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I've had my Fabtech 6" installed for about 3 months now, and I'm getting a squeek from the front somewhere. I'm having a hard time isolating the noise, and it only occurs (I think) at low speeds with minimal wheel travel. Any ideas...
 

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i really dont know fabtech products that well but if it has replacement arms, it might be the bolt/nut that holds them to your frame. i run a camburg lt kit, and i had a lot of squeking and that was because i tightened it way too tight. when you loosen your bolt DO NOT loosen it too much. also, lubicant spray on bushings could also solve the problem.
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Mine does that also. I took it back to the place that installed it. They tightened up a nut on top of the front shocks and sprayed lube on them. It stoped it.
 

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Gamblur said:
Mine does that also. I took it back to the place that installed it. They tightened up a nut on top of the front shocks and sprayed lube on them. It stoped it.
I did that once and it helped for a while, and then it started again. Now that doesn't work anymore....
 

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I've had my Fabtech 6" installed for about 3 months now, and I'm getting a squeek from the front somewhere. I'm having a hard time isolating the noise, and it only occurs (I think) at low speeds with minimal wheel travel. Any ideas...

what about the swaybar bushings? Mine hasnt started squeaking yet though.
 

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joeylead said:
what about the swaybar bushings? Mine hasnt started squeaking yet though.
Or the rack bushing?
If you said it quit after spraying the spring isolator, but won't stop now, maybe that rubber isolator is bad now. just a thought.
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If it has urethane bushings it will squeak... period.

The only fix is temporary, disassemble, clean, regrease with waterproof marine grease, and reinstall. Repeat process every 6 mos. Installing zerk fittings helps alleviate some of the hassle as well if possible.
 

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Change out your struts to a better quality strut or get a set of coilovers. I had the same problem until I changed over to a set of 10" bilstein coilovers, 12" hypercoil springs, allpro 2" spacer, allpro shock perch, and new hardware. With the coilovers I have been able to raise the front by one more inch and a much better ride in the front.
 

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Change out your struts to a better quality strut or get a set of coilovers. I had the same problem until I changed over to a set of 10" bilstein coilovers, 12" hypercoil springs, allpro 2" spacer, allpro shock perch, and new hardware. With the coilovers I have been able to raise the front by one more inch and a much better ride in the front.

do you have any pics of this setup? My crap had been clunking for a long time now, its not the rack bushings, swaybar, or support bars, and it only really occurs during hard breaking or when the truck is put into drive, foot on the brake pedal, and the tranny kicks in. But, I am looking for a better front setup anyway, so if it is the struts, I want them to be replaced.
 

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Hmmm, I have the same exact problem. Mine only does it at about 5-10 mph, or on a bumpy road. When moving slow, the mud rovers punch up on the truck.

Maybe I'll try the UCS bushings.

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I'll get some pictures together, a detailed parts list, and send them to you.

The coilover set up only stopped the squeak that the strut was making. I also have a clunking noise that starts around 5 mph up to 20 mph. At high speeds it becomes a load roar. It only happens when I am in drive and put on the gas. The noise stops when I am braking or coasting. While I changed the gears to 4.88's I replaced the wheel bearings, bearing seals, and cv's. None of these changes stopped the clunking noise. Before the noise started I changed the rack bushings to poly and removed the sway bar.
 

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I'll get some pictures together, a detailed parts list, and send them to you.

The coilover set up only stopped the squeak that the strut was making. I also have a clunking noise that starts around 5 mph up to 20 mph. At high speeds it becomes a load roar. It only happens when I am in drive and put on the gas. The noise stops when I am braking or coasting. While I changed the gears to 4.88's I replaced the wheel bearings, bearing seals, and cv's. None of these changes stopped the clunking noise. Before the noise started I changed the rack bushings to poly and removed the sway bar.

wow, we are in a similar boat, I have been having this clunking noise since soon after the lift was installed. When I did the lift I installed all new balljoints, new outer TRE's, bearings etc... gears were done with full master install kits, rack and swaybar bushings replaced. The only original stuff are the control arm bushings (dont know how to check them anyway). I am wondering of it could be the inner TRE's or the rack itself.
 

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joeylead said:
wow, we are in a similar boat, I have been having this clunking noise since soon after the lift was installed. When I did the lift I installed all new balljoints, new outer TRE's, bearings etc... gears were done with full master install kits, rack and swaybar bushings replaced. The only original stuff are the control arm bushings (dont know how to check them anyway). I am wondering of it could be the inner TRE's or the rack itself.
Yeah, we are very similar, but there are more of us with the same problem. I am going to try a few things with the brakes over the weekend. I want to put the truck on jack stands, have someone running the throttle, and listen to the hubs. Then I want to take the calipers off and see if the problem is still there. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.
 

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blackhawk223 said:
If it has urethane bushings it will squeak... period.

The only fix is temporary, disassemble, clean, regrease with waterproof marine grease, and reinstall. Repeat process every 6 mos. Installing zerk fittings helps alleviate some of the hassle as well if possible.
AMEN to the above. I've had my Fabtech for a couple of years now, the squeaks kinda' bothered me at first, then I searched and read up about "squeaks". You've got "mega", moving parts, IT'S GOING TO SQUEAK!!! I don't even notice it any more.
Wheel on!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>:driving:
 
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