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Pro Wings, To torch or Drill??

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Vtlumberjack, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Vtlumberjack

    Vtlumberjack Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 20

    Drill the holes, or Torch? when installing the pro wings on my 7.5 superduty. Afraid torching will compromise integrity of steel. but a quicker process. Any ideas?

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  2. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I put a set on my old plow & I used a die grinder to cut a square out of the channel in the back & drilled my holes. It looks a lot cleaner & holds it's integrity better. I learned a long time ago that it is better to do it the right way first & then have no regrets.
  3. Vtlumberjack

    Vtlumberjack Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 20

    So for the big circular "pin" bar, the biggest hole, you made it a square hole? And the others you just tapped and drilled? I want to do it the best with the least corrosion exposure. I got a mechanic willing to torch it for free. Or the dealer for 120 drilled. I already made out getting a used set from a fisher dealer, but he wouldn't touch my plow with a 10ft pole...
  4. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    As long as you are not way overheating the steel, torching it wont have any impact. Torching is a quick and easy way to avoid paying the $120 and you will not have any problems, if your guy is good at using the torch you should be able to get close to the right size hole and it will not be a real jagged cut if he is steady. I say go for it.
  5. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I went and bought a hole saw for my curtis and it wasnt as bad as you think. I got a bit that was for metal and it went through okay. Less than 5 mins each side.
  6. cameo89

    cameo89 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    I also did mine with a hole saw, very easy. but if you look at that pic, why in the h#ll would you put the rubbers so far out, now you will always leave a snow trail! mine over lap just a little bit.
  7. Vtlumberjack

    Vtlumberjack Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 20

    Haha. I put them up against the plow for a picture. Good point though. Overlap the rubber to blade or just flush?
  8. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    Don't overlap the cutting edge, the rubber will rip. Tight against the edge works well and gives the rubber the ability to flex. Also, just snug up the bolts on the rubber and use nylock nuts with the biggest fender washers you can find.
  9. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I overlapped mine to give it some strength. 90 percent of the ones I have seen overlap.
  10. RamDude01

    RamDude01 Member
    Messages: 41

    I just put two sets on my SD's and just drilled the holes with a hole saw. Like mycirus said, only took about 5 min. per side. Quick, easy and cheap... $120 bucks for the dealer to install it!!! What a rip off... you can do it yourself and prob only take an hour or so. Once you get the first side done the other side goes pretty quick.
  11. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Drill, Torch is too complicated
  12. Vtlumberjack

    Vtlumberjack Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 20

    Possibly should be a new thread?: But why does the Manufacturer say not to put pro wings on a boss plow. A few dealers have said it too. and few others have said with a little modification it will work. I don't want it to just WORK. And people here have sworn by them on their boss plows.
  13. AAA SnowRemoval

    AAA SnowRemoval Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I mounted the side brackets on first, then I put wheel bearing grease on the 1.5 inch pins to mark the spot I was drilling with a 3/8 bit and used my die grinder intil I had a perfect circle.
  14. Vtlumberjack

    Vtlumberjack Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 20

    I posted a photo of them on another thread. finished product. Drilled with 3/8th bit then used a carbide grinder to bore out hole. It worked well and the brackets a breeze. I had to move the rubber over, no big deal. It all came out really well, any questions feel free. Only problem, outside no salamandor or heat, 0 degrees out! got it done though! 1 1/2 hrs total saved 120 bucks
  15. tjslawnservice

    tjslawnservice Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    they make a hell of a difference. We drilled out both of ours with a step drill bit it worked out great. We also overlapped the rubber.
  16. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I am also interested in the answer to that question. How have the prowings held up for everyone here? I have heard alot of negatives compared to the BOSS wings but i cant see spending $400 -$600 more.
  17. Bashby

    Bashby Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    What size are the holes you have to drill to install the pro wings?
  18. mskutnik

    mskutnik Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    free torching will cost you more in the long run
  19. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    If I remember correctly it was 1 and 1/8 of an inch.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    i set my welder at 200 amp and blew the hole in the moldboard