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thoughts on timbrens

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JRS Landscaping, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. JRS Landscaping

    JRS Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    i have a 2005 dodge 2500 diesel with plow prep pkg with a 8'6" pro plus and it sags pretty good with the plow on. the bump stops have about an inch till the hit the axle. are the timbrens worth it?
     
  2. piperpm

    piperpm Member
    Messages: 39

    Big fan of Timbrens -- they work great for us! tymusic
     
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    It will keep you from sagging as badly since they will be resting on the axle pretty much any time the plow is up but it surely wont increase your load carrying capacity. They are basically a band-aid. Heavier front springs would be a better solution.
     
  4. JRS Landscaping

    JRS Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    did you do anything to your front end? i see you have basically the same truck as me i have a reg cab.
     
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I did nothing. I put about 900 lbs of sand and salt against the tailgate. Nose drops maybe an inch when I lift the plow.
     
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    timbrens and ballast are a good idea
     
  7. JRS Landscaping

    JRS Landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    i am going to put ballast in it , but i dont think thats going to help out the front end just give the rear more traction. i bought this truck in the summer so its my first winter with this truck.
     
  8. 09Busa

    09Busa Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 138

    Ballast will help out with the way your front end sits........adding timbrens also will help out your front end. make sure your ballast is as close to the tailgate as possible......
     
  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549


    Ballast will add weight to the front axle

    counter weight will remove weight from the front axle


    ballast; is weight placed between the front and rear axles
    counter; weight is placed BEHIND the REAR axle
     
  10. espyj

    espyj Member
    Messages: 53

    I put Timbrens on my GMC. Pretty pleased so far and they're a good bang for the buck.
     
  11. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Timbrens are a good way to go. No problems at all. They do the job.
    As far as on the front I would make sure you have the HD springs. I like having the plow springs.
     
  12. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    i was wondering the same thing. i bought my truck in april and my plow is going on wednesday so im interested in how the front end will hold the weight. ill be getting some timbrens if i need to
     
  13. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    I always recomend making sure you have the right springs it just makes everthing work better.
     
  14. ctplowing

    ctplowing Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I have Timbrens for my '98 F150. Work great. Thumbs Up
     
  15. jondpm

    jondpm Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I would put 4500 or 5500 springs in and try that. that will also lift the truck to.
     
  16. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    6000lb only..
     
  17. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Ballast is added behind the rear axle to counter balance the weight of the plow.
     
  18. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I've got Timbrens on my '06 F350 crew cab short box. They help, but marginally. If I add some weight behind the rear axle, life is better. I'll likely put heavier front springs in before next season, if not sooner....we'll see how busy I am this season.
     
  19. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    No,

    ballast is just weight, counterweight does as its name sake says it "counters" the plow weight. weight placed in front of the rear axle adds weight to the both the front and rear suspension and is ballast. weight added behind the rear axle will reduce the weight on the front axle and counters the weight of the plow.

    According to wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballast

    "Ballast weights, metallic plates used to bring auto racing vehicles up to the minimum mandated weight. "

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterweight
    "A counterweight is an equivalent counterbalancing weight that balances a load"
     
  20. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Also from Wikipedia

    Ballast carried aboard an aircraft, for example:
    in gliding to increase speed and/or adjust the aircraft's center of gravity