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Squeaky Front Suspension and Time for New Shocks

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by mltitlntd, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. mltitlntd

    mltitlntd [OP] Active Member

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    I know there are a lot of posts on this subject, but every case is different , right?

    I drive an all-stock 1999 Tacoma Extended Cab, 3.4L 4WD SR5 (NOT TRD) with Auto Tranny that I purchased in 2004 with about 90K miles on it. The truck has 164K miles on it now, and it is possible that the shocks are the originals. Lately, I have noticed my front suspension is squeaking a lot when I drive on New Orleans' bumpy streets. I have not been able to tell exactly where the squeaking is coming from, but it sounds metallic.

    It is time (maybe WAY PAST time) to renew the shocks, and I am wondering a couple of things:

    1. Will swapping out the front shocks get rid of the squeaking?
    2. What shocks should I install to replace the current ones?

    As I said, the truck is totally stock. The rear shocks even have the Toyota label on them, though it is possible they were changed by the dealer before I bought the truck. I rarely take the truck off road, though I hunt and occasionally travel on very poor roads. I also rarely buy the most expensive in things like shocks; a "middle of the road" selection is usually alright with me.

    I am looking at the KYB gas-a-justs or monomax's for the 4WD (NOT TRD). Can anyone tell me the difference between these shocks? Is it the valving? Does KYB make decent shocks? Another thread I read recommended Doetsch-Tech 8000's for the rear.

    I do not want to change the lift of the truck, and I do not want the ride to be "stiff". I pull a 19' bayboat, and I may end up selling the Taco and move up to a slightly heavier 1st gen Tundra or 2nd Gen Taco, so that's another reason not to spend a bunch.

    Thanks for reading, and any input greatly appreciated!
     
  2. skytower

    skytower Well-Known Member

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    Push down hard on the front and back of the truck. If the truck doesn't stop bouncing within a second or 3, you need shocks. If the shocks are leaking or are very rusty, it's time to replace them.
    Factory, munroe, billsteins are fine for replacements.
     
  3. mltitlntd

    mltitlntd [OP] Active Member

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    Thanks Sky. I appreciate the suggestion
     
  4. tex41

    tex41 Well-Known Member

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    Nice work Sky, that helped me out a lot too. My front end feels kinda stiff, and is not smooth after going over speed bumps / dips in the road. The shocks were replaced recently, but the ride still feels kinda stiff. I'll give the "shock test" a try when I get home. :thumbsup: Thanks!
     
  5. mltitlntd

    mltitlntd [OP] Active Member

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    I wanted to let y'all know it was the old shocks themselves that were squeaking. I bought a new set and installed them. This stopped the squeaking.
     
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