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    Clunking noise from front end when turning right..

    Hey everyone,

    I recently did a 5 lug conversion all around and Q45 brakes on the front (on S14).
    While I was there, I replaced my front passenger side inner & outer tie rod and right ball joint (w/ moog OEM replacement parts).

    Now every time the car is in motion and wheels pointed to the right, I hear clunking noise from front right tire general area. It only happens when the car is moving and turning right. Clunking is constant and it speeds up/slows down with the car. Sometimes it does it when I apply brakes, but not as loud. I double checked all the bolts multiple times, and I was not able to recreate the clunking with the car up in the air.

    Because I am waiting for adjustable tension rods, I have not done an alignment yet (which is messed up real bad). Just for the record, I only drove it around the block.

    I have couple guesses:

    1) Bad hub. But why does it only clunk when I turn right?

    2) Excessive toe in (or out) putting extra stress on something.


    3) Control arm bushing is really worn out (didn't look that bad).

    4) Tension rod bushing were really really worn out, but I am not sure if it would cause constant clunks like that.

    Any similar experience or suggestions on how to identify the issue?

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    sounds like tie rods, you said you just replaced them but without that alignment its fairly easy to wreck them. i bet if you took the wheels off youd already see some rub marks somewhere. try taking whatever finite measuring tools you have or may be able to borrow and getting your specs as near oem as possible just in the mean time. ive seen a lot of garage mechanics screw up brand new parts because they took a tape measure or counted threads and said good to go...

    i cant say its similar but all the guesses you put down ive had issues with on my old lifted chevy 1500, and integra. since theyre both pretty much polar opposites to a 240 i could be wrong and one of those may be the issue... but i kinda doubt it. just made the tires screech in certain situations for the first 2. second 2 it wasnt rapid clunks but almost like it built up pressure then it did like a loud almost snapping clunk.

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    Sounds like something's hitting somewhere. Wheel weights on the caliper maybe?

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    ryan95, since caliper and strut tower rotates with the wheel, that clearance issue is either there, or not there if you know what I mean.
    But I thought that too at first, so I've looked all over for shaved/shiny parts.

    SXmeUP, the car is parked until I get tension rods. I didn't want to pay for two alignments, so I chose to wait. But it's getting alignment as soon as those are in. I really hope that it will solve the issue.

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    Surprisingly. Your wheel assembly will flex more than you think.

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    ryan95, Wheel is about millimeter from strut tower. Other than that I can't spot any possible clearance issues in case of flex.

    I'm running Z32 wheels, are they known for clearance issues on S14's?

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    Buuut. Just go over everything you changed. The problem has to be in a recently installed part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan95 View Post
    Buuut. Just go over everything you changed. The problem has to be in a recently installed part.
    -Passenger side front ball joint
    -Passenger side front inner tie rod
    -Passenger side front outer tie rod
    -5 Lug spindles on the front
    -Q45 Rotors on the front
    -Q45 Calipers on the front
    -Z32 wheels (16")

    That would be a complete list for the front end.
    I double checked everything bunch of times.
    I guess I can try prying on stuff to find worn out bushings..

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    Do you have all sticky weights? Or are you running tap on wheel weights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rovch View Post
    -Passenger side front ball joint
    -Passenger side front inner tie rod
    -Passenger side front outer tie rod
    -5 Lug spindles on the front
    -Q45 Rotors on the front
    -Q45 Calipers on the front
    -Z32 wheels (16")

    That would be a complete list for the front end.
    I double checked everything bunch of times.
    I guess I can try prying on stuff to find worn out bushings..

    bad wheel baring.
    did a shop press it in or you do it?

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    maybe one of the ball joint you put in didnt have grease in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by s13halfs15 View Post
    bad wheel baring.
    did a shop press it in or you do it?
    I had used OEM S14 knuckles with spindles already in them.

    Today I installed Adjustable Tension Rods and Took it for an alignment. Their mechanic was unable to find the noise.
    But after fresh alignment, it only clunks when I take really hard right turns at higher speeds. Does not pop when I take light right or at parking lot speeds anymore.

    But what I've noticed driving today, is that something feels lose when I apply moderate amount of brakes at slow speeds coming to a full stop which makes me think it's a control arm bushing. Possible, right?

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    could be a few things but it kinda sounds like a motor mount...

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    Sure it's not a sway bar endlink?
    "How do I reach these keedz"

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    try the brake calipers might have a lose bolt or worse missing.

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