So..long story, long? I installed a few months back my Icon Stage 3 suspension. All was well for a few weeks until I began having a squeaking, more so a creaking noise coming from the back AAL area.
I thought this noise was coming from my AAL's and a few weeks ago took the wheels off and realigned, sprayed teflon lube, etc on my leafs and bolted it all back up. I also made sure to recheck torques on everything and make sure all was tightened down including shock mount points.
Well the creaking went away for the most part, especially on the drivers side but it came back a few days later worse on the passenger side.
My thoughts were that maybe some axle wrap was causing my leafs to slightly move and squeak. Gave it a few weeks hoping it would work itself out but the noise never went away.
Now the creaking isn't constant when I drive, or at least I don't hear it. It is most prominent when first getting going after the truck has set and restarted, 5 min, 5 hours, 24hours, doesn't matter. If I come to a stop and go it creaks and you can hear it in the cab really well. ..I am now annoyed by it. Pulling away from a gas station...crreeaakk creaakk. WTH...a little noise is OK but this is loud now.
So, sometimes before I leave the house I will jump up and down in the bed of the truck to cycle the rear suspension. Creak is loud first bounce and after a few bounces goes away. But driving slow through the neighborhood you can still hear it after awhile.
Keep with me here, I finally got fed up again and with some free time decided to take apart and lube the right rear leafs with some light grease at the sides of the leaf guides and on the wear pads thinking this is where the noise was coming from (didn't want to use grease this time but I was going on my last resort to find a cure). Got it all back together and started jacking the pumpkin back up only to hear the creaking. F***!!
After a little trial and error trying to find the source (seems to echo in wheel well and moving back to jack and back to wheel well, anyway...) I pinpointed the noise to the shock bushings at top of rear shock. Moved the shock by hand when loosened and not under load and was able to slightly reproduce the creaking that way.
So, how can I fix this? I didn't want to grease the rubber bushings fearing that might make it worse. I have the shock nut tightened down as much as I can get it without having to put a wrench on the shock tube as well. I have it down damn tight too, BUT the bushings still squeak.
Should I get new bushings? Loosen the nut up? How tight should the top shock nut be? Just enough to stay on or good and super snug?
Here are photos of my drivers side (not squeaking) and passenger side shocks (driving me nuts)
Driver Side Rear
Passenger Side Rear (Creaking/Squeaking Side)
I know nothing to me from the photos says much but maybe it will. Without pictures worthless right? Anyway...are my shock nuts too tight?
Thoughts? Icon chime in?