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Hey,
When I go over a speed bump or pull out of my drive way the front end will bounce once or twice. The bouncing isn't the issue. Its the squeaking that happens during the bounce. I can hear it in the cab and it sounds like its coming from the front suspension. Sounds like my old spring mattress when my girlie would come over for a 'visit'. I have tried jumping up/down on the bumper to try to reproduce it, but can't. I guess my fat azz can't get the suspension to travel far enough or something. I've checked the shocks and they appear to be fine. No leaks etc and only have about 20k miles on them.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance...
 

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The Anti-RUB
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Sounds like your sway bar bushings need a little lubing.
Thats what I was thinking too. But how do I lube them? There isn't a zerk fitting or anything like that that I can see to get the lube in there. They are the stock bushings, btw.
 
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Remove the 2 bolts on each of the bushings and the sway bar will swing down. Remove the metal cup that's over the bushings and use some spray white grease lube between the bushing and sway bar. Replave the metal cup and bolt everything back in place.
 

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Remove the 2 bolts on each of the bushings and the sway bar will swing down. Remove the metal cup that's over the bushings and use some spray white grease lube between the bushing and sway bar. Replave the metal cup and bolt everything back in place.
I'm assuming air tools are required, or a nice breaker bar. Correct? Is there any tension on the sway bar? Should I worry about it springing down suddenly? Should it be done with the truck on jack stands or on the ground? Where can I find a replacement metal cup? I assume you are talking about the metal plate thingy that wraps around the rubber bushing and is what the bolts go through to attach it to the truck. Correct?

I did a little searching and was thinking I might as well upgrade to poly-bushings. Any recommendations? I checked out Energy Suspension and eShocks, but they don't have anything for '03 D's. Only up to '01. Are there any other alternatives? Do I need to remove the sway bar to install new bushings? It looks like the old bushing will just pop off and I can slide a new set on via a separation in the bushing, correct?

Thanks for the help...
 
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I'm assuming air tools are required, or a nice breaker bar. Correct? Is there any tension on the sway bar? Should I worry about it springing down suddenly? Should it be done with the truck on jack stands or on the ground? Where can I find a replacement metal cup? I assume you are talking about the metal plate thingy that wraps around the rubber bushing and is what the bolts go through to attach it to the truck. Correct?

I did a little searching and was thinking I might as well upgrade to poly-bushings. Any recommendations? I checked out Energy Suspension and eShocks, but they don't have anything for '03 D's. Only up to '01. Are there any other alternatives? Do I need to remove the sway bar to install new bushings? It looks like the old bushing will just pop off and I can slide a new set on via a separation in the bushing, correct?

Thanks for the help...
Just need basic hand tools, socket and ratchet. There's no pressure on the sway and once the 4 bolts are removed it just swings down. If you want to completely remove it, remove the nuts on top of the end links and lift it off the link.

If you're going to replace the bushings, then yes remove the sway bar to make it a lot easier to work on. Once the metal cap is off, the bushing just open up and slid off the bar.
 

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I just hosed mine down with some teflon spray I found at lowes, and havn't had and more squeaks for the past few months. didn't haveto unbolt anything, just spray around the bushings and it works it's way in.
 

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i would go through and lube everything with a grease fitting, to begin with. my 98 2wd would do that squeaking every few months. i just get under there and shoot everything with a few squirts of grease and it went away every time. i had moog parts under there, tho, so i dont know what your grease fitting situation is like.
 
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