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Front clunk - found issue...how to fix?

I think I found the cause of my clunk/thunk sound when going over bumps and turning at low speeds and at highway speed with rapid jerks of steering. I've jerked on everything under there and everything is tight.

It seems like it's the left side leaf spring, at the rear the bottom leaf is moving back and forth with movement of the wheel and you can definitely see it. It's rubbing against the top leave that bolts to the shackle.

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about.

Red X is what is moving, white line is the rubber bushing or something, and yellow X is what the leave is rubbing against.
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i noticed that the factory plastic sliders/insulators on my front springs are completely worn away or just about gone. on the right spring on the rear, i can see where the bottom spring has started wearing into the upper.... i also have a clunk and thuds at slow speeds over bumps. i ordered a set of those plastic pieces froma spring shop, should be here monday or tuesday. i have ruled out swaybar and end links, i drove it without anything hooked up and it still did it. i am putting on a tuff country track bar and drop bracket on my days off, so we will see if those make a difference. i almost forgot, it does have new ball joints. i have also read that body mounts will make those sounds..

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IF that makes a sound other than a crek, then you GOT problens thay are bolted together at the axel/coils and has a pin that connects them too. i'm betting that the steering dampner is out and your hitting the limiter studs a little harder or the sway bar links are out


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IF that makes a sound other than a crek, then you GOT problens thay are bolted together at the axel/coils and has a pin that connects them too. i'm betting that the steering dampner is out and your hitting the limiter studs a little harder or the sway bar links are out
?, i am not sure what you are talking about.

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Steering dampner meaning steering stabilizer shocks? Don't have one of those.


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Steering dampner meaning steering stabilizer shocks? Don't have one of those.
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my 03 f350 never came with one. this 99 does, it is a rancho, so i dont know if its factory or not.

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Mine doesn't have a steering stabilizer either. Has the brackets but no shock.

Also, mine appeared to have fixed itself. Coincidently mine began after blowing my trans cooler line and it coated everything on the underside with trans fluid (even after 3 degreases). I rode down a dusty, dirt road today and it isn't doing it any more? So I don't know...


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