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2016 2500 plow winter prep set up options

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by hosenfeffer, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. hosenfeffer

    hosenfeffer Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 127

    Starting to get ready for winter and wiring in sander and adding strobes for new truck shortly. Last truck was a 2002 we got 200k out of.
    Planning on buying new or salvage yard rims for tires any thoughts as to diameter for plowing use or stay with stock size and why?
    Stick with stock front end? Had the Cognito control arms with bolt in ball joints , heim joints and idler arm bracket and Bilstein shocks, but the money$$.
    Seems the consensus so far cranking torsion bars 2 inches will not overly affect handling and wear on front end. Not really interested in" fashion" show but dependability and since older and fatter looking for comfort and or ease of use.
    Will be plowing two commercial lots /30 parking spots and a 10 parking spot lot/ with a few driveways probably with a 700 lb plow if it helps with choices.
  2. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    Put the plow on and drive the thing, nothing special needs to be done to these new trucks as long as you got the heavy front end and plow prep
  3. hosenfeffer

    hosenfeffer Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 127

    My plow frame does hang down a bit so assuming will be cranking torsion bars a couple inches. Truck has plow prep front end etc just no idea how much squat plow will cause yet.
    Seen some trucks with factory larger rims and wondering if worth looking into for a little more height w/o playing with torsion bars.
  4. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,413

    You just made a large investment on the new truck. For what your plans are with it I would use it as is. Get a season and some $'s then up grade if needed. You should be fine. It is a new truck.
  5. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 889

    17" or 18" on the truck now? I'd say 6-10 turns on the adjuster bolts to bring the front up. Braces, Cognito, etc? Not totally necessary as the front end components on the 2011+up trucks dwarf the 2002 you had. Ballast? eh, if you want. Just make sure it has plow prep and you will be more than set.