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8' super on a chevy half ton

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by ServiceOnSite, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    im gonna try this and see how heavy it is for the truck. its a 99 half ton short cab with 8' box. of course i will need ballast and timbrens. anyone else run this combo???
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It's do-able but takes a torsion bar change to carry the weight correctly. Timbrens and ballast alone aren't enough.
  3. Deckscapes

    Deckscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    I have plowed with my 8'2" V-blade with Boss wings on our 1/2 ton and it handles the blade better than any of our 3/4 tons
  4. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    What!? yeah more like luck, lucky you didnt snap the torsion bars in half after the first bump you hit or rub a nice hole in the inner fender wells from the tires hitting.
  5. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Same set-up I am running, I am getting ready to swap out my bars and get ford keys for it !!!!
  6. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    I don't believe you.
  7. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    ford keys????? ok why not 3/4 gm keys? this plow is only a few hundred more pounds than a 7'6'' plow
  8. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    the ford keys give you a little more adjustment, I was skeptical but read it on Chevy forums and confirmed it with friend who's a ford mechanic, they are keys the same and have steeper angle to have more adjustments that gm ones!!!

    I will post some info or send it to ya if interested !!!
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    A few hundred extra pounds of difference is a bunch, so you have to compensate for it.

    The keys from a 2500/3500 GM don't work because they're indexing is too far different from the stock 1/2 ton keys...you physically can't load the bar enough to install them.

    The Ford green keys are the low buck approach to the aftermarket overpriced "miracle fix all" keys that all the non knowledgeable types pay several hundred dollars for when you can run the Ford green keys (to gain T-bar adjustment) for less than $70 a pair from the local Ford dealer. They have the correct indexing for the 1/2 ton GM's and will provide more bar adjustment. But, as with any key it doesn't add capacity, just more range of adjustment. To add capacity you still need a T-bar upgrade.
  10. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Yup I am in the process of bars and keys ! I have attached the bar codes for anyone interested as well as the Ford key #'s from yr local dealer.


    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)

    FORD Key #
    A good place to get them is Ford Parts Online
    **These keys work best on 1/2 tons

    For the 3/4 ton trucks and above use the "green key" or the 1/2 Chevy key. 15592573 you can get them from GM Parts Direct
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Plowed with a 77 short box with a 9 ft Western plow on it,best truck I used for years.