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Old 03-04-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Noise from passenger side after lift

Dear All,

I have originally contacted teraflex to get an advice on my lift kit based on my driving habits (fast driving, desert). They have recommended teraflex 2.5 and elka in addition to front speed bumps as we tend to hit dune really hard to climb.

Well, i have installed the kit and the shocks (as per instructions moved the back sway bar links to the front and installed the ones they came with the kit in the back)

Immediate observations that the coils looked short and loose (they wiggle when i attempt to move them and not tight and fixed). So i was worried however teraflex assured me this is normal . Well to me it looked totally unsafe so i have installed almost 2 inch of coil spacers a friend gave me to make it tight and not move around loosely.

Now i have 3 issues:


1- It seems that my shaft is touching the exhaust and now i need exhaust spacer kit (solved)

2- There is a clunk noise when driving over small bumps from the right side. I am not sure if i need to change the sway bar links in the front now that i went way over 2.5 (it seems that TF is selling sway bar links for 3-5 inch). I read that the sway bar should be parallel to the ground and it seems like it is!

3- When the car is lifted at the auto shop and tires are full flexed, i notice the following:


- Back coil springs look loose and about to fall out (it would have been without the spacer)

- Front right shocks (where i also hear the clunk) seems to be touching the frame body unlike the left side where i have few inches of space

- In one of the images IMG_4706 .. it seems the "thing" is touching at full flex. Not sure what this is called


I hope some one can take the time to look over this post and images and provide some feedback.

Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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So your running a total of 4.5 inches of lift with stock control arms and stock trackbars?

The reason your swaybar is hitting the frame is because you lifted it 4.5 inches without doing any thing to correct geometry.
Remove the 2" spacers and this will help. Or get an adjustable trackbar.
Are your shocks you just bought long enough for 4.5 inches of lift?

I would just remove the 2" spacers and then run it the way Teraflex intended you to run it.
At full droop the springs can feel a little loose. If it worries you or it is really bad you can always add upper spring retainers along with your lowers you already have. This will keep the springs seated.
If your axles are still not centered and your shocks and swaybar are making contact on the passenger side you will still need an adjustable trackbar.

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So your running a total of 4.5 inches of lift with stock control arms and stock trackbars?
Yes


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Remove the 2" spacers and this will help.
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Are your shocks you just bought long enough for 4.5 inches of lift?
If i do this then the springs are too loose. The Elka Shocks provide 2.5-4 inch of lift.

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At full droop the springs can feel a little loose. If it worries you or it is really bad you can always add upper spring retainers along with your lowers you already have. This will keep the springs seated. If your axles are still not centered and your shocks and swaybar are making contact on the passenger side you will still need an adjustable trackbar.
Excellent suggestions. Thank you so much for your help.
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Do you think i still need to install longer sway bar links in the front rather than the one i used? It seems from the pics that it is parallel so i am not sure if i need. it.

Or is it a thumb rule that i should replace them if i go over 2.5 . Thanks
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You need a Front/Rear adj. track bar to center your axles to help avoid rubbing suspension components. As well take roscoj advice get the coil spacers out b/c with 4.5" of lift you need to look at Lower Front Control arms to get your caster back as well add spring retainer clips.
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Do you think i still need to install longer sway bar links in the front rather than the one i used? It seems from the pics that it is parallel so i am not sure if i need. it. Or is it a thumb rule that i should replace them if i go over 2.5 . Thanks
Your sway bar end links are fine. You just want your sway bar close to level at ride hight. Best at +or- 5* I like to have it angled up slightly closer to +5*.

I'd really like to see some more pictures of the rear at ride hight. pinion angle, springs, swaybar. Ect.

Are you only running the spacers in the rear or the front also?
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:18 PM   #7
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Just want to report back that I took the spacers out and the car now is sitting properly. No noise and rides well.

I also want to add that when I initially installed teraflex 2.5 with elka ... the springs were loose and moved around which promoted me to install the spacers. Now surprisingly after removing them, the springs now tight and nice. Not sure why. If this was the case when I first installed them, I would have never installed the spacers.


THANK YOU ALL

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