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Old 01-22-2008
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crazy suspension squeak

So i recently got new uniballed A-Arms, coils, and shocks, and for about a week now, whenever i turn, hit a bump, or anything my suspension squeaks like a mother. i lubed up everything i could with grease, but nothing seems to be working.. I'm thinking it could be the new bushings? anyone have any ideas?
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maybe a bolt from the lifting brackets is rubbing on the driveline.
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which brackets?

i'm almost positive its something that has to do with the uniballs or the bushings, because it just sounds like it squeaks perfectly with the articulation of the suspension
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thats what mine is and my bro and i looked at it and it seems to be the bushings cause mine look shot.....im going to go see Alon tomorrow so what ever info i get i will pass on to u just remind me i may forget
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for sure, thanks bro.. it just seems odd because they are BRAND new
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oh ya that is wierd it started happening to me when i bottomed out like a mother couple weeks back **** is annoying
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hell yeah its annoying.. that, and now since its been raining my belts are squeaking.. i swear my truck is like a rolling squeak-a-thon


i just wish there was some way to lube them up
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hahaha that sucks..hey can u feel it in the steering wheel every once in awhile to?
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not since mid-travel, no.. used to ALWAYS feel it in the steering wheel.. now its just like a creak..
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o ok..hey let me ask u with that body lift can u see the frame and stuff when u look at it like the other trucks sometimes..or no
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if you're talking about the frame under the body, yeah you can see it, if you're talking about the gap between the frame and body, no you can't see it because I put in gap guards..

I think you're talking about the lower frame under the body though, and if that'ts the case, you can see it... I would compare it to the Chevy 2500. If you ever see it, look at it from the side and imagine the ranger body on it.. there you go!
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ya thats what i thought...cause im not to big afan of body lifts but they are a hell of a lot cheaper then throwing some new suspension on there and im really looking for just some clearance for tires cause im trying to pic up a 4x4 bronco for my toy
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just go for a BL... i have both a BL and a SL, and personally when you throw in some gap guards and make sure your frame is clean.. it doesn't look half bad, IMO
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move to wyoming hah

all my squeaks have gone away, and been replaced by weird *** engine noises because its so damn cold
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ya im thinking bout it espeacilly since my tires are gettin low so imma need new ones here in a bit anyway...how much did ur body lift run u?
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move to wyoming hah

all my squeaks have gone away, and been replaced by weird *** engine noises because its so damn cold
haha naw i think i will stick with my so cal weather even though i would kill for a decent snow dump on the mountains for my board
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i have same problem cause by one off roading trip in mud and rain..... happens when i turn.. its terrriblke!!!!!!!!!!!!
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alright so i went over to see Alon today and he looked it over and he says he is PRETTY SURE lol that it is the inner tie rods...so thats what the problem is for my truck hope it helps u
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really? it sounds like its a bushing for sure... hmm
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well i mean it may be differnt on urs but for mine im pretty sure it is if u hold the tie rod and bounce the front suspension u can feel it rubbing im taking it into the shop when i get a chance just to get a second opinion.......no offense there alon lol
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really? it sounds like its a bushing for sure... hmm

Mike forgot to say that his squeaking was from the sway bar bushings. We got his squeeking taken care, the popping and movement in the steering whee is from the driver side inner tie rod.

Go ahead and take it for a second opinion and let me know what they say
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I looked at it today, and sure enough it IS coming from the control arm busings. I think when I got my alignment done, they tightened up that bolt too tight..
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I looked at it today, and sure enough it IS coming from the control arm busings. I think when I got my alignment done, they tightened up that bolt too tight..
Pull off your sway bar mounts that bolt to the frame... slide them over... clean off the sway bar where the bushings go, grease (not wd40...use grease) the sway bar and slide the bushings back over. Bolt them back up and tell me if it did anything.

Also, did you grease the bushings on the upper arms when you put them in? They might be squeaking as well...but the sway bar bushings REALLY like to squeek
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It can't be the swar bar bushings, because I took my swar bars off

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on the other hand, I didn't install my UCA bushings, so they might not have been greased..
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also, did you have the weight of the truck on the arms before torqueing down the bushings or did you torque them down with the arms fully hanging? you should always have the weight of the truck on them when tightening down suspension bushings so they dont get twisted when the weight is put on. They should be torqued in their normal ride position.
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