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Setting up a D-Max IFS for a big plow

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by musclecarboy, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Hi guys,
    This is sort of a question for B&B, but what can be done to properly setup a front end of the duramax trucks for a 800+lb plow? (Wideout, 810PP, 9'2" Boss V, etc)

    I've basically heard "put in timbrens" but is there a way to actually solve the issue of the soft axle rather than band-aid it?
  2. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    firestone makes front air shocks just for ifs chevys work great i have 2 dmax with 9.2 boss oplys holds great .
  3. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    yep firestones are great
    or you could go timbrens

    most importantly ballast ballast ballast!
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If want both durability and weight carrying capability it requires a few items...

    1) Swap in the XG coded torsion bars. These are the highest rated T-bars that there are and will support the weight of both the D-max and just about any plow you can mount on the truck, with or without the addition of Timbrens.

    2) Make sure you add the frame gussets at the upper control arm brackets thats been discussed here many times. THIS IS IMPORTANT with a heavy plow so I highly suggest you do not overlook it.

    That is all thats needed suspension wise but you should also address the steering. The stock steering components on these trucks are barely adequate for the job without a plow let alone with adding a nearly 1000lb one. To beef up the steering you want to add a set of idler and pitman arm braces. These are a simple bolt on and dramatically help support the center link, pitman arm and idler arms as a whole, thus preventing premature wear and breakage of the steering.

    Also highly recommend is an HD aftermarket tie rod kit to replace the toothpick sized stockers with a much beefier setup which will prevent broken tie rods that can and do happen from turning the tires with a heavy plow on the front. Cognito Motorsports makes all of the components to address all these issues. And their produces are top of the line.

    And also as a general tip.....

    As with any truck the operator himself can make a difference in durability of the very stressed components on a plow truck. Many guys don't give it much thought but it's a very smart idea to get into the habit of not turning the steering wheel while the truck is stationary as much as possible as it places a TON of unnecessary stress on the truck,. Following this tip will greatly reduce the stress and forces on not only the steering components but the entire truck as a whole, making everything last longer and having less issues over the long haul. Again this tip applies to ANY truck, not only one with a diesel and a heavy plow.