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Old 06-22-2012
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Front end clunk

I have had this since August 2011. Happens when moving while turning on gravel roads, weird bumps and off road. Now the LCA on flat level ground looks awfully close to the bump stop I'll have pics whe it's day time. But today i slapped some grease on the bump stop to see if its hitting and the LCA is slapping the CRAP out of it. But also when I turn the wheel on ashphalt i can feel a pop in the front.

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What i noticed the DS lower ball joint wont take grease (will change zerk)
Never done inner tie rods ever
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Old 06-22-2012
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Posting up some photos could help. The LCA shouldnt be hitting the bumpstop on level ground over small bumps.
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here is a pic
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Your LCA shouldn't be hitting that unless your going over something big.
I don't understand why it is so close to the stop already. If anything, it should be farther because of the over size tires.
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The size of your tires has no relation to the distance between your lca and bump stop. Your t-bars is what will determine the static distance between the two.
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Pretty sure mine's about that distance away too... looks about the same.
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Do you still have sway bar links or did you take them off?
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Do you still have sway bar links or did you take them off?
Sway Bar is gone. I thought it was the endlinks clunking away. PC things the shocks blown and I'm just riding around on the Tbar
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Your LCA shouldn't be hitting that unless your going over something big.
I don't understand why it is so close to the stop already. If anything, it should be farther because of the over size tires.
It's slapping the LCA going over bumps down the road, Making tons of noise. That pic is on a Flat level surface
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Put your sway bar links back in. Im almost sure that's your problem.
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Let me drive it next time your up, drive mine too because i think i have the same noise but thought it was from my tires
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Put your sway bar links back in. Im almost sure that's your problem.
It done it before
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Thats normal for the bumpstops. I even hit them on logging roads.

have someone move your steering wheel back and forth while you look at the tie rods. If there is a knocking sound and the outer looks solid then change the inner tie rod. I just had to do mine

btw you wont find loose balljoints unless you jack the truck up with the tire off the ground
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Its straight SLAPPING the Bump Stop on the road, TRE are good and I did the inners today and they were fine but still did them anyways. Made a Go Pro vid ill upload in the morning
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