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Is anybody out there with TF 3.3 falcon shocks having any issues with the shocks squeaking when going over bumps in the road or offroading?
 

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Yup.
It's been mentioned by a few people now. Myself included. Took a little while to figure out it was the actual shock squeaking. Some get the squeak all the time and others like me only get it randomly every so often. I live with mine since I don't get it a lot, but I believe if you call TF they are aware that there is an issue and will send you a replacement shock if you find the offender and send it in to them.
 

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Not yet....been 2 years....
 

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Yup.
It's been mentioned by a few people now. Myself included. Took a little while to figure out it was the actual shock squeaking. Some get the squeak all the time and others like me only get it randomly every so often. I live with mine since I don't get it a lot, but I believe if you call TF they are aware that there is an issue and will send you a replacement shock if you find the offender and send it in to them.
I'm starting to believe it is the shock. IT has been going on since they were installed, every time I go over a speed bump or a bump in the road. It's beyond annoying! :atomic: What was the issue, did they ever say? I believe it is coming from the rear shocks, how can I isolate the problem? How did you figure out that it was them? I have been through several forums, mods, and fixing of minor issues to no success. Thank you for replying to this forum!
 

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I'm starting to believe it is the shock. IT has been going on since they were installed, every time I go over a speed bump or a bump in the road. It's beyond annoying! :atomic: What was the issue, did they ever say? I believe it is coming from the rear shocks, how can I isolate the problem? How did you figure out that it was them? I have been through several forums, mods, and fixing of minor issues to no success. Thank you for replying to this forum!

Yeah... I have never heard anyone complain of squeaks coming from the front.... just the rear and of course mine are no different. In my case it's the left rear.



I spent almost 2 days loosening and retightening every suspension bolt under the jeep and there was absolutely no change in pitch or severity. The only thing left to suspect was the shock.... and I never had this squeak before the shocks.


I let it go because it doesn't happen to me with every bump and I'm pretty sure it's not metal-on-metal. It sounds to me more like a rush of oil inside the shock being suddenly squeezed through a small valve and it makes what appears to be a loud squeak noise as it goes through..... kind of like the same way a balloon makes noise when you pinch the neck of it as you let the air out.


Yours on the other hand sounds a little extreme with every bump you hit. That would drive me nuts! Maybe you should contact TF and get a replacement.


All round... I love these shocks.... when they're firing on all cylinders that is, but it seems the rear shocks are the weak point in these systems.


Anyway... TF is pretty good at replacing them if you have problems. They will most likely bill you until you send the other one in however. That's the way it went for me the first time. They of course refund when they get the shock in. The last time I had issues (leaking rear shocks), I emailed Mark Burrup at TF and he got it all fixed up.


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Isolation is easy. Pull a shock and find a speedbump. Repeat until no shocks or no squeak. If you get to no shocks and have a squeak its not the shocks.
 
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I can put an end to this discussion in term of what it is. IT IS THE SHOCKS THEMSELVES>
I spoke with a rep from Teraflex after sending in a video of the noise.. He instantly knew that it was the shocks. Teraflex offers a Falcon shock that places the rear shocks upside down. He admitted that early on in production, some of the units had that exact problem. I remember talking to them earlier on and they told me there was no way it could be the shocks..... Either way, problem solved and ready for peace and QUITE.
 

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I can put an end to this discussion in term of what it is. IT IS THE SHOCKS THEMSELVES>
I spoke with a rep from Teraflex after sending in a video of the noise.. He instantly knew that it was the shocks. Teraflex offers a Falcon shock that places the rear shocks upside down. He admitted that early on in production, some of the units had that exact problem. I remember talking to them earlier on and they told me there was no way it could be the shocks..... Either way, problem solved and ready for peace and QUITE.

That's pretty interesting because I have always suspected the way the shocks were mounted to be quite the design flaw.



I had BOTH rear shocks develop leaks in less than 1000 miles. I sent them in and of course they covered it under warranty, but I asked them to get back to me as to why they started leaking in the first place and they never got back to me.


Anyway... I suggested to them back then that those rear shocks should not be mounted the way they are because the seal is too exposed. I'm pretty sure my shocks started leaking because I would blow all the collected dirt and snow off those tops and seals with the high pressure wand at the car wash and water would get into the outer seal and then freeze when the temperature went down. That was my theory anyway... and I never heard back from them on it.




So... are they now mounting them the other way or what (seal downwards)?
 

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Why don't they just put boots on the shaft. Probably been suggested many times.
 

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That's pretty interesting because I have always suspected the way the shocks were mounted to be quite the design flaw.



I had BOTH rear shocks develop leaks in less than 1000 miles. I sent them in and of course they covered it under warranty, but I asked them to get back to me as to why they started leaking in the first place and they never got back to me.


Anyway... I suggested to them back then that those rear shocks should not be mounted the way they are because the seal is too exposed. I'm pretty sure my shocks started leaking because I would blow all the collected dirt and snow off those tops and seals with the high pressure wand at the car wash and water would get into the outer seal and then freeze when the temperature went down. That was my theory anyway... and I never heard back from them on it.




So... are they now mounting them the other way or what (seal downwards)?
I can't speak to whether or not the design is a flaw. That's insane that you developed leaks... I wonder why they can't just tell you the truth and own up. I feel like customer service can improve in this area by simply owning the mistake and making it right. I think the new JL shocks are covered with some kind of sleeve now, maybe that takes care of everything, maybe not..??!!. In terms of mounting them the other way, they are the same exact shocks being replaced. The cap is in the same position as before.
 

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That's exactly what I did. I have boots on the rear now. No leakage problems to date. Still get the squeak from the left rear shock every so often though.
There should not be a squeak coming from the shock. I would send it in to get it swapped. Sucks having already done it though
 

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I had squeaks for the first 3-4 months, found out mine was the frame brackets for the arms with my ST2 kits. Also the flag washer on the the passenger side was literally rubbing on the arm. Mine occasionally still squeaks but not as bad as before, I guess I'm happier its not every bump now so I'm not as fed up.
 

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I'm sorry to revive an old thread but I too have the squeak. Teraflex sent me new rear shocks and those also squeaked. Then after showing customer service that both the front and replacement rears were making the squeak they recently sent me a whole new set that is in my garage that I haven't had time to install. But for what it's worth one of my buddies has the 3.3's and he hasn't had any problems whatsoever. For what these things cost we should not have to be putting up with this.
 

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I’ve got the 3.1’s and a squeak in the back. I’ll have to do some testing and get in touch with TF.
 

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I don't think we've ever identified exactly what it was... There was one theory that it was the oil passing through a specific sized and shaped orifice in the shock and others putting the blame on the seals.

I've had 3.1's since early on and they have never made a peep, they are great shocks.
 
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