Sears is having a sale on their Craftsman bottle jacks at the moment. A few weeks ago I got a 12 ton ($39) and a couple jack stands to keep in the garage and a 6 ton ($20) to keep in the truck. Seemed like a good deal with free shipping.
Another +1 on the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S. Thats whats on my truck in the same stock size as yours. Living in in western PA, they have been great. They've trudged through everything Pittsburgh has thrown at me since last August and they drive nice at all speeds and all roads I have been on. I did have all 4 replaced under warranty from Cooper at 8K miles because I had some weird wear on one tire. I'm at 2k on that replacement set. Cooper took care of me so no ding on them from me! If I ever do decide to go to an LT tire for whatever reason the Cooper Discoverer XLT's and General Grabber ATX are on the short list. Right now I'm about 98% on road and 2% dirt/gravel road. And I think that 2% has happened only once (maybe twice) in the year+ I've owned my truck.
Excuse the grease in the photos. I didn’t cleaned it out before installing the rubber. They are much cleaner now that the rubber has been in there for a few weeks. I clipped the excess off the zip ties as well. Truck has been quiet as a mouse.
Good post! I’d have to check the work order from the 1st time I brought mine in but I think this bulletin is what they performed. They said there was a bulletin on it and GM told them to loosen and re-torque all the bolts on the rear suspension. In my case it didn’t help.
I cant take credit for it. I got the info from this thread (4th post down) from user "Paumat". https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/203583-clunking-in-rear/page/3/#comments Good write-up and photo's. Helped a ton! Thanks Paumat!
I did exactly what you did and zip tied to the springs. I ended up putting the strips of rubber between the top and middle spring though. I left some extra rubber hanging off because I wasn't sure if there would be any shifting and wanted to make sure I had enough in there just in case. After doing this I realized I probably should of cleaned all the goopy grease the dealer put in there beforehand. Oh well, I’m not convinced the grease will last after a few washes and some winter roads. I haven't even clipped the excess zip tie yet. Looks like its holding just fine. Not pretty, but how often am I under there looking at the shear beauty of leaf springs? [emoji6]
How’s the 1.5 inch level? Any pics? Been contemplating either the Motofab 1 inch, 1.5 inch or just waiting it out till I need shocks and doing adjustable Eibachs. For my needs and tastes I can’t ever see needing to go more than 1.5. Shoot, If I’m talking “need” then I don’t need to do anything other than keep it stock. [emoji6]
3rd attempt to fix today after telling them it was the leaf springs and them diagnosing since yesterday. I was told it’s completely normal and it was the auto locker making the noise. Told them I was convinced it was the leaf springs and wanted to try something. Clunk, clunk, clunk all the way to Home Depot to purchase these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/303689103 Clunk, clunk, clunk all the way home. Cut some strips and inserted between the springs at the front and rear of the spring. No more clunk. First time it’s been quiet backing out of my garage and up the driveway in months.
Well, I noticed a HUGE difference compared to the cruddy OEM Bridgestones that Lexus put on there just on the ride home. She mentioned that it drives like it should now. Thats not saying much since it was pulling to the left for a while since it was out of alignment and the tire was balding. Everything I read on them, and considering the weather we have here which is wet a good portion of the year, these seemed like a real good fit for her car. I have literally driven her car once since getting the tires on and that was driving it home from the tire shop. That car is just too damn low for me! Sorry, I cant be of more help, but I did research on the best tires for our weather out here in Pittsburgh and these came highly rated and checked all the boxes.
I'm having the new CrossContact LX25's put on my son's Trax tomorrow to take advantage of a current rebate that expires in a few days actually. Just put a set of the Extreme Contact DWS06's on my wifes car a couple weeks back as well. Her alignment was off for a while so she wore one of the front tires out. Dang car has different size in front and rear so you cant rotated them properly either. Dang Lexus!!!!
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