rubber suspension assist

Discussion in 'Mercedes' started by hymerman, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Anyone have any experience of Timbren rubber suspension assist as opposed to semi air suspension.
    Seems to cost about a quarter as much and easy to fit,yet does a similar job to the air.
    You obviously don't have a compressor to change the setting,but again saving costs.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    10,141
    Likes Received:
    16,390
    Location:
    Liverpool.
    What model is your Merc chassis ?
     
  3. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Hi, it's on a 2000 reg S650 on a 416 CDI chassis
     
  4. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2009
    Messages:
    10,141
    Likes Received:
    16,390
    Location:
    Liverpool.
  5. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Thanks, I'll check it out
     
  6. JockandRita

    JockandRita Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Messages:
    5,658
    Likes Received:
    6,817
    Location:
    Lincs/Cambs border
    I've had a look at the website. Timbren
    It seems to cater for the USA market only. :Sad:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
  7. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Hi Jock,
    Check out the following,
    Company is called 'Ride Solutions' Rubbersuspension.com
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. JockandRita

    JockandRita Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Messages:
    5,658
    Likes Received:
    6,817
    Location:
    Lincs/Cambs border
    Thanks.

    I will do after tea. :Wink:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
  9. Terry

    Terry Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    10,722
    Likes Received:
    6,224
    Location:
    South yorks
    http://www.rubbersuspension.com/ :Wink:
    I had something like that on a work van (already fitted when I bought) seemed to work good but no idea on price.:Smile:
    I too fitted springs from a 5 ton van to the 3.5t camper that also worked a treat and seeing that I had bought the 5t as spares for next to nowt did not cost much :BigGrin:I had forgotten I had it and went to the local spring place that quoted me about 250 for retension and extra leaf on both springs only for them to try doubling the price once they found out it was for a camper :Eeek:When I mentioned them trying to rip me off my son reminded me I had the 5t ones at there yard :BigGrin::thumb:
    terry
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Ed Excel

    Ed Excel Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2012
    Messages:
    869
    Likes Received:
    577
    Location:
    Ribble Valley
    Fitted Timbren spring assisstors to my 4yr old Autotrail earlier this year. Got them from Ride Solutions on sale or return. First set were too long, touched the suspension all the time and transmitted vibration. Replacements allowed a small gap and, at my request, are softer compound.

    My problem, with the Fiat chassis, was its harsh ride, which the Timbrens have helped to calm. Can't comment on wether semi-air would be any better but I think you're probably already aware of the differences ie maintenance and much higher cost. Also, I would think the inflatables are like multi speed windscreen wipers, never set right; and I'd always be adjusting them.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. JockandRita

    JockandRita Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Messages:
    5,658
    Likes Received:
    6,817
    Location:
    Lincs/Cambs border
    I did have a look at them thanks. :thumb:

    If my suspension was of the leaf spring variety, I'd certainly be looking to fit something like those on the rear.

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
  12. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Thanks for the reply Ed Excel,

    I think that I've ruled out the semi air route for the reasons already mentioned.
    Just got to investigate on either the rubber suspension or fitting of another leaf spring if thats possible.
    The van just wallows abit on cornering, tyre pressures are fine, and I just think that it's a common problem.You would have thought that it would have been sorted at the vehicle design process.
    Always astonishes me how many vans are on the road with problems from all the manufacturers that could easily have been resolved before being put on sale.
     
  13. hymerman

    hymerman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    hereford
    Had them fitted at last. Cost about £230 for the bits and £20 to fit by garage. Easy job but I'm no longer as nibble to get under and do it.
    Has made a difference, van feels more stable and doesn't role about as much.
    They are basically just two large rubber cylinders that fit in place instead of the bump stops, and reach down to the axle. About 8" long.
    Cheap alternative to air, however you obviously cannot vary the pressure as you could with air.
    Raised the back of the van by about 1". :Smile:
     
Loading...
Similar Threads
  1. LOOSE WHEEL
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    129

Share This Page