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1999 4.0l XLT Grinding in R front end

I have a 1999 Ranger XLT 4.0l 4X4 Extended Cab. I have an intermittent nasty grinding noise coming from the right front end that only happens once out of every 5 or 6 times I use the truck. This sounds like metal on metal grinding but everything appears to be ok. I have already replaced the brake pads, calipers, rotors, and hubs. I’m at a loss of what to do next. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I forgot to mention a very important piece to the puzzle, it only makes this grinding noise while I'm braking. I also replace the upper control arm.
Sorry for forgetting that very important piece of info,

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Checked your CV axle boots for tears?
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The CV axle boots appear to be fine.
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Test your 4WD, see if it is working.

'98-'00 used PVH auto hubs which were problems as they aged
Good read here: Permanently Lock Your 1998-2000 Ford Ranger PVH Pulse Vacuum Hubs

For the wheel bearings read here: TRS Magazine - 98-00 Ranger Hub/Bearing Assembly Replacement
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the 4 wheel drive is working although it is clunking into 4 wheel low
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The 4 wheel drive is not working properly, it is going into 4X4 but it was not coming out ok. I had a crack in both hoses. I replaced the hoses and now the 4x4 is working properly. Could the leak in the vacuum line be the cause of the intermittent grinding noise? I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
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