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Bump Stops on '96 Tahoe

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by Conlan Rose, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator 1000 Posts

    So I've been looking every where on and off for months and have yet to find new bump stops from my truck. All 4 have rotted out and now put the truck at risk of potential damage if it hits a really hard bump or reaches its max suspension travel. I have checked all over amazon, Energy Suspension, and Autoanything, but have either come up with overly expensive products that I'm not even sure will work or well nothing. Even GM doesn't have the part from what I can find. I really don't care if they are after market or factory I just want to find decent stops at a good price, less than 30 for a pair. Here are pictures of whats left of my factor ones.

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  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    Try looking at Energy Suspension and Moog, both have urethane replacements priced around $18.00 per set of 2.
  3. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator 1000 Posts

    I had checked their sites, but because they don't actually have the parts for my truck I'm not really sure what to buy and what will fit.

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    Ok Found possible front one but yet to find a rear one, to be honest I have no clue what the factory ones look like.

    Here front one: http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=9.9150
  4. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    If it fits a 1/2 t truck it fits your Tahoe.
    Even though many suspension part numbers for tahoes are different theyre interchangable with parts for on trucks.
    Many aftermarket bumpstops arent direct replacement, they require you to.drill holes and install self tapping bolts.
    But considering the condition ob fasteners and mounting point many times before replacing bumpstops thats not always a bad thing.
    I could point yours out as a prime example of this!
  5. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator 1000 Posts

    What do you mean by this? Just wondering because I don't full understand.
  6. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    Your fasteners (bolts) and the spots their bolted into, in this case with self tapping fasteners into holes in the frame, look real corroded.
    More than likely when you remove the fasteners the holes are gonna be corroded and youll probably need to drill new holes next to them to put the new fasteners in.
    I wouldnt be surprised if you have problems getting the fasteners out.
    In the past working on parts in this condition Ive either chiseled the bolts off or torched them out, the either tack the new bumpstops on with a Mig welder or drill new fastener holes.
  7. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator 1000 Posts

    Yah fasteners on this truck are not my friend.... They all are un coated with a protective material and most have rusted together. I'm wondering if I can clean up the rear bump mounts and find a way to reuse them to attach the new stop. I'm luch many parts are held on with a nut and bolt not just self tapping.
  8. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    The new bumpstops will come attached to a plate that bolts where your present plate is.
    Energy Suspension uses plates that have a corrosion coating, not a perfect coating but marginally better than factory paint.
    In this case self tappers could be your friend, if they refuse to back out smack'em with a chisel then whack the rest out of the frame with a punch, get a self tapping screw one size larger and run it in.
    Do yourself a favor and clean/coat the area under and around with paint or a coating, after bolting in the new bumpstops cover their fasteners too.
  9. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator 1000 Posts

    I'm working on it. Hard to gather up both the money and down time to prep and paint the truck. I've been looking a lot in to paints that convert the rust back in to something useful. I'm lucky that most of the rust on the truck is surface. The only penetrating rust is on the fuel shield that has really great paint that obviously never protected the metal, but the new shield is only 95.99 which is fairly cheap for a part of its size.

    Do you have any paint recommendations? If you do, can you PM them to me so not to detract the thread to much.
  10. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 1000 Posts

    What year range should be good for that Tahoe?

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