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2500HD with Mega blade

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by kramer56, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    I have a 2004 2500HD duramax crewcab and I am wondering what the best way to carry this plow I have. The Snoway megablade V plow is about 1000lbs and the truck sags quite abit even with timbrens and I was wondering about the 1 ton torsion bars. My bars are not cranked yet and as far as I know I still have the stock keys( not even sure what the keys are for but have read about them in numerous places) So should I just get different keys with my bars or should I get stiffer t-bars. The truck carries the plow but I would like it to carry it better with a lil more clearance. I am afraid if I crank my bars I am at more of a risk to break them.
    What would you guys do in my situation with the bars?

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    The bars on both of the Duramax's and the 99' are GL bars which are the second to the highest rated bar. Somewhere on this site someone put all the different bars/ratings, I tried to search it for you but there are a ton of discussions on torsion bars. Not sure why I remember but I'm pretty sure the guy who has a blue 73-88 bodystyle Chev with a fisher and a flatbed on his sig is the one that posted the ratings.
  3. Novadiecast

    Novadiecast Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    i found this list supplied by B&B


    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    But someone had all the weight ratings with the letter designation
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    I think I've posted this about 20 times now...never wants to come up in a search though..But regardless you shouldn't need to change the T-bars. Timbrens, a T-bar adjustment and the correct ballast will get you where you need to be. ;)

    15048307-LH (code XK) (Max torque 4553)
    15048308-RH (code XK) (Max torque 4553)

    15048309-LH (code XL) (Max torque 4626)
    15048310-RH (code XL) (Max torque 4626)

    15712407-LH (code WX) (Max torque 4863)
    15712408-RH (code WX) (Max torque 4863)

    15048311-LH (code XM) (Max torque 5638)
    15048312-RH (code XM) (Max torque 5638)

    15058267-LH (code YH) (Max torque 5913)
    15058268-RH (code YH) (Max torque 5913)

    15712409-LH (code WY) (Max torque 5913)
    15712410-RH (code WY) (Max torque 5913)

    15528957-LH (code GG) (Max torque 6709)
    15528958-RH (code GG) (Max torque 6709)

    15712411-LH (code WZ) (Max torque 7267)
    15712412-RH (code WZ) (Max torque 7267)

    15528963-LH (code GK) (Max torque 8615)
    15528964-RH (code GK) (Max torque 8615)

    15528965-LH (code GL) (Max torque 8782)
    15528966-RH (code GL) (Max torque 8782)

    15732338-LH (code XG) (Max torque 9054)
    15732339-RH (code XG) (Max torque 9054)

    15528959-LH (code GH) (Max torque 7161)
    15528960-RH (code GH) (Max torque 7161)
  6. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Maybe the mods should make it a sticky :nod:
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    How many guys do you actually know that have busted a TB? Not hear say actually know for sure because I've never seen or known anybody.:drinkup:
  8. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Not that it will help you out, but how bout some pics of that blade on your truck!
  9. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    go to my profile and I have some in the snoway discussion thread MegaBlade pics.

    So if I crank them more to raise the frontend unloaded without the plow you guys think it may be helpful instead of different bars froma heavier truck.

    what are thses keys and what do they for me? I have stock ones now but should I atleats get different keys?
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  10. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Like B&B said if you already have the Timbrens the only other thing you can really do is add weight to the back, cranking the T-bars really only give the spring more room to travel, it really won't help much (I have an 810 Blizzard on mine).
  11. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    ok but should I crank my t-bars for the winter or what?
    What about getting different keys, but I don't really know what color keys to get?
  12. ondirtymax

    ondirtymax Member
    Messages: 70

    I would think the best setup for you would be air bags if you front end sags that much. I have a 7 1/2 curtis on the same truck as you and installed timbrens, front sags 'bout 1/4". One thing you have to remember 'bout cranking your tbars up, to far and it will affect your tire wear up front. I have my tbars cranked almost as far as they'll go and my front tires wore funny.
  13. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    these tires are sh***y anyways but yeah I know what you mean. I think this weekend i am going to crank them all the way up and see what it does.
  14. ondirtymax

    ondirtymax Member
    Messages: 70

    That was one reason I went with a smaller blade on the duramax was the weight issue of the diesel motor upfront. I know you can go big like you did, and believe me theres times wish i would have also, but its nice knowing i'm not screwing my front end up as bad! Nice looking truck and blade by the way, how do you like the snoway??
  15. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    I love that plow even with the issues in the lifting, it reaslly pushes the snow and cuts my time in half from it was last year with the straight blade. So my set up is heavy that is why I was wondering about heavier duty bars from a 1 ton or keys and all that.

    Glad you like the pics
  16. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Since you mentioned tires, I will point out that the weak point in the front end of most trucks it the rim/tire capacity. If you have shi***y tires, as you mentioned, you could be asking for trouble. Do you know what your rim/tire combo is rated to support? Cause you could likely be well overloaded.
  17. kramer56

    kramer56 Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    yep you are right there I was actually talking about treadwear tho.
  18. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    What I was saying is adjust the bars so that your front end sits were you want it when the plow is off/down. Cranking the bars does very little to hekp with the sagging issue. Carry 1-2 tons in the rear of the truck and you'll be fine!
  19. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    There is no such thing as air bags for a t-bar front end......................
    And if you can find some, I think there are hundreds of people on here who would like to know
  20. ondirtymax

    ondirtymax Member
    Messages: 70

    Did not know that, never really researched them for a Tbar front end just assumed they were available