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Old 08-10-2017, 01:21 PM   #1
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More suspension travel out of nowhere, help.

Hey guys. So i was driving the other day when i start to hear something banging against my car. I stop and it turns out to be rubber cut off my tire by hitting the fender.

I try pull away thinking i hit a big bump or something and when i go over a small bump to get on the highway again my rear tires slam into my fenders and jam.

I got the car unstuck and towed it home but now even the smallest bump or uneven surface causes the rear wheels to hit the car. Its like my suspension travel doubled and the wheels have no stopping point.

I havent had the chance to tear into it yet but with a visual inspection everything checks out. My first thought was a bent spring or shocks but everything looks good so far. Ill take apart tonight to try troubleshoot. Any advice on what it could be or what to look for would be a big help!

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My first suspect would be a broken spring. It is common with the age of our cars.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:05 PM   #3
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But the thing is i just got tein lowering springs for my car and they have less than 40 driving hours on them...

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I would be under that car ASAP. Something is failing. It could be a bad spring. If so, hopefully the manufacturer will stand behind their product.

Thankfully the problem is happening in the rear.
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Alright ill check after work and report back the findings.

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It could also be a broken bolt.
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Brokenbolt where? I looked under and the control arms are fine, shocks are on and not leaking. I was baffled.

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Brokenbolt where? I looked under and the control arms are fine, shocks are on and not leaking. I was baffled.

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You are likely going to need to take a look at everything. Without seeing it, I can't be sure. I just know the common culprits.
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You are likely going to need to take a look at everything. Without seeing it, I can't be sure. I just know the common culprits.
Agree. The car is with you. You need to get under it and inspect everything.
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Took the wheels off and found nothing out of the ordinary really. The only thing I saw that was weird was an indent in the passenger shock. Could that have caused this? Here's a few pics of the underside plus a pic of what the car looked like when the wheel was stuck.

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Those look like the factory shocks. If they are, they are blown out.

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Glad to see the rear quarter is still in good shape.
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Rear quarters are bent up a bit. Will have to roll and tap them back in place. Could blown shocks do the problem im having ? I always associate blown shocks with like a really bouncy ride not extra suspension travel.

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The damping effect of the shock absorbers not only prevents the bouncing, but also limits, to a certain degree, the amount of travel that the suspension will experience under normal driving conditions.
With your wider rear tire/wheel setup, it is likely not bouncing because the quarter panels are now limiting the amount of suspension travel, whereas, if you had the stock 245's they would clear the quarters, and you would be going down the road bouncing like a lowrider.
It is fairly common for the shock absorbers and struts to need replacing immediately following the installation of lowering springs. It looks like yours were in need of replacement regardless of the springs.

Definitely not a bad idea to roll the fenders to provide more clearance, as well.
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The damping effect of the shock absorbers not only prevents the bouncing, but also limits, to a certain degree, the amount of travel that the suspension will experience under normal driving conditions.
With your wider rear tire/wheel setup, it is likely not bouncing because the quarter panels are now limiting the amount of suspension travel, whereas, if you had the stock 245's they would clear the quarters, and you would be going down the road bouncing like a lowrider.
It is fairly common for the shock absorbers and struts to need replacing immediately following the installation of lowering springs. It looks like yours were in need of replacement regardless of the springs.

Definitely not a bad idea to roll the fenders to provide more clearance, as well.
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Take the spacers off in the mean time to prevent more damage to the QP.
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Update! Renting a fender roller today to fix my fenders. Have a full set of blistens coming in the mail plus some x2 ball joints. Hoping that solves the issue haha

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How did the fender roller setup work for you? Pretty easy..? I want to roll my rear quarter fenders. I'm planning to get adjustable LCA's.
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Fender rolling was easier than I though, although a rubber mallet was equally as usefully‚Äč as the rolling tool itself haha. As for my shocks AM seems to be having difficulties with their Blisten distributor because after a week they hadn't shipped. So i got a fair discount on some koni yellows. Install this Saturday.

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