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clunking and jolting

okay, I'm having some serious issues with my truck's suspension. I had a mid-travel kit put on from a fab shop in San Diego last Christmas, and everything was fine until one day the bolt that went through the uni-ball snapped and I was in the suspension shop. They re-did the whole front suspension and came to the conclusion that it was faulty geometry and high levels of stress on the bolt itself that caused it to fail.

So, they fixed it, and I left. Ever since then, when I go over a bump, it makes a REALLY LOUD "clank" and jolts my entire truck. Not right.. I installed longer shocks thinking my OEM Bilsteins might be too short... not it.

I'm going to take it to the guys on Monday, but until then, do you guys have any suggestions as to what may be going on?

I know it's really hard to tell without either seeing it or hearing it, but any suggestions would be really helpful!
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do you have bump stops and limit straps?
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yeah, i do.... however, My limit straps aren't taught when the suspension is at full droop.. it would need another .5 inches to be taught.. so maybe thats the problem
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Without knowing your suspension setup it would be hard to determine whats going on. If your limit straps don't limit the droop then there is obviously some metal to metal contact going on. If you have a way to cycle the suspension yourself, that would be a start. If the company that made you the kit will do it for free, just go that root and have them check it out.
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What does "going over a bump" mean exactly...like a dune huck at high speed or regular city driving (pothole/curb/speed bump) at any speed?
Make sure all of the bolts holding the upper and lower a-arms are tight, as well as the shock attachment bolts (which are probably tight since you said you just replaced shocks).
Is it on just one side of the truck or both?
Make sure your wheel bearing is bolted up to the spindle tight.
Maybe a problem similar to before, where a weak bolt was used and the bolt and/or uniball is worn, thus allowing space in the uniball for the bolt to jerk around.
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found out what it was!
my upper arms were hitting the frame rail about .5" from the bottom, so i just took a handy air cut off and grinded the shiz out of the bottom edge of the frame, i notched about an inch out of it, so now the limit straps catch and everything works out fine!
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pics please
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