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Rear end fishtails on every bump in the road. The bars that run across the back from the center of car to each rear hub assembly is bent on driver side. Does anyone know what that bar is called?

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SOURCE: loud clunking noise when i turn a corner both sides rear

check the sway bar kinks for play both rear wheels will have to even ramps work good if you have them if the is any play in the links it wil rattle also check for play in the bushings that the bar goes threw tis will also give you the noise you complain of

Posted on May 28, 2009

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thiers many of things that can cause that, first off with your kit i didnt see lower adjustible
arms so with that much lift your diff angle could be off. needs to be 7deg. also if your sure the ball joints are perfect and its alined right them look at the stearing box for play in the arm . it can be adjusted with the set screw. hope that helps....

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SOURCE: Noise driving over rough road worse after new links,struts,shocks

Do not heat or bend any suspension parts. Big no-no. If it's all touching and out of whack, check for possible bent frame. Body-shop that did the past work might have overlooked the frame being bent. All measurements start with a straight frame.Then go after the individual hitch and sway bar.

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SOURCE: clunking sound in the rear end. When you hit a

Rear Control Arm Bushings need to be replaced ~$400 at dealer.

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