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spare tire ballast?? / under bed ballast??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BigGuyRye, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. BigGuyRye

    BigGuyRye Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Has anyone ever installed ballast under the bed or in place of the spare tire on their truck? I need the space in the back of my 05 2500hd for my four wheeler w/plow, ramps, shovels, and wings but need about 200-300 more lbs back there. Any suggestions? Does anyone know how much weight the spare tire harness can hold? Thanks for your help!
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    You may be able to take a junk rim and pour concrete in and around it the size of a tire, but I am not sure the cable would hold that much weight.
  3. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    What about a piece of scrap sheet metal in the bed? Maybe look for an old street plate or trench plate?
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I dont want anything hanging under my truck. Flat steel in the bed would be a good choice
  5. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    The Four Wheeler ain't enough ? ? ? I used to plow with a garden tractor and most times didn't even use the 4 wheel. Maybe you unload them and they work whilst your plowing. In twenty plus years plowing I've never taken ballast other than the essentials ( Sand and or icemelter snow pup and a couple shovels
  6. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Another vote for flat steel. Getting ready to do that on our singlecab this week. Tired of messing with sand bags.
  7. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Only problem with the steel, do you need weight or do you need balast to balance out the front end... Large peace of steel will add weight, but some of that weight would be added to the front end, which in most cases is what we don't want. Only hinge I could think of is to get like a bunch of 1 inch plate steel cut to fit from behind the rear axe. Possibly do 3 or 4 of hem stacked up, then do ply wood with 2x 4 under it, to even out the deck height
  8. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    that's what we do. throw a bunch of steel in the back and then throw a piece of 4x8 plywood over the top of it for a flat surface. problem solved:salute:

    I know if you do the concrete thing in the spare tire holder I sure don't want to be the guy behind you when the cable breaks!:dizzy:
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010
  9. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Qusetion, do you only place the steel behind the Axel? And then e ply over the top of it?
  10. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    i do get some longer pieces in there that slide almost to the front of the box, but i try to keep it more to the back
  11. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    I had thought about making something that would sold into the hitch from the back side. Never got around to it
  12. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    A friend did what elite said, Its awesome. It is about 6"x10" tube about 4' long, I believe 3/8 or 1/2 wall. The welded a soilid 2 1/2 inch reciever to it. Then he cappeed the ends & filled with stone. He uses two rachet staps (one per end) to keep it from rattling.
  13. U could weld a piece of steel to a tractor weight n have the piece of steel fit into ur tow receiver
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I considered that.. The problem with tractor weights is they are about $ 1/lb even on craigslist used.
  15. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    only problem is if you put enough you max out your hitch capacity and then you cant pull if needed

    almost need the weight to bolt dirrectly to the frame of the truck
  16. robertpkerrsr@h

    robertpkerrsr@h Member
    Messages: 40

    I found several 2"x3"x4' solid steel bars at my local junk yard. I made a wooden frame for nine 80lb bars. This keeps them up tight against the tailgate. I still have a very usable pickup space as these bars only stick up two inches. I have a cap on the back of my truck. I need the rear of the truck year-round for dry contained space. Hope this may help

  17. rico6161

    rico6161 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Lead is alot smaller and heavier. Cost more, but....
  18. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Whatever weight you put in a truck bed; sand bags, strap it down, Steel, BOLT IT DOWN!!! I saw a wreck where the steel in the truck bed went through the rear of the cab and cut the passengers in half.
  19. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 718

    Speaking of the cable breaking.....i had a perfect unused spare hanging under my bed last week. i looked under my truck yesterday after seeing this thread and pondering the idea......my spare is no longer there!:eek::eek: i hope it feel off on a dirt road and not route 95. shiattt now i gota find a spare. and a new cable:dizzy:
  20. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Those damned cables never seem to work right. I think that you could use the space where the spair tire hangs, make your weight the size of a tire and mount it up with extra steel/straps/whatever. Just don't trust the cable, or even use it for that matter!