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Carli 2.5 Leveling kit

So I installed a Carli 2.5 leveling kit, now everytime I hit a bump the front end creaks/squeaks.

Everything is installed right, could just need to break in?

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I would repost in the suspension forum...Look for the Official Carli Thread....

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I would repost in the suspension forum...Look for the Official Carli Thread....

or pm OCVeloMan (?) he seems to be on top of everything.

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or pm OCVeloMan (?) he seems to be on top of everything.
X2 on ocv......but I'm thinking its the track bar end!

Ps...how's the ride? Which kit did you go with?
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X2 on ocv......but I'm thinking its the track bar end!

Ps...how's the ride? Which kit did you go with?
The ride is great, I wish it lifted it more but oh well. Also install went perfect, very nice kit. WIsh I would figure out this noise...

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That's great! I'd say wd-40 the spring insolators (rubber between coil and bucket up top) and also the bottom bucket also.
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So I installed a Carli 2.5 leveling kit, now everytime I hit a bump the front end creaks/squeaks.

Everything is installed right, could just need to break in?
A creak/squeak could be one of several things pertaining to installation. The track bar will usually not squeak but ensure it's properly torqued on both ends, as is the frame bracket. Double check to ensure there is NO play in your track bar ball joint. Another few things to check, Ensure the coils are properly indexed in the coil seats and the isolators are straight and properly seated.

Many people fail to reset the bushings during installation as well; tis can also cause a squeak. The frame end of the radius arm has a vulcanized bushing. When a leveling system is installed, the bushing is 2" into down-travel bind at ride height. Make sure to loosen the bolt on the frame side bushing to allow the bushing to "unwind" which will set the new center of travel for this bushing. This will ensure the bushing operates as designed throughout up/down travel.

If you're still having issues after all this, know that steering linkage and ball joints are also prone to squeaking. Further, it could be something as simple as the 5100 seals settling/mating to the shock shaft. The shafts are damp from assembly but as the shocks cycle they break in and become less noisy. PM me if you have any issues!
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A creak/squeak could be one of several things pertaining to installation. The track bar will usually not squeak but ensure it's properly torqued on both ends, as is the frame bracket. Double check to ensure there is NO play in your track bar ball joint. Another few things to check, Ensure the coils are properly indexed in the coil seats and the isolators are straight and properly seated.

Many people fail to reset the bushings during installation as well; tis can also cause a squeak. The frame end of the radius arm has a vulcanized bushing. When a leveling system is installed, the bushing is 2" into down-travel bind at ride height. Make sure to loosen the bolt on the frame side bushing to allow the bushing to "unwind" which will set the new center of travel for this bushing. This will ensure the bushing operates as designed throughout up/down travel.

If you're still having issues after all this, know that steering linkage and ball joints are also prone to squeaking. Further, it could be something as simple as the 5100 seals settling/mating to the shock shaft. The shafts are damp from assembly but as the shocks cycle they break in and become less noisy. PM me if you have any issues!
Sorry I just saw this after I just sent you a email.

Are the coil isolators at the top of the coils? I do believe the coils are properly indexed as I made sure of that when they were installed.

Is there any way to show me a picture of the radius arm bushing I need to loosen? I dont know what you are speaking of.

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Is there any way to show me a picture of the radius arm bushing I need to loosen? I dont know what you are speaking of.
Dan is talkign about the main bolt on each side where the radius arm bolts to the frame bracket.



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Yes I figured that out. So I just need to loosen and re tighten? Or do I need to compress the suspension a little bit? I guess I could just jump up and down own my big ranch hand bumper..

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