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Rough Country spring flex when steering?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    For those of you with Rough Country lifts, I have a question...

    I have the 4" lift with the new steering arm. Had it on for several months now. When I am at low speed (barely moving) or stopped and I turn the wheel (like backing out of driveway or stuff like that), I am getting a creaking sound coming from the steering area. I had my gf turn the wheel back and forth with it on the ground while I was looking at the components. It appears as though the spring is flexing some side-to-side as the steering arm is moving the wheel/tie rod. The creaking sound I am hearing is the spring itself.

    Does anyone else have this problem? Should I just get out the cheater bar and crank down on thos u-bolts a little more? My steering box also leaks and has sprayed a nice little coating of PS fluid on the spring. Could this be aggravating the problem by basically "lubing" the leafs?

    Thoughts anyone?

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  2. muddin4fun

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    the actual spring is flexing or is the whole spring moving on the perch?


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  3. txbartman

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    Its actually flexing the spring side to side. It isn't moving fron to back on the perch. That was the first thing I checked as I have had that kind of movement before. Could this maybe just be the leaf packs breaking in some more?

    Brian
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  4. DuneRunner

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    My suggestion is to torck them to spec. I know for a fact that the rear are 150ft pounds. But can't recall what the front is.

    Good luck
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  5. muddin4fun

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    Weird.
    I'll have to watch mine. I've got the same lift so I'll see if mine does this. I haven't noticed any creaking up there.
    I know when I turn the wheels, the corners of the truck will go up or down depending on which way I turn them. Maybe that's the flex you're seeing? I dunno!
    I'd be good just to go over those bolts anyway. I do with every oil change just as maintence.
    Do you have the sway bar on or the correction kit for it?

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  6. txbartman

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    Yeah mine lifts and lowers some based on which way I am turning. I do have the swaybar correction/disconnect kit. I am going to re-torq the suckers tonight and see what that does. I believe the torq spec is 120.

    Brian
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    Im running a superlift6" spring up front and mine does the same thing.Alot of guys here have had that problem and it is even worse if your trying to scale rocks so they all have installed panhard bars from the frame to the axle from the drivers side to the pass side.This all but eliminates the side ways flex and increases youe effective steering radius by transfering the flex into side to side movement of the tie rod.I have got my tubing and rod ends to make mine but ive been to lazy to fabricate the brackets yet.Hope this helps.
     
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    I have that same lift, and have noticed no problems, but do not have the sway bar corectional kit yet. I am planning it for the furture.
    Ike

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    I checked mine out this morning and I'm not seeing what you're describing. Can you make a digital movie of it?

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    mine's doing this what did you end up doing?
     
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    I haven't done anything yet. This weekend, I will have an extra set of hands and eyes. I plan to get in closer to see exactly whats going on. I will let you know.

    Brian
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