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Will Installing Timbren Silent Ride Suspension Help Improve the Suspension for 7K Tandem Axles

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I have a 5th wheel with lippert 7k tandem axles and equa flex center point . I have also had the broken leaf spring problem. Do you have any experience, insight, or recommendations if these would be a good fit or not for this application? I like the design.

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The Timbren Silent Ride Suspension for Tandem Axles, # TSR14KT01, was designed to eliminate the problems that traditional leaf spring trailer suspension encounter on travel and 5th wheel trailers. (The Silent Ride system will bolt right up to the frame of your trailer and allow your tandem 7k axles to connect to the Timbren system.

The Silent Ride system uses Aeon rubber springs to supply cushion and absorption of road shock. Tension from the Aeon rubber springs, as well as absorbing shock, help hold the wheels to the ground to ensure level travel on uneven ground. The Aeon springs will provide for a smoother and quieter ride then the traditional leaf spring system.

The Aeon springs act as independent suspension on each axle. The rougher the terrain, the Timbren suspension design will allow for smoother ride that what a leaf spring suspension can on your 5th wheel trailer.

The Timbren Silent Ride system uses single pivot walking beams that allow the weight to be equally distributed between the axles. The walking beam replaces the need for leaf springs by getting ride of the equalizer and hangers. This system reduces the leaf spring pivot points to 3 points of pivot on the Timbren system. By eliminating the equalizer and hangers you reduced the chances of these parts binding up and causing damage to the leaf spring suspension.

You will have to install a 2 inch x 4 inch steel cross-member with 3/16 of an inch wall thickness between the two suspension units. The length of the cross-member will vary from trailer to trailer. Therefore, a measurement will need to be taken during installation and cross-member purchased locally.

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