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Ok gang...

I've now got one I need to research and figure out. I've got a random front end popping noise that is hard to reproduce. Like I seem to be able to reproduce it the most getting in the driveway because of a few tight turns I've got to make and you can feel the pop in the floor on the drivers side. I jacked up the front end and looked everything over the best I could and didn't find any damaged parts.

Last fall

[*]Ball joints

[*]Track bar

Last summer

[*]Wheel bearings

Steering is tight and good condition but there is a good pop when it does it. Now the only thing I did find is the driver side fender is torn loose from the body in 2 places. So I'm wondering if the body flexing is causing the fender pop against the body metal?

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I had found on all 3 of my second gens that the lower shock mount bolts would come loose on occasion and cause this. If it was an auto tranny this was really common on all 3 also was the tranny shift linkage arm would get dry and cause this very thing but a little lube in the sockets would cure it. Other than the above statements did you check the front axle stabilizer end links ?

--- Update to the previous post...

So the bushings are replaceable on the oem arms?

Yep, Bushings are replaceable on most all things thanks to the aftermarket parts world.
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I read the polyurathane bushings squeak a lot unless you put lithium grease on them while you install them. It's the same grease for boat trailer bearings that won't wash away from road spray.

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Now that I return home from the Dyno Event in Meridian, ID I can tackle the popping noise on the truck. (No. I didn't take my truck!) But just normal driving you don't feel it at all no problems. But as soon as I turn a hard corner or like back up to turn around you'll get the pop. It feels like it right next to the driver side kick panel.

I know, nobody loves a smart @ss... figured we'd tie Mike's creaper to the front axle & have some ya-hoo drive it down the road... What???

Geez Russ... I just feel the love with that one... :lmao:

I will do the driving!:thumbup2:

Only if you'll test it out creeper ride first... :cookoo::lmao2: Well when I pull it together today I'll take the truck now to the shop and jack it up and look a little deeper into it!
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Don't try this at home, kids... Yas know I was only haven't fun with the head honcho! I guess hanging out the door upside down, isn't a great idea either! LOL!! Sorry guys, I guess my brain is fried... Russ

RE: creeper ride: Geez Russ... I just feel the love with that one... :lmao:

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Don't try this at home, kids... Yas know I was only haven't fun with the head honcho! I guess hanging out the door upside down, isn't a great idea either! LOL!! Sorry guys, I guess my brain is fried... Russ

Isn't that how the Duke boys would do it if Cooter wasn't there to help out?:tongue:
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