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two questions

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by cojab, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. cojab

    cojab Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I hear people talking about putting ballast weight in the rear of the vehicle. What is this for. I was planning on putting weight on the back for traction but is there a different reason for this? My truck has a flatbed on it and I would think that is probably heavier than the regular bed on the truck.
    Also, is it normal for fluid to leak into the area where the up/down cable is connected. When I pull this inspection cover there is some fluid there and I can see it dripping from the shaft of the bracket that the cable connects to.
  2. JeepPlow18

    JeepPlow18 Senior Member
    Messages: 658

    Your ballast question is yes that is why you would put that in your bed. More weight= more traction. Not sure on that fluid leak.:confused:
  3. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    i always thought it was to counter the weight of the plow on front and the extra traction was just a byproduct?!
  4. Rickco

    Rickco Member
    Messages: 89

    Bingo! When you put 700-1000# on the front of your truck the front axlw becomes a pivot point. This tranfers to much weight off the rear tires (lightens them up). Which= less tracktion.
    As for the leak. No there should be no fluid getting by.