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Old 02-27-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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Bad ball joints?

I just put a 2.5 TF coil lift on with bilstien 5100s and i noticed a clunking noise in the front driver side wheel when i hit potholes or bumps(i think i may have heard this faintly before the lift). I also drove up on a few curbs and came off of them and hear the same noise just to make sure it wasnt something else. If it is the ball joints what are some preferred aftermarket ones because i read the stock ones aren't worth putting back in.

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:56 PM   #2
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Synergy is a good one, there is one that is re-buildable, but I can't think of the brand name right now, that is also highly recommended.

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Old 02-27-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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Synergy is a good one, there is one that is re-buildable, but I can't think of the brand name right now, that is also highly recommended.
Dynatrac can be re-built
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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check your frame right next to your front springs for signs of contact. my super long coils will slap the frame pretty good depending on the bump.

this is what balljoints look like a day before you remove them and they pop out into multiple pieces. sucker drove like a sailboat in a hurricane


as for balljoint quality, I have never actually heard of someone buying ANY aftermarket joint and regretting it. I personally have alloyUSA joints but ill never know how well they do because I wont even have balljoints in 6 months

it seems most retailers have taken down the MOPAR balljoint description that claimed they were the greatest thing ever made.
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Dynatrac can be re-built
the only reason I can think of to spend THAT much on balljoints would be if you knew you were going to wheel the crap out of a dana44 for a very long time. never seen a balljoint break on a trail but I guess that would come in handy.
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A heavy clunking sound often comes from the axle shifting up and down or fore and aft, particularly after installing a lift kit and tightening the joint properly or doing it while they are binding.

Check the track bar and control arms joints on the drivers side.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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Just to add to the things already mentioned worth checking, I had a clunk after putting on the same lift. Noticed it when driving over washboard type roads or bridges. Turned out to be a loose sway bar link that just didn't get fully tightened after the install. How old is the jeep, how many miles on her?
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:24 AM   #8
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2007 with 66k just drove to the gym couldn't really hear it I guess it's if I hit a deep pothole hard or if I just go up onto a curb and back down u can hear it
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Btw I live in erie pa so every pothole is deep and if you avoid it you hit a deeper one
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:34 AM   #10
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Do a 100% inspection. I mean .. A loose track bar bolt is a recipe for DW. You don't want that. BUT.. I do agree. It could very much be the ball joints. Mine went shortly after putting on 35's. The lift has little to do with it, but at the time. I had the same coils as you.

Lift each tire about 3" and pry up on them to check for play.

66k is well over do for ball joints IMO.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:55 AM   #11
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I did go from 225s to 265s for a year then I've been rolling on 285s for the past 4 months with new rims went from stock bs to 5

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