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Old 07-06-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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Bags, Timbrens or better shocks?

Any suggestions on smoothing out those highway whoop-de-doos? Just got back from a 3000 miles trip and at times the bouncing reminded me of an amusement park ride. I have a Ram 2500 with about 1500 pound tongue weight on the hitch.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:55 AM   #2
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I have had both air bags and timbrens... My personal opinion is that I like the ease of installation and use of the timbrens over the air bags.

However, if the budget allows, an air bag set up with on board air compressor and switches in the cab to inflate and deflate the bags is the way to go as it will give you the capability of leveling out with more than just your one trailer...

still, my vote is for timbrens...
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:58 AM   #3
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...still, my vote is for timbrens...
May I ask why?
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Any suggestions on smoothing out those highway whoop-de-doos? Just got back from a 3000 miles trip and at times the bouncing reminded me of an amusement park ride. I have a Ram 2500 with about 1500 pound tongue weight on the hitch.
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Sorry; I can not help you to much as I tow a fifth wheel and the ride quality is totally different do to the pin weight over the axle. I also have my truck set up for towing heavy loads and this also has effect the ride of my vehicle.

But you can read this thread from Turbo Diesel Register. Com about changing out shocks on a third gen truck. The poster installed Bilstein 4600 series shocks on his truck.
http://www.turbodieselregister.com/t...cks-it-is-time

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Old 07-06-2015, 09:07 AM   #5
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May I ask why?
Install and forget... virtually 0% chance of failure...

not saying air bags are bulky or a pain to use as they aren't but they do take some sort of user interface. I'm also not trying to say air bags have problems as I had my set for a number of years and abused the hell out of my last truck and they really held up well till the day i traded the truck...

neither option would be bad, i just like the concept of installing and forgetting...
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I really like my antique airbags with the onboard compressor. It takes about a minute or less to set the pressure and I get to control it. My airbags/compressor unit is 15+ yrs old and have never had a leak or a problem.
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How many miles on the truck?
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New, properly matched shocks will smooth the ride. Nothing you can add will cure an overloaded situation. Before spending a dime on add ons you need to load up and get accurate scaled weights to determine what you really have.
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New, properly matched shocks will smooth the ride. Nothing you can add will cure an overloaded situation. Before spending a dime on add ons you need to load up and get accurate scaled weights to determine what you really have.
Will knowing the exact weights cure anything? He knows what the situation is that he doesn't like, so add ons are his only option. New shocks might help, but airbags, etc are about his only options.
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IMO timbrens are for folks that are maxing-out their rear axle weights...

When my '11 Ram 2500 gets bouncy, it's because I do not have ENOUGH weight on the rear springs and/or not enough tongue weight... My 2500 rides best with at least 15% on the tongue and at least 4500 total rear axle weight.

It may be just how I have my Equalizer 4 WDH setup, but if I don't carry as much firewood & gear in the pickup bed the ride gets bouncier... For the last trip I had 5000 on the rear axle & 3320 on the front & it was the smoothest ride yet. I also added a fiberglass cap this winter & believe its allowing some downward pressure on the rear.
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