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Old 07-12-2007
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Front suspension wont settle

Ever since I put 2" drop springs on my truck, whenever you jack the truck up and set it down, it doesn't settle back down immediatly to its normal ride height, you have to either bounce the fron end alot, or drive it awhile before it will settle. Well, yesterday, I took one of the coil springs out and cut it a little to drop it about an inch more, and put it back in and put it all back together and set the front end down, and couldn't get it to settle, it was about an 1 1/2" higher than the rear. Even after driving today, it still looks a little higher. I noticed that the upper control arms dont like to move up or down much (if any cause they are stiff) when disconnected from the spindle, so im not sure what the deal is on that. The front suspension isn't bottoming out, cause I can bounce the fron end up and down.
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it takes about a month for the front suspension to completely settle.

I dunno why urs doesnt settle to what it was before with just jacking it up because when i jacked up my truck to change the oil it would complete hang down and when i let it back down it would go back to what it was before. Thats with the 4/5 to.
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I bought the coils used.....they had been on another ranger for about 2 years, so they were already settled. I dont know why the upper control arms dont like to move......when ever I was putting the coil back in and jacked the lower control arm up to connect the spindle to the upper control arm, I had to make the lower control arm do all the moving, cause the upper wouldn't come down. To get the upper arm to move, you basically have to get a bar and prise it up or down........its pretty stiff.

I just wonder if the tabs that hold the upper control arm in place got pulled inward against the bushings on the control arm, and not allowing it to move (over tightened alignment bolts) It did it a little right after I put the drop coils in, but it didnt take long to settle (you just had to bounce it some). Seems worst after I had the alignment done, but I dont know.

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even if the coils were used before, it doesnt matter when u put them on your truck they have to go through a period of settling again.
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It has to go through a period of settling every time I jack the truck up. It only took a little bouncing and a 1 mile drive for them to settle the full 2" after installing them.
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sounds like your upper arms need to be greared a little or something. I don't know anything about it but suspension parts are suppose to move smoothly.
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this is what you need to do
loosen the upper arm to frame bushings, all 4 places, then lower the truck on the ground, now heres the tricky part, now once its on the ground you need to tighten the bolts, maybe get to them under the hood?

your upper arms may be binding due to the change in ride height, that could be the cause of your tire chopping.
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this is what you need to do
loosen the upper arm to frame bushings, all 4 places, then lower the truck on the ground, now heres the tricky part, now once its on the ground you need to tighten the bolts, maybe get to them under the hood?

your upper arms may be binding due to the change in ride height, that could be the cause of your tire chopping.
well, what about when you jack it up again? It'll probably do the same thing again. Besides, the suspension should move freely with little effort.
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the upper arm bushings do not move freely, once there tightened they become "static" and in some cases will pull the balljoints right out of there sockets (ie uppers and torsion bar crank).

your upper arms dont know you changed the ride height so there trying to push down on the spindles thus lifting it or not letting the truck settle.
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well, I jacked the truck up today and seperated the upper control arm from the spindle, and the control arm does take a good bit of effort to move it, but I dont think its the source of the problem. I put the jack under the lower control arm and jacked it up until the truck came off the jack stand, then measured the distance, then bolted the upper control arm back up to the spindle, and did the same thing again, it it measured exactly the same, so that pretty much eliminates the upper control arm as the problem. I even disconected the sway bar from both sides to eliminate that possibility. At this point, the only thing I can blame is the coils themself. What i'd like to know is when you put the stock, and djm coil side by side and measure both, the djm is only about an 1" shorter, so where does the other inch come from? crappy spring rate? I think so. Im about ready to take the factory coils and cut them down to size and use them instead.
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Just buy yourself some DJM arms, or replace the djm coils with belltechs.
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are belltech coils better? I would get djm arms, but I dont want to spend all my money on them.
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are belltech coils better? I would get djm arms, but I dont want to spend all my money on them.
they are about the same just a 3 inch drop coils vs a 2 inch drop coil that the djm is.

Id get arms if I were you, you know you want them.
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So you are positive he coils are seated correctly in the top and bottom? Have you checked the lower control arm bushings? I know the upper cam bolts should be torqued to aprox 60ft/lb and they are tough to move when that tight.

I'm putting in lift coils right now. So I have all these things fresh in my mind.
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