timbren, ride-rite, or extra leafs for suspension?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by peeklandscaping, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 306

    Planning to beef up the suspension, rear and probably front also, of a 2001
    F250 extended cab short bed. My question is, what's the best way to do this? I hear a lot about timbrens, and ride-rite, but not so much about just a good old extra leaf or two. Cost would be around the same, I'm guessing, so I just want to know the best type to get. which is most effective? Which last longest without needing replacing? Any help is appreciated. :waving:
     
  2. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 246

    Ever considered air bags? They make airbag kits specifically designed for trucks and towing which I've heard nothing but great things about.
     
  3. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    before I bought my 05 my ram 1500 did all my hauling heavy or light. Some loads that a 2500 would probably pass up. Said that I have the firestone ride-rite and have had them at 90LBS the truck held a 22ft vnose filled front to back top to bottom with moving stuff, level. I would offer them to anyone trying to beef something up, comfortable ride compared to adding a leaf and you have the extra hauling comp. without suffering a good ride. If you go with airbags spend the extra change and get the onboard air compressor. I note back the same trailer empty before the airbags overloaded the 1500.
     
  4. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I second that and get the Auto leveling kit. Bags are great
     
  5. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I put add a leaf's on the rear of my 2001 dodge ram 1500 and it doesn't hardly sag under any load, it really made it a lot more stout. It also made the ride a lot stiffer when you're not pulling a trailer. Airbags's are kind of the best of both worlds but not going to be near as cheap as add-a-leafs
     
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Ummm they also my coil over shock for the rear instead of the normal shocks. Its simple and does not effect the ride as much because they activate as they compress. I want to say it adds another 750-1000 lbs.
     
  7. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
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    Can't beat the Airlift system with wireless air compressor. Completely adjustable to your needs.
     
  8. Falcon50EX

    Falcon50EX LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 999

    I have a set of bags for sale part # 6401. I had them on a F150 2007 www.ride-rite.cm
     
  9. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    I have heard and seen bad things happen with Airlift. Not saying all are bad but I have seen a bag blow out and do some horrid things to the rear end because of it.
     
  10. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
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    I've had mine on an 09 with no issues.
     

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