Timbren truck helper springs vs Hellwig sway bars: The prince and the pauper
This article makes use of an interesting analogy. The Prince of helper springs will be represented by Timbren truck helper springs. The Pauper of suspension helpers is represented by Hellwig sway bars. As you will soon see, the Prince offers you a world of features and benefits. But the Pauper offers you very little. The message, my friend, is plain and simple: Go big or go home!
Why Hellwig sway bars?
What’s a sway bar? A sway bar for a car or truck is a tubular piece of shaped metal that connects the left and right sides of a car’s suspension and resists torsion—the twisting force put upon a car’s chassis when you reach a corner. They are generally U-shaped from end to end, but they often have numerous other bends and curves to fit s certain vehicle. Sway bars are also known as anti-roll bars, anti-sway bars, stabilizer bars, or stability bars.
What are links and bushings? Sway bar linkage are pieces of equipment on the ends of the sway bar that attach the sway bar to the suspension. Sway bar bushings help keep the stabilizer bar in place and close to the vehicle. They also absorb some of the road shock energy from the sway bar.
Why use a sway bar? Sway bars improve the truck’s handling around turns and corners by controlling the vehicle’s weight transfer, including body roll. This helps to keep the truck more stable, maintaining better contact between the tires and the road.
Should you upgrade your sway bars? That’s completely up to you. Stiffer sway bars are useful for trucks that carry or tow loads, but not all upgrades are beneficial. Increasing the stiffness of your sway bars on a stock daily driver could worsen your overall driving experience.
Hellwig manufactures sway bars for the automotive aftermarket. Understanding what sway bars are supposed to accomplish is key to answering the question, “Why Hellwig sway bars?”
What are Timbren truck helper springs?
If you’re new to Timbren truck helper springs, you deserve to know what they are and how they work. Timbren SES suspension upgrades are made of natural rubber designed to replace the existing bump stops. Depending on where the bump stops are located, SES rubber springs typically fasten to the frame, the axle, or the truck’s leaf spring suspension. If you can remove a bump stop, you can install a Timbren SES upgrade.
If you’re going to understand why Timbren’s prince of helper springs are superior to Hellwig’s pauper system, you need to know and appreciate the 2 innate characteristics of an Aeon® hollow rubber spring that are used in every Timbren SES system:
Unlike metal springs that have a linear spring rate, Aeon® rubber springs have a progressive spring rate, a rate that increases as more weight is added to the truck.
Unlike metal springs that need shocks to absorb the energy created when they compress, Aeon® rubber springs are self-damping, able to absorb the kinetic energy by themselves.
These 2 characteristics of Aeon® rubber springs offer some unique advantages:
- Adjust automatically to the load, preventing sag and squat
- Provide increased stability (reduced roll and sway) when towing or hauling the heaviest loads
- Act like a shock absorber providing a soft, quiet ride while loaded
- Prevent bottoming out and damage to your suspension
Easy-to-install Timbren SES truck helper springs do it all at an affordable price. Clearly, Timbren SES upgrades give you the biggest bang for your buck, do they not?
Hellwig sway bars: Why bother?
Okay, here’s the thing...
Why would you purchase a set of Hellwig sway bars to try to reduce roll and sway only to turn around and install a set of Timbren SES truck helper springs to eliminate sag and sway and restore ride quality? Why bother installing a pauper system that offers you very little? Why not purchase Timbren SES – the Prince of upgrades?
Can Hellwig sway bars...
- Adjust automatically to the load, preventing sag and squat?
- Provide increased stability (reduced roll and sway) when towing or hauling the heaviest loads?
- Act like a shock absorber providing a soft, quiet ride while loaded?
- Prevent bottoming out and damage to your suspension?
- Install easily?
- Require zero maintenance
- Come with a Lifetime Warranty and a money-back guarantee?
The Prince of helper springs offers you a world of features and benefits that includes increased stability. The message, my friend, is plain and simple: Go big or go home!
Prince or pauper? It's your choice!
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Hellwig stabilizer bars offer you very little. Are you ready to ditch Hellwig - an older, more conventional system – for a newer alternative suspension upgrade like Timbren SES?
Of course, at the end of the day, it’s your choice.
For more information on Timbren SES truck helper springs, visit Timbren.com