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    Re: Squeaky Van. Shocks? Springs?

    Since my 86 has over 230k miles on stock bushings, control arms, and ball joints, I figured the front suspension was due for some rework. When I weighed my options, I decided to just replace everything. I went to rockauto.com and purchased all 4 control arms (uppers & lowers) for ~$300 (reference: Moog #RK621261, RK621260, RK641388, & RK641387). This way I won't need to mess with pressing bushings. The uppers already have ball joints too, so it's pretty much unbolt the old and bolt on the new. Until I get around to it I'll just put-up with the squeeky squawky front suspension. Tim

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    Re: Squeaky Van. Shocks? Springs?

    Quote Originally Posted by timsrv View Post
    Since my 86 has over 230k miles on stock bushings, control arms, and ball joints, I figured the front suspension was due for some rework. When I weighed my options, I decided to just replace everything. I went to rockauto.com and purchased all 4 control arms (uppers & lowers) for ~$300 (reference: Moog #RK621261, RK621260, RK641388, & RK641387). This way I won't need to mess with pressing bushings. The uppers already have ball joints too, so it's pretty much unbolt the old and bolt on the new. Until I get around to it I'll just put-up with the squeeky squawky front suspension. Tim

    Any luck getting these parts installed? I am looking at doing the same, but was wondering how hard it was do this project? Any special tools required?

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    Re: Squeaky Van. Shocks? Springs?

    No, I'm still listening to the "squeaky squawky" front suspension. One of these days . Other than a pickle fork you shouldn't need any special tools. You will likely need to pull the radiator so you can get the upper A-arm bolts. After it's done you'll need an alignment. Tim

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    Re: Squeaky Van. Shocks? Springs?

    You know what seems to quiet my van down, as counter intuitive as it seems? Loading it to the brim with camping gear. For some reason the extra weight just puts a damper on the noises. I just did a 3-day 500+ mile trip fully loaded and it was a joy to drive. Ran great, no issues.

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    Re: Squeaking suspension - where to start?

    Hey Tim:

    I am having the same issue with squeaks with my rubber bushings. They are tight just dried out.
    I had a local guy tell me to saturate the rubber with AT 205 rubber sealant. He said it is used to penetrate the rubber and swell the rubber. He said it would last a long time and will not collect dirt and rejects water.
    You hear anything about that?

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    Re: Squeaking suspension - where to start?

    I know there are things that will make rubber swell-up. They do that by chemically attacking the rubber. It is actually making it weaker, but if it's contained (as it is inside the bushings) it might be okay. If the rubber is already worn out, then I guess you don't have much to lose. I'm sure there's varying degrees you can affect the rubber and some products that offer this might be more acceptable then others. I'm not a chemist, so I don't know what you can expect from that particular product. If you use it, please let us know your results. Tim

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    Re: Squeaking suspension - where to start?

    regarding stabilizer bar bushings---you can get great Rock Auto deals on bushings and end links......pay attention to 2WD vs. 4WD ...additionally, use cooking oil in the bushings not motor oil ... the fit should be nice and snug, and, when the frame bushings are worn out, ... it can be a source of "clunking".Name:  IMG_6445.JPG
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