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Timbren Vehicle Suspension for the Mercury Mountaineer, 1997

Timbren Vehicle Suspension

(5 reviews)

Code:   TGMFK10



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Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System - Mercury Mountaineer, 1997

Timbren's Suspension Enhancement System has hollow rubber springs that absorb the brunt of the force on both the front and rear of the Mercury Mountaineer, helping to reduce sag and sway ensuring better handling, better traction and a smoother ride.


  • Improves suspension and handling
    • Prevents body roll with improved weight distribution
    • Stabilizes the front or rear of the Mercury Mountaineer for better handling of heavy loads
  • Adjusts progressively to the road and the load so you always have a smooth, comfortable ride
    • Provides additional support as needed
      • Allows the spring ample movement while at the same time providing cushioning for light loads
      • Increases stability and great performance while cornering, swerving or hauling large loads
  • Takes the brunt of bumps and rough roads
    • Extends the life of your Mercury Mountaineer's suspension
      • Designed to work with a suspension system that is in good working order
  • Requires no air hoses, compressors or manual adjustments


  • Includes 2 Aeon hollow rubber springs, Mercury Mountaineer-specific brackets and hardware for simple installation
    • Replaces axle bump stops on frame
    • No drilling required
  • Capacity: 2,000 lbs
    • Do not exceed the Mercury Mountaineer's weight-carrying capacity
  • Designed to work with a suspension system that is in good working order
  • Limited lifetime warranty - satisfaction guarantee

Although image shows effects of sag on a rear axle under a heavy load, similar improvements will be made when the Timbren SES is installed on a front end.

The resistance from Timbren's Suspension Enhancement System works with the Mercury Mountaineer's factory suspension to keep the Mercury Mountaineer level, thereby improving your driving performance. When a truck bed is loaded, the rear of the Mercury Mountaineer will sag under the load, and the front will sag under the burden of heavy equipment such as a snow plow. In this case, the axle is handling not only the weight of the load, but more of the Mercury Mountaineer's weight as well. Because less weight is on the opposite axle, those tires are making significantly less contact with the road meaning there is less traction and therefore a decrease in overall control, handling and stopping.

Install diagrams of Timbren hollow rubber springs

The Timbren system has a Mercury Mountaineer-specific bracket that will be bolted onto each frame rail above the front axle. Hollow rubber springs are bolted to the bottom of the bracket, hanging down so that the bottom of the spring is touches the axle. Because the spring is already making contact, it is working at once to cushion and support the Mercury Mountaineer's existing suspension.

Animation of a standard Timbren rubber spring

Timbren Suspension Enhancement Systems are designed to work progressively. When the hollow rubber springs are compressed, the convoluted design causes them to quickly collapse along the folds. Once the folds are compacted, the stacked barrel shape provides increased resistance, stiffening the suspension and keeping the Mercury Mountaineer level.

Timbren suspension system works to prevent body roll

Each hollow rubber spring works independently to support the driver's or passenger's side of the Mercury Mountaineer. This is helpful when you swerve or make sharp turns. Each spring is activated when it is needed, so body roll is greatly reduced. The independent action also works well when hauling off-center loads.

A snowplow mounted to the front of the truck will require extra suspension support for the front axle.

Timbren's Suspension Enhancement System will raise the front of the end of the Mercury Mountaineer when heavy equipment, such as a plow, is attached. Headlight beams will be pointed in the right direction and tire wear will be reduced. If the plow is off center or has an extension, the hollow rubber springs will automatically compensate for this as well.

An empty truck on a bumpy road without Timbren

Another great feature of the rubber construction is that the springs absorb most of the road shock, creating a smoother, more stable ride overall. Wear and tear on the factory suspension is also lessened as the rubber springs work to prevent bottoming out on rough roads.

Compared to the competition:

Timbren's suspension enhancement systems are much easier to install than air springs - no air hoses are needed to be run, no compressors or gauges to hook up, and no manual adjustments necessary. The rubber construction causes Timbren's springs to be more elastic than similar products constructed of micro-cellular urethane. More elasticity allows for a more comfortable ride because the rubber has more travel.

