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snow plow prep package??

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by kodiaktruck, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. kodiaktruck

    kodiaktruck Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hello, I'm just getting into the plowing business this winter and I was wondering what advice anyone out there would have for me concerning the fact that my ford f350 08 did not come with the factory offered snow prep package. I recently had a western 7.5 pro-plus straight plow installed & I can definitely feel a drop to the truck when I lift the plow off the ground. Any Ideas??

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. JaimeG

    JaimeG Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    I'm not sure, but I think you can just add some stiffer springs. That is what the plow prep package includes.
  3. mtchockey30

    mtchockey30 Member
    from MO
    Messages: 70

    good question I just got the same plow but my truck is a 2004 diesel. I havent installed it yet but I know its going to be heavy. I have the wings too and that adds some more weight
  4. JaimeG

    JaimeG Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    My uncle's truck has the plow prep package and my dad's does not. My uncle's truck sits about 1.5"-2" higher up front, it also rides a little stiffer.
  5. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    The plow prep, on a ford, includes more than just springs, especially if it is a diesel. Plow prep includes stiffer springs, heavy duty alternator, heavier duty fan clutch and more shielding around the air intake and fan housings, Ford had a problem with snow getting into places in the engine bay that it shouldn't and clogging the fan as well as the air intake filter, this was solved with the plow prep package; on '09 models the shielding has been solved on all models. The prep package also has some different routing of cooler lines, and the like, up front so as not to be as in the way of plow mounts. Everyone always thinks its just springs, not that JamieG said it was just springs, so I just wanted to clarify.

    That being said I don't think you will have any problems, what you are worried about , the sag, would be fixed by getting stiffer springs.
  6. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    spring swap is easy as pie if you're handy I did a write up on it not to long ago, if you need help PM me.
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Plow prep pkg is NOT necessary. I plow with the factory suspension on my 250.
    The 7.5 is not big enough for a 350. You need at least an 8.5. JMO
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

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