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1988 western on my 1996 Suburban 1500?

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by jkhenry101, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. jkhenry101

    jkhenry101 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Looking for some good advice, I found a good price on a 8 foot western plow full setup still on a 1988 3/4 ton chevy pickup the plow was bought with the truck. Will this be to much for the 1500 1996 Burban. Driveway use only mine and a couple family drives. Any input would be great. Thanks
  2. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    I have a 7'6" on my 1500.
    I also have an 8'.
    Dont have timbrens or any added front support and my truck still handles it great.
    When I used the 8' blade, I noticed even that extra 6" was slower to pick up.
    Your suburban should defnitely be able to handle it.

    Remember, 8' blade is going to be a chore in some driveways where you literally only have 8'-9' clearance.

    If you have to, purchase a set or timbrens or jack up the torsion bars on your sub.
    Good luck.
  3. jkhenry101

    jkhenry101 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the input, I hadn't really considered the width for drive ways the few I would do are wide but if I venture out.... I'll keep it in mind. I was concerned with the weight on the front end and 140k on the vehicle. I am also trying to stick with electric hydraulic not and engine mount pump. Thanks again
  4. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    You have two choices, cable joystick operated or electric handheld operated western pump setups.

    As long as your engine is running strong, I would work it.
    Make sure you get an oil change before the season starts.
  5. Racer593

    Racer593 Member
    Messages: 71

    I run an 8' Pro Plow on my OBS 99 Burb 1500. 2 turns of the bars and I was good to go. Mine has 180k on it now and still handles it just fine. Make sure the heater works good. lots of windows to keep cleaned off!!!!