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notlimah    464
notlimah

Well guys, I know the majority of you prefer to level your truck by hooking up a trailer or getting a  bed full of stuff. For some, that doesn't cut it. I'm a bit in between, as I don't mind the rake, but I don't like the full stock rake. 

 

Anyways, Timbrens are what I decided to go with mainly for the simplistic concept. 

 

Took all of 8 bolts to unintall the old bump stops and put the new Timbrens in their place.

 

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This shows the comprison without the extra 1in spacer Timbren supplies as well. I did end up installing that as well.

 

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Installed, kinda hard to see.

 

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Measurements were taken in my sloped driveway so I feel they won't be quite as close on a flatter surface. 

 

Either way I took the truck for a drive and it doesn't feel any more harsh then it did before, so still need more time to decide if it degrades the ride quality, although I'm not sure that ever existed empty.

 

btw, I chose to add the space in mine and make the bump stops closer only to help keep the truck stay more level or slight forward rake when loaded. If empty ride is that bad I'll either take the spacer out or take the Timbrens out all together if I'm not towing.

 

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Wild and Free    1,100
Wild and Free

I tried those and took them off and resold them after only two trips and i didn't have a load on it. just the everyday road bumps made it feel like it was hammering on solid blocks on every single road crack. In fact it was so bad on my 02 I had to pull over a hundred miles into a road trip and take them off along side the road.

They are more so designed to be used if one had a load on it all the time to where one would have some compression on the springs already definitely NOT for unloaded driving.

I bought mine used as the first owner had the same issue I soon learned this and resold them to someone else that wouldn't listen to reason lol.

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notlimah    464
notlimah

Yea I've read the same.

 

For me, worst case scenario is just taking them off when not towing and installing when I am. The more miles I put on them the more I'll tell how bad the empty ride is.

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Dieselfuture    276
Dieselfuture

Why not just airbags

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notlimah    464
notlimah

because I didn't want to mess with airing up and down when I needed them. Don't tow often enough to warrant having them on the truck all the time, money lol just a few reasons

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Wild and Free    1,100
Wild and Free

Did you drive it with them installed yet to see how they rattle your bones when empty lol?

 

At least they are easy to remove and install, just keep the threads lubed up so as not to get them rusted up or keep the bolts installed with anti seize or something to keep them from seizing in. Don't know what the winter road conditions are out there in the winter or what type of cancer causing slurry they put down on the roads out there.

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notlimah    464
notlimah

Yea I've driven it just about every day since install and haven't really noticed much of a difference. If I didn't know they were installed I would just assume that's how a 3/4 ton truck drove. I felt it rode just as bad before the install haha. 

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AH64ID    625
AH64ID

So far everyone I know that has installed Timbren's has pulled them off and installed airbags. 

 

 

I hope they work better for you, but I know where W&F is coming from. 

 

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notlimah    464
notlimah

Yea I mean they're not ideal for empty driving but they're also not horrible. 

 

I will more then likely remove then when I don't need them and install when I do.

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AH64ID    625
AH64ID
7 hours ago, notlimah said:

 

 

I will more then likely remove then when I don't need them and install when I do.

 

Sounds like labor intensive airbags.... :-)

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Mopar1973Man    3,659
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On 7/13/2017 at 4:18 PM, notlimah said:

because I didn't want to mess with airing up and down when I needed them. Don't tow often enough to warrant having them on the truck all the time, money lol just a few reasons

 

I know a few installed air bag system with in cab controls. Just a flick of a switch you can air up or down without even getting out of the cab. So you might still be doing airbags yet...

 

http://www.autoanything.com/suspension-systems/77A5184A3626280.aspx

 

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notlimah    464
notlimah

Well it's only 4 bolts to take them off so it's not difficult by any means. 

 

Once I lower the front an inch they'll more then likely stay on 24/7 because I should be able to run them without the spacer which will give me more clearance and better ride when empty and still not be nose high with a heavy load.

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WiscoRedkneck    36
WiscoRedkneck

Another option is to find a leaf spring supplier and replace your rear leafs, mine came from Babcock springs I believe they are progressive and they have a 1 inch lift.  Below is my truck with 285's and about 500 pounds in the bed it honestly rides better than any 2nd gen I've been in, and level with 2500 pounds in the bed.

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dripley    1,067
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Here is 6k on the rear axle with stock set up. no need for any extras if all is working right.post-10340-138698181485_thumb.jpg

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notlimah    464
notlimah

I know there's lots of other (maybe even better) ways of setting up the rear end, but this works best for me now. I appreciate the input though guys.

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Dieselfuture    276
Dieselfuture

Not to steel your thread :hijack: but here is something I just seen, looks like spring is about to fall out. Looks like it's installed up side down. I'm in class for work, going to find the owner and see what he has to say.

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notlimah    464
notlimah

Jeebus! Hope that's not your truck! Definitely looks like it's installed upside down because the holes you see on the bottom there should've been screwed into the top!! No bueno!

 

That end link looks like it's on it's last leg as well!

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Dieselfuture    276
Dieselfuture

Haven't found a guy yet, might be in a different class. But yeah lots of rednecks around here

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Mopar1973Man    3,659
Mopar1973Man
3 hours ago, Dieselfuture said:

Not to steel your thread :hijack: but here is something I just seen, looks like spring is about to fall out. Looks like it's installed up side down. I'm in class for work, going to find the owner and see what he has to say.

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Also look at the sway bar link the stud is bent at a 45-degree angle. Axle angle is wrong most likely because of the lift and creating new geometry on the axle because if the geometry was correct that sway bar link wouldn't be bent over at a 45-degree angle.

 

Redneck lift kit. I've seen too many of these and people trash good trucks just to look cool then when it cost too much to fix they sell it. 

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dripley    1,067
dripley

this guy makes me look like the suspension genius. Thats amazing.

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JAG1    767
JAG1

That stuff easy to fix but the guy should have head examined. He has no spring centering cap on it. Instead he has the shock absorber holding the spring only it not centered. I can see possible bent/ damaged shocks... Man... . Sway bar end links are supposed to be longer.

 

The guy may be hiding till you gone so you can't talk with him.

 

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Dieselfuture    276
Dieselfuture

I never did find the guy, I even stayed around for a bit after class. It was also creating nice size poddels of diesel fuel under front of engine along with some oil.

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SilverMoose    24
SilverMoose

Was it a Dodge he screwed up?  I hope not and can't tell by the pic.  Even I know that is a major problem :doh:

 

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Dieselfuture    276
Dieselfuture

Here it is, it's here again. Parked one space over, you can see all the wet spots from yesterday 

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trreed    117
trreed

Man, I sure don't miss the rust buckets that come out of the north....  The plow truck on the family farm in MN ('95 Ram 1500) is impossible to work on due to rust.  All the salt they use up there makes for a not fun time working on things..

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