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Someone explain this to me please....

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Grn Mtn, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

  2. Rowski

    Rowski Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I'll take a stab...

    With t-bar systems the control arm moves on an arc. So it uses the shock as a mounting.

    It does seem to me, this setup, would put a lot of stress on the shock mounting brackets??

  3. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Well on a torsion bar suspension there's usually just no room to mount a fullsize airbag anywhere so it look's like Firestone came up with this "air shock" setup instead.And yes It's definitely gonna add some stress to the shock mount's but I wouldn't be afraid to try a set.
  4. Briarpatch Joe

    Briarpatch Joe Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I'll Never Spend Money On Anything Except Timbrens
  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    now see thats silly, with air bags you get to level the load no matter how little or how much. helps to keep you from shooting the moon and blasting other drivers with your lights.
  6. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    What about gas and food and all the other things in life?:D
    I think the new firestone shock will be the best thing for the front ends. It's still a Bilstein shock with a small air bag on top of it. It's not going to carry all the weight of the truck just additional weight with the plow on. They are only for the newer trucks though so us guys witht he older IFS will need to plasma off the old style shock mount and go with the new style, yes I have been looking into it.
  7. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    we've had air shocks on our 77' bronco for 25 years now..... work great. with an onboard air compressor, you can addjust ride hight on the fly
  8. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    i cant imagine how much they cost!. plus its a maintenance item,timbrens are lifetime guaranteed on the parts all the shocks do is control ride quality and keep the tires in contact with the road,plus the shock mounts are not designed to support weight!just my thoughts