Last week we posted part 1 of a four-part series: 10 things to look for in a helper spring. Over the next few weeks, we’ll suggest 10 things to look for in a helper spring, comparing 3 popular products:  Add a leaf, Air ride and Timbren SES. Simple If you plan to do-it-yourself, you’re going […]


Remember the days when a truck was a truck? It worked like a truck. It rode like a truck. You could throw a load of firewood on the back of a pickup knowing that the vehicle would stay level and remain stable. Not so today. Even though they’re advertised as “tough” and “durable,” today’s late […]

Rubber Lining: What you didn’t know about Timbren Industries

Does Timbren Industries lead the field in rubber spring technology? We think so. Fifty years’ experience in rubber moulding has earned them admiration and respect in the industry. However, you probably didn’t know this: About ten years ago, Timbren bought McWade Rubber in Oshawa. Soon after, they began manufacturing rubber-lined products. Interested in learning about rubber […]

Timbren’s Top 10 Answers to FAQ

SOMETIMES I PUT A LOT OF WEIGHT IN THE BACK OF MY PICKUP.  SHOULD I GET THE “SEVERE SERVICE” KIT OR JUST THE REGULAR ONE? In order to answer the above question, let’s talk about “severe service” kits for a moment. Let’s be honest. The Customer Service Team at Timbren gets calls from customers all […]

Axle-Less: Blueprint for a better suspension

“Necessity is the mother of invention” –  Plato The Problem The story of the Axle-Less trailer suspension began 7 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 […]

Preparing for an overland adventure: The absolute essentials

Preparing for an overland adventure? If it’s your first time heading into the bush – a few hundred yards or a few hundred miles –  you must remember certain essential things: 1.  Choose the appropriate 4WD vehicle Many of today’s 4x4s can’t handle true off-road activities. For serious off-road adventures, you need a modified 4×4 […]

One thing that always brings success – Part 3

In case you hadn’t heard… Timbren Industries just celebrated their 50th year in business. Yep.  And you may be wondering… “What’s the secret for their longevity?” The ‘secret’ is called Commitment. Just a few weeks ago, we were looking at Timbren’s commitment to a better product.  Over the years, their commitment showed leadership in rubber spring technology. […]

Timbren’s Top 10 Answers to FAQ

THE CAPACITY RATING OF THE SES KIT SEEMS AWFULLY HIGH. I AM SURE THAT I DON’T NEED THAT MUCH CAPACITY FOR MY VEHICLE.  WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? The other question you seem to be asking is “Will this ruin the ride?” In order to answer that question, you need to understand something about Aeon® hollow […]

Timbren’s Top 10 Answers to FAQ

THE RUBBER SPRING IS TOUCHING THE AXLE ALL THE TIME. WILL THAT HURT THE AXLE? Not at all. In order to understand why, let’s take a look at the average straight axle and leaf spring set up. The weight of the vehicle contacts the axle at two points under the leaf springs – one point […]

The most misunderstood part of your vehicle

Picture in your mind an automobile. Now, what pops into your mind right away? Isn’t it the body? Or maybe the colour, or the chrome. What about the length… Yes? After that, we think about the interior, the upholstery and maybe even the all-important engine compartment. Hardly anyone would visualize a differential or a leaf […]