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plow with these things

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TorkDSR, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. TorkDSR

    TorkDSR 1/2 ton status

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    i got a k15, and i plow with her every winter. im just wondering if any body else does this in a modified rig.

    right now shes got bout 7 inchs of lift and 38.5 tires
    has anybody found a way to make this easy?

    cause otherwise im gonna start workin on the ramcharger,,,,

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    A stock Blazer is one of the best plow trucks ever invented, especially for doing driveways or anywhere that requires maneuverability. Big lifts and snow plows do not mix however.

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    I'd think that using a plow on a lifted truck would put some serious stress on the frame of the truck, as well as the plow frame. Not to say that it can't be done, but the leverage would be pretty severe due to the angle between the plow and the truck frame.

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    Why would you need to plow if you drive something that big???? Just kiddin.

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    How much of that is suspension lift and how much is body?
    If you only have 4" suspension lift, you could get away with running smaller tires (33's or so) and plow. Not the best setup but it will still work well. Big tires and big suspension lifts are not a good thing for plow rigs. They put alot of stress on the plow, the plow frame, and the frame of the truck. You can do it, but plowing is usually less effective and brutal on parts. Just my $.02

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    i didnt say stock blazer, i said K15, thats a pickup and its ten better than a k5 (do the math)


    hehe

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    ummmm.... how do tires or lift put any more strain on the frame, plow, or plow frame? i dont get it. i can picture a little wear on the springs because of the increased arch. but to answer your question, and pose another one: the lift is, as you assumed, 3 body 4 susp; but, the plow frame is set up to be a certain height above the ground, and its set for 38.5s,
    so 33's would need a bit of engineering. thanx

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    I didn't realize it was a modified plow frame. Usually the cross piece that bolts to the plow frame is at a certain height with the rig bone stock. If you lift the truck using a suspension lift and/or put on bigger tires (without modifying the plow frame) the cross piece will naturally sit higher than before putting more angle on the plow (the higher you go the worse it is). Now if the frame that mounts to the truck is modified to compensate for the extra height that is better for the plow, but without proper bracing it puts more leverage on the truck frame (just like when you can't loosen a bolt, and you put a pipe on the end of it for more leverage to break the bolt free, and that is what is happening to the frame of the truck).

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    its ok, not many people realize that im an intelligent monster truck plow guy. hehe

    and actuall the frames not modified, but the ears on the plow at the back of the "A" arm are, it was easier that way.

    later

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    Yeah, I guess it's going to be one of those trial by error deals. Try plowing some snow and see how she acts (both the plow and the truck). If she starts doing funky things or making strange noises, then you may have problems, but if the "ears" are modified and strong enough, you shouldn't have a problem. Actually looking back at your first post, you have already plowed snow after these mods. How'd she do, and how different was it (if at all). I plow in the winter too. Just becareful of them curbs (if you have any around), I've seen a few guys mess up their plows and/or rigs after catching a curb or two.

    Good luck man!

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