After the Farmington road trip I decided it was time to find where the
clunking noise was coming from when I turned the front tires. It looked to
be a good time for some axle R&R as well when I found some rust on one of the
drive slugs. Considering a few of the deep water crossing I did this
spring I'd say the leak wasn't too bad.
Pretty sure this was the source of the cluncking. This is the 3/4 x 7"
grade eight bolt that runs between my upper steering arm and stock lower tie rod
mount. Despite being sleeved it looks like the bolt bent which egged out the
sleeve. I had to pound this one out. I plan on getting some new
bolts and will make some new sleeves out of .250 wall DOM tubing. The
previous sleeves were .120 wall HREW
Initially I thought the kingpins may be the cause of the front end noises but
the lower bearings looked ok and only the upper plastic bushings showed damage
While I had the front end apart I did a check of the front axles. No
twist was evident one either the inners or outers. I plan on checking the rear
shafts soon which are just stock 14 bolt shafts. After the 3 wild days in
Farmington I will be stunned if they show no twist.
The knuckles looked good with no cracks evident so they received a cleaning
and fresh coat of paint and are awaiting re-assembly.