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Shocks replaced but lots of squeaking

I just replaced my shocks about two months ago. I'm hearing a lot of squeaking in the rear when I hit bumps and when I bounce the bed. It's getting annoying but I'm not sure where to look or what to grease up. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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What shocks did you put in? Is everything tight?
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I put in monroe sensa-trac. I check and all is tight. There is a lot of dirt from going off road/hunting and I've never really cleaned under it except a quick spray to get the big clumps of mud off. Here is a link to it.

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I had those too and they did the same. I think it is because they are a weight bearing shock and without enough weight them move all around. Its pretty normal.
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I'm thinking about getting a bunch of sandbags to haul around. Gonna need something once it gets cold here.
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It could be your leaf springs. My old truck did the same thing. I just sprayed them with WD40 and then hosed it off. lasts for about a month of no squeaking. didnt cost anything and it worked so win win lol

they have rubber pads on the ends of them which wear out/crack over time out in the elements
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So doesnt sound like anything will need to be replaced at least.
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check the sway bar bushings..
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check the sway bar bushings..
Here is a noob question...I was able to get a copy of the ford shop manual off ebay. After looking through it, I think I found the bushings, but they are listing it as rear stabilizer bar to axle retainer and rear stabilizer bar assembly. Is this the same? Thanks!
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What about the bushing, do they need some grease ?
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I'm not sure. Work and rain/snow have kept me from getting under and looking around. I'm hoping thats all it is.
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What about the bushing, do they need some grease ?
Depending on what the bushings are made of (urethane or just rubber), lithium grease would quiet them down.
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Did you tighten the shock nuts and bolts with the weight of the truck on them? If it was off of the ground, it can cause a bind on the lower shock bushings.

Just like tightening the leaf spring shackle and front hanger bolts when the rear tires are off of the ground... it will cause squeaking. A lot of squeaking.

Also... anti-seize. That stuff is awesome. Assemble, (or just loosen bolts/nuts if the new shocks are already installed) lower the truck, tighten bolts/nuts. Should not be a single squeak after that.
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Did you tighten the shock nuts and bolts with the weight of the truck on them? If it was off of the ground, it can cause a bind on the lower shock bushings.

Just like tightening the leaf spring shackle and front hanger bolts when the rear tires are off of the ground... it will cause squeaking. A lot of squeaking.

Also... anti-seize. That stuff is awesome. Assemble, (or just loosen bolts/nuts if the new shocks are already installed) lower the truck, tighten bolts/nuts. Should not be a single squeak after that.
I had to tighten them when I lowered the truck. Took a few attempts to get everything lined up though.
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