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Old 28 Oct 2014, 08:48 am
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Default Little too much

Thunking at the axles over rough pavement. Now I've read this section and searched, and know I need lower control arm bushings, would that be all it is ? Or does anyone think I've got more probs... suspensions I know not.
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 09:44 am
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That's front - often the rear Watts link (bell crank) also needs attention...
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 10:13 am
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Default Re: Little too much

I had the same issue a couple of years ago in the front. Clunking and thumping lol.

I replaced the front LCA bushings with the poly ones from energy suspension. Also, the front sway bar bushings with the Polyurethane ones.

It did away with all the front end noise....

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Old 28 Oct 2014, 10:19 am
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Had the same problem about a month ago.....culprit was a totally gone rubber bushing on the front sway bar.....shopped replaced both for just $60.
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 10:52 am
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Thanks all, nice to hear similar ! always loved company
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 12:52 pm
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Sway bar is famous for this.
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 03:21 pm
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First thing I'd check would be the stabilizer bar clamps;Especially if you live in Northern climates that salt their roads,as the mounting bolts have a tendency to rust and the bolt heads can then break off,creating a resounding 'Thunk' when hitting bumps.
The next culprit could be the stabilizer bar bushings themselves being worn out from age and/or milage.....The stock bushings are made of rubber,and road salt can also cause them to deteriorate faster than in Southern areas.
Then I'd move on to the stabilizer bar end links,as they can also rust and break off,or their bushings can wear out/deteriorate.
TIP: When planning on working on ANY of the above,I highly recommend saturating ALL bolts & nuts with PB Blaster 1st!,and even then,you could still end up twisting off the head of a bolt(Having to extract broken bolts,and maybe even drill & tap is a PITA!).......Personally I say more PB Blaster =

Here are a couple of good threads w/photos you can use for reference:

What's this broken wheel/suspension thingy???
rusty anti-sway bar link bolt
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