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Old 04-07-2008, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If I hit a bump that offers itself to both front wheels at the same time, there doesn't seem to be a noise. If I hit it on separate wheels, it has a little clunk sound. This leads me to believe that it's the endlinks on my front sway bar. Any idea how much these puppies cost or how hard they are to replace?

Or does someone recognize it as something different.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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soooooooooooooooo

you have a car that clunks on bumps.

All we know is that it may be a subaru and it has four wheels.

Would be nice to know whuch subaru, what year, how many miles.

There are many differnt reasons for this to happen, but we need details



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it just cost me $160 to have my link pins replaced on the passenger rear side. I have a 2003 Outback H6. I don't know if your clunk is that or not, I only heard mine once when I was turning and going over a speed bump.
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I had a very similar clunking sound after I installed my rear sway bar. Turns out I had not tightened the nut holding the endlink onto the bar down well enough, and the nut came off causing the endlink to shift around on the bar ever time I hit a bump.

If I were you I would crawl up under there and see if everything seems to be connected up properly, and make sure that you don't have a broken sway bar, or broken end link.

I think you can get new endlinks (a pair) from Rallitek for around 40 bucks, I am not sure what stock OEM endlinks run from the dealer.
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Nothing appears to be loose, but I don't know how loose it would need to be for me to notice it physically.


As for my car, it's a Outback H6 2003.

I had my endlinks done on the rear end a couple months ago. I'm thinking perhaps they are deciding to go as a set (both back and front).
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Make sure that the sway bar isn't hitting the muffler. After installing my RalliTek bar I noticed that it was hitting the muffler on bumps (especially speed bumps). There should be more than 25cm between the two. I ended up having to get a set of the Perrin adjustable endlinks and crank them down all the way. This gave the bar and muffler a bit more space away from each other.

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Thanks for the link nipper!

SH, no it's not hitting the muffler. This particular noise is front end. I was pretty sure, then I checked with two separate passengers and someone from the outside. Unanimous impression it was in the front end.
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Doh! Sorry, knew that but I must have been on another planet!
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Could be the sway bar bushings as well. I think they'd be more likely to wear out than the endlinks. The bushings are cheap - ~$15 each. Dunno how much endlinks cost, but if you're replacing them, go with a good aftermarket set - they're much better than the plastic OE ones. At least - I think they're plastic..hard to tell. I have bushings on order from subarugenuineparts.com and I'm replacing the endlinks with these - http://www.groupa.ca/PR_end_link_short.html
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