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blade rocking

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by joezeppii, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. joezeppii

    joezeppii Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 13

    Is it normal for an older conventional style western to rock side to side as you drive over some bumps ?
    Didn't know if there is something I need to do.
  2. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    a little bit of play is normal...
  3. J-Quad

    J-Quad Member
    Messages: 95

    I just was reading in my Owner's Manual, Trouble Shooting section:

    "The plow should rock from side to side approximately 8 inches. This is essential for proper operation and should not be adjusted with washers or shims."

    Hope that eases your concern..... :drinkup:

    J-Quad :cool:
  4. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    keep it all the way up and to the left . It wont stop the rocking , but it will keep it to a minimal
  5. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    Nope....8" is a bit much but all mine rock a few inches and they are very experienced.
  6. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    i wouldn't be too concerned about it rockin .......as long as she pushes
  7. joezeppii

    joezeppii Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 13

    Thanks folks...that does ease my mind.
    Why does to the left minimize the rocking and not to the right?
    Thanks again
  8. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

    I hate when the plow rockes back and forth I use 3/4 inch Teflon washers to take up some slack from worn parts they work great and provide some ease for moving parts instead of metal on metal
  9. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Check for wear at the pins and centre pin, Sounds a little bit to much for me unless ya got a elephant for ballast moving around in the back
  10. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

    Sorry did not see this was jeep forum if you have more than 2 inches of play on that small rig you got some problems. Like augerandblade said check the pins and bolts something is bent or worn check the center pivot pin first then check for worn or oblong holes where the plow mounts to the truck or worn pins.
  11. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Check to see if the pivot bolt is loose. I have had it happen a couple times and drives me nuts. I used lock tight,lock washer, and a lock nut and problem has not happened since. Dont over tightren because it is a pivot bolt.
  12. softpathcarpet

    softpathcarpet Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Mine rocked around when I first put it on.. (used plow)
    Turns out the springs were waaaay to loose.
    A lot of tightening and No more jumping around.
    There will always be a little play in the blade but its normal.
    If everything was locked up tight, it would be a cause for breakage.
  13. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    So when the driveway has a slant to it, the plow should not follow the contour if the Jeep is on level ground?

    if the tire goes over a bump you want it to lift the plow on that side?

    I hope the plow can fallow the ground that means it need s to be free to do so.
  14. nicks_xj

    nicks_xj Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    my western rocks alot too everyone tells me its normal so i wouldnt worry about it
  15. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Yep, I hate when my older plows would do that...distracting when I'm driving.