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post #1 of 7 Old 10-30-2002, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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growing pains--weird popping noise!

Okay, I recently installed a 3" Tera flex lift on my 01 TJ, and since then, there is a popping noise when I turn the wheel really far one way, and always when I hit "large" bumps. I took my jeep offroad for the first time this weekend and it was popping and ticking so badly we had to stop and try to figure it out. I'm sure it is directly related to the new lift, but am not sure where to start looking. If anyone has ever broken the sway bar link, it is making exactly that sound. Besides tightening every bolt I can find, is there any particular "problem areas" I can look at?
it may be unrelated, but I never have gotten around to putting the rear trac bar back in (I don't even feel the difference in the drive anymore). Also, though this is common, we drilled a hole to re-install the front trac bar instead of getting a relocation bracket. Could it have to do with that?
It's under warranty, but I'm sure the problem relates to the lift.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-30-2002, 12:25 PM
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If it is only happening when turning have you checked bumpstops for proper adjustment? Thats all I can think of right now
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I would check the swaybar links both up front and in back. An easy way to see if one of them is broke or is popping is to grab the rollbar or something strong up high and rock the heck out of it. If it's one of them, it'll probably start popping while doing that. Also, check your motor mounts. I had my rear one (the one holding the transfercase to the skidplate) go out and it was extremely loud popping both starting to move and hitting bumps. Sounded terrible when locked into 4wd. Just some things to hopefully help.


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hmmm. Bumpstops. forgot about that. They are in there for the front, but I'm not sure how tight. I never put them in the rear, cause it didn't come with the kit, and I was told that a lot of people ran without them.
The popping happens always on bumps, and occasionally on sharp turns, such as u turns.
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GRLSCAN2, check your control arms, make sure all those are torqed down. If they're binding or even slightly loose, they'll pop and knock. I've had a 3" teraflex, and that was a problem I first had.

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I could be way off, but have you checked your u-joints? A lot of people complain about popping from them and it's possible that the sound is coming from them with a coincidence that you just put on the lift.

If I am off, sorry!
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-31-2002, 08:22 AM
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Mine did the same thing, turns out it was the front track bar. I did the same setup..just drilled a new hole for the front track bar, The torx bolt in there wasnt really tight and everytime i would turn full lock, the axle would shift and pull the bolt to one side making a really loud poping sound. Ya might wanna have someone turn your wheels while you look underneath to see what is going on.

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