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99 3/4 ton suburban

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by carlsauction, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. carlsauction

    carlsauction Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    just talked to a Western dealer and he said he won't mount a 8.5 v plow on my 2500 suburban. Another dealer said it isn't a problem (unless I spend long hours plowing with the whole family in the sub with me). I am inclined to go with the second dealer's advice, but I would appreciate any input from you guys on this. Suburban is a '99 base model, 2500 and a 5.7. Also, is plowing with a suburban a worse for window fog//frost and general visibility than plowing with a pickup? My experience plowing is with a '96 F150 with a not-quite-strong-enough defroster blower.

  2. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    I'm putting a 860 speedwing on mine and I know someone on here has an 810 on theres so you should be fine.
  3. chevyman83

    chevyman83 Member
    Messages: 55

    The 8.5 v adds too much weight to the front axle and will be over the front axle gwr. That's why the first dealer said no. When I was looking to add my 8.6 v to my 3/4 crew cab I found the only obs chevy that you could put that plow on without exceeding the gwr was a standard cab long box 3/4 or 1 ton.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I would run that size plow on your truck.
  5. carlsauction

    carlsauction Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    My FGAWR is 4250, currently the front end is comming in under 3000 lbs. So what is the effect of hanging an 850 to 890 lb snowplow 4' in front of the front axle. Does it add more than 1100 or 1200 lbs to the front axel??
  6. chevyman83

    chevyman83 Member
    Messages: 55

    No it won't add 1100-1200 lbs to the front. But the plow plus mount, proper ballast, and occupants weight may exceed the gvwr of the veh. According to western I can't put anything bigger than a 7'6" straight blade on my 2000 3/4 crew cab
  7. carlsauction

    carlsauction Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I just ran across a 9 1/2 foot western v with a pretty attractive pricetag.. looks like it is probably 150 lbs heavier than the 8.5'. probably 1100 lbs. Crazy heavy for a 2500 suburban? This is not a commercial rig, only for 3 famryards and a couple miles of gravel roads. For serious snowfall we use this http://www.fairmfg.com/images/rotate02.jpg

  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    While you truck can carry the plow it exceeds the federal regulations in regard to any number of reasons. You can install the unit but I would suggest considering the conditions you refer to finding a blade with less weight to save the stress. If you are doing mostly gravel you should consider either adding a gravel edge, a trip edge or both.
  9. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    My 99 3/4 sub is my favorite plow rig. Timbrens up front and 10 bags of salt in the back. ;)
  10. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    And it has down pressure!:)