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Icon4 HELP!!!!!! i give up

Ok so when I put my lift spindles on like 6 months ago i hit the ball joints too hard so they were bad now making all sorts of noises like clunking over bumps and turns so bad the felt like they were going to fall out , so i replaced them like 4 days ago. Now they make the same noise but no matter what type of drving i do (GRANDMA DRIVING) they still do it
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Any one have problems with there ball joints making noises? i dont want to off road if they are liks this
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Sway bar end links?
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dont think so i didnt even touch them
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What kind of spindles did you put in? are you using the spindle with stock coils and uppers? what kind of ball joints did you replace the other ones with? Need more info bud. :-P
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its a t-bar sup but just kregen replacement ball joints fabtech spindles
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First. Do you have your T-bars cranked up? If you do, lower them down, thats putting a lot of stress on the rest of your suspension and your ride is stiffer. The fabtech spindles are known to go through ball joints pretty quickly (i know,i have fabtech spindles too) and since i work at Kragen, i bought some ball joints from my store and put them in and they still sucked. You have to get these ball joints from Moog (Kragen should carry them now, we just got our shipment in from moog) and they are "High angle" ball joints and fabtech reccomends you replace the stock ones with Moog's. I replaced mine with Moog ball joints and it helped a lot.

Second. check to see if your coil spring is settled all the way in, did you install the spindle yourself? If so, you might have put the spring in wrong (Its pretty easy to mess this one up so dont feel bad) And what your hearing is not the ball joints, but the springs trying to settle but cant because they are put in wrong. On the lower A arm there is a little dip where the tapered end of the spring is supposed to sit and if its not there, its going to sit funny and make noise when ANY stress/weight is put on it.....I.E. turns, bumps, dips etc
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Question how tight do you tighten the bottem joint nut???

tight enough or till it wont turn anymore ???
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The castle nut on the lower ball joint? Theres a torque spec for it bud lol, but usually since its a castle nut, just enough to easily get the cotter pin through it, maybe a little more.
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ok i will try tomarrow its tight but maybe just a little more lol dumb question i know
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Well if you got the cotter pin through it, tightening it really isnt going to make the problem go away if its as bad as you say it is. Who put on the spindle on your truck?
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i did ( i have done it before and no problem on his truck) why would that make a differance
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Because you might have messed up and not realized it check to see if the spring is seated right or not, i installed my spring wrong once.....i figured it out pretty quick after driving it around haha. and also lower those dam T-bars down and get yourself some Moog high angle ball joints!
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what spring do you keep talking about
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Oh crap. HAHAHAHAHA I totally forgot about that the T-bar doesnt have a coil spring.....dam, i feel dumb :-/ (Im tired and avoiding studying for an exam i have next week )Anyway, just lower those T-bars down and that will take the stress out of those ball joints. or go get yourself some uppers from fabtech and put some moog high angle ball joints in em.
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ok there tight now and lowerd the t-bar still no change other than high angle ball joints what els could it be????
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Ball Joints ball joints ball joints!!!! Get some high angle ones. You have the just the spindle? Hmmmm you might need some uppers to place the ball joint in the proper angle since its at a weird angle.
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so it might not be the bottom joint it might be the top one huh ??
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so it might not be the bottom joint it might be the top one huh ??
Get your *** over here and we'll take a look see!
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