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western unimount on chevy 1500????

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by truckinjoe22490, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. truckinjoe22490

    truckinjoe22490 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 3

    hey guys. i bought a western 8' uni mount plow because i got a great deal on it. i have a 96 chevy 1500 and i was really curious if before i go though all the time of hooking it up if anyone would know how well it would do? can my truck handle this weight safely? give me your opinions please!!
  2. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    It would work...however I think an 8' maybe a bit too much for a 1/2 ton to handle
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    It will be fine if you upgrade torsion bars. I'm running what my guess is 3/4ton ones in my k1500 (code GH) and my 7.6 drops my truck about 3/4" if I crank them up a bit before winter.
  4. truckinjoe22490

    truckinjoe22490 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 3

    so do you think that i will really need to get heavier duty torsion bars? or just crank them things up
  5. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    You should be fine with the stock ones. I run a 7'6" on mine with the same drop as Mark, and have a buddy that runs a 7'6" with wings on his 98, and sits just like mine. Just remember when you are plowing that it is a 1/2 ton truck, not a dozer or a battering ram and you should be fine.... Just watch things like ball joints and tie rod ends...
  6. Massimo

    Massimo Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I did the same thing on my 2002 1500. It is too much. I upgraded the timbren (www.timbren.com/) and did nothing else. It is not too low, but it is heavy and a lot to push, especially with wet snow. My biggest problem is my truck overheats after drive 35-40 mph for 20 minutes. I really have to watch it. Right now I am looking to buy a poly plow as a replacement. FYI... I am not a commercial plower, I only plow my drive and parking lot.
  7. Tango

    Tango Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    I just put a Boss 7.6 Steel blade on my 2003 1500. The poly blade weighed about the same. First time I drove it the temp shot right up. I figured out that if I put the blade all the way up it blocked too much of the front grill not allowing enough air flow to the radiator. By dropping the plow down a couple of inch’s I have never had the running hot problem since. Just my experience but it might work for you.
  8. Massimo

    Massimo Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I try to keep mine as loow as possible. It is only a couple of inches off the ground. It is really tall, though.
  9. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    No, just give the t-bars a couple turns and you will be fine
  10. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    youll be ok i have a 98 and im going to pick up 8'6'' blade next week...i will be putting timbrens on it i already turned the tbars...good luck
  11. ktraver97ss

    ktraver97ss Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Im doing fine this year with my boss 8' super duty on my 1/2 ton. Tbars cranked, timbrens, rear air bags and ~300# behind the axle. My engine temps stay below 210, and my trans below 180. I have a 28k trans cooler that i have not installed yet, but really i dont think i need it. I feel some strain on the power steering pump when im in 4wheel and i have to turn under power pushing snow. I might blow out a cv joint before the end of the year, but im not too worried about it.