GU Suspension Noise

Submitted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:12
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Evening All,

I have a 2005 GU 3.0ltr Patrol with OME suspension that has been on the vehicle for about 4 months now. Recently I have been hearing a 'clunking' noise coming from the front left hand wheel. It is particularly evident when going over speed humps. I have skirted around speed humps so that the left front wheel does not go over the hump and no noise is made, if I place the vehicle so that only the left front wheel goes over, there is a noticeable clunk. Myself and the mechanic have been all over the front end to try and find the source but to no avail, there is no sign of anything being out of place and the noise is starting to drive me crazy. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

TJ
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:22

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:22
This has been reported elsewhere, if I remember correctly, the sharp edge of the OME spring end can cut through the plastic spacer. From memory most people pull it apart and grind off sharp edge and all is fine.

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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:30

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:30
Hi TJ

I would quickly check your shock mounts and also make sure the springs are in their seats properly, but I am sure you have checked these, so no idea sorry mate

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Reply By: howie - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:40

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 20:40
same happened to mine years ago (same wheel/same setup), took it back to arb,they fitted or renewed a spacer, all good then
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Reply By: Kenell - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 21:52

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 21:52
TJ

Well that is interesting. I have a 2002 GU with OME also. Same problem - front left wheel clunks over speed humps. I called the people who installed it and they told me it would be the rubber at the top of the spring. If I was to install Nisan genuine replacement it would cost me $70 from memory but they said some after market option was available much cheaper. I haven't worried but it does give me the irrates from time to time. They said there is no warranty on it as it isnt their product at fault - it is a Nissan part that is prone to wear. Now that you have made this comment I will get under and jack it up for a better look. Seems coincidental that it is the LH front. Perhaps we can compare notes next week.

Ken
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:28

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:28
I reported similar noise problems in a previous post. It was the sharp end of the OME coil that caused the problem. You should have a 24 month warranty with the OME. I suggest you take it back to the installer. It is easily fixed. Mine also required tightening after a decent trip on gibbers (warranty job too).

Kings
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Follow Up By: TJ Hach (VIC) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:32

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:32
I will be paying another visit to the installer tomorrow after the feedback received. I'll let you know the outcome.

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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:49

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 23:49
Hi TJ,
That's fairly common with any aftermarket springs, spray a bit of WD40/CRC type stuff around the base of the spring and a bit around the top in case it has worn through the rubber, and you will find the noise goes away.

Avagoodn
Pezza
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Follow Up By: drifta - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 00:06

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 00:06
Mine had the same problem I also sprayed a little bit of crc around the base and no more noise.
Drifta
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Follow Up By: TJ Hach (VIC) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:46

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:46
Pezza.....thanks. The CRC did the trick, no more noise and my sanity has returned.

TJ
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 04:23

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 04:23
I had something very similar in my truck and it was the shock that was loose. The rubber was worn down
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Reply By: Redeye - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 07:37

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 07:37
had the same problem. Had to replace the spring spacer.
It is a great opportunity to get 30mm lift by putting in a larger spacer. You will also have a quieter ride with less road noise through the suspension.

Redeye
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