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Old 12-14-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Front suspension noise - with mods & research

Hello all.

A vague question, but we're stumped over here so...

I've been experiencing a *clunk* in my driver's side front suspension.

It occurs at slow to slower speeds when going over small cracks/manhole covers/road imperfections. Never when starting or stopping. Never at higher speeds, even on terrain. The truck is setup with Sway-A-Way 2.5 coilovers, LR UCAs, Dakar rear leaf packs and 5100 shocks. There is an ARB bumper and Asfir skid as well. Everything's been checked from bushings to bolts and in-between at Sierra Expeditions.

Any other ideas on what to look at? Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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have a friend stand beside your truck as you drive over cracks/manholes, my only advice
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Do your CO's need rebuild? Could be low on oil, have a loose/bad joint, etc. If everything else feels tight I'd look at that. How many miles, use, leaks, etc. Had similar issues. Phantom clunk/click when going over a dip and suspension unloaded slightly.
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Both suggestions are in the right direction for sure! One more thing to add... the noise becomes much more apparent as the temperature drops.
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Swiss, did you run Sway-A-Way or Camburg CO's?

How was it going about getting them rebuilt?

Thanks!
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Sounds like low nitrogen. Also check your rod end bearings. (Where the shock mounts to the lower arm.)

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Thanks Jeff! The CO's have been on the truck for about 1.5 years now. No issues... dampening and travel are great. How ofter should the nitrogen levels be checked?
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@ Jeff/OnePremier : totally right. I had the SAW COs topped off at 200 and the clunk is gone and whoa... what a difference in ride quality. Can't wait to go wheeling on them!
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