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Old 05-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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snittybuilt rear bumper rattle trap

I didn't install and I'm really tired of this thing rattling all the time. I put a plastic piece in the "square" where it latches. Didn't help. It's that stupid golden latch. It has room inside its housing to move aroundso if I hit ANY bump

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Old 05-22-2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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I didn't install and I'm really tired of this thing rattling all the time. I put a plastic piece in the "square" where it latches. Didn't help. It's that stupid golden latch. It has room inside its housing to move aroundso if I hit ANY bump
Oops got an itchy trigger finger hit send to early...anyway if I hit any bump it rattles and on these off road trails that are inner city Houston streets there are plenty of bumps. Has anybody dealt with this/ have any ideas. I'm going crazy. And I don't need the don't by smittybuilt products response. Any kind of help is appreciated.

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Old 05-23-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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I'm guessing you made sure the hinge side is good and tight and greased?

If the rattle is at the locking pin, you might try this, in the area the pin seats in to, try filling it with silicone, let it dry and cure fully and then carefully drill a hole for the pin being careful not to dislodge the silicone, or, you could, if you don't mind it looking oddly, try using a thick almost a weather stripping tape on the pin itself.

The tape would be a temp fix compared to the silicone, but faster / easier.

Hope that gives you at least a starting point for ideas. Good luck and let us know how you fix it and don't forget the pics.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:08 AM   #4
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I bolted an angle where the wedge was on the tire carrier, welded, drilled and tapped a block on the bumper. Bought a stainless 5/16 x 18 hand knob….. and no more rattle.

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Mine developed a rattle after years of no rattle, so I bought and installed this, no rattles at all now and extra security on keeping it closed.










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Old 05-23-2012, 07:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the ideas guys! This has been driving my husband and I nuts as well! We were going to try plasti-dip on the pin but I love the knob idea. Where did you get it at? Home Depot or something?
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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I Like that latch. Very nice.

I bought the knob at McMaster-Carr Supply Item# 4384K51

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I Like that latch. Very nice.

I bought the knob at McMaster-Carr Supply Item# 4384K51

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Thanks, got it off Amazon for $40.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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Mine developed a rattle after years of no rattle, so I bought and installed this, no rattles at all now and extra security on keeping it closed.









Maybe im missing something but how would that latch keep the existing latch from rattling around?
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Maybe im missing something but how would that latch keep the existing latch from rattling around?
Without that latch, the swing as enough movement for the factory latch to vibrate against the square hole, which is were the rattle comes from. The latch I installed stops any movement in the swing, which equals no rattles.
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Without that latch, the swing as enough movement for the factory latch to vibrate against the square hole, which is were the rattle comes from. The latch I installed stops any movement in the swing, which equals no rattles.
Same here. My latch wasn't making the noise. It was the carrier against the bumper.

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Old 05-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #12
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I called smittybilt and they say we recommend putting silicone onto the square while the latch is in there. How would YOU(yes, any of you) go about doing that?
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I zip tied a piece of foam on the metal part of the bumper and where the metal part of the tire carrier contact is. Black zip tie, grey foam, no rattle. May sound ghetto but its unseen and free.
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Do you have a picture. I'm not exactly sure where you are talking about. I like easy and cheap.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #15
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Do you mean where that plastic bump stop type thing is? How thick is the foam?
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:03 PM   #16
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What I did was I took the pin that is used to pick up the latch off. That pin if I rember is a 8mm thread I got a 8mm bolt nut and washer ran the nut all the way up the threads and welded it to the nut. That gave it a shoulder then I used another bolt to make a T handle. So when you tighten the bolt it pulls the latching pin and it stop all the noise. Sorry the pic is not that good buts it's all I have.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Last night I took the easy out. I just took the latch out and sprayed it down with bed liner. Actually seems to have gotten rid of most of the rattle. Also added washers inbetween the plastic wedge piece next the latch so the the carrier is tight with bumper.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #18
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I spoke to soon. Will be looking for new solutions this weekend after my CFA exam.

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