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Old 03-28-2013, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As I have been driving the last few weeks, I have been noticing somewhat of a clunking coming from the underneath the right of the vehicle as I go over bumps. I sat on the passenger side of the vehicle and had my wife drive and I can feel the clunk coming through the floor boards on that side of the truck. I took to a place that does alignments etc. and had it all checked out. They said it all checks out good and feels solid. My first thought was that it is a bad bushing in one of the trailing arms and perhaps this shop just does not know how to check for that. I am preparing for a long trip this summer and would really like to get everything working good. Any suggestions as to how I might check this out myself and if need be, what it takes to replace the bushings(and best part replacement)? Thanks in advance.
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Double check the sway bar end links and watts linkage. I've been down this road.
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The trailing arm bushings can wear out, mine did, but as already mentioned you can get that noise from the watts linkage, sway bart and warn shock bushings or shocks.
If you want help, shout and I can walk you thru what to check.
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Thanks guys, will check the watts linkage, sway bar etc.

Could you direct me as to where I should get the replacement parts from? Should I just go to the dealer for these or is there some 4x4 after market replacements that are superior?

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I got sway bar links from Carquest (Moog) they have been on for almost three years and were a reasonable price. The watts bushings and bearing (center) are only available a genuine LR parts.
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Thanks guys, will check the watts linkage, sway bar etc.

Could you direct me as to where I should get the replacement parts from? Should I just go to the dealer for these or is there some 4x4 after market replacements that are superior?

Thanks again.
This is one place. but also check around, dealer included. some one has to have them cheaper.
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This is one place. but also check around, dealer included. some one has to have them cheaper.
Thanks for the Atlantic British link. I went there this morning and could not find any through the search. I appreciate you doing that. The dealer wanted $43.00 for the rear radius bushing vs AB's $9.95. Having to purchase multiples, that is a huge savings.
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Even though AB sells the watts linkage bushings and bearing they are still the genuine parts and the price is not much different from the dealer.
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Britparts also make replacement watts bushings.

I got mine for a little over $100 from http://britishparts.co.uk/products/7...e-RGX100960KIT


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Even though AB sells the watts linkage bushings and bearing they are still the genuine parts and the price is not much different from the dealer.
I understand that..... Are you saying it's not wise to shop around?

To the OP. are you sure the bushings you purchased are bad? The ones you mention are a MOFO to replace. As in, press in-press out.

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I understand that..... Are you saying it's not wise to shop around?

To the OP. are you sure the bushings you purchased are bad? The ones you mention are a MOFO to replace. As in, press in-press out.

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I have not purchased the bushings as of yet. Going to get under the truck today and go through everything to find out what I need to replace. The truck has 200,000 miles on it and has done a lot of towing and several Moab trips so it would not surprise me if its time to replace most of the bushings.
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I would think you would be able to visually see if you need bushings by rocking the vehicle while looking at them.

I had a similar issue and it ended up being a front shock...i would only hear the clunk over speed pumps...sounds like a similar symptom.

Get a couple of big guys to rock the car while you look around underneath.
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Let us know after you have tested and inspected all the rear parts, especially the rear trailing arms and then we could better help you as the where to buy and brand.
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Pretty obvious, the clunk is coming from the front-the sway bar. Little play in the steering rod(driver side), creaky on the passenger side. Do you just have to purchase a new one of those? Everything else seems real good(watts, ball joints, shocks etc.), except I only had one guy rocking the truck while checking out the trailing arms. Seems like they are good as best I can tell, I can see some flex happening in there but no clunk or obvious movement. It kind of seems to my eye that is how it is designed to be like its a bit soft and flexible. Just wondering if anybody could confirm that though?
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If you are talking about the long end of the tie rod, yes you have to buy a new one either with or without the short end.
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