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Jeep ballast?

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by darood01, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. darood01

    darood01 Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 75

    Was wondering how much you guys put in the back of the jeep?
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I plug a #400 bumper into my class III reciver hitch.
  3. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    by far the coolest and best idea iv ever heard of
  4. Luppy

    Luppy Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I use sand bag tubes. Usually try to put a few
    hundred lbs in the back above the rear axle.
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I know theres not much jeep behind the rear wheels but move the sand as far back as possible, not over the wheels.


    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
  6. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i would take the back seat out and use salt and sand 50lb bags as ballast 400 or 500 lbs
  7. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    A couple fat chicks work well. :p :p

    Killer idea. Is that a solid chunk of steel?
  8. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    2 meter radio in your sig my ham test is coming you get good range with the 2 meter band ?
  9. steel24

    steel24 Junior Member
    Messages: 10


    I put on a rear hitch carrier and put my snow thrower on it. Works good.
  10. watchamakalit

    watchamakalit Member
    Messages: 65

    In the past I have used water softner salt. Then when I am done plowing it goes in the softner. And in a pinch it comes in handy as a traction aid. I always wrap it in a plastic tarp to keep any leaks contained and spare my body any unnessecary salt damage. May run sand this year instead though.
  11. darood01

    darood01 Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 75

    Added 150 pounds

    Strapped some railroad tracks that I got from a scrap guy. Adds weight without taking up any room up.

  12. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    I love the bumper in the hitch method, awesome idea!!!!!
  13. GNILOP

    GNILOP Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 13


    i put in 11 bags of salt pellets (440) lbs in the back and then in the spring i can haul them downstairs and put them in the water softner.
  14. cj5

    cj5 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a hitch platform carrier I put sand tubes onto and then strap them down.
  15. J-Quad

    J-Quad Member
    Messages: 95

    I'd say it would depend on what style/type of plow and mount you're using. Some combinations are much heavier than other setups.

    I'd suggest you aim at trying to use the same amount of weight as the plow weighs in order to keep the total vehicle weight equally distributed on the front and rear axles.... which is always best for the best traction.

    My first year of plowing I went light on my rear ballast and when I plowed down a slope.... I couldn't back the rig up! NOT GOOD!

    J-Quad :drinkup:
  16. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Have to be honest that metal bar strapped on with hose clamps looks dangerous.
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    No, 6 blocks of lead bolted to the C Chanel. Each block weighs about 70#.
  18. T-O/Slim

    T-O/Slim Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    While I think this is the best safest way its just not economical for most people, unless your an owner operator.
    BTW where could someone get these weights?

  19. dyjk08

    dyjk08 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I burn wood pellets so I just put 8 or 10 40lb bags in the back of my Wrangler, works great
  20. cj7plowing

    cj7plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    I put 6 to 8 50lb bags in the back of the jeep right at the tailgate. I only have 6'6" blades on my jeeps though.