We just put a Meyer C-8 on our 97 1500 Dodge quad, short bed. Was worried it would not hold the plow but to my surprise it holds it very well! Front only drops 1.75 inches when raised. This is gonna work great!
PS. We have the same plows on our 2001 3/4 tons and there is no real noticable difference between how each carries the plow.
Put on offroadster front springs #024 and 025aa's.They are the heaviest duty springs for a 1500.I put them on my 97 and the front only drops about 1/2 an inch.They are available from the dealer so the nice part is they look like original parts so as to not cause any warranty problems.Email me if you have any questions.
is the truck a std cab or extended?short or longbed?what is the front fross axle weight rating(fgawr located on door jamb of drivers door)? (western recommends a for 2001 std cab, 5.9,long bed, 3850 fgawr,a 7.2 lsx uni-mount.)
I've got a western unimount on my 2000 Dodge 1500. It handles it fine - no problem at all. It's got the tow/snowplow prep package from the dealer. When I was buying it, I had several dealers tell me that they didn't put plows on the 1500 - only the 2500. I later found this to be b.s - I assume the dealers were selling this line of b.s because they only had 2500s in stock with plows. The dealer I purchased from had several 1500s w/plows and since I've seen quite a few. All the feedback I've got from other owners has been really good. The 1500 can defintely handle a plow - but the others are right, you may want to beef up the front springs.
According to the 2001 Dodge option order book there is a lightweight snowplow prep option for the 1500 std. cab, short bed. It is a special order option, (there is no place to check it on the computer, the dealer needs to contact the dodge regonial rep). It requires a small lightweight blade and ballast weight.
(I am good friends with the owner of a 6 dealership chain and I sell new dodges for him when he is short on salesmen, My dad is a dealer too.)
had a 96 1500 with a boss 7'6" super duty plow in it for 2 yrs.
then the front wheels started to buckle in at the top ,caused by the extra weight of the plow "so I was told"makes reason. Spent several $$$ to get red of the truck.
the axel wt is what you really need to consider the 1500 is like 3200? and, the 2500? is like 5100? ( not sure of the real #'s), But enough differance that I was convinced.
Like I read on the Dodge truck forum you can put springs off a Mack on it, but your axels still have to hold them up. You can add spring helpers etc. but the axels still have to do there job.
I have seen a lot of 1500's with plows, but after my experance I went with the 2500 with plow prep.
The 96 1500 did a really good job of plowing ,but the damage was not expected ,
hopefully the 2001 has been beefed up from the 96 I had , sure would check into it . After using the 1500 and going to the 2500 I can really feel the differance when I drop the plow, and just drive down the street with it in.
anyway good luck, hopr you have better luck tha I with the 1500
Rick brings up the point Ive always tied to get across to anyone plowing with to small a truck.All the spring in the world wont help an undersized axle hold up a plow safely.The 1500 has a 3800 lb Dana 44,the 2500 uses a 5200 lb dana 60.The 44 is maxed at 3800,the 60 can go as high as 6000,with small changes.So while 1500 may work for a while,the cost to replace parts,and keep the front end going will exceed the cost difference of the 2500 over the 1500.I have a Boss 9'2"V on my 2000 2500,i know Im overweight without ballast,might even be with it,but I know of other truck around here with the same blade,on a 3500 long bed,quad cab,that have plowed 2-3 yrs without trouble,other than the normal track bar wear that happens with or without the plow.The guy who plows the loacl mcdonalds has a Ram 1500 long bed,excab with an 8ft Fisher minute mount,I wonder how long that will hold up,Fisher website says it weighs 855 lbs.The truck sits pretty good consdiring the weight it carrys,he must have put stiffer springs or timbrens on it.Im waiting to see one of the front tires laying in the parking lot one night,after the thin aluminum 5 lug wheels or ball joints give out.
I noticed the front tires wearing on the inside of the tread, took it to the shop for a front end alignment. the tow-in ( I think) can not be adjusted, parts have to be replaced.
standing in front of the truck you could see with the eye that the top of the tires were slanted inward of the frame.
Even though a plow manufacture says that a plow is made to fit a truck, is the truck made for all the extra weight & strain put on it with pushing snow???
In the time that I have been involved with pushing snow and the others that I have worked with, I find it less complicated to start with the right "stuff". you can use a 6' plow on any truck car or whatever you can weld it on bolt it on, BUT is the truck?car going to cost you in the long run.
When starting out TALK to the experanced people in thwe business 1st. it will save a lot of down time, We like to push snow before it melts. or freeezes
To take a $20,000 + truck and overload it is not a good thing
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