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Ram 1500 axle question

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by tmoney63, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. tmoney63

    tmoney63 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi Guys,

    New to the site and love it. Tons of great info on here.

    I'm not to mechanically inclined in terms of cars and trucks so I had a front axle question. I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Ext cab wit the 5.2 liter V8. I looked at my trucks info and the truck has a Dana 44 front axle with a GAWR of 3850. Does anyone know how much weight is on there now stock without the plow and my fat can in it? I want to put a 7'6" plow on my truck and don't want a light duty in case I pick up a 2500 later. I was thinking timbrens front and back with ballast.

    All responses welcome. Thanks.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Timbrens don't add any strength to the axle- they allow the truck to ride level with the plow on- the Dana 44 is too weak for a non LD plow unless you don't mind repairing it. Besides, when you upgrade to a 2500 series, you'll want to get the 8 foot blade for it anyway- a full size truck needs 8 feet to clear the wheels at full angle- the 1500s get shorter blades to reduce weight.
  3. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Plenty of 1500 Dodges have the 7.6 HD plow on them.
  4. tmoney63

    tmoney63 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Any one here running a curtis sno-pro 3000 on a 94-01 ram 1500? This is the unit, I'm picking up.
  5. wildbl1500

    wildbl1500 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I ran a 7'6" RD Fisher on my old '97 Ram 1500 ClubCab (w/ 5.9L)- never had an issue. She handled it well, just needed ballast.
  6. ryandann

    ryandann Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Tmoney63, did you end up getting this plow? Do you know if they had to cut the bumper on the sport models to mount it?

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Usually there isn't much of a weight difference between a 7.5' to an 8'er. A Hiniker is 11lbsdifferent. An 8' is 614 the 8.5' is only 649lbs.
  8. QKSnowRemoval

    QKSnowRemoval Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    well u are kinda in the same boat as me, and my dodge, but think of this if u got a 7'6 is would always sell and you can upgrade later or just buy wings with it. Im looking at the boss or a fisher Hd myself