks for not disappointing us.:waving:

    Yardman you can't go wrong with either, both are solid plows.Thumbs Up
     
  9. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,550

    Everytime I say Western, I get 1/20th of a penny



    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western
    Western

    Almost a Penny
     
  10. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,594

    Get the direct lift, you can stack/pile snow higher with them over the old chain lift systems some are still using.
     
  11. Yardman41

    Yardman41 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I checked with my mechanic and he said that when the plow is installed, they will tighten the torsion bars I believe he said, to make up for the sag caused by the weight of the plow. I also called the tire shop and I can get a set of tires that are 1 inch higher then the ones I'm running, 2 inches really, but one of those inches is on top. I've yet to call the shop, the dude must be out to lunch? I wish I woulkd have known about this site and LawnSite.com, a long time ago....guess I just didn't hunt hard enough, or ask the right questions?
     
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,315

    This is the only way you'll ever have any cents........

    Direct lifts also save transmission......... oh crap that's trip edges..... or is it....:confused:
     
  13. Yardman41

    Yardman41 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Geeze, sometimes you just can't win! This morning, the guy at the shop told me yes, the Boss would fit on my Dakota. Showed me all the literature and stuff. Earlier this afternoon, I go back out there with the deposit on the plow and he starts looking up stuff and 'Boom'!!! "Looks like they don't make a bracket for your truck?" He said he is positive that they have mounted one before on the Dakota and he was checking with the manufacturer. Of course they were closed for the day so he said he will get back to me tomorrow. We''ll see?
     
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,315

    They majority of guys working a counter are idiots, always talk to someone in service.

    All plow mfr's have pages on their websites where you can find out if and what size plow they recommend for your vehicle. Use the links in the center of the page (that look the imagine below) to do some research.

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