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Front end grinding, clunk when turning

I have a 2008 Limited HEMI with an OME 2.5in Lift, JeepinByAL A-Arms and I do not have spacers. I keep getting a clunk and popping in tight turns at low speed and I just found a part of the lower control arm is rubbing up against the interior of the part that houses the Caliper/Brake assembly. I wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem, knows what causes it or how to fix it? Thanks!
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I have the exact same issue.
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That is just the steering stop.... it's supposed to hit.

Did you reprogram the computer for larger tires? Did you get an alignment?

You're likely hearing your traction control engage the abs pump and front locker. Press and hold the TCS button for 10 seconds until you get the "TCS off" message on the dash and see if the noise goes away.

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And since you don't have spacers, your tire might be rubbing the body inside the fender well depending on what size you have (unless you have aftermarket wheels with less backspace).

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That is just the steering stop.... it's supposed to hit.

Did you reprogram the computer for larger tires? Did you get an alignment?

You're likely hearing your traction control engage the abs pump and front locker. Press and hold the TCS button for 10 seconds until you get the "TCS off" message on the dash and see if the noise goes away.
100% thats designed to make contact there.

Matt is on the right track here.
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Hey Matt, I didn't reprogram for the larger tires and I will do that soon. I had an alignment a month ago. Just need to buy the computer from the lift store. My speedo is off by 5mph. I just got back from the dealer and my ball joints are the problem that's causing the clunking. I was hoping for something less expensive but no such luck. Ordered new lower control arms, sway bar links and sway bar bushings. Gonna be 8.5 hours labor too. This sucks. I'm fortunate I work at a Jeep dealership but this is still gonna set me back a chunk of change!

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The lower ball joints are replaceable without changing the whole control arm.

I understand that most people change the whole control arm as there are numerous other bushes that may also be worn.
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I think the selling larger components for replacement is more for savings on labor, i.e. it would cost more to pay for the labor to replace the ball joint than it would to just pay for a quicker replacement of a whole arm.

As well, DIY'er that don't have the special tools can still do the job by getting the larger part.

The quick struts are becoming very popular, where you get the whole strut put together.

But, you're right, that is another purpose for just buying the next larger assembly, you'll replace all the wearable parts at once.


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8.5 labor hours for lca's and sway bar bushings? ???

..... I'm gonna say this the nicest way possible. As someone who's had more XK front ends apart than most people on the planet and worked as a certified tech, get a 2nd opinion.... don't care if you work there.... that's either a typo or complete BS

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I'm starting to suspect the same thing. He told me first it was $1000 for labor then said he'd knock it down to $700 and it includes the alignment. Two other people told me it should be closer to $400. Im going to get a quote from an independent across the street today and maybe i'll just buy the parts and walk next door.

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