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Front suspension noise - with mods & research

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by benk0, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Dec 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM
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    benk0

    benk0 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]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!
     
  2. Dec 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    have a friend stand beside your truck as you drive over cracks/manholes, my only advice :p
     
  3. Dec 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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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.
     
  4. Dec 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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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.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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    Swiss, did you run Sway-A-Way or Camburg CO's?

    How was it going about getting them rebuilt?

    Thanks!
     
  6. Dec 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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    Sounds like low nitrogen. Also check your rod end bearings. (Where the shock mounts to the lower arm.)

    -Jeff @ Camburg
     
  7. Dec 16, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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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?
     
  8. Dec 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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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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