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Wanting a plow

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by herbie1, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. herbie1

    herbie1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hey all,
    New to this forum been reading some posts so here is my question. I have a 99 2500 GMC Sierra with a towing package but no plow package. I spoke with a local plow distributor and they said they would not install the plow without the plow package. What do I need to add to my truck to be able to get it up to snuff to put a plow on it? It is a 3/4 ton.
    Herb Hewlett
  2. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Well beings your warantee is about shot if its not already we can forget about that.

    What is the front axel weight rating on your truck? is your truck extended cab or what? What motor? Auto I assume?

    Sometimes a plow prep includes heavier springs and all kindsa other things, sometimes like on my truck the only thing a plow prep got me was a factory switch aready mounted for a blinky light. All depends but alot of times plow prep can mean squat.
  3. herbie1

    herbie1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks rat

    It has a 4410 lbs front axel rating. It is a long bed and has a 5.3L v-8.
  4. grotecguy

    grotecguy Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Thats rediculous

    I find it hard to believe a dealer won't put a plow on a 5 year old 3/4 ton truck. What more could they ask for??? Sounds like a perfect candidate for a plow to me.

    Make sure to add a trans. cooler to an auto transmission. Maybe a heavier duty alternator or a secondary battery would be a good idea.

    I would find a different dealer, guess your $$$ isn't green enough for them.
    Good luck,
    Mark K
  5. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Take a look at westerns selection guide or what do you have close for dealers? Is it a reg cab? You should have 0 problems with a blade on it. Just how big now.....

    Agreed, find another dealer
  6. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    then get one

    Plow prep package usually is a 3/4 ton or better truck, trans cooler. You would benefit by a large capacity battery and a 140amp or better alternator ( you do have 4-wheel drive I assume ). Otherwise, take your money to another shop. Boss and sno-way have lowest break down ratings.
  7. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    What kind of plow were you looking at?

    A smart dealer won't let you put a 9 ft. fisher V on a truck without the correct options. Everbody is SUE happy nowadaze...........

    Does you truck have any of these options? VYU plow prep, Z85 or 82
    Trailer tow pkg. If it does you will have HD torsion bars and springs,
    a trans. cooler, etc. and ready to plow................
    Dealer messing up me thinks..............geo
  8. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    Many tuck equipment dealers will not install a plow on a truck that does not have a plow prep code on the options sheet. Even if it's a "77.......