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Old 03-18-2014, 09:29 PM
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I am looking for help, noises drive me nuts and I have a clunk in the front drivers side. It all started after I installed my bilsteins and set them to 2.8. It sounds identical to a stabilizer bar end link clunk, so naturally (I know from working in a garage that these style end links are junk) I replaced them with suspension max end links. Noise is still there, it is temperature dependant above 40 degrees it goes away and seems like it becomes a squeek (May be because my windows aren't open below that temp) I'm a mechanic I have been through this thing the best I can without a lift in the middle of winter and also had other mechanics at shops look at it with no conclusion to the source. All ball joints, tie rods,wheels and axels are not loose. If Anyone could chime in to give me an idea I'm at a loss and it's driving me nuts

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Old 03-19-2014, 10:43 AM
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I have the exact sound when it is cold out side and it started around the same time I installed the 5100s. I cannot figure it out! Driving me crazy! It seems to do it when the body flexes so I'm thinking it may be the sway bar bushings or a loose body mount but I have not had time to mess with it. Let me know if u figure it out!

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Because it started with the install of your Bilsteins it leads me to think that it might be the Bilsteins themselves. If they aren't assembled properly you will get a clunking sound. The main mistake guys make is the placement of the washer. The washer is meant to go on before the upper spring seat/hardware, not after. Because the diameter of the hole in the upper hardware is very similar to the shock rod it can move down on it slightly and then pop off as the suspension moves. The washer prevents that from happening. I'd pull the Bilsteins off and check that to make sure it was done correctly (unless you're already 100% sure it was).
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I know mine are correct and I get the sound when it is cold outside! its Crazy.

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I'll have to check, changing the shock from the springs is the only part I didn't do as I didn't have to right spring compressor, but I gave the guy directions and told him what to do. I'm not worried about the noise but it's just annoying.

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Has this been figured out yet??? Here's a long-shot: Did you remove your calipers when installing? You may have lost a caliper bolt....as I did once from not tightening enough when I put them back on. I would hear that clunking sound as the caliper shifted. Reach back there and check just to make sure.
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Yes I believe I figured it out today doing my inspection. The guy that transferred the shocks never tightened the one nut on the shock to the strut top fully. Just goes to show you if you want things done right do it yourself...that was the only part I didn't do...didn't have the equipment
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I have the same exact cluck on my front drivers side and my truck is all stock. My too only happens when it is cold. Not as often in the summer time.
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I have the same exact cluck on my front drivers side and my truck is all stock. My too only happens when it is cold. Not as often in the summer time.
My 2013 stock truck has the clunking on the drivers side a month after I bought it. Worse when its cold outside and when I go over uneven road. I brought it to the dealer "can not replicate the noise"..
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I brought mine back to the dealer this week. They checked all of the front suspension and tightened everything to specs. So far so good, I don't hear the sound anymore.
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