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05 gmc 2500hd 6.6 duramax

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by EquityGreen, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. EquityGreen

    EquityGreen Member
    Messages: 33

    I want to get a heavier plow for my truck. Looking at a western of some sort. I just would like to know what others have done to prep their trucks to carry the extra weight. FYI my front axle is the 4800 lb one. Thanks in advance.
  2. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    4 turns on the bars & Timbrens.......
  3. captadamnj

    captadamnj Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    See my sig for some of my additions. Timbrens are a must. If you crank on the bars, you will likely either need shock extenders or longer shocks. I replaced my keys with a different set that allowed me to crank the bars a little further. No ill effects to date, 70k miles with the different keys. Usually have about 800 lbs. ballast, sand bags.
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    My truck is a diesel and I throw almost 800 pounds behind the rear axle. No timbrens or air bags. Does just fine, so don't forget some good ballast.
  5. cdahl1177

    cdahl1177 Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 114

    i run the firestone airshocks on my duramax and they are totally kicka**. i have a 8'2" VXT and my truck doesnt squad an inch. i also run a cognito upper control arm kit, tie rod sleeves and heavy duty steering idler box. it was a small fortune up front but knock on wood, the truck should be good for a while.
  6. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Those tie rod sleeves are a beautiful thing for a plow or hunting truck.
  7. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I ran those for a year and got tired of the bags leaking. My buddie too.....same thing. I loved the idea of them, but it got old having to keep them full. I still have em on the shelf actually.
  8. cdahl1177

    cdahl1177 Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 114

    I was have the same problem and firestone warrentied them and i got an onboard air conpressor so if they do leak i can fill them as easy as flipping a switch.
  9. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    Same here no problem with anything I put on it.
  10. cdahl1177

    cdahl1177 Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 114

    or a truck that has a little gitty up with a tuner.
  11. ATouchofGrass

    ATouchofGrass Member
    from CT
    Messages: 87

    Especially when you're in 4wd ;)
  12. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Ya, that too.
  13. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Ya, but spending another couple hundred on a compressor to for a $4-500 set of shocks just b/c there's a chance "if they leak" is rediculous if you ask me.

    Anyone interested in mine, they're like new, they leaked slowly, and a replacement set was offered to me and I just never sent them back. $150 takes them
  14. dlstelma

    dlstelma Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 81

    do you guys recommend timbrens if you have the snow plow prep package? what does that option include besides the light switch? different torsion bars, OEM "timbrens"?
  15. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 373

    Get them replaced and then I'll buy them from ya :D.
  16. Maleko

    Maleko Senior Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 781

    I have the front airbags as well. Over a year now and not one leak EVER.... Dont know how i did it without them
  17. quicknova

    quicknova Member
    Messages: 48

    Wow really? This is the first negative feedback I've seen on the air shocks, I just put them on a few weeks ago. I only run 10-20lbs of air normal driving like most people said and put the plow on once just to see how they work, hope I don't have the same problem now, will see this winter..
  18. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Strongly recommend tie rod sleeves, i know in some situations i would have kinked the steering linkage without them. My truck has had the T-Bars cranked 5 turns since new, it is now 8 turns but i have not put the plow on yet to see how it sits. I always either have the sander in the bed for ballast or i have a 2k lb block of concrete for when i put the rear blade on.