Yeah, with a 158" wheelbase, the turning radius sucks. It gets a little tricky in close quarters. I plow the marina where I live and it has a couple sharp corners. On these corners, my rear wheels are outside the plow path by about a foot. I bought the truck to do hauling and towing for my masonry business, plowing was an after thought.
I LOVE my V. Especially for jobs like the marina, lots of various size roads (8-30' wide) with "T" and "+" intersections. It would take alot more time to do a clean job with a staight blade. I really like the trip edge design also.
How do you like plowing with that cap on. I have the double doors (had to remove tail gate) on mine. I remove the doors & use a 2x10 for a tail gate. It helps visability alot and also makes loading blowers, spreaders & salt alot easier.
At least you got windows. I'm doing all res & it's a PIA trying to see. Also have to take off my ladders, low tree branches, and they would also hit a garage before my rear bumper. I hate those "iffy" storms where I go through the motions to get ready and then nothing. Maybe next year switching to all commercial, although so far the res. have been very lucrative
Looking at purchasing a 99 F250 Superduty extended cab. Does any know if there were many design changes from the 99 to the 2001. I was told I would have to put blocks in the front to handle the weight of the plow and to make sure it had the large trans cooler. Also I was told that ford does not recomend putting a plow on these trucks with the extended cabs. Any thoughts? Does any one know if the western plow undercarriage for the 1997 F250 will fit the 1999 F250 superduty frame? Questions Questions Questions!!
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
Never ever use blocks to raise the front end. Purchase the proper springs to handle the weight.
You will need a new subframe for the truck, but the wiring and controller will be the same.
I think they hav made a torque converter change to that truck if it has the auot tranny. The easiest thing to is to look for TSB for that year truck.
First, is the truck you are looking at a gasser or Powerstroke?
The plow package was available on that truck if it is a gasser. Look at the door sticker and see what the front GVAW is. If it is 5200 or higher your alright. If not, you will need to get the "X" code front springs for it. You can order them from your local ford dealer for around $130 ea. Like Dino said, don't use blocks.
If it's a gasser, a bigger alt. and trans cooler might be needed. The Powerstroke comes with these upgrades standard.
The 97 mount will not work on the 99. The frame is completely different. The wirring harness will work though.
As has been discussed in this thread, if it's a Supercab with an 8' bed, it's a little tricky in tight situations because of the length. But overall I have no probs at all.