6.5' plow on 97F150

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  1. sly

    sly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I would like to install a 6.5' Myers plow (easy to find in want ads around my place) on my 97 F150 4x4 ext. cab. This is for personal use only and to stay close to axle rating without buying a new lighter plow. I am capable of fabrication and have the tools. Would just like to know main problems/modifications I would have to do. i.e. difference in receiver width dimensions, problems at full angle position (would the plow be to close to the truck)

    Found this discussion forum by accident and must say I am impressed by knowledge.

    Any info appreciated! (especially pics)

    sly
     
  2. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    I think u will need at least a 7ft cause when u angle the plow it will be to narrow for the truck. A 7 or 7.5 meyer should still be light enough
     
  3. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    I also would go with a 7.5
     
  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 849

    Then again, you could put a set of plow wings on the 6.5 if you had to. I too would get a wider plow from the start though. The 6.5 won't clear your track width when the plow is straight let alone angled.

    ~Chuck
     
  5. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    Buy the entire unit from whomever you can find it. You will be able to use everything except the lower frame mount and the light harness. Take those to your local meyer dealer and trade them towards the correct units for your truck. Remember that ford didnt allow plows on that year truck, so you may have to be creative and tell the dealer that the plow is for a F-250 LD, and that should get you the correct mount. This may seem like extra money to spend, but install will be alot easier and will keep the truck from looking pieced together, while still retaining its value.
    Dino
     
  6. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    I have a 7.5 Western Pro poly plow on a 1997F150 4x4 Extended cab. Pro Poly plows are heavier than the steel The F250 plow frame bolts right on to the F150 however no dealer will install it for you for liability purposes. I am guessing Meyers would be the same. Wiring harnesses etc are all the same also on the F150 v/s the 250 If you are handy with tools and follow the directions it wasn't a difficult install. I put tinamoms(not sure of spelling)load levelers on the front axle to help with the weight problems and you want to compensate with at least 500 to 600lbs. of salt etc as balast in the very rear of truck. I am not saying its the greatest combination however I have plowed with it 2 years now and it hasn't broke in 1/2 yet. Hope this helps
     
  7. sly

    sly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Do you have pic's of your rig. I should not have said I can pick up a 6.5' easily haven't seen once since.!@#$ I am thinking maybe 7.5 Western. When did they come out with Uni-Mount? Also when did they come out with solenoid option (instead of cables)

    Any help appreciated.


    sly
     
  8. PINEISLAND1

    PINEISLAND1 LawnSite Member
    from WEST MI
    Posts: 201

    My 150's have been the 87-95 style, so I don't know if they are identical to yours, but I have had both the old cable western and the new unimount on them and think that its a fine setup. You need to change front coils or add airbags, but it makes a nice rig. The one in the pics below is a '90 with a 7.5 Western pro plow. Someone will know for sure, but I think it was about '90 that they came out with the unimount.

    <img src="http://www.geocities.com/tfrontjes/fords.jpg">


    <img src="http://www.geocities.com/tfrontjes/tomford.jpg">
     
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Tom,

    Just a question on the Western V-Plow in the pic...I see you have an Urethane edge on it, but it looks like the regular steel edges are touching too? Do they wear that quick and you just need to adjust them, or is that the way you like them. If they only made them BLACK in color! How do you like them?

    Thanks

     
  10. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Fisher makes a 7 and 7.5' LD plow that will bolt right on to the F 150 LD.

    Geoff
     

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