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Old 08-10-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Timbrens vs Air Bags

I like the "install and forget about them" concept behind the Timbrens but do you get the same degree of leveling the rear of the truck as an air bag system?
I understand the convenience of adjusting air bags for various load weights to the truck so you can get perfect level as necessary but is it much different than the Timbrens?

Have an '05 Chevy 2500hd 6.6 and the bed cargo capacity is over 3K lbs and our new fifth wheel pin weight will come in around 2-2250 lbs when loaded, thinking I may not even have much of a rear sag issue.
Any thoughts will be helpful
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #3
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I like the "install and forget about them" concept behind the Timbrens but do you get the same degree of leveling the rear of the truck as an air bag system?
I understand the convenience of adjusting air bags for various load weights to the truck so you can get perfect level as necessary but is it much different than the Timbrens?

Have an '05 Chevy 2500hd 6.6 and the bed cargo capacity is over 3K lbs and our new fifth wheel pin weight will come in around 2-2250 lbs when loaded, thinking I may not even have much of a rear sag issue.
Any thoughts will be helpful
I would go with the air bags and an onboard compressor. That way YOU control the amount of height. With the Timbrens, you have to accept whatever you get.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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I installed Timbrens because I only needed a little help. They work great and do not affect the unloaded ride since they only touch when the bed drops more than one inch. I read in Turbo Diesel Register that they are equal to about 10 lbs Firestone Air. Also, they cost less than $200.00.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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For another $100 you could have airbags, and you can install them yourself in the driveway in about 4 hours. See this link:

http://powerstrokearmy.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21571
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
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Big big fan of air bags.
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And my 99 suburban.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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I have not had Airbags but have Timbrens. I must say that I am less than impressed. It did help keep everything tight in the back end and sway is much better but for leveling, it is doing almost nothing. If I had to do it again, I would do airbags.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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Love the air bags... I routed the lines so the nipples are either side of my rear license plate... easy to fill and adjust. When not towing, I drop the pressure to ~ 10psi which pretty well returns the truck to factory suspension.
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Love the air bags... I routed the lines so the nipples are either side of my rear license plate... easy to fill and adjust. When not towing, I drop the pressure to ~ 10psi which pretty well returns the truck to factory suspension.
Why not add a 'T' and fill them both at one time?
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My Timbren installation did the trick for me. Easy to install, zero mantenance, no propensity for failure. (Especially a failure on-the-road, when you can do little to properly repair it!)
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