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Is my old plow too heavy for my new truck

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by stovestoker, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. stovestoker

    stovestoker Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hello to all. I have a conventional 8' pro plow on my '88 1/2 ton suburban and I was wondering if anyone thinks it would be too heavy for a '97 gmc 1500 ext cab.Western suggests I use a midweight plow on this truck.I am just trying to upgrade to a newer truck that plows 5 driveways and my shop's lot.Any info is appreciated. Thank you.
  2. Brandon

    Brandon Member
    Messages: 99

    Might be ok with it, but I'd suggest getting a Unimount for it. If you're not looking to spend alot of $$$, a whole setup can be purchased rather cheap.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    if it is toss some timbrens on it, and throw like 600-700 pounds in the bed to balance it out.
  4. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    It should be ok, my 97 1500 holds my 7 1/2 uni pro just fine. 400# ballast and I'm off n plowing.
  5. stovestoker

    stovestoker Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for all the info so quick. I appreciate it. Now I'll try to find a mount for the new truck and if not I'll fabricate my old one to fit. Thanks again.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    What's the big deal...1/2 ton chevy to 1/2 ton chevy?
  7. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I have a 97 1500 with an 8' pro unimount on it with no problems.
  8. stovestoker

    stovestoker Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I wasn't sure . my old burban has 3 leaf springs up front. I am new to the whole torsion bar setup.
  9. rbs299

    rbs299 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I dont know if you can tighten the torsion bars, but if you can, your plow wont sag so bad and you will be fine. I have 2 new chevy trucks and my front ends sagged so bad bc of the weight, all I had to do was tighten the torsions bars and now I am good to go.
  10. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    The torsion bars will tighten, just make sure you do an even amount on each side and go get a front end alignment.