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Old 04-17-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Front end noise after sway bar install

So, a week ago a mechanic friend and I installed front and rear Whiteline sway bars on my 2012 GT.

It was great for a few days, then I started hearing and feeling popping noises from the front end when going over bumps of swerving side to side.

I loosened and re-tightened the end links from inside the wheel wells ... everything else I can see looks tight - but I have not been able to jack the car up and get under it yet.

Any suggestions on anything else to check besides re-torquing everything? One idea he had was if one of the little collars was not tight against the bushing maybe as the sway bar moves back and forth the collar is hitting the busing mount?
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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You should not hear popping noises from the front suspension. I would re-torque all the bolts on the sway bar bushings up front, re-torque the end links at the top and bottom.

If that's all good, I would check out your strut mounts. The OEM ones are pretty wimpy. I was having popping noises under the same situations and it was because my driver's side strut mount was going out.

The bad news - there aren't any affordable options for replacing the strut mount and keeping the 11-14 struts. You pretty much have to get CC plate ($300+) or the Steeda HD Strut Mounts ($350).

The good news - this is a good time to replace your oem struts with something better. Koni STR.Ts and GT500/FRPP strut mounts are a big improvement over stock and very affordable. If you want to spring a bit more money you can get the Koni sports that will be better if you plan on tracking the car.

You could also check your ball joints, but I doubt that's the issue.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #3
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Yeah sounds like the strut mounts.
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Well, this started two days after the sway bars and I already have new GT500 Strut Mounts. I probably should have mentioned my entire config:

Roush lowering springs
Saleen N2 Shocks and Struts
Ford Racing Gt500 mounts
Whiteline APHB and Brace
Whiteline LCA's and Relo brackets

Originally, I HAD the popping from the factory strut mounts back in december and had the shop install the new mounts shortly thereafter. This is definitely a different noise from much lower in the car.
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Well, this started two days after the sway bars and I already have new GT500 Strut Mounts. I probably should have mentioned my entire config:

Roush lowering springs
Saleen N2 Shocks and Struts
Ford Racing Gt500 mounts
Whiteline APHB and Brace
Whiteline LCA's and Relo brackets

Originally, I HAD the popping from the factory strut mounts back in december and had the shop install the new mounts shortly thereafter. This is definitely a different noise from much lower in the car.
Then I would say something's loose or giving out. Check and re-check the end-links and the nuts that hold the front bushings for the swaybars.
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Finally got it jacked up and on the wheels off - driver's side link was loose where it connects to the sway bar. Re-torqued that and everything else, problem solved.
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Awww mikeeyyyyyyy. Werent you saying you knew how to do all these things? Or was it just installation of a CAI? I'm glad you know how to turn a wrench. Must be an "automatic transmission" thing.

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Just kidding lol

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Glad you got it fixed
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Awww mikeeyyyyyyy. Werent you saying you knew how to do all these things? Or was it just installation of a CAI? I'm glad you know how to turn a wrench. Must be an "automatic transmission" thing.




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Just kidding lol

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Glad you got it fixed
Huh? What the hell are you talking about?
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Huh? What the hell are you talking about?
I think he is mixing you up with Mikeyt03 and the flame fest between manuals and autos that happened yesterday.

under assault because you have mike in your name
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Yeah sry about that bro I thinking about a different mikeyyyy
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Wasn't there a Ford tech bulletin on the noise issues?
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Ever get it figured out?
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