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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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i know this should almost be chevy tech section but i wanted more people to see this.

how many of you guys and gals run a chevy ifs truck.

do you use the truck to plow?

have you tried using timbrens?

does the front end still feel weak for a plow??

does anyone wish you could firm up the front end with out wearing out parts.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:31 PM   #2
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My dads truck has the ifs with a plow on it and he has been plowing with it for about 5 years now and hasnt had any problems with front end parts wearing out. I borrow the truck from time to time and it works great. it does squat a little with the plow on it but still rides fine.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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the common compaint is that many people will complain about the weight of the big plows. what year is it and what plow.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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I dont have a chevy personally but I have heard very good things about having the timbrens up front. Just remember with a timbren they need to be almost riding on them to be effective.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #5
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yes im aware of this. ive heard good things as well. alot of people run them but theres go to be something better out there. im putting a big plow on my 97 chevy and am looking for a good way to strengthn the front of the truck up.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #6
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its a 94 gmc 1500 reg cab long box and its got a 8 ft blizzard plow. the plow does drop the front of the truck down but we also put around 400 lbs of weight in the bed for traction so it sits pretty level with the plow off the ground
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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i run around 800 pounds of ballast in the bed.

blizzard plows are very heavy units.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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I guess it depends on the truck. My old tow rig was a 98 silverado crew dually with a 454. I found the build sheet in the glove box, and it said "HD front torsion bar plow option" on it. I never had a plow on the truck, and it rode like a cement truck with no springs, so I imagine it would have taken a very heavy plow with no issue whatsoever.
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I guess it depends on the truck. My old tow rig was a 98 silverado crew dually with a 454. I found the build sheet in the glove box, and it said "HD front torsion bar plow option" on it. I never had a plow on the truck, and it rode like a cement truck with no springs, so I imagine it would have taken a very heavy plow with no issue whatsoever.
my dad's 96 has the "HD plow package"

heavy duty torsion bars and dual batteries.
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My 89 had a plow on it since it was new. Dad ordered it and i bought it from him in 97. The only thing we had issues with was the idler arm wearing out. Gramps had a 93 with a 6.2 diesel 250,000 miles and a 8'2" Boss on it for it whole life. Same issue with the idler arms. But it is still going and in use. Take care of it and it will be fine.
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The shop I used to work for used Chevys exclusively, never a problem but all they did was plow the parking lot and they traded in every 3 years.
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A half ton truck no matter what make really isn't meant for an 8ft plow, even with and plow package, but the plow package is just 3/4 torsion bars and they're cranked up more over normal 1/2 ton bars, and the true plow package will have dual batteries and a bigger radiator

If your really worried about plowing with your chevy just swap out the stock t-bars with 3/4 ton ones and your all set, though if it's an 8ft plow or like a 7 1/2 blizzard, like you said heavy ass plows, i'd put in a bigger radiator and a high volume water pump
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im not worried im just curious what other peoples thoughts are
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