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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2002, 08:26 AM
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recently changed shocks to Bilsteins, and changed the end links to the energy suspension red poly. The car feels great, but I must have caught a mouse in there somewhere. I greased the new end link bushings before install, (used chassis grease) but not the bushing at the top of the shock. Was I supposed to? Is there a special grease for these damn things?

Any suggestions on how to get rid of this squeaking? I'm thinking about changing the end links again to the graphite impregnated ones, but obviously would rather not spend the bucks if I don't have to.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2002, 07:02 PM
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I've got Bilsteins - no grease and no squeaks. I have GM endlinks from a Camaro.
10221779 work great - inexpensive and no squeaks.

See: http://www.b-body.net/Technical/Susp...yEndlinks.html

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2002, 07:32 PM
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its the energy suspension peices...there super hard, you need to put alot of grease on them, if they still squeak im totally clueless but i belive is the Energy parts.
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2002, 09:23 PM
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A longshot maybe, but the top-of-shock bushing grommets have those tiny o.d. collars that centers and isolates the shock shaft from the mount hole. I never greased them before, but I always jostle and align the whole assembly just before snugging the nut down tight to make sure everything is seated and the shaft ain't rubbing against the side of the hole and causing chafing or any undesirable noises . . .

Is it just me or did that sound dirty?
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2002, 09:36 PM
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Best...well for the money... is REESE trailer hitch grease from the Wal-Mart. It's the type of grease that you need for those parts. It's a little different than regular chassis grease.
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-26-2002, 08:15 AM
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. ..I got that same damn squeek after I installed my front Bilsteins a couple weeks ago!!! Squeek-squeek - bugs me. Maybe I'll de-install the shocks and put some of that grease on the bushings, and then re-install...
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-26-2002, 11:16 AM
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Check the top bushings to make sure they are seated properly. And it is possible the bushings are defective....I've heard of that happening before with the Bilsteins. Call up Bilstein, and they should be able to help you on this one.
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-26-2002, 07:56 PM
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pb_foots : Martin , I have not installed my Bilsteins yet, but last year , I too had a very noticeable squeak ...
It ended up being the upper control arm bushings...
How many miles on your BeaSSt now?
Are the upper control arm bushings OK?
Good Luck, Jim...
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-27-2002, 06:32 AM
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Jim, there are 77K miles on the beasst now, and I'm sure the control arm bushingshave seen better days, but the squeak started just after I did the shocks and end links. Since the squeak doesn't seem to be related to any turning, but small bumps, I'm thinking that maybe I messed up the shock bushings somehow. I'll re install them this weekend and see if that helps. I'll contact Bilstein if that doesn't take care of it.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I appreciate it!
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-27-2002, 09:24 AM
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...maybe the 'stiffness' of the new Bilsteins vs the softness of the worn out stock shocks is transferring more energy to the control arm bushings, which on a 112K mile car, might not be up to the task any more...?!!?? [img].gif[/img]
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