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Timbren Install Question

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by thewholetruth, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Has anyone installed a front timbren kit on a 2011 Sierra 1500?

    The Kit # is GMFK15CA

    I found the instructions here but am having a difficult time understanding them:

    http://imagesrv.catalograck.com/imgVD/TIM/GMFK15CA.pdf

    My question is, is there an install video or guide available? Or is this documentation all that exists? I have spent the last few hours searching but my efforts have been fruitless.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    I understand it. Seems pretty easy installation but if you are not familiar with front end components. I would understand your confusion. You should be able to take it to a good vehicle repair or truck aftermarket facility in your area and get installed for $50.
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,481

    GMFK15CA
    GMFK15CA
    GM INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

    a)
    Partially raise vehicle not allowing the
    axle to hang freely.
    b)
    For vehicles equipped with OEM
    stabilizer bar: Disconnect the stabilizer
    bar on both sides of vehicle and push
    stabilizer bar up to create sufficient
    room. Place spacer #7 between
    stabilizer bar and stabilizer end link as
    shown using bolt #8, OEM nut and LoctiteÆ.
    c)
    Assemble
    Aeon rubber spring and
    bracket as shown in the adjacent
    diagram.
    d)
    Mount Timbren assembly using existing
    holes & Timbren supplied fasteners.
    e)
    Install in rear hole.
    f)
    Lower vehicle.
    NOTE:
    Turn wheels full lock both directions to
    ensure there is no interference with
    Timbren assembly.
    When removing OEM fasteners, use
    penetrating fluid.


    what part is giving you trouble?
     
  4. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    The diagram showing the stabilizer bar is unclear to me.

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    For vehicles equipped with OEM
    stabilizer bar: Disconnect the stabilizer
    bar on both sides of vehicle and push
    stabilizer bar up to create sufficient
    room. Place spacer #7 between
    stabilizer bar and stabilizer end link as
    shown using bolt #8, OEM nut and LoctiteÆ.
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,481

    stabilizer/ sway bar.
    when you disconnect both of the sway-bar links the bar will swing up or down giving you access, room to work.
    Then when you are done installing the timbren replace it and it looks like they want some loc-tight, but it isn't a deal beaker if you don't.

    then after you remove the swaybar ends you could jack the truck up by the frame, this too will give you room to get the timbren into place.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2014
  6. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I think I got it now - thank you.
     
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,481

    cool, their instructions look like they left out the part when you install the timbren then reinstall the sway bar.
    they jump to reinstalling the sway bar....

    :drinkup:
     
  8. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Install in rear hole is somewhat unclear too. I suspect there are multiple holes in the control arm perhaps?
     
  9. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I just took some pictures of my truck and have a couple more questions.

    1) My sway bar looks different than the one in their install diagram. Does it look like I'll need to take it off, add the spacer, and reinstall it? Here are two pictures:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    2) If I do need to take it off, how will I push it up as described in the instructions? The third picture shows that while the bar might swivel in its holders, it definitely will not push straight up.
    [​IMG]

    Thank you.
     
  10. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    You are correct. They will not push straight up but they will swing up and out of the way. I would also make sure that your local parts store has new links in stock. You may break the rod with all that rust. They are not that expensive and you could consider replacing them at the same time.
     
  11. thewholetruth

    thewholetruth Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Last edited: Nov 25, 2014
  12. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535