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Silverado Suspension Question

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Rick547, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I have a 2009 Chevy 2500HD and the ride is rough. Maybe it is normal since it has been years since I had a 3/4 ton truck. I did add Timbrens on the front last fall and new front shocks this spring. The front shocks are Bilstein 5100s and I have not raised or lowered the front of the truck by adjusting the torsion bars.

    What am I missing?
     
  2. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    Timbrens will stiffen the suspension
     
  3. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I thought Timbrens came into play when you carrying the plow. Isn't their some play between the suspension and Timbrens when you are not caring a plow?
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    If you installed them correctly, there is distance. They only "work" when loaded
     
  5. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Well there is one place to check. I'll see what kind of air gap I have.

    Thanks!
     
  6. gassux

    gassux Member
    from NY
    Messages: 31

    The 5100's are a very rough ride I would go with a monroe
     
  7. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,034

    Yes, this. Timbrens shouldn't affect your ride at all unless the plow is on. I think maybe you're just not used to a super duty truck yet.
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    I have no knowledge of this subject, thought I would share.
     
  9. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    To late on that.

    I read on here how good Bilstein shocks were. I'm sure I only got great advice.:confused:
     
  10. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Chime inI I'm sure you have some great advice to impart.

    Your among friends here.
     
  11. George C

    George C Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    I'm not a fan of Timbrens.
    They "absolutely" affect the ride.
    Maybe not on the small bumps that only flex the suspension slightly, and not enough movement to fill the gap between the Timbren and the axle... But when you hit medium to large bumps, they DO make contact and send the jolt directly to you.
    I always thought more suspension protection was better, but I now trust my suspension to do it thing when it's loaded within factory ratings.

    Load the rear of your truck and you are in for the worst teeth jarring ride ever.
    In the front, they hit a lot more than what people may think. Take them off, and get your ride back.
    I personally will never waste my ride on them again.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2015
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    But when you hit medium to large bumps, they DO make contact and send the jolt directly to you.

    if your hitting a bump that hard, theres no way you can tell if its the timbrens, or just that hard of a hit.
     
  13. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I don't notice it on small bumps but medium and large bumps it pretty good clunk.
     
  14. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    No, I drive a Ford.

    Kidding aside, I just wanted to follow and learn
     
  15. tgmc2500

    tgmc2500 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    When I put Timbrens on the front of my '05 2500 I also lifted it with 3" cams and the tech at Timbren told me they are always in contact with the front suspension. After the lift I have a 1" air gap. The truck rides like it is on air bags till I hit a good bump, then I remember it's a 3/4 ton truck. The air ride feeling takes some getting use to, but the truck handles my 1st gen Blizzard 810 with out any bottoming out.
     
  16. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Nothing wrong with a Ford. I worked for GM for 33 years. I just prefer Chevys.
     
  17. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,997

    I've had timbrens on my 2004 since 2006,t bars cranked 4 turns and there's no difference to the ride,maybe different for other years though.
     
  18. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I'm going to go out in the morning and see how much gap I have between the Timbrens and the frame. Maybe I need to crack the torsion bars up a few turns.
     
  19. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,997

    Keep track of how many full or partial turns you make,if you don't like it turn them back before you spend $$ on an alignment.
     
  20. jerzeyguy

    jerzeyguy Junior Member
    from 07080
    Messages: 15

    Put a set of rough countries 3 inch keys on it raise it up level it out ride like a Cadillac make sure you get it aligned afterwards