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Just bought a 08 3500 Dually. Any upgrades to make it ready?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by maelawncare, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    This is my first Chevy. I have been a diehard Ford guy for the last 15 years, but these new model Chevys are just awesome. So I upgraded to one.

    I picked up a 2008 3500 CC drw with the duramax. I have heard about the frames cracking, so I want to see if there is anything I should do to get this truck ready for winter and my Blizzard 810 that will be hanging off it.
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Fluids. All. Even brake fluid. Do an inspection underneath. Maybe timbrens, or just crank the torsion bars for the plow weight up front.
  3. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    gussets. check front end parts, idler, pitman. Otherwise should be good to go.
  4. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Any idea on how to do the gussets?
  5. Showmestaterida

    Showmestaterida Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    Congrats, Do a search on gussets, there are many threads on it since its common.,not sure how many of them are for the newer trucks but same idea. No pics?. Good luck
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Increase the size of your alternator charge line. Search the site or my facebook page for instructions.
  7. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Of course I forgot pictures. :dizzy:

    And the mods have started.


  8. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I have an 09 2500HD CCSB. You shouldn't need to do anything other than hang the plow, maybe a couple turns to the torsion bars & regular maintenance. I have all Chevys, never a frame issue (other than rot from an accident 5 years earlier). I think it depends on what your doing, plowing ashphalt or gravel, & DRIVER.