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Plows on Diesel trucks?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Zack1978, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. Zack1978

    Zack1978 Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 82

    Hi everyone,
    If you read some of my other posts, I "might" be looking at a 2005 F250 crew cab long bed 4x4. I was looking at the Fisher ematch site, and they don't even list the 6.0 Diesel as an engine. What is the deal? I seem to remember a friend saying that the problem with Diesel trucks with plows is the weight on the front end. Is that a true statement? Is a plow on a Diesel harder on the truck than a gas engine?

  2. Rampart Ranger

    Rampart Ranger Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Pay attention to plow manufacturers reccomendations.

    Diesel engines are very heavy. Unless you beef up the front end a full size plow will overload the front end on all but standard cab.

    I run a 7.3 SuperCab and 8.5 MVP, but I beefed up the front suspension and added 1K rear ballast.

    The plow manufacturers have a pretty good idea what stock trucks can handle.
  3. Pushin_On

    Pushin_On Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Heavier springs.

    I have a 1996 f 350 with the diesel and they recomended putting heavier springs in the front. I went with replacing my old spring and the new set came with 3 springs instead of 2. Im glad i did, i used spring works out of Grand Junction, Colorado. But im sure you can find them where your at. It rides a little rougher. But sure is a good plowing truck. Hope this helps.
  4. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    IIRC Ford does not recommend a plow on a diesel CC LWB because it will be over the front axle weight rating. Even with heavier springs on that truck you still will have not addressed the axle weight rating. I have a RC LWB diesel and from the factory I was able to get the plow package which has much stiffer front springs compared to non plow prep package. The PSD weighs about #1050 thats getting close to double what a small block weighs.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2007
  5. M&M Services

    M&M Services Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 501

    I run an 8ft Ultra Mount Pro Plus on my super cab short bed 6.0 diesel...not one problem!
  6. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    I have a Boss 7'6" Straight Blade w/ Boss wings on a '04 F-250 SuperCab 6.0 Powerstroke, no problems. Just remember to ballast. When putting your truck information into the Boss website, they say up to a 9'2" Steel V Plow....:)
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,250

    Try the Western plow match, see if they do. Blizzard's site does.

    I have a '00 SC with a 8'6" Fisher and have had excellent luck with it. Also have an '05 CC SB with a Blizzard 8611 LP, heavier than any V plow Fisher makes. It's only overloaded if you have the cab full of people and the plow hung. An '05 should have the heavier front axle because that's when they changed the front suspension.
  8. Ladder15

    Ladder15 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I've got an 8' Fisher HD on my '03 F250 Supercab Shortbed Powerstroke 7.3L Diesel and have no problems. It came with the 8800# GVWR and the "MAX Front GAWR" option packages.... This truck can PUSH with all that torque!
  9. Ole Tower

    Ole Tower Senior Member
    from MAINE
    Messages: 210

    Plows on Diesel Trucks??

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  10. EIB

    EIB Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    8611LP on a 03 F350 PSD CC

    The only thing I did was put X code springs in it.

  11. Yaz

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

    Looks like there is a glitch with that e-match. 6.0 is listed with the 6.5 bed.
    You won't have any problem with that truck as far as adding a plow and weight. Do you have the plow prep package? I not you may be kissing the factory warranty out the window if it still in.