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Front End Support on Chevy

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Breck75, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. Breck75

    Breck75 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Does anyone have any idea or any experience with front end suspension support for a 1/2 ton chevy "99". I have put a 7'6" super duty Boss plow on my truck and it drops the front end about 2". I was just wondering if there is anything that would help that. I have to check but I think the torsion bars are already turned up on them. Kevin
     
  2. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Do a search for Timbrens. I bought them but have not installed them yet. alot of guys on this board swear by them.

    Good luck. :waving:
     
  3. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    2" ???

    I wouldn't worry about it.

    Your not hurting anything.
     
  4. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    What kinda ballast are you running in the back?
     
  5. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Timbrens will help a lot. :drinkup:
     
  6. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Sure Timbrens will help, but unless your dragging or scraping, I'd say they are a waste of money.

    Especially if he only deflects 2" lower when raising the plow.
     
  7. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    Ya but they may help when you hit large bumps to stop you from bottoming out... they are not really that expensive, and are quick to install...
     
  8. Breck75

    Breck75 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I thought about running 400-500lbs of ballast. This is my first year and I just got my plow a month ago. Other than squating 2" my truck handles very well other than needing a little ballast. What are Timbrens? Thanks Kevin
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2004
  9. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Put the ballast back there!!! 500 is were i would start. Behind the rear wheels and make sure its secure.
     
  10. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Crank your bars a few turns, at 709 lbs, that's not all that much weight for such a good plow.

    Heck, a Meyer C-7.5 is heavier weight wise!
     
  11. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Timbrens are cheap and worth it. You could probably put them in yourself. They replace your factory bump stops.
     
  12. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I have an 02 Chevy 1/2 ton and a steep entry on my driveway. Before Timbrens my plow undercarriage would scrape the driveway. Also the truck would drop about an inch and a half when I raised the plow,,,also I would get this front floating oceanliner effect when I hit bumps on the road while carrying the plow. :dizzy:

    After Timbrens, no nose diving, no scraping undercarriage on my driveway, truck feels a bit more like a truck now...a bit firmer..the front only drops about a half inch when the plow is raised..

    I've heard good and bad things about cranking torsion bars, but haven't heard anything bad about timbrens.

    I spent $4,000 for the plow, Timbrens were definitely worth $150.. :nod:
     
  13. Breck75

    Breck75 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Thanks for the info, I will probably try plowing without anything and then go with the timbrens if needed. I have never plowed with the truck yet so will see how it goes first. Thanks Kevin :waving:

    I paid $3800 for the plow I think if needed the timbrens will be worth the money. I have done a search on the net and found them for $172.00.
     
  14. PSDF350

    PSDF350 Senior Member
    Messages: 577

  15. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Go to www.truckspring.com

    That's where I got mine from...They were actually $143, and free shipping for you guys down south, I had to pay $30 shipping to Alaska :eek:

    John
     
  16. Bryan C. King

    Bryan C. King Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    To help out my sagging front end I removed the origional bump stops from the lower control arms of my 96 Tahoe that had 145K miles on them. They were very dry rotted as you might imagine and definately needed replacement. I found a set of Timken Load Levelers that pretty much bolt in place of the old bump stops. Boy let me tell you, it helped tremendously. The front of my truck does not sag at all any more.
     
  17. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    ...ya ya....definitley don't forget about ballast!!!
     
  18. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    2" is alot of sag, it is enough to make it hit the factory bumps when you drive over a dip in the road, factory bumpstops are rigid and do not flex like the timbrens do inder a shockload.

    and as a FYI I sell them to plowsite members for $135 shipped to your door :cool:
     
  19. George C

    George C Senior Member
    Messages: 116


    Factory bump stops ridgid?
    They have the consistancy of a marshmallow. I could collapse my factory bump stops in my hands. My guess is that they do not support ANY weight at all, just a soft piece of crap to offer a last defense, and to keep steel from meeting steel.

    The Timbrens are a lot more ridgid, and will offer a lot more support to the suspension.
     
  20. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Nate,
    does that include the rear ones as well????Rob