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Snow plow on regular cab??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SCLOSKEY, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Aug 2, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    SCLOSKEY

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    How would an 08 regular cab 4 cyl handle a small snow plow for use around home?? No commercial use or anything like that, just to keep the driveways clear around home. Anyone have any experience with a 4 cyl and small plow?? I don't think there will be any power issues with it, especially with the small amount I plan on doing? What do you guys think?? Any knowledge on it helps. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Aug 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    Pugga

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    If it's just for a small driveway, you'll probably be fine. Heck, ATV's do fine plowing small driveways, just don't expect to push a lot of snow and look around for a light, short plow. I used to plow the driveway with a 4-cyl jeep wrangler, it did ok as long as you only try to push a little at a time.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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    I don't see any problems, put it in low and you will be fine. Throw a bit of weight in the rear, and maybe upgrade the front springs. You will lose traction long before you run out of power.
     
  4. Aug 2, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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    Keep in mind, putting on a plow will void my aftermarket vehicle warranty. Make sure you're in the clear with yours.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    As my ol' man would say, only 3/4 ton and larger trucks are made to plow. it's your call, but plowing puts a beating on your truck, and our trucks are really not made to plow IMHO

    EDIT: I deffinately wouldn't recommend it with a 4cyl
     
  6. Aug 2, 2010 at 12:14 PM
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    What is this snow that you speak of? :notsure:
     
  7. Aug 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    I have been plowing a 1500 ft private road and my 900 ft driveway with my 05 Access Cab 4x4 2.7L for the last five years. It works fine. My advice is:

    1. Pick a lightweight plow. Snoway ST and 22 series, or even a Snowbear. DON'T put a 400lb hunk of steel on the front of your truck. Fisher Homesteader / Western Suburbanite is too heavy for your truck.

    2. Plow in 4LO. The gear ratio is perfect for plowing.

    3. If you have a manual transmission, pop the clutch before you're about to hit anything.

    4. If you're thinking "OMG - what will happen to resale value / warranty?" consider a plow system where you can easily remove the plow mounts before you go back to the dealer, and then abide by "don't ask / don't tell."

    That being said, my truck is in great shape. I plow conservatively and it works fine. I wouldn't run a 24/7 snow removal operation with the Tacoma, but it doesn't sound like you're doing that.

    Lots of people will say "Dude, you need an F250 / Chevy 2500HD." That's because they're jealous and want you to get bad gas mileage. The reality is that people have been plowing tight spaces with smaller vehicles for years, and the Earth keeps turning.
     
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  8. Aug 2, 2010 at 6:18 PM
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    It snows down there every once in a while !!!
    I remember because all the red necks tried to go sledding on mount trashmore, and they finally had to close the hill because of too many injuries. They didnt know enough to turn around at the bottom of the hill to see if anyone was coming down the hill right at them. - haha
     
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