What are the different off-road suspension types?
What is an off-road suspension?
Let’s begin by stating the obvious: An off-road suspension is more suitable for off-roading. When you decide to leave the main road and navigate along the trail instead. Sometimes off-roading is also referred to as ‘overlanding’. Today we’re gonna focus on a product that designed for off-roading and one that is perfect for overland camping.
Here are two Timbren products that are suitable for off-roading and overlanding:
- Active Off-road Bumpstops
- Axle-Less trailer suspension
Active Off-road Bumpstops were designed to transform an intensely rough, off-road experience into a ride that’s more controlled and less stressful.
The Axle-Less trailer suspension was designed to give your off-road trailer maximum clearance between the ground and the frame. Because there’s no axle, it’s unique design also provides greater control and safety by allowing each wheel to move independently of the others.
What are Active Off-Road Bumpstops?
There are basically 3 types of off-road bump stops. Essentially, they all do the same thing: Soften the harsh jounce when the vehicle bottoms out.
Most rear bump stops for trucks and SUVs mount somewhere between the frame and the axle tube. Depending on the design, a bump stop could be made of various materials. Factory bump stops are usually made of rubber or microcellular foam.
This short article will outline 3 main types of off-road bump stops:
- Hydraulic bump-stops made by Bilstein
If price is no object, hydraulic bump stops is one option. Here’s one reason they’re so expensive: They require a custom shop that specializes in made-to-measure installation because these bump stops work best in conjunction with your existing shocks. Average price: $700.00 - $1,000.00 US (pair).
- Superbumps made by Wheeler’s Off-road
Superbumps resemble factory bump stops but are a little taller and a little softer. Unfortunately, the warranty is limited to 12 months.
- Active Off-Road Bumpstops made by Timbren
Active Off-Road Bumpstops replace your factory bump stops. They’re made of natural rubber and come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on what you drive, there is a custom kit that will fit your off-road vehicle. Reasonably-priced and easy-to-install, Active Off-road Bumpstops come with a No B.S. Lifetime Warranty.
What is an Axle-Less trailer suspension?
The story of the Axle-Less trailer suspension began 13 years ago. The US military had a problem:
Trailers that were used to pick up the injured on the battlefield had limited use. The medics needed a trailer that could go where an off-road vehicle could go.
The real problem was the straight axle. It presented all kinds of limitations. If the axle could somehow be eliminated, the trailer would navigate smoothly, without incident.
A company in Oregon contacted us back in 2010 wanting to know if we could provide a solution. After several months of phone calls and emails, we offered them an idea for their prototype:
No axle. The first of its kind!
Our friends in Oregon liked the idea but failed to win the contract. So, at the end of the day, Timbren had a really cool idea for a trailer suspension.
The birth of a new trailer suspension!
Timbren continued to develop their new, proprietary system called the Axle-Less Trailer Suspension. It caught the eye of the judges at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in 2011 and won first prize for best new product in the off-road category.
As interest in the Axle-Less Trailer Suspension increased, so did the selection of models. Before long the list of models grew to include single axle and tandem axle designs.
What is the secret sauce used in the design of the Axle-Less suspension? It’s simple:
- Steel hanger
- Aeon springs – 1 jounce and 1 rebound
- Urethane bushings
- 1 control arm
When it comes to originality and usefulness, the Axle-Less Trailer Suspension is clearly a winner. For more information on the Axle-Less trailer suspension, check out our products listed under Axle-Less Trailer Suspensions.
Why are Active Offroad Bumpstops the best choice for your truck?
If you wanna take your 4x4 off-road, make sure you get the best off-road bump stops available today. For the best performance and best price, choose an Timbren’s Active Off-Road Bumpstops. Remember: Every Active Off-Road Bumpstop comes with a No B.S. Lifetime Warranty and a 100-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.
Why is the Axle-Less trailer suspension the best choice for your trailer?
Since its award-winning debut, the Axle-Less trailer suspension has captured the attention of the off-road community. And why not? This clever design is pure genius! Interest has grown so much lately that Timbren plans to expand their operation in order to better meet the growing demand.
It’s a simple concept: No through axle.
Is that a problem? Not at all… It’s the solution!
The Axle-Less is basically five components that work together to produce what many agree to be a better off-road trailer suspension. It’s better because it allows for:
- Maximum ground clearance
- A smooth, quiet ride
- Greater control even on the roughest terrain.
Check out the Axle-Less trailer suspension. I think you’ll agree that the Axle-Less suspension is the best choice for your off-road trailer.
From off-roading in our 4Runners to towing a trailer with us on the trail we have looked no further then Timbren for both our rigs and our trailers. Active Off-Road Bumpstops on our rigs & Axle-Less Off-Road Trailer Suspension for our trailers. Ride quality, off-road capability, clearance and we could keep going. Thrilled with our Timbren products from the start! @TEAM4RUNNER
For more info, click here: How to build a better off-road trailer suspension