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New plow bottoming out

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by cti531, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    I just had a new 8' Western (poly) Pro Plow installed on my 2006 Silverado 2500hd. The mount has already bottomed out when entering my driveway and also at a shopping center that I pulled into. Both places do have a "dip" but I am rather surprised at how low this thing sits. I had timbrens installed as well and was just wondering if anyone can tell me if this is normal and what the clearence should be from the ground when my plow is raised.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Crank the T-bars about 5 turns each that will bring the front end up. Who installed the mount? Dealer? Make sure it meets the recommened height setting for the plow. I know with boss plows theres a min. of atleast 15 inches the mount has to be at for everything to work properly.
  3. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Yes it was at a Western dealer but I was nervous when the guy told me their normal installer hurt his back so the back-up guy was doing it. Is it possible that they mounted something wrong or is there really only one way to mount it?
  4. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    Do you have the detachable receiver on? I dont know the term for them but they look like a ducks beak. They come off for maximum ground clearance.

    The stuff in the picture all comes off
  5. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

  6. marylandbigb

    marylandbigb Member
    Messages: 87

    the chevys sit low too begin with all the ones i have owned i have installed the ready lift torsion key lift too bring the front end up approx 3 inches with keeping the same ride check them out at ready lift
  7. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    The receivers are off...the problem is when the plow is on and raised. I just want to make sure that I'm not over reacting here. Does anyone have any idea how far the lowest part of the plow frame should be off the ground when in the raised position? I know this varies from truck to truck and plow to plow, but what would be considered acceptable to prevent bottoming out on your typical driveway dips?
  8. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    The best way that I get around bottoming out on driveway dips is to lower the plow onto the driveway as close to the part where it dips as you can go and put it into float. That allows the front end of the truck to raise back up because the plow weight is on the ground now. Proceed to clear the driveway.
  9. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    adjust your tbars and that will make you boat float again!!!!
  10. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    What you can take the receivers off?

    Didn't know that.

    I find that is one flaw from western, the mount is too low. Never had an issue bottoming out with an arctic plow.
  11. eastern

    eastern Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I put a 9.5 fisher v on my 06 daully utility and man is it heavy. Same problem with it bottoming out al the time. Last year I cranked the tortion bars up and still bottom out. Getting a 2.5 ready lift installed in the front when my new tires come in.
  12. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    ultra mount? plow can be assembled at several setting. take it back its most likely not assembled for a chev the side plates and need to be flipped and lifted.
  13. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Alright I have some pics. As you can see, when the plow is in the raised position I have just shy of 3" of clearance. When the blade is down in plowing position, I gain another inch. Is this normal???







    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Something isn't right with that. Do you have another western dealer in the area? I'd get a second opinion. Personally I don't know western plows, but I can tell you that isn't right.
  15. snoway63

    snoway63 Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    That doesnt look right at all, I know on fords you cut the front airdam to gain more hieght
  16. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    the truck-side mount looks correct, but the plow side linkage which is lower than the mount is incorrect
  17. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    That is to low, everytime you go up hill it will scrape better get it looked at...
  18. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    As usual the truck wasn't leveled (nearly leveled) BEFORE the install was done. Pretty common these days...:rolleyes:

    Put 3-5 turns in the T-bars, throw a set of Timbrens on it, reconfigure the plow side and call it a day.
  19. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Thanks guys!

    B&B you said reconfigure the plow side. Do you also agree with the other posts on here that something isn't installed correctly? OR are you just saying to crank up the T-Bars and that is all you think that is wrong with it? I already have Timbrens installed (same time they put the plow on).
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  20. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    I think th eplow is configured wrong. The mount looks right but the plow seem s to hang under the recievers. I would have the dealer check it when the noraml guy is back.