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Old 04-05-2014, 07:34 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by RossandDonna View Post
Does anyone have any experience with using either Timbren SES springs or Sumo Super springs instead of air bags? I've checked out their websites and they seem to do a good job. They get good reviews on their web sites as you would expect and I've read some good things about them on the Ford Truck forums. I'm just wondering if anybody here has any real world experience with either of them.
Air bags are a proven technology going up the highway every day.

Why wouldn't you want something that you can adjust the height and ride to your preference?

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:38 PM   #12
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I am installing the Timbren's on my 2007 2500HD Chev. will know soon how they perform. I'm staying away from air bags because you are going to have air leaks for sure.
Another comment from someone who really doesn't have a clue...

I've had air bags for a couple of years and no leaks... My father has had bags for a few years with an on board air system and no leaks with the whole system...

If you have leaks they were poorly installed..

Timbrens are nice as you don't have to touch them after install, but aren't nearly as flexible as air bags...


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Old 04-05-2014, 08:07 PM   #13
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Had air bags on a prior truck, no leaks but unless you spend the extra money for an onboard compressor I found them kind of a hassle to use. Had to carry one of those mini 12v compressors in my tool box. Worked fine and probably should of spent the extra money for the compressor but I never did.

Just installed a set of Timbrens on my 3/4 ton dodge today but have yet to pull the trailer or any other heavy load with it. Like the fact they don't ever come into play until the load makes the truck squat down on them...Will find out later if they are for me our not. Found a great place online to buy them if your interested in Timbrens, lowest pricing I could find with free shipping.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:04 PM   #14
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I have nothing against airbags our ambulances at work have them. I have been looking into a Ride Rite system with the wireless remote compressor. The Timbrens and Super springs are new to me and they seem to be a less expensive alternative.
I'm looking for any positive or negative experiences with them or if they are even worth the effort.

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Old 04-08-2014, 09:42 AM   #15
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You don't have to carry a air compressor for air bags. A good bicycle pump will get them to 80 psi with no problem.
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:13 PM   #16
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IMO...Airbags will allow you to adjust the ride comfort as your towing needs change (light/medium/heavy/crazy heavy) vs Timbrens are a one size fits all concept...depending on what you want out of a suspension support system will determine which route to go
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:55 PM   #17
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Keep in mind that airbags (and only airbags) are a variable supplemental suspension system. They create a secondary suspension system between the axle and the frame. The tow vehicles OEM suspension is not touched and continues to function as the designers intended. The amount of supplemental suspension can be determined by user.

RAR, super spring etc., all operate on the principal of either pre-loading the factory suspension or changing the load pattern of the factory suspension. In other words they simple cause the factory springs to behave as if more load is on them, thereby making them stiffer.

Timbren is a really long bump stop that absorbs load later in the suspension cycle, but only when impacted. It is not adjustable and on many heavy duty applications duplicates the overload spring action, but with the bounce of polyurethane.

Each one is capable of achieving the users goal to help with load handling, but each one has pluses and minuses and sits in a different price category.

For me, airbags are the clear choice if you are starting with a HD truck and towing heavy.


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