On my 06 wagon I recently replaced the rear shocks and after three days I starting getting a clunking noise on even slight bumps. After talking with a tech rep. from Gabriel I had not torqued the shock bolts properly. I retorqued the bolts per the tech's spec of 85 ft/lbs on the upper and 76 on the lower and the clunking noise went away when driving over bumps. Apparently the shock mounting brackets are meant to tighten onto the shock sleeves. This eliminates the clunking between the mounting bolts and the sleeves when the sleeves are not held firmly by the mounting brackets. When removing the mounting bolts I thought they felt awful tight.
Last edited by ldwinslow; 11-16-2012 at 12:46 AM.