In Search of the Ultimate Helper Spring – Part 2

Last week we looked at the most popular helper spring.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll suggest 10 things to look for in a helper spring, and compare the above mentioned products in order to illustrate each point.


Who needs the hassle of trying to install something that’s complicated? No one! Therefore, you’re going to want a helper spring that’s simple and easy to assemble, right?

  • Add a leaf systems are usually a bolt-on design. Some kits include as little as 2 leaf springs, and 2 center pins. Others have 4 leaf springs and a series of U-bolts and related hardware. Fairly simple and straight-forward.
  • Air ride suspensions are more complicated. Included are air bags, brackets for mounting to frame and axle, pipes, hoses, compressors, special fittings, shims, hardware, etc.
  • Timbren SES are designed with the DIY person in mind. The average kit has about 6 parts.

Easy to install

Ease of installation is measured by the length of time required to assemble a helper spring. So, if the product has fewer components, the installation is going to be much easier.

  • Add a leaf systems typically take approximately 2 hours to install.
  • Air ride suspensions take a professional about 3 – 4 hours to install.
  • Timbren SES kits can take between 30 – 60 minutes.

Low cost  

You usually get what you pay for.  On the other hand, sometimes you’re just paying for more bells and whistles.  Let’s compare cost:

  • Add a leaf systems run between $100.00 – $300.00 US over the counter.
  • Air ride suspensions cost (on the average) run between $350.00 – $400.00 US retail.
  • Timbren SES kits retail at about $215.00 US for a half-ton pickup truck.

Before you purchase a helper spring for your truck suspension, make sure that it’s fairly simple, easy to install and comparatively low cost.

Next week:  < href="">What to look for in a helper spring – Part 3