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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:14 PM
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I rarely head out off road anymore but I went out with a group of people here in Florida recently. I've got Rancho 9000XLs gas charged. The rear shocks now squeak a bit when I hit bumps in the road or rock the truck by pulling on the roll cage.

We were in typical Florida- sandy and muddy terrain. I'm wondering if sand/mud got into the shocks themselves. If this is the culprit is there anything I can do? It's not that bad to be honest but if you have any remedies I'm all ears.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:17 PM
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Are you sure it's not the shock bushings? There shoudl be no way to get sand in the Shock.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:25 PM
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Are you sure it's not the shock bushings? There shoudl be no way to get sand in the Shock.
Good to hear and that's what I would hope! I don't know for sure. It's hard to rock the truck and jump under quickly. The wife is watching bad reality TV now so convincing her to rock the truck in the garage might be a challenge. Heh heh. I'll definitely check the bushings though - thanks for the suggestion.

I was thinking plunging into a mud pit might have caused it.... and the truck was so pretty and clean before that moment....
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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Do they make less noise after you play in the water? Grease the bushings up with some silicone grease I'll bet you'll be fine.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:29 PM
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I was thinking plunging into a mud pit might have caused it.... and the truck was so pretty and clean before that moment....
Nice pic! that looks like fun!
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Old January 20th, 2010, 10:40 PM
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I was having similar problems, squeaking and clanking from the rear. It ended up being the bushings, they had totally degraded to the point that they looked like they had melted away. Once new bushings were in, the problem was solved.
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The problem is rancho shocks are garbage
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Are there shocks that I can addjust up and down like my friends LX460? That would be very cool!
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I was having similar problems, squeaking and clanking from the rear. It ended up being the bushings, they had totally degraded to the point that they looked like they had melted away. Once new bushings were in, the problem was solved.
That could very well be it. The bushings on the shocks themselves may not be the culprits - could be other bushings that took a beating from the quick run off-road. I'll play grease monkey this weekend and see what happens.

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Nice pic! that looks like fun!
It was - it had been a long time since I've been out with my previous D90. The previous owner of this truck never took it into a puddle. The engine was sparkly clean. When I opened the bonnet after that run it looked like someone poured cookie batter all over the engine. Alas! Good thing is now I don't have to worry about it. Problem solved.
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