What should I do to my 1500

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1999 GMC 1500, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. 1999 GMC 1500

    1999 GMC 1500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Hey guys i've got a 1999 gmc 1500 ex cab short bed with a back rack and tool box. Becuase I'm only landscaping/snowplowing with a 1500 should I do anything to "beef" it up. Or do you guys recommand anything I should put on my truck. I am going yo get a whele mini bar light and some work lights. Thank you!
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  2. Triple G Lawn and Snow

    Triple G Lawn and Snow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    -add timbrens front and back

    - additional back up lights

    - don't go bigger then a 7'6" plow cause its only a half ton

    -transmission cooler
     
  3. 1999 GMC 1500

    1999 GMC 1500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    i forgot to add that i have a 7'6'' MM2
    i was thinking about that mini bar light should i get hide away strobes or the light bar?
     
  4. Triple G Lawn and Snow

    Triple G Lawn and Snow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    I have a mini light bar it did just fine. I would get the hide-a-ways just another way of making sure no one is going to hit you, so I would get both.

    as soon as my computer stops being stupid I'll upload some pics of my setup for ya.
     
  5. Moto52

    Moto52 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    Crank the torsion bars up on the front to take the weight of the plow and add a leaf spring in the back.. then you will have a 1500HD..
     
  6. 1999 GMC 1500

    1999 GMC 1500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    How do I crank the torsion keys should I bring it to my mechanic
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,238

    Take one of he zeros off of 1500, buy a couple ford embolims.

    But if you want a pair of hide aways, I have a pair, 3 brand new tubes and one needs to be replaced (like 20$ to fix)
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  8. Moto52

    Moto52 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    no it's super easy, just jack the front of the truck off the ground from the frame so the suspesion is sagging down. and turn the bolts in tighter, if you tighten the bolt all the way in it will sit about 2''s higher and a stiffer ride. and make sure you tighten both sides. and you will have to get an alignment after you crank them up. and then you'll want to add a leaf in the back to level out the ride a bit unless you like the "california rake" look..
     
  9. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    torsion bars are real easy to adjust. id add a set of airbags to the rear
     
  10. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,544

    swap everything with 2500 parts..

    Or just buy a 2500..
     

Share This Page