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Old 01-08-2013, 01:59 PM
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Vehicle: 2005 RAM 1500 Quad Cab 4x4
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Default torsion bar lift .... now I have a clunk

I cranked my torsion bars to give a 1.75" lift.
I installed Bilstein 5100 24-185776 non adjustable front shocks (these things are soooo much longer than the stock shock, yet they claim to apply to 0" - 2" lift).

I now have a hard clunk in the driver's side front suspension, which I can feel in my butt and in my feet, when riding over a speed bump or a moderate dip in the road. Sounds and feels like something is banging against the frame.

I installed new sway bar bushings (old one were dead) to fix the clunk, which seemed to tone it way down for a few weeks.
Now that it is frigid outside, the clunk has gotten worse.

Do I need to install adjustable end links to accommodate the longer travel of the new shocks?
Maybe I have a dead shock?
Or a worn end link?
OR ... is this something I need to look into?
Use on trucks with up to 2.5-inches of suspension lift.
Compression bump stop on chassis may need to be modified to prevent damage to the shock absorber. This is standard when placing longer shocks in the stock location.
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