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Wondering if I can do both on my truck or not

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by greasemonkey136, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. greasemonkey136

    greasemonkey136 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a 03 ram 2500 and was wondering if anyone runs a plow with an aftermarket heavy duty front bumper on their truck, was looking at the ranch hand tough country rancher front bumper but I also want to get a plow for my truck, didn't know if it was possible to run a plow with that style bumper on the truck.
     
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    It is very possible, I had a Buckstop on my F350 King Ranch and have another Buckstop on my '14 RAM.

    Both required modification however.
     
  3. greasemonkey136

    greasemonkey136 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    What kind of modifications?
     
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    Hopefully Buffylo will see this as he has a Ranchhand and Boss on his, not sure if his required modifications.

    For mine, with an old style Blizzard with removable headlights, my push beam had to be extended forward. I could have mounted the headlights on the bumper, but I didn't want to.

    Maybe I'll get ambitious and post a picture.
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,612

    Ho boy, this will be just like "show'en tell"
     
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  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    Keep it in your pants..........
     
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  7. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,052

    ok guys, keep it on topic please...no need to derail every discussion or discuss inappropriate things

    thanks
     
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  8. jmoriweb

    jmoriweb Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    The issue with bigger bumpers is that when the extend further out, the plow will hit the bumper when it is raised up. There is a solution, depending on the type of brackets you have. I extended my plow bracket out using heavy duty steel plates that I drilled holes to line up with the truck and additional holes to extend the brackets out. It worked like a charm and since the steel is much thicker than the existing bracket, it is extremely strong. The plow dealer was impressed and asked if they could copy it. Took a while to drill the holes so I sent it to a machine shop to drill them as I went through 2 bits but it was worth it.
     
  9. greasemonkey136

    greasemonkey136 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I don't have a plow currently I was looking at the Western Wideout or the new Boss EXT but I'm not sure if those are the ones I actually want or not.
     
  10. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,700

    So much wrong with this I don't know where to start. Mounting the plow is the issue, the headgear is closet to the truck. If the bumper sticks out too far you will never get the headgear to clear it. Next almost all lifting stops are on the headgear, so I don't see how the plow would be able to hit the bumper. Thicker steel is great but the thinner steel you are mounting those pieces to will be taking all the stress. Pretty much working as a lever pulling on the original mount. So any extension of plow mount should also be attached to truck frame, not just the mount. Lastly, get a can of cutting oil and slow the speed of drill and quality drill bits help.
     
  11. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,345

    Need to find a different machine shop. These plates are hot rolled and not really a big deal to drill this stuff. Slow, backgear and fluid. I used the ancor cutting paste. Works good. No stink.
    T.J.
     
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,319

    I built a bumper for my '97 when I was running a Meyer EZ Classic mount.
    When I got the Boss I put the OEM bumper back on with hopes of building another bummer to work around/with the Boss HG.

    My'15 has a Ranchhand Grill Guard not the full bumper. Haven't put a mount on it and doubt I will. If I was to the mount only has to move forward aboot 2.75" to work.
     
  13. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    My opinion = if you want the truck to look cool put the bumper on it. If you want a functional truck to make you money put the plow on it. Not both. Just sayin'
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    Crap, I have both. I'm not kewl or making money.
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,319

    I prefer a bumper that cover the whole frontend of a pickup for the sole purpose of protection. There's a herd of Elk that hang oot by me from September - June, Mule deer on the roads, Wild Turkeys and occasionally livestock on the road because the Elk broke the fences. Had numerous close calls when it comes to Elk and livestock, tagged a couple Muley's and Wild Turkeys.
     
  16. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    lol wasn't trying to start an argument. I just said it was my opinion.

    We have the same problem here Buff. I've been lucky enough not to hit anything yet but know a ton of people that have.

    Mark wasn't saying anything against it was just my opinion. And everyone knows your much cooler than I am, probably make more money than me too lol.
     
  17. BRL1

    BRL1 Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 657

    Just always drive with your plow on that way it always looks cool and if you hit something it will be just as good of protection as a bumper.
    Plus side is you never have to hook up before it snows too.
     
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  18. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    That's a great idea. Plus I have a V plow so it would just roll the elk to the side and help with wind drag on the highway!
     
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  19. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,319

    I was hoping for that but instead a prostrate exam was almost performed with the tip of the V.......
     
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  20. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,052

    seriously guys? c'mon now :dizzy:
     
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