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Just had stu coils installed 4 days ago on my 2014 Patriot Limited.

very impressed with the lift and ride and will post before and after pics and measurements once they’ve had a couple weeks to settle in.

I’ve now noticed that if I go over some viscous speed bumps In my estate (there’s 7 of them!!!!) at more than 5km/hr the shocks are topping out. I hear this tremendous metallic thud as the coils push the wheel down to its full extension coming over the speed hump on the way down.

i used to do these speed humps at 15km/hr and, when in a hurry, even at 25km/hr without ANY issues prior to the stu coils. So I am 100% confident that there is nothing wrong with my struts or shocks.

there’s a mini sink hole forming in one of the roads near my house (wasn’t there last week) and when I accidentally drove over the hole yesterday the same thing happened, a massive clunk as the stu‘s fully extended the shocks on the front wheels.

Is there a solution to my problem that anyone can come up with? Also, how much damage is being caused over time with topping out shocks?

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Topping out isn't uncommon after Stu's. Mine did it and I know others reported it too, just one of the trade-off's.

Doesn't cause any damage to the struts (that I've heard of) but it does get your attention.

After they're on for a while and broken in it might lessen.
 

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Topping out isn't uncommon after Stu's. Mine did it and I know others reported it too, just one of the trade-off's.

Doesn't cause any damage to the struts (that I've heard of) but it does get your attention.

After they're on for a while and broken in it might lessen.
thanks sandstone, appreciate the reply. So no real damage being caused then?

It’s not super annoying on roads as it’ll only happen once or twice per journey (if I’m careful), but what about off-roading with heaps of bumps and holes? The main reason I got the lift was to go off-roading, so did you notice the problem worsen off road?
 

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No damage for me that I could tell.
It topped harder when the springs were new, after they settled they didn't top out as bad. Of course the lift went down a bit too but still gained an inch over stock.
Off-road it's harder to notice, especially when I run disconnected.
 

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Mine does the same thing with stu coils. I had the struts replaced and it made zero difference, but they needed replacing anyway. Sounds terrible and it’s pretty annoying at times.
 

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Thanks for your replies.

I've been looking a little more into it... I don't think strut replacements are the solution (as you discovered J.riot) but what about different shocks? I know "pedders suspension and brakes" here in Australia specialise in this sort of stuff, often replacing shocks on lifted vehicles.

Do you think this could be a solution?
 

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As in U want to replace the rear shocks? It won’t make a difference, it’s the front that causes the issue for me anyway.
 

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It’s the front that causes the issue for me too.

i was referring to replacing the front shocks with something that has more “travel” in them.
 

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As far as I’m aware Nobody makes aftermarket ones with extended travel, they are all the same as stock. I’m running Monroe struts/shocks and it still tops out.
 
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