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Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by snowwolfe, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. snowwolfe

    snowwolfe Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 4x4 1500 series (60K miles) so the truck is like in almost new cond. (seriously) but I'm having an issue with the weight of the plow pulling the front end down too close to the ground which cause's it to bottom out/scrape the ground quite a bit.

    It's has an 8' Western steel blade (commercial grade) with a conversion kit and the newer style/quick mount combined.

    Can anyone recommend a 1/2 way cheap fix that will lift the front-end up to keep me from bottoming out coming out of drives/lots & hitting curbs when pushing snow? :dizzy:

    Springs? Shocks? Lift? Combo?

    It's the conversion kit that sits too close to the ground when I lift the plow (and even when it's not lifted) - this is my 1st yr plowing on my own and if I had known this was going to be a problem - I would have bought a different style/newer type plow but that's outta the question for the time being.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Does dodge use a independent front suspension??

    If they do, buy timbrens from any automotive store; should be around $175-$210 for the kit. Installs easy.

    If they use a solid axle on the front buy airbags for around $250-$300. Best part about airbags is you can control the ride within seconds.
  3. WeDoSnowplowing

    WeDoSnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  4. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Is the conversion kit configured correctly?
  5. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    we sell a kit just for this. called truxxx. goto truxxx.com and have a look. installs easy. better than timbren.
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    You have the recommended ballast weight in the rear of the bed of the truck? It counteracts the weight of the plow on the front end.
  7. snowwolfe

    snowwolfe Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks guys - I believe I'll go with the truxxx leveling kit as it seems to be the best option for my issue. Ballast doesn't solve the problem (I wish it did) but the conversion kit is too low to the ground even when the plow is down/not on the truck.