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Old 11-27-2002, 09:17 AM
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How good an idea would it be to mount a small plow on my Bronco? I have a 93 XLT, 5.8 EFI engine with full tow package. All I'm looking to do is my driveway and my mother's, both about 5000 sq. ft., both asphalt in good condition. Definately not getting into commercial plowing. What kind of extra wear and tear am I looking at? I live in New England so snow is widely variable but I can count on at least two or three good storms a year, easily more some years.


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Old 11-27-2002, 12:11 PM
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I believe the vehicles that were ordered from the factory with the snow plow option had heavier duty front springs (maybe other suspension components as well). I wouldn't think that just doing a couple driveways would be a big deal. However, I would check to see how much drop you have in the front with the plow on, and maybe consider upgrading the springs.
 
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Old 11-27-2002, 06:58 PM
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There was an article in 4wheeler or Petersen's a month or so ago, that told of this new lightweaight plow. It has no hydraulics, when you back up, it just angles back and drags, and wheighs next to nothing. I can't find the article right now, I have to many Model Railroader magazines in the way!

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Old 11-30-2002, 10:40 PM
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I have plowed with broncos off and on for years. The first Bronco i had was a 90. I put air bags in the front with an onboard compressor and plowed with a 7.5 Western plow with a 1/2" steel commercial grade cuttin edge. I had no problems until i got into it with alot of customers commecial and residential. If you keep it moderate even a couple of accounts for some cash you wont have a problem.....key is taking it slow and easy.

I currently plow with a 94 by the way also with a 5.0. This one has a curtis 7.5 blade. I would love to have the 5.8. Power wise there is no problem. The problem occurs with the newer blades and the minute mount setups. The head gear (lights and pump) are further off the front of the truck than with the older models. I had to not only install the air bags as with the 90 but also heavy duty springs. Rides alot stiffer but i dont mind.

Easiest way to tell if you have the h/d front end is to look at the front shocks.
2 shocks per side is the light weight FGAW 2800
1 shock per side is the h/d FGAW 3600 (I believe)

One last consideration is if the truck has an air bag. The manual says to disconect it if you plow i think.

I also had a eddie bauer 95 bronco with the 5.8. You are much better off with that engine power wise...i loved it.

i highy recomend the curtis plow...nice and easy to hook up by the way.

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Old 11-30-2002, 10:44 PM
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one last thought....any plow narrower than 7.5 will not clear a path wide enough for the bronco when at a full angle. Snoway makes a lexan plow that probably would require no modifications. Due to the light weight plow it has an option to provide down pressure hydrolically for bag draging.

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