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Coilovers!!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by SocalMan22, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Apr 23, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    Well i recently got some king coilovers used and installed them with a buddy and noticed there was a clunking sound when i hit a bump, well i got sick of it and had sonny test drive the truck with me and he heard the clunk. Next day i took them off and gave them to sonny and sure enough i got a bad call i believe it was the retaining washer on the bottom was pinched inside and plastic was coming off that washer causing alot off stuff to go wrong no fluids were going through and it was on the point to hydrolocking the coilover which means real bad when driving. Sonny is going over the coilover to make sure its back in specs im just hoping nothing is bad and im going to have to put some more money into the coilover! So my advice would be before you through a coilover used get it looked at and prevent further damage and money to your pocket because this could have gotten bad in a heart beat. Dont take the guys word for it if he thought there was no damage to the coilover.
     
  2. Apr 23, 2009 at 7:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Its not a bad idea to rebuild the CO's before installing them if they are purchased used.
     
  3. Apr 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    Very true, the coilover was extended more than what it was it was suppose to be and caused all that stress. And believe me lessoned learned!!!!!
     
  4. Apr 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM
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    sucks to hear Steve, hopefully Sonny can take care of it cheap and fast.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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    hmmm reminds me, mine are due for a rebuild too
     
  6. Apr 23, 2009 at 10:22 PM
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    Yeah sonny was shocked and the guy that had them never rebuilt them
     
  7. Apr 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM
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    I dont have any problems with them yet, just lost some lift
     
  8. Apr 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM
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    And I am pretty sure the guy new there was something wrong with them before he sold them to you. Have you spoken to him about it?
     
  9. Apr 25, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    I did speak to him about the matter and says he never adjusted the coilover and never took it hard on the coilover. and never felt anything wrong with them.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2009 at 7:59 PM
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    So i dropped my coilovers off to sonny at downsouthmotorsports.com and he helped me out by rebuilding the coilover it took a 2 day turnaround one of my shocks was in bad shape with all kinds of plastic inside at one point sonny had to heat it up witha torch to get the plastic out the plastic clogged up the holes allowing the shock not to work properly so everything was cleared and sonny rebuilt it and he was actually shocked to see how bad it was inside im just glad it wasnt that bad it could have let to even a bigger matter heres some pics of what i am actually talking about.
    This is the retaining washer suppose to be one solid peace
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    this is the washer your not even suppose to see the metal lol
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    All the black rubber pieces through out the shock
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    Another pic
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  12. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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    damn... looks like they really were in bad shape... :eek:
    at least you caught it before things got worse...right?
     
  13. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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    If you guys are looking for a rebuild in your coilovers Hit up sonny at downsouth motorsports its a quick turn around he kept me informed what was going on and if i need to purchase some pieces or if there was further damage, so he is on top of things he knows what is doing especially with 20+ years under his belt, i will tell you this when he test drove the truck with the coilovers he hit in on the nose and knew exactly what was wrong and sure enough it was the picture tells the story.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    True that man definately get your stuff serviced if you feel something wrong.
     
  15. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    I dont think I have seen worse looking internals on a shock!
     
  16. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    Damnnnnnnnnnn

    Those parts look beyond toast, really can't believe the guy didn't notice problems running something so busted up.

    glad Sonny was able to fix you up
     
  17. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:15 PM
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    Told ya chris bad condition.
     
  18. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:15 PM
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    chris4x4

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    No no....The dud e that sold those KNEW there was a problem. NO WAY you can drive on those and NOT know it. And they dont self destruct like that off of a vehicle.
     
  19. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    I am a little shocked as well but hey its my fault as well i could have rebuilt them before i installed them and sonny tells me watch you will feel the difference when you ride them now.
     
  20. Apr 25, 2009 at 8:40 PM
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    Good evening everyone....

    The coilovers were in bad shape....But nothing is beyond repair..Most of the
    time, HA, HA, HA:)
    That washer you see in the picture is actually part of a vulcanized rubber top out
    bumper that goes between the seal head and the aluminum spacer before the valve stack washer.All the bleed holes in the piston were clogged with the broken pieces of
    rubber to the point where I had to heat up the piston with a map gas torch and
    push the hot rubber through the holes so the fluid would flow through it..
    All the seals were changed and of course the oil and and I had to flush out the cylinder and reservoir line with 99% alcohol and then a little bit of clean shock oil..
    It went back together a lot easier then it came apart....
    There is a little lesson here for everyone and it is about King coilover shocks...
    I will of course stand behind any King Shock....But When the crew at King
    did the R&D for the OEM coilover replacement shocks ('05-'09 Tacoma),
    Lance said that it was designed for better performance on and off road and
    they were not designed to be a lift coilover.
    They are good for about 2" to 2.5" of lift (Ride Height) change and when they get cranked to high, well as you can see in the pictures over time, they get a little hammered...
    Just a chunk of advice from an old dog (Me)...You change the oil in your car
    every 3000-5000 miles and why not change the oil and inspect your coilover shocks
    every once in awhile...Just a thought.....

    Have a Good one......
     
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