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Old 05-02-2010
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at the end of my rope with "clunk"

ok, my fron suspension is making a "pop" or "clunk" when turning. 97 4x4 TTb. already did bearings, all 4 ball joints, took out and re-installed the springs (proplerly), replaced the steering gear box, u-joints on the axle shafts. just passed inspection and they told me the tie rods are fine. I also checked the radius arm bushings (look good, not rotted or cracked, chedked bolts) and the shock absorbers have been replaced (bolts tight). sounds like its coming from the springs, does anybody make a kit/dampener for them? one shop i took it to said it was probably because the upper spring mounts dont have them. From the factory rangers of my year didnt have them... I have no idea whats left... help me! i'm losing sleep over it.
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remove the springs and lubricate them or spray them down in vehicle and see what happens
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I know this sounds funny but check the Transmission Mount.
I had an ’88 STX short Bed that had a clunking sound that I thought was the radius Arm Bushings, I replaced them and still had the noise. Every time I hit a bump or the truck happen to twist I heard the sound.
I couldn’t find that noise no matter what I did until I was under the truck for a T/C problem and low and behold the trans mount was broken.
I didn’t think it was going to fix my clunking (didn’t even think of that) but I needed a new mount so I replaced it and what do you know the clunking was gone.

Some part of the C-4 Tans or the 5/0L Header System was hitting the floor when it twisted up from some of the smoke shows or what ever was going on, and tore the rubber apart.
Just a thought, nothing more.

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Old 05-04-2010
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lube the springs huh? ill try it, then ill get under there and check for broken mounts.
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