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Plowing suspension?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kustom71, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. kustom71

    kustom71 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone plow with thier k10 full size?If so what if any mods to suspension or front end have you done?Not really looking for a lift kit but i would guess you would something more Heavyduty.Thanx /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
  2. Fry

    Fry 1/2 ton status

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    I don't plow but I know air bags would help out greatly on the front, just air them up when you have the plow on, when its off just let some air out so it won't be too stiff. It would be a pretty easy solution. Around $60 a bag, some air line and some brackets for $50 and just use schrader valves (valve stems).
     
  3. heavy4x4

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    I plow with my 'burb. Before I put my lift on, it had the stock, 2-leaf spring pack, nothing else. Now I've got 4" lift springs that are pretty stiff, so I didn't feel the need to do any mods to make it ready to plow. One thing is, you can definitely see the frontend (even with the stiff front springs) go down an inch or two with the plow up. So, keep that in mind for tire size selection, but I don't see the need for further beefing. If you do lots of driving on the road with your plow up, first of all, your tranny (if it's an auto) will hate you, and secondly, you might want to think of double shocks up front to reduce the bouncing you'll experience when you hit bumps.
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

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    And for God's sakes, lower your plow when you park!!!!
     
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    YES! /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif Good point. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    This sounds pretty grotey, but i use those coil over load helping shocks in the front of mine, does a fine job and doesnt hurt the ride to bad in the summer.
     
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    YES! /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif Good point. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    There really are few things that piss me off more than seeing a truck parked with the plow up.
     
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    dad plowed with a scottsdale k10 for 5 years stock suspension, no problems whatsoever...pushed 3 feet of snow up hill no worries /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    ALso don't forget when driving a distance with your plow up that it blocks most if not all air blowing in through the grill. Our '79 ford had some terrible overheating probs on the highway with the plow attached. It has the stock suspension but we had to beef up the cooling system.

    I also learned my lesson when parking on soft ground lower the plow onto a pair of 2x4 blocks. I parked one time in the yard after a thaw and when we needed the plow again the blade had sunk and frozen to the ground /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
  10. big83chevy4x4

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    you could always get the stock 3 leaf springs. got that on the k5 and it rides like a sombitch /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif. my plow truck has just the 2 leaf spring and it is a little bouncy up front but not bad enough
     

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