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Front end "rubbing" noise over bumps. Suspension problem!

I noticed a few months back that if i turn my wheel all the way to one side, then go down a driveway or over a bump, when the suspension compresses to absorb the shock i get a horrible sound that is similar to the sound of a tire rubbing in your wheel well mixed with the suspension bottoming out. I cant determine if it is one or both sides, but it drives me nuts and cant possible be normal. Someone suggested my bushings need to be oiled or my bump stop, but I cant figure it out. Anyone ever experience this before? Ideas what it could be? Im taking it to the dealer next week its under warranty but im trying to get ideas ahead of time. Oh and its a 09 Dbl cap TRD sport all stock suspension rims and tires. Thanks!

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I think it is normal. mine does it also since new. Sharp left uturn with a slight dip in the road and a loud creak. I make this turn in the same place at least once a week.

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I used to hear it all the time when I was backing out of the driveway coming off the curb. Checked the suspension several times, never found anything out of the ordinary. I would chalk it up to being "normal."

I just noticed in your sig that you have an emergency response light bar and PA....are these work related????
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Thanks guys. I figured it was normal but Ive never seen anyone ever mention it so I just thought id ask.

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I just noticed in your sig that you have an emergency response light bar and PA....are these work related????
Yeah they are work related. I have a lightbar mounted inside the windshield on the passenger side, 2 single lights flush mounted behind the grill, a lightbar in the back window, my hi beams wig-wag, and my brake/reverse lights wig-wag. I will be adding more lighting soon. Plan is to swap out the rear bar for one that is longer and has the directional arrow stick built in, as well as add strobes all around on the corners (inside the headlight/tailight housing) I also have a full siren/air horn/pa as well.

If you look in "my garage" you can see the front lightbar mounted inside the cab as well as the ones flush mounted in the grill.

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Do you still have the stock front mudflaps? If so, I bet they are rubbing / dragging / bottoming out. They make a lot more commotion then you'd imagine, but trimming 4" off the bottom with a pair of snips works wonders.

Another thing to check is that the front bumper beam nuts are tight on the frame studs, any looseness will cause creaking as the frame flexes, something that happens when steering to full lock due to caster.

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Do you still have the stock front mudflaps? If so, I bet they are rubbing / dragging / bottoming out. They make a lot more commotion then you'd imagine, but trimming 4" off the bottom with a pair of snips works wonders.
Why didn't I think of that! I bet that's exactly the OP's problem. Just today in a parking lot with speed bumps, I saw a white DC with the longer front flaps go over a speed bump and they rubbed. I asked my wife if she heard that noise, and she did but didn't know what it was.


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Do you still have the stock front mudflaps? If so, I bet they are rubbing / dragging / bottoming out. They make a lot more commotion then you'd imagine, but trimming 4" off the bottom with a pair of snips works wonders.

Another thing to check is that the front bumper beam nuts are tight on the frame studs, any looseness will cause creaking as the frame flexes, something that happens when steering to full lock due to caster.
Ill check that out tomorrow, assuming its not raining that is. Unfortunately, I dont believe thats the problem. Ive heard my flaps scrape before and this is very different. Also I just washed her a few days ago and the bottom of my flaps seemed perfectly smooth, then again, i wasnt exactly looking for that either so I may be completely wrong. Hopefully for my sake your right though. But either way Im gathering that this is a common noise heard by many. Im taking my truck in for a windshield creaking noise anyways, so Ill probably just mention it to them anyways. Just hit my 36,000 miles this week, but i have the extended warranty from toyota so it shouldnt be a problem. Its either 5yr 100k or 7yr 100k I forget. BTW, does anyone have experience with toyotas extended full bumper to bumper platinum warranty?? My dealer has been GREAT with all my warranty work so far, even replaced things that were caused by aftermarket products. Already had my TSB done in the rear end so thats good atleast.
Thanks for the helps everyone. Ill check out those flaps asap!

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I usually only use my front mud flaps in the winter. I heard them drag last week when I drove over a small curb.....I took them off when I got home that night. JUNK
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Dealer stated it was my steering intermediate drive shaft. I guess well find out next week after they replace under some TSB i never heard about. PLease see my new thread: Intermediate Steering Shaft and Windshield Rattle/Tick TSB

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