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noisy front end

this may have been covered before but couldnt find anything. i have a 04 4x4 5 spd and my front end sounds really "loose" when off roading or on a bumpy road. also when i go over a speed bump and my suspension droops theres a thud noise like parts are hitting or something.

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is that life with our trucks being loud in the suspension or are thing wore out? what could i do to "tighten" the front end up?

what is that noise when my suspension droops all the way and can it be addressed to stop it
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It almost sounds like your hitting the bump stops but that should not happen unless you REALLY hit a bump! When was the last time your shocks were replaced?
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^^^^ it's not when my suspension compresses its when the front tires drop quickly. Like if I hit a wide speed bump and on the back side of the bump when my truck is going up still while my tires nd suspension are dropping.
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sounds like the shocks are soaking the compression but not controlling rebound. basically the front end goes back down faster than normal. the shocks are not controlling and making it a smooth return
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that could be... i know they are due for replacement. i was thinking its the shock hitting its extension limit cuz its happens more offten since i cranked my tbars.
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yes and over extending them will damage the internals. causing the rebound
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Yup i bet its your shocks. mine did that till last week when i bought longer front shocks. rides great now with maxed torsion bars and flipped sway bar

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same with mine.thats why im so sure of the culprit lol
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What shocks did you buy?
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rancho rs5000 to match rears but they're 2" longer than stock
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i had another new in box set of stock shocks in my garage. my buddy bought them for his truck, didnt install them because he was going to do a superlift and his truck got stolen. so im running those until i buy rears, then i will do all four
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Yup i bet its your shocks. mine did that till last week when i bought longer front shocks. rides great now with maxed torsion bars and flipped sway bar
right on thanks!!! what you mean flipped sway bar???

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same with mine.thats why im so sure of the culprit lol
right on ill have to try it.... new ones are due all the way around....\


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Any ideas on what may be causing my front end to sound loose or kinda sloppy up front?? or is that just a ranger? and this is different sounds from the above discussion
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right on thanks!!! what you mean flipped sway bar???


Any ideas on what may be causing my front end to sound loose or kinda sloppy up front?? or is that just a ranger? and this is different sounds from the above discussion
one of my endlinks snapped because the angles on my LCAs are altered from the cranked tbars. simply take the swabar out, flip it upside down, and bolt it back together and you're good to go. (Courtesy of Toreador4x4)

for the other stuff, check your ball joints.

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one of my endlinks snapped because the angles on my LCAs are altered from the cranked tbars. simply take the swabar out, flip it upside down, and bolt it back together and you're good to go. (Courtesy of Toreador4x4)

for the other stuff, check your ball joints.
what does that do flipping your sway bar? lol
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[QUOTE=04_xlt_4.0_4x4;2024015]what does that do flipping your sway bar? lol[/QUOT
keeps the mounting location the same but moves the ends closer to the control arm so its not always trying to pull the sway bar off the truck
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This pic should explain it after you look at your own sway bar

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yea i got ya now thats pretty interesting... imma get new shocks here soon and see how that does then start looking at ball joints and stuff to try and tighten up the front
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jack your truck up and use a big bar to try and move the tire up/down. you will feel it if the ball joints are bad. also i would check the rubber bushings in the control arms, i would put money on it that they are shot
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