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Blown Shock?

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by TRPLXL2, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Well I finally got my S-10 fixed and running now, for the last month it has been driving excellent! :party:
    But it seems that a black cloud is following me around still, I am getting a loud clunking sound from the back of the truck. It is doing it every time I hit any size bump in the road, or when I make a fast turn and the truck shifts onto one side or the other. PLEASE tell me that a bad shock makes a clunking noise, I hope to hell it isn't the rear end again! I have had 3 rear ends put in this truck and it only has 54,000 miles on it, these are also the original factory shocks all the way around.

    I have 4 brand new Edelbrock IAS shocks for it that I bought about 3 years ago, because I got them for $50 each at Summit Racing's clearance sale. Problem is I don't feel like going out in the cold to change them, and no one will install them because I didn't buy them from them. NTB, Goodyear shop, and a few other places.

    Will it do more damage if I just keep driving it on a badly worn or broken shock, there is no visible broken shock mounts or broken welds. Although I am carrying 400lbs. of sand in it right now, no I can't take the sand out because the truck is 2wd. and is horrible in snow with no weight in the bed. Thanks for any suggestions of what to look for. :sign0017::sign0017::sign0017:
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Check the spare tire and make sure it's up tight against the frame.
    I once chased a thumping noise for three months only to find the tire winch wasnt holding the tire tight enough.
  3. Stealth

    Stealth Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    bring it to utah i will put on the shocks for you.
  4. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    If you dont want to go to have Stealth install them ( cold in Utah ) come down to southern alabama ( a nice 64 degrees today) and I will install for you, no charge-really!:gasp:
  5. vncj96

    vncj96 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    If the shock was blown you would feel it more on big bumps as it would allow the axle to bounce up and down very dramatcilly after you went over the bump, the spare tire is a good idea though!!
  6. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Yeah the spare tire thing is a good idea, I never thought to check that. I couldn't check it today because we had 60 mph winds, and It was raining sideways all day! Nice Christmas hugh? I wish you guys were closer I would bring it over, I just hate to sit outside under the truck and do that when it is cold and nasty outside. I realize it's only like two bolts for each one, BUT the underside of my truck is extremely rusty to the point of 9 winters worth of harsh roads. Lot's of PB Blaster in my future I can see, thanks again! :shocked:
  7. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    if you are gonna change them pbblast the hell out of em for a week. then do them. check all of the bolts in the shocks, springs, and exhaust as well. you may have a broken exhaust hangar or something. a blown shock shouldnt make any noise, just be bouncy.
  8. seffieldvillage@aol.com

    seffieldvillage@aol.com Rockstar 100 Posts

    bring it over. i will do it for you. iam only 20 miles from you. 30 pbrs will do the job. ralph
  9. Stealth

    Stealth Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    hey pete95sierra, i m going to try that with my exhaust, i have stripped one bolt already trying to free it from its rusty home, or is it the other way around? whatever, good tip man
  10. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    WELL TIM WAS RIGHT! I CRAWLED UP UNDER THE TRUCK TODAY, AND WHEN I REACHED UP TO PUSH ON THE TIRE IT WOBBLED TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT. BUT THIS ALSO UNFOLDED ANOTHER PROBLEM THAT WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SUMMER TIME, I WENT TO TIGHTEN THE WING NUT UNDER THE TIRE AND IT SNAPPED OFF FLUSH WITH THE TIRE. SO NOW WE WILL HAVE TO GET THE TORCHES OUT NEXT SUMMER AND GET IT DOWN, I AM NOT GOING TO SPEND ALL OF THAT MONEY ON A NEW ASSEMBLY FOR UP UNDER THERE. I FOUND A KIT AT JC WHITNEY THAT RELOCATES THE SPARE INTO THE BED, IT'S LIKE WHEN THEY HAD THE OLD STEP SIDE TRUCKS WITH THE TIRES HOOKED TO THE SIDE OF THE BED EXCEPT MINE WILL BE INSIDE THE BED.

    THANKS AGAIN TIM, I AM SO GLAD IT WASN'T SOMETHING MAJOR OR EXPENSIVE!! :great:

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