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Western unimount questions.....

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by vegaman04, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    So i'm finally installing my mount, manual calls for grade 5 bolts. What happens when i use grade 8. I understand the difference between the two but would something bend before something would break if it hit something hard?

    Thanks in advance

  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    there are a lot of shock forces on plow mounts ,the grade 5 will absorb them better than grade 8 in certain applications ,don't get me wrong there are spot's on your plow that may need grade 8 just put the hardware they recommend in the correct place's . if they fail and you are not pushing it past the recommended service duty of the plow ,and check the hardware after so many hour's of plowing ,you can go back to western and say wtfo man !:nono:
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    not necessarily, often things will shear sooner if grade eight, A grade 5 bolt has more "stretch" under impact. Be super critical of your torque when using grade 8
  4. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    When you physically put the plow on the mount, how far will the truck drop? They say, drop the plow on a level surface and it should measure 9.5 to 10.5". How high is it before the plow is mounted?
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If the truck drops more than a fraction of an inch just from attaching the plow to the mount you've got bigger problems.

    In other words it shouldn't be any lower at all.
  6. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Thats what i was thinking, but i have seen weirder stuff lately. I figured i'd ask and i got what i wanted to hear. Thanks B&B.
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    You and me both. :D

    Never hurts to ask first. :salute:
  8. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    I got the mount on, just need to put the bumper on, wire it up, hang and test! :nod: