Timbrens - so far, VERY good!
This week I installed a set of Timbrens (rear) on my 2010 F150, 5.4 V8, Max Tow equipped. I was concerned because every once in a while I see a review saying the Timbrens negatively affect the daily drive without a load or trailer - that they engage on even average bumps. That hasn't been my experience.
Since the install, I've deliberately run the truck over a few gut punching bumps and potholes to try and get the Timbrens to hit my rear axle...no luck. In fact, I began to worry that perhaps when I installed them I left TOO much space between the Timbrens and the axle...the kit came with additional one inch spacers that I didn't use because I thought it would bring the Timbrens too close to the axle and cause them to engage during my daily drive, EXACTLY what I was hoping to avoid. Without the spacers, I had about 1 1/2 inches between the top of the rear axle and the bottom of each Timbren.
Today I loaded 800 lbs of mulch in my truck. I checked to see if the Timbrens were engaging the axle and, sure enough, they were. Looking at the truck from the outside, there was no discernible rear end squat, it was amazing. Driving was even better - I've driven with this heavy a load several times before the Timbrens install and the handling difference was unbelievable - greatly reduced bounce, far less lean when cornering, and overall a solid, more confident driving feel.
I tow for the first time with this setup on Monday and I'm looking forward to it. I can't say Timbrens are right for every person or every vehicle, but if you have a 2010 Max Tow F150 these will work wonderfully for you...just don't install the additional one inch spacers and you'll have a daily drive exactly like before, but a solid, more comfortable and confident ride when carting a load. Best $214 I've ever spent.
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