If you’re planning to use your Ram 1500 as a work truck, you’d be wise to invest in some sort of suspension upgrade, i.e., helper springs. Let’s discuss why that is. We’ll begin with the independent suspension on the front end.
What is an independent suspension?
Independent suspensions most often combine coil springs with upper and lower control arms. The design allows the wheels to act independently of one another. If one side hits a bump or a dip, it acts independently of the other side. Needless to say, this helps to smooth out the ride and keep it from rocking side to side (like it does with a solid axle suspension).
Nearly all pickups today have independent front suspensions, and the 2021 Ram 1500 pickup is no exception. Furthermore, the rear suspension consists of a coil spring mounted between the frame and the straight axle. As great as it sounds, the suspension on the Ram 1500 has its limitations as outlined below:
Like most pickups today, the Ram 1500 is designed to ride like a luxury sedan. However, increasing ride quality means reducing load-bearing strength. Accordingly, when the front-end squats, the weight of the vehicle shifts forward which reduces the amount of traction on the rear tires. Not only that, too much weight on the front end can throw the steering out and damage the suspension.
Over the years, suspensions for pickups have evolved. The rear suspension on the Ram 1500 has bid farewell to the leaf spring in favor of a coil-over. Consequently, when the rear end squats, the weight of the vehicle shifts backward reducing the amount of traction on the front tires which will impact steering ability. Not only that, too much weight on the rear suspension can cause instability such as roll and sway. Needless to say, this instability is dangerous and will require the driver to slow down.
In a perfect world, there would be no such thing as a suspension that squats. But in the real world, we’ve grown used to watching the front-end of our pickups squat under the weight of a plow or heavy aftermarket steel bumper. And we fully expect the rear-end to sag when we hook up a heavy trailer.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Timbren, we believe that each problem contains the seed of an effective solution. Timbren SES products are designed to make suspensions work better by addressing the miseries associated with the above-mentioned problems.
Timbren SES products will keep your pickup level even under the heaviest loads. Why? Because of the progressive spring rate of the Aeon® hollow rubber springs. As the load increases, so does the resistance provided by the Aeon® springs! This is a characteristic that is unique to Aeon® hollow rubber springs.
Unlike air ride suspensions that require an additional shock absorber, Aeon® hollow rubber springs absorb road shock while under load allowing the existing shock absorber to deliver a ride that is soft and smooth.
Strength & reliability
There’s a reason why Timbren products come with a lifetime warranty. It’s because Aeon® springs are “stronger than steel, and more reliable than air.” Once again, the progressive spring rate of an Aeon® spring makes it possible to carry far more than steel helpers like an add-a-leaf product.
The strength and simplicity of Aeon® springs provide you with a suspension system that requires zero maintenance. Unlike an airbag setup, a Timbren SES kit has no pipes, hoses, or compressors that increase the likelihood of system failure. Thus, the Timbren SES product is deemed “more reliable than air.”
To see just how durable our rubber springs are, check out this YouTube video!
*Even though an SES kit adds additional carrying capacity, do not exceed the GVWR set by the manufacturer.
As you can see, if your Ram 1500 has become your work truck, you’re going to need the best helper spring on the market. And rest assured you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the best!
Remember: A helper spring with the unique combination of strength, stability, smoothness, and reliability under load is the key to your complete driving satisfaction... And it’s only available with Timbren SES upgrades.