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Shocks are Shot

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by crazyasu45, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Sep 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    The protective clamp broke on my drivers side rear shock...It rained for a couple days and now it squeeks really loud...I tried a little WD40 with no luck...I think it's time to invest in some new rear shocks since I noticed they're rusted under the boot...The shocks that are on there now are Rancho RS5144...Here's the kicker...Rock Auto lists 2 different part #'s for the drivers and passenger side...I checked mine out and they're both RS5144 :eek:
     
  2. Sep 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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    There is a lot of controversy about the "correct" way to mount the rear shocks. In my experience, shaft down, no boots works out best in the long run for gas filled shocks. This does not apply to oil filled shocks like your Rancho 5000s.

    Mounting in this orientation assures that nothing (re: mud, dirt, debris) will accumulate inside the boots while you are not noticing. It also assures that there is no potential for shock body damage (dings) caused by the springs during extreme articulation.

    Some will say that the shafts are vulnerable to the random rock that might strike them when they are in this downward orientation. In my opinion, damage to the shaft from rock strike is unlikely. Certainly the small, pebble types kicked up by the front wheels will not be an issue on the 'hardened' shafts on quality shocks.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM
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    Why are there two different part #'s for the rear shocks?
     
  5. Sep 10, 2010 at 9:48 PM
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    Drivers and Passengers shocks are different lengths
     
  6. Sep 10, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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    Then a moron must have installed the rear shocks on mine because they are both the same part # :eek:
     
  7. Sep 10, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    Well thats for stock applications. I dont know about lifted...
     
  8. Sep 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    I take my last post back haha...The Rancho RS5144 say Rear Right (Passenger) w/2" in. Lift
    So I guess I'll do the same setup...
     
  9. Sep 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    So I thought the squeak was coming from the drivers side shock...but after dropping the spare tire and getting under my truck and poking around...It sounds like it's coming from the shackle...I just greased the shackle zerks a week ago...It's ludicrous how hard it is to isolate what's making the squeak...
     
  10. Sep 11, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    Our trucks have side-specific springs and shocks in the rear. The pins the shocks mount to are different distances from each other. This difference between each side does not change when you lift it; the required shock lengths just get longer.
     
  11. Sep 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM
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    Loud annoying squeak just magically went away haha :rolleyes:
     
  12. Sep 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM
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    FYI...Turned out to be the leaf springs...greased them and the loud squeak is now history...Apparently it's quite common on our trucks for the telfon pads to wear out...mine were still in good shape...
     
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