Can You Put a Plow on a Lifted Truck?
So you want a lifted truck, but you don’t want to give up the option of plowing? We answer the question “Can you put a plow on a lifted truck?” here.
The 2018-19 Omaha winter saw snow every month from October to March, with amounts doubling nearly every month. By March 2019, Omaha residents saw double their average snow amount.
When you live in a place where winter can paralyze a city for days, you’d do just about anything to move snow and escape the house. You can also make a nice side living if you have the right equipment for rescuing others from their snowbound residence or clearing small business lots.
After all, trucks were made for big jobs that involve lots of pushing and pulling. Some even have special technology that allows them to pull with ease.
If you have a lifted truck, you may be wondering, can you put a plow on a lifted truck?
The very modifications you made to create the truck you love could also make your truck less usable for things like plowing.
Can You Put a Plow on a Lifted Truck?
You can do just about anything to any vehicle, but the real question is, what will a plow on a lifted truck do to the truck?
Plows are not made for lifted trucks, however, you can modify a blade and its brackets to fit your lifted truck and to make it a maximum-potential snow-moving machine. The plow will not necessarily damage your truck if you understand what you’re doing when you put it on.
The type of lift kit you have and the size of the lift matter most as you consider if your plow will damage the kit.
With the right modifications, you should be able to mount a snowplow to any lifted truck with up to an eight-inch lift. However, you’ll need to make modifications to both the truck and the plow.
What Modifications Do You Need to Make?
The modifications you’ll make to make your truck and blade sync are significant. You need some welding skills, so if you do not know how to weld, recruit a friend who does.
Remember, as you consider making modifications, if you make any modifications to a truck or blade, you may be voiding the warranty on either machine. So proceed with caution.
Reinforce the Truck Frame
Begin by reinforcing your truck frame. You can double up your frame thickness by buying frame scraps from a salvage yard from the same type of truck and then welding the two similar metals together.
This will create a stronger frame overall and protect the integrity of your frame.
This modification will affect any warranty you have on the truck, but if your warranty has already expired, then go ahead and reinforce the truck to make sure you do not damage it when you push that heavy snow.
Watch Out for Clearance
Your biggest problem when affixing a plow to a truck is the clearance.
You need to brace the bottom rail behind the mounting points for the A arm of the plow when you install your plow but beware. Do not put the braces in the way of your steering and tie rod links. Doing so will wreck your truck.
Protect your steering area by making sure you have full travel of your steering around the plow braces.
So think carefully about where you attach your bottom rail braces. You want to spread out the load that you’ll push as well.
You can also tweak the frame rails where the snowplow mount braces attach.
Some of the older plows have a design that runs a single brace under the axle and to the frame rails by the transmission cross member. If you’re going to fabricate a brace or tweak the brace that you have, consider making this modification as well.
Level the Push Plates or A-Arms
With a lifted truck, you run the risk of not being able to push the snow forward and instead of seeing your frame pushed up by the snow you’re attempting to move.
To avoid this from happening, you need to level the push plates or the A-arms of your plow. Angles make all the difference.
Also, make sure your plow has a good cutting edge. Snowplows come with a steel or rubber edge. A shallow edge or a worn-out steel edge will make the setup height wrong and lead to an inefficient plow or, worse yet, a damaged truck.
Snow comes in varying weight. From the dry, fluffy snow that puffs with the slightest breeze to the slush-like slop that accumulates in thick layers. The heavier your snow, the more likely you are to damage your truck if you do not have the plow installed properly.
So make sure you reinforce your truck and have your braces mounted in a place that won’t damage your truck. If you’re going to the push the snow we see in Omaha, you’ll need something that will have enough muscle to move it.
Use Stock Tires
To keep your clearance a little lower and to make your plow fit best, you’ll want to use stock tires or 285 tires for the winter. You can use a leveling kit with most plows, but the tires need to be a little less meaty so you can work the plow around them.
Blades With No Modifications
If you’re uncomfortable making these modifications or you do not want to compromise the warranty of your truck, you can find blades with some more options that fit your lifted truck.
The Western uni mount blade has a truck frame design that makes it one of the easiest blades to lower. The adapter in the Ultra mount frame also allows you to convert the truck side to a uni mount plow.
Big Trucks Can Push Big Snow
Your mounted truck is your pride and joy. You do not want to compromise her look or integrity. At the same time, you have a fantastic machine at your fingertips that can push some impressive amounts of snow. A-arm
So, can you put a plow on a lifted truck? Yes, you can, but you need to make sure you want to and have the resources to do so. Huber Chevy is the local authority for truck lift kits and lifted truck service.
If you’re interested in a lifted truck, check out our inventory.