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600 sound right?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jrm123180, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Does 600lbs of ballast seem to be enough for my 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500? I have a 7'6" Fisher MM2 on it.

  2. plowed

    plowed Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    Go to Fisher's website. There you can input your truck info and it will calculate the amount of necessary ballast. I have found that my truck needs more than the 500lbs of ballast it recommends. At least it'll be a start.
  3. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Fisher recommends 450lbs. Should I go more than 600lbs?

    I also haven't turned up the torsion bars yet. Is adding this weight to the rear ok with out turning them up?
  4. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    yes adding weight with no cranking is fine. also more than recomended is not a problem. As long as you arnt maxing out your total vehicl weight, your axel weight, or your tires weight capacity. BTW you should be fine with all these. Throw 600 and see how you like it. I run with 1k or so behind the rear tires and love the way it handles. With that much and no plow up front you may not like how it handles ona 1/2 ton? up to you. Make sure you inflate your tres to thier max PSi on the side wall when running loaded too
  5. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Thanks, I'm going today to get 10 60lbs of tube...I'm praying for that storm this weekend.

  6. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I have an 04 1500 ext cab sb with a 7.5RD MM2. I picked up 430lbs of cinder blocks (10).
  7. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    get a 2x6 and cut it to fit in that grove thingy behind the rear axel. It will hold your ballast back there and jeep it contained.
  8. z71Worker

    z71Worker Member
    Messages: 89

    same here.. with 10 60lb'ers

    .. actually i used a 2x10