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Airbags or timbrens??

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by leeddog65, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. leeddog65

    leeddog65 Member
    Messages: 85

    Hey guys,

    Last season I bought a 93 bronco with an MVP Ultra, and it worked ok, but one of the airbags is shot. My question is, replace the bag or just go with Timbrens??
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    maintenance

    go with timbrens,no maintenance
     
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    go with timbrens and you truck wont ride is good. at least in my case it rides like ****.
     
  4. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    I would go with new bags, thats a heavy plow for the front of that bronco. Bags will help keep the front end of that truck up and aligned better than timbrens.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2007
  5. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609


    dam. i need to know complete sentance sez and learn ed how to spel beta.
     
  6. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    at least you made fun of yourself before i caught it.......:waving:
     
  7. DuallySnoPusher

    DuallySnoPusher Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Air Bags

    I have had air bags on all my trucks and will never change!!! They take the weight a lot better, plus less stress on suspension..
     
  8. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    yeah i have bags on the rear and am putting them on the front very soon. I love the bags on the back, they work great! So i would replace the bags
     
  9. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    O'tay.....Anyone have a link to air bags for the front suspension of course Chevy with the torsion bars???????
     
  10. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

  11. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I have the same dilemma now, I want to put airbags in the back of my dually now that I do sanding. I couldn't find anything listed for the front, so I was going to go with Timbrens. Then I got to looking at Timbrens for the back also. They aren't much cheaper than the airbags, despite what their advertising says. So does anyone know of airbags for the GM IFS frontend, or am I stuck with Timbrens? And if so, should I still plan on bags for the back, or should I at least consider Timbrens out back?
     
  12. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    bump, same question.
     
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Dan, I know of no one that makes bags for the IFS 4X4 GM's as there just isn't enough room for them in the front. The closest thing to bags that anyone makes is the Bilstien air bladder shocks..
     
  14. Bronco front end

    I have been plowing with a 92 Bronco since '99. We have a 7.5 Boss and we used
    the timbrens. Currently changing to a 95 Bronco ( with no rust !) and this has the 5.8L
    and heavy front end with dual shocks.

    I have taken out the back seat and built a box with for my 2 Labs to rest comfortably
    while I plow ( they dont wear seat belts) and I put 4 tube-sands and a few bags of
    sidewalk ice melter behind them. The Labs add about 165lbs. The 33 gal tank gets
    refilled every night.

    Wonder if you found that you had to remove the front sway bar ?? We did for the 92
    when the Boss was installed. And I expect to with the 95.

    My cousin tried the bags on his 93 Bronco with a Western but had several leak.
    So I didnt try that route.
    tc
     
  15. leeddog65

    leeddog65 Member
    Messages: 85

    Ok, now does anyone know how to test for leaks??

    Maybe I dont have to scrap them. Im hoping for a leaky airline or something
     
  16. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    When searching for an air leak..soapy water in a spray bottle is your friend.;)
     
  17. found some springs

    I learned that the HD front end on my 95 Bronco was dual shocks but the spring
    doesnt hold up the plow.
    The 92 had Timbrens but they didnt look worth moving to the 95

    So Jerre steered me to some MOOG springs and I was able to order thru a local
    parts store for $90.

    Ref: Cargo Springs (variable rate)
    MCCC820 for the 5.8L engine
    MCCC818 for the 5.0 L engine (costs more for some reason)

    let you know how this works out
    but $200 for Timbrens and $90 for real springs seemed simple

    tc
     
  18. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

  19. new springs

    Got the new coil springs installed this morning and I am very pleased.
    Easier with a hoist and taking the wheels off.
    $60 in labor and I am better than my prior experience with Timbrens and
    my cousins Bronco that had the air-bags.

    Encourage anyone to consider these variable springs if it can apply to
    your truck.

    Made by MOOG and available thru any local parts store.

    tc
     
  20. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yep, they're OK but the Timbrens work better.. it's like anything else I guess, you get what you pay for.