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Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by ed39, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    has anyone made there own timbrens for chevys?? i was thinking of taking the factory bump stops and shimming them down with hockey pucks. since money is wicked tight right now...
  2. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I was thinking of actually using stiff black rubber such as on truck bumper stops at a loading dock and hollowing them out.It would obviously take buoco time though to perfect and that's why I would imagine Timbrens cost $195.
  3. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Hockey pucks are really brittle, not a good choice.
  4. pushinsno

    pushinsno Member
    Messages: 69

    lmao that hockey pucks are brittle there mada outta solid rubber how in the hell do you come up with that there brittle lol, guess thats how a 100mph slapshot with a brittle hockey puck can shatter the glass in a hockey rink
  5. nhpatriot

    nhpatriot Senior Member
    Messages: 190

  6. Winter Cleanup

    Winter Cleanup Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I used my old truck to haul broken concrete, sod and stuff and on occasion would throw a hockey puck in to prevent tire rub. Its good if you can secure it with wire ties or something but long term??? might be more of a pain than you think...
  7. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    For $200.00 bucks might has well buy timbrens....Made for your Year & Truck Type...
  8. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    The harder the object the more brittle it will be. IIRC a hockey puck is pretty hard. Sure it will go through glass, but so will a baseball or a golf ball or for that matter a persons fist. I would not want anything as brittle or easily breakable under my front end. I would think there is a difference in a puck hitting glass and a 2500lb front end slamming on a puck nonstop. Will it work?? Hell yea. I would use one in an pinch and not think twice about it. That said It will probably fail and not hold up to the test of time and abuse. You would have to replace them at least yearly or more due to failure. I do not know what a puck runs but it has to be far less than a set of timbrens. But you would have to take into account time spent to modify and to repair as needed as well as lost plowing time for repairs. Timbrens are put them in and forget them.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
  9. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    sounds like a waste of time and money to me... how much money in hockey pucks are you gonna waste and how much time, and your not gonna get long term results... Not to mention thats hillbilly delux at its best... LOL
  10. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    welll thats a lot of postS! haha wat i did was i took the factory bump stop and shimmed it down using hockey pucks as spacers... i think im gonna cut one of the pucks in half so i have a bit more suspension travel. but ill tell you wat it worked awesome! the truck droped 3.4 and inch and it rode wicked nice. and it wasnt a waste of money since i play hockey and have a million pucks. took me a half hour to do and it was well worth saving 200 bucks

  11. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    I got my timbrens 6-7 years ago . the drivers side fell out last year . the next day i called them . they said we have a dealer by you go show them . I was in and out with two new ones for free in an hour well worth $200 .
  12. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    Wait until they crack in half when it gets real cold out. I have seen pucks break, they are tough until you start putting weight on them and I played hockey all through school, so I have delt with pucks before.
  13. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    ill take the donations then cause i dont have 200 bucks, theyll be fine pucks are meant to be cold and slapped around worst case it splits and falls out. take 5 min and put one back in. its only 1 3/8 bolt thats not rusty soo its worth it
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    In your case Timbrens wouldn't have worked. You would have needed to shim them down. There is no was you could put 2 pucks under the stock stops on a stock truck. I had to take one of my shock bolts out just to get the Timbrens in on my 09.

    Timbrens have some give to them where pucks don't have any. I would not have wanted to put pucks where I put my Timbrens. The ride would suck big time.
  15. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    the ride has not been alterd. i have a 2 inch lift/ leveling kit. the pucks shimmed the stock stops down there is about an inch of space before the control arm so the suspension can still travel they way it needs too
  16. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    so far they have held up no problems at all!
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Saving money on Timbrens but buying a brand new truck and plow?
  18. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    ahah at the time i didnt have the money, now that they work im all good. a fat christmas bonus is sitting in the bank for the new truck come spring...
  19. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I don't think brittle is the most accurate word to use, but what I think he is getting at is they can and will break. Back in the old days people used to try to save money by using hockey pucks to make their own body lifts (don't know why, the cost of all the pucks adds up to more than a lift kit) and the pucks would split from the weight. Then the pieces would fall out, the body would drop down and stuff would get damaged. Pucks are made to slide around and take hard hits from a little stick, they are not designed to support weight that is bouncing and shifting on it constantly.
    I like your idea and commend your creativity, but I have to say I think those pucks will come apart after a while. And it looks like it would have ruined the ride, but if you say it didn't then who am I to say different.
  20. ed39

    ed39 Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    well im waiting for them to brake at this point haha! well see how it goes. im def the tallest 1500 with the plow up ive ever seen. my truck sits like a 2500hd with the bars cranked i like it

    ps.. and i clear those tall curbsss!