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Old 04-09-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Noisy ride after FRPP install

My suspension makes loud creaking noises when turning, loudest from a stop, and there is a loud clunk sometimes when making a slow sharp turn. When making a quick left turn sometimes the back right side will scrape, especially with passengers.
This all started when I had the FRPP shock/strut kit installed. Is this normal for the FRPP kit? If not any ideas where to start looking? Thanks!


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Biggest mistakes are doing the final torquing while the suspension is drooping (this binds up the bushings) and not getting the top strut rod bolt not tight enough. It uses a lock nut that seems to tighten up too soon and too many people leave it there. it allows the spring to move around in the upper plate.
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So you're saying tighten everything up during install and then set the car down on the ground and tighten a little more?
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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I've had the same problem. I had the install done at a dealership---the entire SVT kit. After about 15k the car sounds like a creaking boat.
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I installed my own kit and after awhile it would make a clunk noise driving on gravel roads. Turned out that all it was, was the top strut nuts where a little loose and causing the strut to move a bit. Torqued it, and now at 40,000 km later no noise
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isn't there usually a break in period?
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Thanks for the replies, I will try tightening the strut nut. Hopefully that's all it is.

I've had this kit on for a few months now, just never got around to fixing this problem.
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Yeah, you're supposed to to final tightening while the car is under it's own weight.
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I bought the kit from you Mike and my 08 pops and clunks. I wasn't able to use the bolts I ordered from you on the rear (too far out) the front was too far out also. Finally had the arms slotted and the front arms bent (think Ford I beam) alignment is perfect but haven't solved the noises yet.
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