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Lifted tahoe to get timbrens?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Willman940, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    You guys have turned me on to Timbrens and after seeing my 2003 tahoe squat under the weight of my boat I'm considering it. I put the SkyJacker 2.5 inch lift kit in it, its the same as the torsion key leveling kit but with coil spacers for the rear. I left it at stock stance (+1.5 inches in the rear), so that it would hopefully ride level with a trailer. well I'm not quite sure if its level or under level but I don't really like it either way. So I thought about Timbrens, from what I could see from the diagram, it goes into the bump stop mount, and down to the axle. So since I'm up to 2.5 inches, I thought I'd take a long screw and add to hockey pucks to the bottom. Sence many of you have or have had timbrens I thought I'd throw it out there to see if there's anything I'm missing.

    And due to some resent happenings I'm going to add this. The title of this truck has my fathers name on it, not mine. He doesn't like trucks, he only bought it to pull the boat. he has his own car, he views it as mine enough to let me driving it and maintain it and put that lift kit in, and call it mine. As you saw in other threads, I'm looking for a truck of my own, and have been saving for the past 2 years. if I have mentioned a trailer/tractors, those are mine, and titles in my name. Take that as you will and thank you for your time.
     
  2. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Hi, so I know I'm not a big shot or a plow guy. I like plow trucks and I'm just asking your opinion/advice. I don't want to waste my money or brake something (because then I'd have to pay to fix it). Any opinion is appreciated. If you think I'm just another deere13 say so and I'll go get a picture of the tahoe. and yes I will be gone for 3 days on a "family vacation" and no I'm not paying for it. I live with my parents and am a punk kid if you'd like to put it that way. All I ask is advice. I admit I got way to mouthy on the dodge thread and a few others. that being said and seeing who people like me have been received I'll keep my mouth shut. The opinion/info I gave is truth from my own experience with trucks of my close friends. Maybe that's not first hand enough and if knew how to under the damage I would. I understand also that your first impression of my could be your last. either way have a great week ahead.
     
  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Sure we will take a pic of the tahoe!!:waving: You could add timbrens to the rear to help with the load. As for the spacers, Im not so sure I would delegate hockey pucks for that. Maybe find someone to fab a steel spacer to compensate for the addition of the lift. Hockey pucks are for smacking around the ice or throwing at friends, not holding the weight of a vehicle:nono: Im not sure about the 1/2 ton suburbans of that year if they are coil rear or leaf sprung, but look around for some heavier coils maybe as well?? Or also look into the rear air bag system. Not sure if they have them for the Tahoe, but many guys have them on their trucks and it helps alot with the weight of a trailer, salter, etc. Then you could add air to them to help level out the ride with the trailer on, then deflate with it off so as to not affect the ride quality. Hope that helps!!

    On edit: Did a quick search of 03 Tahoe on SummitRacing and found this:http://www.summitracing.com/parts/AIR-60769/ Im willing to bet these are way cheaper than timbrens cost wise and add 1000 lbs of carrying capacity. Not bad adding better trailering capability for less than 100 bucks
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Timbren includes steel spacers with some of their rear kits. should be no big deal to duplicate,with a little pipe and some plate steel. go to the timbren site and check the install for a full size dodge rear kit for ideas.
     
  5. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Thanks guys I'm just about to leave to do a lawn then I'm headed north. The hockey puck idea wasn't so much to hold the weight as to put the weight on the timbren earlier on instead of waiting for it to squat 2 inches before they kicked in. Not to say that's what I'm doing, just to explain my thought process. If it was a leaf spring suspension this I would have had the problem solved long ago. Their coils. I'll take a picture of it tonight.

    Enjoy the week ahead.
    John

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    That's about 2 years ago, I don't have anything more recent. I've since put the bumper back on.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2010
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Timbrens with custom built spacers are your best bet John. The Air Lift air bags Tom posted are fine and their adjust-ability is nice, but with your coil spacers they'll be too short so they'd require spacers of their own to work properly and reliably and at a more involved fabrication level and/or cost. So simplicity speaking go with Timbrens. If you plan to hang a plow on the future throw a set in there too.
     
  7. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    So I've looked around and the notion that timbrens included spacers too is in no way expressed where I can find online. I plan on calling in tomorrow, Custom fabing them is still bouncing around in my head just like this whole idea. that whole idea of hockey pucks as spacers was because their readily available, not to say I'm going back there. I also plan on contacting a local timbren dealer to see what they have to say.

    John
     
  8. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Okay, so I got around to it.....yea I got really side tracked, I called timbren. They said the timbren kit is 6 and an eighth inches, I'm assuming they meant down because they had my measure from frame rail to top of axle, and there's 7 inches space and they say their should be a half inch at-least of space. So this sounds like its as good as I'm going to get. I promised a picture before but never got around to it.

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    What do you all think? Good enough?
     
  9. larold83

    larold83 Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    monroe sensatrac has a load handler shock i think there like 140 or somthing google em im getting them for my suburban they handle another 1500lbs or somthing
     
  10. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I've been toying with the idea of load leveling shocks, my truck doesn't NEED shocks yet, so we'll see how the timebren's do. If I do cross that bridge, I'm leaning towards Rancho.

    John
     
  11. larold83

    larold83 Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    do the ranchos have coil springs on the shocks cuz the monroes do thats what im getting plus my ass end bounces a little more than the tahoes so that why i made the choice with monroe i didnt see any other shock compare to
     
  12. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Very true, I did some looking around after posting and found nothing, I've seen add's for rancho load shocks but could find non for my truck.

    Whoops.