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Old 01-26-2012, 07:43 PM
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Working out the kinks still, assistance?

Installed a 8" Icon kit, All spring, new trac bar, new steering coupler, new tierod, new shocks, dual steering stabalizer.

I installed it myself seeing as how I'm somewhat mechanically inclined and it saved a few bucks.

My problem is when I'm driving *5-10kms/h* over rutted dirt and gravel locations I hear a clunk noise. While driving straight the specific noise is not heard even going over rough terrain at a decent speed

It sounds like something is under alot of pressure and is popping out of place while the front end is flexing but I don't have much time to adress all of the components. I heard that the track bar can cause a popping noise but I haven't found any sound clip or video I can compare to. Can a leaf spring bushing cause this noise?


No front sway bar.
All 4 ball joints have less then 5000km.
Front and Rear U-bolts in torque spec.
Front and Rear Shocks in torque spec.
Dual steering stabalizer+ shocks in torque spec.

Also does someone have a picture of a front view of the suspension of a f350? I want to make sure my track bar is located properly to the drag link.


This sound is similar to what i'm getting..

http://youtu.be/-g0NQsNyIiw

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Old 01-27-2012, 06:17 PM
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The trac bar needs to be super tight. it may have never gotten tight enough at the frame. If it has a jam nut on it make sure that thing is fully seated. That sound in ythat clip is from the frame, which is the tracbar is prety much the only thing connected to the frame

If it's a popping thats a tad bit quiter it could be some bad tie rod ends.

With the truck off have some rock the steering wheel back and fourth as hard as they can and you grab the tie rods and see if you feel any popping and watch the tracbar for movement.

Then if that doesnt work, bounce on the truck and put your hand on the trac bar see if you can feel it.

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Make sure te tracbar bracket bolts are TIGHT, and the tracbar bolts are REALLY TIGHT (560ft-lbs)

If you have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth with the engine off, you can crawl underneath and look at all the pieces.
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Hey guys I would like to add my tie rod is brand new, drag link ends are also brand new.

I'm starting to think it may be my driver side u-joint up front. My symptons are that the steering wheel won't center it's self. While turning the truck almost seems to pull you, so I have to counter steer ever so slighty. It also makes a decent pop noise while going over bumps at any speeds.

Tomorrow I will be torquing track bar bracket and bolts.

Also how would I go abouts checking my u-joints? Also how hard is it to replace a u-joint?

EDIT: Also It might be my hubs after some more research. I will post back tomorrow feel free to add more suggestions.

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Hey guys just a rough diagram showing my track bar and drag link angles. They are almost perfectly lined up with each other. (Drop track bar bracket, adjustable track bar and dropped pitman arm)

Is this the correct angle? I will get a real shot in a few minutes.
EDIT: I found a picture that is almost exactly my angles
http://www.superdutywobble.com/images/kit-5.jpg


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Old 01-28-2012, 07:04 AM
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Looks spot on. Most tie rod angles vs trac bar angles need to be shot looking at the straight ahead a few feet away, but your angles look good
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update:

I went and started to torque my track bar. I noticed my trackbar bracket was loose. I grabbed it and was able to wiggle it by hand. I torqued the bolts now when driving the popping noise has gone away.

The issue with my truck wandering slightly could it be related to having some pretty worn down tires, with some bad cupping because of ball joint issues a while back?
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Nice...Like I said that sound is typically tracbar related. Especially a creaking or popping sound...

Glad you got it fixed...
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Yes... Unevenly worn tires will make it wander or pull in one direction or the other... Can also cause vibrations


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