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 Old 05-03-2018, 07:32 AM   #1
 
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Default MS3 Gen 1 Suspension Issues

First off, let me introduce myself to the forum. This is my first post so I'm sorry if I make a rookie error or show any noob like behavior.

I've read the other threads over suspension issues that sound to have the same problem, but I figured some of you guys would have a little more insight. So my car has been making a slight clunking noise when going over bumps in the road for quite a while. I did a much needed upgrade to the car and installed bc racing coilovers on the car. The clunking seemed to stop for a while after the coilovers, but within the past two weeks its come back and it's way worse!

The best way to describe the problem is when going over any slight bump or pothole or even and uneven surface on the road the car makes a disheartening clunking noise. I can tell the noise sounds to mainly be coming from the left front. I just want to fix the problem soon before it turns into a bigger issue. I read that it could possible be ball joints and that the lower a arm ball joints are the first to go so I just purchased two new lower a arm assembly's and ofcourse the problem is still there. My next thought is front sway bar end links, but I wanted to ask you guys is there is a certain way to diagnose the problem instead of just throwing parts at it, because we're all on budgets. haha. Any suggestions on what else I may need to check out and how to check for the problem.

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check front sway bar bushings, if there's play there you can prolly move the sway bar by hand and recreate the noise.
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What Pu Manchu said. I had the same issue. Before I did them I found a blown strut and my strut bearings were shot. Replaced them but the clunk persisted. Did the sway bar bushings and it is gone. Now the rear is doing it.
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Okay, I’ll check for play later on today. Is it a difficult job to replace the front sway bar bushing? Or is it just time consuming? And is yall’s opinion, is it a good idea to go ahead and replace the end links as well?
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Google it or search for the how to here. The job isn't hard but requires you to get yo' ass underneath the front end of the car. I didn't feel the slop in the sway bar as it only happened under load. I didn't replace my endlinks.
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Okay thanks! I’ll update once I figure out what the issue might be.
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Do the end links at the same time you do the sway bar bushings. End links are easy. For the swaybar bushings, you will need to be under the car with your feet sticking out the front.

The parts are dirt cheap. Some work involved with the bushing sets, but not too bad. I recommend you get the bushing sets with zerk fittings and be sure to fill them full of grease after installing as they are going to be shipped dry. And grease the bar itself first.

These are good. JBR makes lots of good stuff for our cars.

JBR Tru-Torsion Stainless Sway Bar Brackets and Bushings [SB-BSH-BRKT] - $31.99 : James Barone Racing, Aftermarket Performance
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There's also a chance it could be a worn ball joint.
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Yeah, I’ve replaced the two lower a-arm ball joints. I’ll defiantly check out those bushings, but do any of you have any recommendations as far as the end links go? Should I go adjustable or what?
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Endlinks are ALL adjustable. They're used to set your toe-in/out.
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Yeah, I’ve replaced the two lower a-arm ball joints. I’ll defiantly check out those bushings, but do any of you have any recommendations as far as the end links go? Should I go adjustable or what?
I'd say go OEM Mazda. Then again I'm stock
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I had BAD clunking as well. For me it was an end link. I just replaced both fronts with OEM. When I shook the sway bar by hand I could hear it clunk. With new end links I could not get it to make the sound by shaking the sway bar. No more clunks over bumps. It was driving me nuts.
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