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Duramax weight and plow weight- The Answer

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by stevesmowing, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

    I put my 2008 Duramax up on some scales to try and figure out what size plow I could go with and how the weight would be on the front end. Here is what I found

    2008 Duramax 4x4 Ext. Cab. With 160 lb Driver. Tool Box with tools- 100 lbs. Back Rack. No Plow. No Plow Mounts. No Weight in bed.

    Front Left Tire- 2050 lbs
    Front Right Tire-2050 lbs
    Back Left Tire- 1395 lbs
    Back Right Tire- 1320 lbs
    Total- 6820 lbs

    2001 6.0L Gas 2500HD 4x4 Ext. Cab. With 160 lb Driver. Tool Box with tools- 100 lbs. Back Rack. Plow Mounts (Western Ulta Mount). No weight in bed

    No Plow:
    Front Left Tire- 1783 lbs
    Front Right Tire-1708 lbs
    Back Left Tire- 1370 lbs
    Back Right Tire- 1425 lbs
    Total- 6285

    With 8' Western Pro Plow. (Plow weight 700 lbs) no ballast:
    Front Left Tire- 2275 lbs
    Front Right Tire-2200 lbs
    Back Left Tire- 1225 lbs
    Back Right Tire- 1275 lbs
    Total- 6975 lbs

    With plow and 535 lbs of ballast over rear axle:
    Front Left Tire- 2235 lbs
    Front Right Tire-2155 lbs
    Back Left Tire- 1520 lbs
    Back Right Tire- 1600 lbs
    Total- 7515 lbs

    With plow and 535 lbs of ballast ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE BED:
    Front Left Tire- 2200 lbs
    Front Right Tire-2150 lbs
    Back Left Tire- 1550 lbs
    Back Right Tire- 1615 lbs
    Total- 7515 lbs

    I don't have any weights of the 2008 Duramax with the plow on it. I bought a 8.5' western pro plow for my duramax. It handles it with out a problem. I have 850 lbs against the tail gate.

    Hope this helps!
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Although I don't have a Chevy that is great info for everyone. My biggest take-away was that putting 535 lbs ballast over the rear axle removed 85 lbs from the front axle, while putting the weight behind the rear axle took 125 lbs off the front axle. Not rocket science the way it works, I just like seeing the specific numbers. Thanks for doing that work and posting it up!

    By the way, do you know the axle rating on that DMax?
  3. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I have the same NBS 2500 HD. And I have the same plow. it handles it just fine. The Front axle on mine is rated at 4800lbs.

    Also, what are you using for the 850 lbs of ballast weight in the back?
  4. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

    The front axle rating is 4,860 lbs on the duramax which puts me slightly over. Even a chevy 3500HD had the same front axle rating. I know the 01 Chevys very depending on if they have a plow prep package or not.
  5. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 78

    I'm just using lowes tube sand for weight