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Old 06-21-2014, 09:08 PM
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Hope this is enough info to get help on popping sound

When I turn right I'm getting a hard thump sound somewhere under the front, and when I turn left it's a less annoying sound (it seems like something is popping out of place and when I turn opposite direction it is going back into place) as far as I can tell getting up to any speed isn't causing any wobble (new lift throws me a little off guard as far as handling goes any way but nothing crazy just sways a bit more, when I hit a bump I think it has been known to make sounds but not often, last note is that it normally takes hard turns to cause if I ease into turning it makes a click sound, any advice on what it could be and how to test to see if it is the problem is greatly appreciated.

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Welcome. Do you still have stock front swaybar links? Have you done a dry steer test to check the trackbar, particularly where it is pinned to the front axle on the passenger side.

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Clicking sounds like a u-joint. Swaybar bushings are a common wear item on jeeps.
My Tj had 125k and I had to replace all the swaybar bushings. My rear track bar bushing was bad too. All sources of clunking I had.
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If the noise is not a rotational noise but instead more related to suspension movement, I'd start by looking at the sway bar links. They fail and separate at the joint leaving the link in two pieces. When the suspension moves, the upper piece and lower piece hit each other causing a thud sound. On smaller suspension movements it can sound like a click. They may look ok when the jeep is sitting still, but if you grab them and pull on them, you'll be able to tell if the joint has separated.
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If the noise is not a rotational noise but instead more related to suspension movement, I'd start by looking at the sway bar links. They fail and separate at the joint leaving the link in two pieces. When the suspension moves, the upper piece and lower piece hit each other causing a thud sound. On smaller suspension movements it can sound like a click. They may look ok when the jeep is sitting still, but if you grab them and pull on them, you'll be able to tell if the joint has separated.
Yep, had that happen to me - looked over the suspension 10 times, never saw it. One day I was parked on uneven ground, and happen to look at my wheel, and saw the drivers side link was separated by 3". On level ground it shoved itself back into the boot and wasn't obvious.
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If the noise is not a rotational noise but instead more related to suspension movement, I'd start by looking at the sway bar links. They fail and separate at the joint leaving the link in two pieces. When the suspension moves, the upper piece and lower piece hit each other causing a thud sound. On smaller suspension movements it can sound like a click. They may look ok when the jeep is sitting still, but if you grab them and pull on them, you'll be able to tell if the joint has separated.
Sorry, just re-read your post and since it seems more steering related than suspension movement related, I'd also guess it's more likely a loose track bar, probably at the axle end. Have someone crank the steering wheel full lock to full lock while you watch the track bar and see if it moves slightly and pops when it hits the steering stops.
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Another thing you may want to check, depending on what all has been done to the rig regarding the "new lift", is the adjustment sleeve for the tie rod. It's possible that the bolts for the sleeve are oriented in a manner that the ends are making contact with a bracket or other fixed component.

Granted, the trackbar sounds like the more likely culprit, but I thought I'd mention it since I noticed on my rig that it's possible (at least with ZJ parts it is).
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Thanks for all responses, I believe the problem has been found. Sway bar is shifting and causing the bolt in the link is carving into the jeep, on another note it seems to only happen when it rains (water must be acting as lubricant and allowing it to shift)

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