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will timbrens help?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by burbguy, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. burbguy

    burbguy Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    will timbrens help on the front end of a 79 half ton with a 7.5' western plow? I am not sure if they would work well enough or if I should change springs. The front springs seem like they are a little weak but I got a great price on the truck so I had to get it. Any help would be great, I am trying to get ready before the snow flies.
  2. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Hi Burbguy
    Maybe rearch the springs and a set if Timberns. They can't hurt and they only run about $150 a set, and are easy to install.

    Regards Mike
  3. Boondox

    Boondox Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    Burbguy -- There's no need to double post on this forum. Folks here read everything.

  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    first off rearch is a wast of time. this has been covered tons of times on other sites. and with the plow on the front it will settle back even faster.

    second the 73-87 style leafs in the front are tapered leafs. thay dont respond well to arching them.

    best bet if you want it to hold good and need a bit of a comfort zone. get a set of aftermarket plow packs . or a small lift kit. 2.5 " or 4" wont mess with ya to bad. and you will find the front shackle bushings in the frame mount to be bad. get a bushing set.

    this will let ya run taller tires for getting threw the snow.

    cheep fix i have seen is junk yard packs . some come 3 leaf front. then take your packs and add your leafs to them and get longger new ubolts and bam taller with o.k. fix.
  5. burbguy

    burbguy Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I do have a 90 suburban sitting here that has a 2.5 lift in it. These are the springs that I was going to use. The only bad thing with it is the back leaves are different length so I would have to either buy some new springs for that or block under them. The plow I have now is mounted on the suburban but I bought a truck being it is hard to see backing up in tight spaces.
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    :rolleyes: :nod:

    Do not use lift kit springs on a work/plow truck...
    The springs typically found in them offer a soft ride with a lot of flex..
    Great for off road.. But lousy for plowing.

    Try the Timbrens or a add a leaf. or both..
  7. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    unless you get heavy duty option ones. some companys offer soft ride and hd also for big blocks and winches and big heavy trucks . thay do ride much stiffer.