GMFK10 - Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System with Aeon Hollow Rubber Springs by Timbren

Video of Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System

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Video install timbren suspension 2001 ford explorer tgmfk10
Timbren Front or Rear Suspension System Installation - 2001 Ford Explorer

Video Transcript for Timbren Front or Rear Suspension System Installation - 2001 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2001 Ford Explorer well be installing the Timbering Suspension Enhancement System part number TGMFK10. First, well need to go ahead and raise the vehicle and remove the manufacturer bump stop. To do this well remove the nut off the top of the bump stop stud. First, well go ahead and spray down the fastener with some spray lubricant. This will assist us in removing it because over time its gonna build up rust, dust, dirt, and debris. Quick tech tip, it may be necessary to go ahead and put a block of wood in between the axel and the bump stop so that it holds it in position.

Youll notice theres a small nipple in the top of the bump stop that goes into the frame to stop it from spinning. Now well go ahead and put our block of wood in place and were ready to go ahead and start removing the fastener. Now, with the fastener removed well go ahead and remove the block of wood and our bump stop and here you can see the nipple that protrudes into the frame. Were ready to install the new Ion rubber spring. Before we put it in place lets go ahead and assemble it.

As the spring is already assembled well need to assemble the hardware and top plate. Weve got the new bolt thats provided with our install kit. Well go through the center of the ion spring, through the ion spring washer, and up through the top of the ion spring. After the bolt passes through the spring, well install the top plate provided with our install kit. Now were ready to go ahead and install it into the frame.

Once in the frame well install a flat washer and lock nut to secure it. Next, we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now with everything tightened down well go ahead and repeat the same process on the drivers side. And with both ion springs installed that will complete the installation of our Timbren Suspension Enhancement System part number TGMFK10 on our 2001 Ford Explorer.

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Customer Reviews

Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System - TGMFK10

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

Timbren's Suspension Enhancement System has hollow rubber springs that absorb the brunt of the force on both the front and rear of the vehicle, helping to reduce sag and sway ensuring better handling, better traction and a smoother ride.


by: Terry in Ellijay10/24/2012

Easy install, great service. 58062


by: EN11/25/2014

Review from a similar Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System

The package arrived in only a few days, sooner than I had expected. I was impressed with Etrailer, the vendor. Opening the brown shipping box however, I was somewhat set off by seeing the Timbren SES box taped up like it went through WW3. It looked like a box that someone had opened once before and someone made an attempt to reseal it with another yard of tape. Opening the SES box confirmed my suspicions that someone had indeed attempted to install these once before and returned them as the 1 paragraph's directions were covered with greasy fingerprints . The parts looked OK so rather than wait for a second pair I just installed them. I have to say that the Timbren supplied written directions left a lot to be desired. I consider myself an above average home mechanic and I had difficulty understanding how to dissassemble the Jeeps front suspension. At the price I paid for these devices, Timbren should at least have made a better effort to create clearer directions. There was no directions on how to get the old bumpers off their perches (they are pressed in . They will only come out using some heat and a lever) , nor how to get the old cups off their perchs (there is one bolts holding each one into the perch, but bolts were so rusty I had to torch them off. I doubt the average Joe would have the knwledge, tools and determination to ge the old ones off). Don't try to do this job without using spring compressors to get the springs out. You'll never do it ! I had to google Timbren installation instructions on the internet to get peoples installation tricks off of a Jeep site. The customer who had this box before me likely gave up due to the complexity of the removal of the old units and likely sent these back to Etrailer (not Etrailer's fault). 162442


by: Eric W12/17/2014

Review from a similar Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System

Timbren SES heavy duty jounce bumpers dramatically improved the ride of my Chevy 2500HD and it drops only a very small amount when I hoist the plow. Less than 1/2" dropbin ride height with the plow raised. Yet the riee is not harsh. Excellent product, wish I knew about it years ago. 165956


by: Robert F09/10/2013

Review from a similar Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System

I like that when I put my plow on the truck the timbren with stands the load and handles great thanks 99190


by: Tony S12/12/2014

Review from a similar Timbren Front or Rear Suspension Enhancement System

should have bought this a long time ago really help me great 165401


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