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Old 11-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Moved-Strut Noise on M-18000-ZX3

I just replaced my stock struts/dampners on my 2000 ZX3. In addition, I replaced the front sway bar end link (Duralast - It's actually beefier than stock) and the toe endlinks (Duralast - they were cheap to buy).

After test driving, I noticed that on really crappy roads the front struts make alot of clunking noise. Slight imperfections on the road, the strut makes a firm clunk sound like any aftermarket coilover sound. The noise and feel almost feels like a Miata R-Package suspension (Bilstein's dampening is too strong for the soft springs).

My question to people who have done strut/damper replacement only on stock springs, are your front struts clunking?? I have a feeling it's normal (SVT struts/dampeners are too strong for the softer ZX3 springs) and the beefier front sway bar endlinks are compounding the clunking noise.


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Take the end links off and run it like that over uneven pavement. Yes you can do it and no there's no harm leaving the bar without endlinks for a small period of time. If the noise goes away its the end links. I personally doubt that's the problem. Seems lime the strut bolt that holds the strut is loose. If your hearing a clunk and you have newer end links, and you just swapped all this suspension stuff, check the strut bolts on the strut tower. I had clunking over a kinds of bumps, changed to adjustable end links and still clunked. Popped the hood, and pushed the car up and down on the radiator support while my friend listened near the strut towers. Low and behold the passenger side upper mount was clunking slightly. Impacted it right up and no more clunk. This is the second time this has gotten. Loose since I upgraded my struts and shocks.

As far as the Svt struts not handling OEM springs, they can just perfectly.
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Too many people don't get the strut shaft nut tight enough. It's a lock nut and it feels tight when it really isn't. This allows the spring to have too much movement in the upper mount. As hotfocus mentioned, make sure that nut is properly tightened.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your responses, I was living in denial that the strut locking nut on the piston shaft was tight enough when I installed it.

I wasn't going to take down and disassemble the front struts just to tighten the strut locking nut to torque specs. I just reasoned to myself: if I messed up the piston shaft threads while impacting, I would have to take down the struts anyways.

After several turns and seeing the strut nut going deeper into the mount, I test drove in between intervals when the strut not got deeper (I didn't want to risk overtightening). It tighten up everything and no more clunking.

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