Bushtracker suspension

Submitted: Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:55
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Hi All
Just back from a run from Ingham Qld across to Daly River Nt and back to Newcastle.
Travelled most of the Savannah Way both bitumen and gravel.
Just picked up the 2011 BT on the way and could hear the suspension squeak on delivery of van but after reading BT forum seemed to indicate after a run on some rough road would work itself in, but on return to Newcastle still have the same squeak.
Can anyone suggest a good Simplicity agent down this way that could check and fix this problem, or do i need to look at replacing suspension with something better like air suspension should make BT happy

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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:36

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:36
I have heard quite a few of thoes suspensions squeak as they go slow over bumps. Could have a bit to do with dust around the components etc. Still get it checked out though.

By the way how was the fishing in the Daly, I am thinking of heading up there next year for the run off.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:03

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:03
Thanks Tony.
Fishing was good as long as you have Cherabin for Barr.
also if your game night fishing with noisy lures up from Sinclairs fishing park was going off.

Hope you have a good trip weather is very hot

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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:03

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:03
Hi Al,
We have been travelling in our BT full time since purchased new in 2005. This is pretty normal and tends to come and go a bit - indicative of a little dust working in between the leaves of the spring pack. Nothing to worry about IMHO.

I think someone sprayed their spring pack with a penetrating oil and wrapped them in canvas. Total waste of time and has the potential to collect dust and crap IMHO.

Just let her squeak - you will only hear it a very low speed. Posting on the Bushtracker forum or the Bushtracker Owners Group will get you informed information from either the factory or the many experienced owners

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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:05

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 08:05
Thanks John

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:14

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:14
I agree, but it settles the mind
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Reply By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 09:02

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 09:02
LS,
A friend of ours had a BT with air suspension, and was doing the Tanami Track in 2008, due to corrugations, and a sharp corner the van flipped, resultant damage something like $60,000.
He informed me that BT would never fit air suspension to another van.
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Follow Up By: R Send - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 09:46

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 09:46
Baz, Interesting comment as BT are currently developing/testing an air suspension set-up for thier vans!
http://www.bushtrackerforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2919&highlight=suspension
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Follow Up By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 12:29

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 12:29
That looks completely different to the set up that was in the one i was talking about, probably why they are doing a lot of developing/testing.
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 15:13

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 15:13
Different van but in the Gall boys dvds their suspension squeeks too.
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Reply By: jdbb - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 17:14

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 17:14
We had Simplicity Suspension in our last van and we had a squeak - embarrassingly so on some occassions.

When I was under the van one day my wife walked into the van and I heard a squeak - it came from inside the drum brakes. I found that by chocking both wheels to prevent any movement stopped the noise. It might be worthwhile getting under and checking for the source.

I googled the question and found this on another forum http://rvsupertramp.com.au/legacy_forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2264&title=suspension-squeaks :

After speaking directly to Simplicity in Melbourne, they suggested the following

They are aware that some of there suspensions are making this noise,they say this is caused by the block above the centre spring bolt. It does not happen to all, but it does to some!

They suggested jacking up Van to take the load off the spring, and lubericate with WD-40 or silicone spray .

Done this and so far has seemed to work.


And another fix on the same thread was to use strips of teflon between the leaf ends.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:17

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:17
Graphite spray/powder, does not attract dust
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Reply By: Legendts - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 20:25

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 20:25
I had the same with mine about four years ago. Jacked it up sprayed with silicone and never heard a sound from it since and it does not attract dust from my observation. I did do it twice within a week and took it for a run after doing it both times.
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