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Old 04-03-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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I just finished installing the Whiteline LCAs on my 2013. I like the feel, but I am getting a lot of creaking and popping noises at low speeds on rough roads. It sounds like binding, but I have double checked and everything is as instructed. Once I get up to highway speeds (40+), I see no indication of a problem. I did not notice the issue when I installed the panhard bar and brace. There is no instruction on lubing the bolts and brass bushing inserts. Should this be done? The only lube furnished was to go between the front bushings and the washers on the housing box when installing the LCAs.
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Aftermarket LCA's are going to be noisy. If your lowered you will also need relocation brackets.

Is your car going to the dragstrip at all?

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What type of bushings did you use with them?
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There is a difference between increased noise and the type of noise I am hearing. And I have not lowered the car. The bushings that come with the LCAs are a high end synthetic elastomer units noted for making less noise and vibration than other LCAs.
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There is a difference between increased noise and the type of noise I am hearing. And I have not lowered the car. The bushings that come with the LCAs are a high end synthetic elastomer units noted for making less noise and vibration than other LCAs.
Well white line kinds sucks. Always have recalls on there stuff. So you kinds get what you pay for

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Whiteline has one of the best reps, and has only one recall on mustang parts that I know of. The UCA was redesigned in 2013 because a few cracks were found. It was corrected with apparently little bad feelings.

As for my case, I will look at a couple of things tomorrow that may be a factor. One thing is that without any torque being mentioned In the instructions, I only torqued the pan hard bar brace at 75 lbs. I found out Ford calls for 150 lbs.
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I just finished installing the Whiteline LCAs on my 2013. I like the feel, but I am getting a lot of creaking and popping noises at low speeds on rough roads. It sounds like binding, but I have double checked and everything is as instructed. Once I get up to highway speeds (40+), I see no indication of a problem. I did not notice the issue when I installed the panhard bar and brace. There is no instruction on lubing the bolts and brass bushing inserts. Should this be done? The only lube furnished was to go between the front bushings and the washers on the housing box when installing the LCAs.
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Whiteline has one of the best reps, and has only one recall on mustang parts that I know of. The UCA was redesigned in 2013 because a few cracks were found. It was corrected with apparently little bad feelings.

As for my case, I will look at a couple of things tomorrow that may be a factor. One thing is that without any torque being mentioned In the instructions, I only torqued the pan hard bar brace at 75 lbs. I found out Ford calls for 150 lbs.
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There should be no need to lubricate the bolt or brass bushing inserts as far as I'm aware. It sounds to me that you've installed the LCA's correctly.

Did you have a chance to torque the panhard bar to 150ft-lbs yet? Any improvements in the noise?

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Sunday, I put as much torque possible on the brace bolts, but could not get enough leverage to hit 130 lbs. I did make sure I had a good coating of locktite. I estimate I have 120-125 lbs. it helped some, but I will see if it gets better or worse on my trip next week
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Haha I don't blame you. 150ft-lbs is a LOT of torque for a bolt. I'd need some serious leverage to torque one of those bolts to spec.

Keep us updated with your trip. Hopefully this does the trick and the suspension is all settled in!

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After a few trips under the car, I took a measure of both LCAs. It was hard to get an exact length, but after several checks, I found one of them to be 1/16th of an inch shorter. When I installed them, I had just done a quick matching of the lengths and must have not noticed the difference. When I took it back out for a test run afterwards, the noise difference was dramatic. I have only had a short test because I am getting ready for the 50th party. For the next two weeks, I will be giving it a more thorough test.
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After a few trips under the car, I took a measure of both LCAs. It was hard to get an exact length, but after several checks, I found one of them to be 1/16th of an inch shorter. When I installed them, I had just done a quick matching of the lengths and must have not noticed the difference. When I took it back out for a test run afterwards, the noise difference was dramatic. I have only had a short test because I am getting ready for the 50th party. For the next two weeks, I will be giving it a more thorough test.
Wow I'm actually really surprised you had such a noise issue with a 1/16th difference in the LCA's. I would have thought this amount of difference would only show in uneven tread wear of the rear tires, but nothing more. Regardless, I'm glad you found the source of the issue.

We'll have a few guys from the AM crew at the 50th anniversary, along with Project MMD! We're all excited to see the outcome. You'll have to keep an eye out for us!

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