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Old 01-24-2014, 03:45 PM   #21
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I was looking for something as well a while back and there was a post on here about just this thing and it was looking at Air shocks and Timbren Suspension kits I went with the Timbren its really just a replacement for your factory bump stops but what a difference easy to install and dont have to mess with the air. On my last Truck i went with overload springs and they worked but I had them cranked down so rear of truck didnt squat a 1/2 inch but with out any weight on or in back of truck it was a ruff ride.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:14 PM   #22
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I was looking for something as well a while back and there was a post on here about just this thing and it was looking at Air shocks and Timbren Suspension kits I went with the Timbren its really just a replacement for your factory bump stops but what a difference easy to install and dont have to mess with the air. On my last Truck i went with overload springs and they worked but I had them cranked down so rear of truck didnt squat a 1/2 inch but with out any weight on or in back of truck it was a ruff ride.
I know the thread you're talking about, and the Timbrens are on my short list as well. I ruled out the overload springs for the exact reason you mentioned (rides like a sled when they're cranked down). The only thing I'm not sure I like about the Timbrens is that they're not progressive or adjustable. The RAS is progressive and adjustable. But guys who have Timbrens installed mostly swear by them, but then so do guys with RAS...

How do you like your Timbrens? Do you think they'll mitigate my bouncing issue? Or should I be looking at shocks as was previously mentioned?
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:55 PM   #23
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I installed Timbrens on my Suburban. On my Excursion I installed the RAS. Comparing the two I prefer the RAS. With the RAS you also get an improved ride with or without the TT hooked up.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:43 AM   #24
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I know the thread you're talking about, and the Timbrens are on my short list as well. I ruled out the overload springs for the exact reason you mentioned (rides like a sled when they're cranked down). The only thing I'm not sure I like about the Timbrens is that they're not progressive or adjustable. The RAS is progressive and adjustable. But guys who have Timbrens installed mostly swear by them, but then so do guys with RAS...

How do you like your Timbrens? Do you think they'll mitigate my bouncing issue? Or should I be looking at shocks as was previously mentioned?
Bob, I noticed awhile back, you started a thread about the RAS system and Hellwig helper springs. I have no experience with either, but explored those possibilities along with air bags as well. I went with the Timbren SES and what a difference they made for me. First off, they were very easy to install. They ride about 1in. above the the factory suspension stop and the only time you'll feel them unloaded is if you hit a really big bump. Secondly, they reduced my squat by 80%. I had to re-adjust my WDH accordingly and it is now so much easier to hook up. They even helped with any sway issues by "tying" everything together as the Timbrens rest on the stops when hooked up for a solid ride. As far as the bounce, I still have some, but nothing near as I had before. I have almost 1400lbs on the tongue, so a little bounce is to be expected. Like you, I wanted something I could install and forget. Question for you is if the RAS system is adjustable, how big of a PITA is it to adjust every time you want to tow vs not towing to smooth out unloaded ride?
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:46 PM   #25
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I had Hellwig helpers on my old 82 Ford F250. I loved them, they did somehow actually improve the ride. I'm not sure how adding more spring improves the ride, but somehow it did. I wasen't expecting that. I'm going to give the RAS a try on this truck.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:13 AM   #26
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Bob, I noticed awhile back, you started a thread about the RAS system and Hellwig helper springs. I have no experience with either, but explored those possibilities along with air bags as well. I went with the Timbren SES and what a difference they made for me. First off, they were very easy to install. They ride about 1in. above the the factory suspension stop and the only time you'll feel them unloaded is if you hit a really big bump. Secondly, they reduced my squat by 80%. I had to re-adjust my WDH accordingly and it is now so much easier to hook up. They even helped with any sway issues by "tying" everything together as the Timbrens rest on the stops when hooked up for a solid ride. As far as the bounce, I still have some, but nothing near as I had before. I have almost 1400lbs on the tongue, so a little bounce is to be expected. Like you, I wanted something I could install and forget. Question for you is if the RAS system is adjustable, how big of a PITA is it to adjust every time you want to tow vs not towing to smooth out unloaded ride?
Yeah, no one responded to that thread. I was hoping to hear from some more people who had tried different suspension upgrades and how they worked. I don't think that I'll adjust the RAS on a regular basis, but I've read that there is some "break-in" and they need to be tweaked every couple hundred miles for a little while after installation.

So far, I'm most likely going with RAS. The Timbrens are very attractive, but one of the reasons I'm going with the RAS is the improvements while unloaded. I drive curvy, bumpy country roads almost exclusively, so it would be nice to have something that will help with wheel hop and body roll in addition to better handling characteristics while loaded. I'm not too worried about squat. When everything is hooked up, I get a fairly nice and level ride. But you can really tell the truck is loaded up, so I'm hoping the RAS will tighten up the rear end and mitigate that somewhat.

Sorry about the post hijack OP...
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Bob, keep us posted on how the RAS system affects your ride, and if you do the install yourself, I'd like to know how easy/difficult it was. Thanks
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:40 PM   #28
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I put Timbrens on my Suburban and then on my Excursion I put the RAS. The RAS improved my handleing when not towing the TT as well. As of now I fel the RAS is the best buy.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:03 PM   #29
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Bob, keep us posted on how the RAS system affects your ride, and if you do the install yourself, I'd like to know how easy/difficult it was. Thanks
Will do. DW has cleared the purchase for February. I'll probably have it installed (doing it myself) by the weekend after I get it. I think we are going out Feb 21st, if so, that will be the first time I'll have towing feedback. It 'should' be the same journey we had last time out, so there will be notable comparisons.
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I have a 4x4 2012 cc Titian and put 10 ply tires on it also a level kit on front end. Towing a 2014 White Hawk 23 MBH. Using a wdh. Works great.
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