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Front Suspension Constantly Hitting The Bump Stops

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by zomg, May 12, 2011.

  1. May 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    zomg

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    Hello all,
    This morning I locked my steering wheel as far to the left as possible because of an odd parking space. I noticed that my front suspension appears to be hitting the bump stops very often. I have a totally stock SR5 suspension & only drive on the street, for now. 90% of the streets in New Orleans are positively 3rd world, but it seems to me that the bump stops are getting much more of a workout than they should. Is it normal for the front suspension to have such a limited amount of travel? The front end does not seem to be sagging any. Is there anything I can do to remedy this? The only lift I have planned is the 5100s set at 2.5 with a 2" rear AAL.
    Thanks for the help.

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  2. May 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    Since your truck isn't sagging, shocks blown?
     
  3. May 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    I don't see how they could be blown. I just broke 20,000 miles on them. They don't appear to be leaking, but I haven't really checked them up close.
     
  4. May 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    it just seems weird for street driving to bottom out. You have bilsteins up front?
     
  5. May 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Nope, the stock black ones. Tokico makes them I think.
     
  6. May 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    sometimes factory shocks are junk. yeah get the 5100s up front. you'll be very satisfied with them.
     
  7. May 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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    So, I am not crazy. In your opinion, the only reason that the bump stops should be contacting the lower A arm would be if I was off road on a regular basis?
     
  8. May 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    yeah you should never hit the bumps on a road unless you his like a railroad crossing and jump it or something
     
  9. May 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    OK, so if I add the 5100s & increase them to either 1.75" or 2.5" will that translate into more inches between the A arm & the bump stop? Also, if I set the 5100s to 1.75", but want to change them to 2.5" after I get the rear AAL are they adjustable without removing them?
     
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    OK, thanks for the help, everyone.
     
  11. Mar 29, 2015 at 11:28 AM
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    Sorry to bring up old threads but I'm having this same problem. I have a pro comp 6" and it comes with bump stop drop brackets and it seems to be hitting every time I hit a small crack in the road. I even proved it by putting chalk on it and I could see it was hitting... I'm not sure what to do to solve this
     
  12. Mar 29, 2015 at 5:18 PM
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    The bump stops are designed to prevent your suspension from bottoming out.

    Sounds like your extensions maybe too tall, if your bottoming out from a crack in the road.
    How much distance do you have between your extended bump stops and the frame?

    You may have to cycle your front suspension with a floor jack, and check if the extensions are the correct length (stopping travel before your suspension bottoms out).
     
  13. Mar 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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    there is about around 1/2 inch between the bump stop and the LCA at its closest point.
    Explain what you mean cycle my front suspension with a floor jack? Not quite sure what id do there Lol. I know it should stop before it bottoms out but you would think the suspension would travel more than 1/2 inch before bottoming out right?
     
  14. Mar 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM
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    I can easily fit 2 fingers between the bump stops and the LCA.

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    1/2 inch of clearance doesn't seem like very much...
     
  15. Mar 30, 2015 at 3:07 PM
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    cguernsey7,
    Just shot some video of my front suspension...even going onto a curb around town.
    Pretty boring stuff, but never saw any bump stop LCA contact.

    When I talked about cycling your front suspension, I was reffering to placing a floor jack securely under one of your LCAs and start lifting.

    If your correct, your bump-stops are going to contact the LCA pretty quickly.
     
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