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    i love a nice rack Drizzoh's Avatar
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    Default Signs that your shocks/struts are going out?

    Sup guys! Been a while since I had a suspension question, but I'm looking for some information regarding shocks/struts and what happens when they go bad/getting ready to blow.

    Car Info:
    2005 Mazda6s Sedan - 64K Miles

    Suspension Setup:
    OEM Shocks/Struts (original)
    Mazdaspeed Hatch Springs (been installed for ~14K miles)
    Front and Rear RB Sway Bars
    Front and Rear AWR Endlinks
    Megan Racing H-Brace
    Street Unit Rear Floor Bar
    Freedom Design Upper Strut Bar

    I am a spirited driver :]

    Issue:
    Lately when I go over a steep driveway (spider crawl because I'm lowered) I can hear some metallic popping/tinging/rattling in the rear passenger side suspension area. One of my friends said that he experienced similar symptoms when his shocks went out. I've already removed everything from my trunk, checked the rear deck, endlinks and body bracing and they're all torqued to spec, only thing I can think of is that the shocks are on their way out/already gone. I've also noticed a rougher ride after the front sway bar installation, but not up front, the uncomfortableness comes from the rear of the chassis. Is it possible that with the addition of the front sway it caused too much pressure on the rear shocks and could have led to the demise of them?

    If what I'm experiencing is not a bad shock, any ideas as to what it could be?

    And, just an FYI, if I do end up needing new shocks/struts, I'll be going with Bilsteins.

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    are you getting a floating feel while driving?

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    Go to the corner you're feeling the problem and push down on the car. When you let go, does it spring back up and stop, or does it bounce for a while?

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    Palmz - No...the car is hecka planted. Driving on flat surfaces is smooth, just hear noise when going over steep driveways.

    Dell - Oops I forgot to mention that I tired the 'bounce method' and that corner reacts the same as the other 3. Very stiff. Comes back right away and doesn't flop around. It feels like it should.
    Last edited by Drizzoh; February 15th, 2010 at 11:28 AM.

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    check the rear end link bolts to see if it they are tight...if they gets loose it can make a popping sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmz43 View Post
    check the rear end link bolts to see if it they are tight...if they gets loose it can make a popping sound
    Checked those last week....and today. Super tight....I even bent my wrench trying to tighten them more lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizz-OH! View Post
    Checked those last week....and today. Super tight....I even bent my wrench trying to tighten them more lol.

    hmmm did you check the bolts that hold the cup for the springs?

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    Check the main bolt that attaches the spring cup to the bottom of the hub. Mine came loose a few months after my coilover install and would give me a stupid creek/popping noise.


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    Hahaha Ninjas FTW! I think I did...I checked every bolt that was down there. I'll hit it later with my breaker bar, if not tonight then def tomorrow.

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    I always noticed the rebound was bouncy. Normal drive was fine but then a big bump there would be that extra rebound bounce. If/when you upgrade go adjustable if you're going to autocross. These Tokico Blues are nice but they're hard as a rock in the rear and could use a softer setting to benefit smoother cornering on rough surfaces.

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    You know, Drizz, at 64K and taking your driving "habits" into account, I would say the struts are probably finished. And you'll be nothing but pleased with the Bilsteins if you do put them in. The difference will be kinda obvious at that point.
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    tokico's hard? in the rear? really? if anything they are just fine in the rear and too soft in the front.

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    Keep in mind I have the wagon too (w/eibach pro kit). Might make a difference. But a slow speed 10-20 mph turn over rough roads the back will slide a bit (1-2 inches) from the stiffness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GerryB View Post
    You know, Drizz, at 64K and taking your driving "habits" into account, I would say the struts are probably finished. And you'll be nothing but pleased with the Bilsteins if you do put them in. The difference will be kinda obvious at that point.
    +1 the Bilsteins are awesome! Nice balance between comfortable ride and good controll for the track.


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    i love a nice rack Drizzoh's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmz43 View Post
    are you getting a floating feel while driving?
    I noticed what felt like a floating feel today on the way to work. Honestly it felt like my rear sway as loose/nonexistent lol. Might just be the new tires tho, they're a million times smoother than my old set.

 

 
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