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Need advice/opinions on new truck...

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by LUCKY 7, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    I've been looking for the right truck for a while now. (Ext. cab, short box, dmax/8.1 & allison) Found a few lately but there's one problem- they don't have the plow prep package. I would love to have it but it's been tough to find near me. Most of the options with the package are convenience items- how important otherwise? Opinions on what's more important- get the right eng & tranny or wait forever to get everything? Thanks
  2. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    pretty sure installing a plow on a truck without the snow plow package voids the warranty
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Depending on what year he's looking at, there may be no warranty left.

    I know alot of guys plowing with trucks that do not have the plow prep package, myself included. I've had 2 trucks without it and plowed with both. I don't find it to be something to worry about.
  4. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Sorry guys- should have mentioned that I won't be buying one with warranty left. The two main options I would LOVE to have are heated mirrors & rear glass. Don't know much about the different fan or skid plate. I know I can go without the package but, just wanted to hear from others about it.
  5. Mr. Jon

    Mr. Jon Senior Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 136

    Until the 2011 models, plow prep was not available with the dmax. Front gvwr 4800 lbs and heavy dmax, adding plow puts your front end overweight. I have a 2007 ext. cab dmax without plow prep. I put a western 8' plow on, timbrens & cranked the t-bars and it's been fine so far.
  6. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Actually, plow prep was available with certain Duramax/Allison combinations until 2007 (including my 2006 ECSB), when they only offered it on RCLB, and then they brought it back in 2011.

    To the OP, I would not be concerned about not having the plow prep package. The biggest things you get out of it are the torsion bars, and the 145A alternator. Well, the D/A already comes with the 145A alternator, and adding a set of Timbrens is the best way to mitigate the extra weight on the front end. Most new roof strobe lights come with cigarette plugs, so having the switch and pre-wired harness isn't life or death. The Allison already comes with the oil cooler, so you won't be missing that either. The only other thing your truck won't have is a dedicated, pre-drilled, hole in the firewall for the wiring harness. You can snake the wiring through another hole, or just drill a new one yourself.

    The one key thing for you making this work is adding a set of Timbrens to the front.