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Plow size on the new 06 Duramax Diesel

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by DRG, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. DRG

    DRG Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Fisher is telling me a 7.6 RD plow is the only thing that I can out on the new truck .I would like a 8 ft .Any thoughts .

  2. jglandscaping

    jglandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Is it a crew cab? You can run a 8ft now problem, don't worry.
  3. DRG

    DRG Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Yes extra cab !!
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Fisher can not advise you to but a blade on that exceeds your allowable front axle rates. for more info search the site for "FVMSSA". Other manufacturers make 8 foot plows rated for your vehicle.
    With an x cab you need at least a 8 foot blade. In my opinion all full size truck should run at least a 8 foot blade.
  5. Rbronkema psfd

    Rbronkema psfd Member
    Messages: 32

    My buddy has an 05 2500hd chevy ex-cab short box w8.1liter v8. He has one of those 9 foot fisher x blades on his truck. He also put the timbern suspention system on the front to help carry the load. I wouldn't see any problem with putting an 8 footer on that truck. If need be buy the timbern front mount suspention system. That is only like 160 bucks. hope this helps. Also the x-blades are stainless steel too. Not that light weight either
  6. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Whose making the payments? Oh, you are? You can do whatever you want. Chevy wants their money every month. They dont care if you run with a 7' 8' or 9'. Just get them their money !!! Go with an 8'er....push some snow, make some money...Good Luck:)
  7. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    I dont think you will be happy with a 7.6 i would go with atleast a 8 footer.

    STANSUSKI Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Go With 8 Footer
  9. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Timbrens and an 8 or 8.5 plow
  10. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Ask me...

    I have a ext cab 6.6.

    I cranked torsion bars the day I picked it up but 4 and 4.5 turns to get it more level.

    Fisher recommended the 7.5LD blade.. My cousin bent his with a truck like mine only it is a 03

    I Installed a 8'HD on my truck it carried it without any issues.

    I tried a 8' X-Blade on my truck, what I wanted from the start. Sagged but not bad.

    Added timbrins up front..

    Swapped to 8' X-Blade.. very little sag.. as a matter of fact it drops the same if not less than my friends F-250 that has a much higher front GVW when we compared side by side. That's about 1inch.
  11. IBEW103

    IBEW103 Junior Member
    Messages: 13


    I have a 06 chevy ext cab 6.6 diesel as well and prior to buying the vehicle last year I had been using a 1 ton chevy dump witha 9 foot x blade.

    However I was told the very same thing by fisher, that they advise a 7.5. My comment after hearing that info was. "And you want me to do what with a 7.5 plow. So I went with 8 foot SS X blade, I have no problems with it and everything is fine.

    GO FOR IT you'll regret it if you go with a 7.5 blade, trust me.

    I did the same thing as the previous poster and person I qouted, I cranked the torsion bar 4 to 4.5 cranks and I added timbren pins in the front, and the truck sits nice and doesnt dip much at all with the pins in. and she pulls a bobcat as well with no issues
  12. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    there is no doubt that the truck can take an 8' plow the only problem is with the duramax and an 8' plow you are over the front axle weight rating. all the d.o.t. will do is weigh the truck look at the door sticker then write you a summons. by the way you will be told to remove the plow before the truck will be allowed to leave the check point.
  13. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Like the DOT is going to stopping us when were are plowing. 4800 hundred pounds. Not a chance that is over the limit. the Truck only weighs 6000. It only slightly over the 65% front gvw recommended rating.
  14. TTA89

    TTA89 Member
    Messages: 36


    Where did you get the plow installed? I need to find someone that will do it, I want the 8 X as well.

  15. IBEW103

    IBEW103 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Franklin motors in Dracut ma.
  16. IBEW103

    IBEW103 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    THE D.O.T. ????????? Are you serious? What cop would ever waste his time weighing pickups with plows during a storm or not during a storm. I dont know what state you live in but I could say with the utmost confidence that would absolutly never happened here in Ma not unless you ran over a group of nuns carrying bundles of food to the homeless shelter during a blizzard and they all died. And more than likely it would be the insurance co who would pick up 1st on the fact that the plow shouldnt have been on the truck, so when you got out of jail for killing the nuns they would deny any claims and every cent you ever made after your release would go to them.

    However that analogy being very sarcastic and most extreme, I again ditto "YAZ" on the GVW point he made.

    So go for it get the X blade SS and enjoy it, I have a 06 Durmax ext cab shortbed and I have a SS X blade and mine is great. Although I'm contemplating selling it for the SS V X blade there is nothing wrong with it.

    But I do have this advice for you if you go with a blade not recomended for the truck. If the dealer ever asks you what your running for a blade (and this would only come up if you needed front end work and they noticed the plow frame). tell them your runninga 7.5 and DO NOT drive into the dealer with the blade on especially if your going there for fornt end work.The reason is the obvious, and that is they can void your warranty if they want to if its not a blade the manufacturer honors.
  17. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Actualy Andy at Frankin did my last two trucks. He's a great guy. Andy wanted me to do cash and carry. PM me if you want to know who installed it on this truck.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2006
  18. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Hey.... you have chosen not accept privet messages. I tried to tell you.:cry: :

    I just typed a page of info and it wouldn't take it....:realmad:
  19. TTA89

    TTA89 Member
    Messages: 36

    I don't see anyway to activiate it in the settings. I wouldn't shut it off, so it must be something stupid like I have to have x number of posts or whatever. I tried to send you a PM and it wouldn't let me.

    Can you email me the info please? :) miketta89 at hotmail.com

  20. IBEW103

    IBEW103 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Ya I did cash and carry with Andy as well (well sort of) I paid for the balde and install via thru a friend of mine who owns an auto repair garage and who does alot of business with Andy so,

    So to the guy looking to get an X blade installed, It can be done.

    As a matter of fact if you want a Stainless Steel X balde I will sell you mine I want $3,500 for it. And you can have it installed on your own and if you cant find anyone to do it for you I can help with that.

    PM me and let me know.