Clunk When Steering (MC GC 2.5) Lifted Jeep

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- installed metalcloak game changer 2.5in lift kit, went off-roading, now I have a clunk coming from the frame when I steer sharply or hit speedbumps at low speeds. I can literally feel a knock in my front left foot when it happens. Passengers in the back can also hear it.

- checked all the control arms, track bars, swaybar bolts, and body mount bolts for torque (these are things I have touched so assumed one may be loose)

- I checked the track bar bracket welds, as I know that has been an issue.. it looks stable to me.. no obvious cracks.

- took it to dealer for routine maintenance, and paid them to diagnose the issue... they said it was sway bar bushings, which I doubted, but replaced anyway. the problem still persists, even with sway bar disconnected.

- may be drag link ball joints? I did notice my drag link has the same vertical motion that I guess is normal, I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary with my steering so I'm not sure its this... Is it common for these joints to go bad after a full flex situation? jeep has 17k miles.

Id really rather not go back to that dealer.. i'm open to any ideas ... help...



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Have you checked the alignment or had a proper alignment performed?

Does this happen in 4wd and 2wd?

I'd probably jack it up with the front axle floating and give all the steering components a good shaking and feel for play in the joints. Make sure everything is torqued to spec and everything is buttoned back up.

I have a similar build but never had issues with clunking after the lift. Maybe go through the lift kit instructions again and make sure you put everything back together.

Good luck, hope everyhting works out!
 
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Took this video of the drag link, at one point the end link clicks upwards as the steering is moved back and forth in one area. is this normal? the click is visibly noticeable at the wheel as well.
 

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After watching your video, it does not appear to me the drag link would be causing the clunk. The movement in the joint doesn't look loose to me.

As with @maaark suggestions, I would secure the front axle up on jack stands, start the engine, and have someone turn the wheel lock to lock while you watch/listen for the clunking sound. Hopefully you can replicate it that way and will be able to see/hear where it's at. You can also leave the wheels on the ground, leave the engine off, and have someone continuously move the steering wheel slightly left/right while you look at and inspect all of the joints, bushings, and mounts. You don't want the wheels to actually move, just need enough leverage on the front steering to put some force into the bushings/joints. If any of these are bad, you can see the abnormal movement right away.

My first thought was maybe a front spring was installed incorrectly and not seated properly in a spring pad. After that, then I would look at the track bar mounts and bushings. By doing the above inspections, hopefully you can get it identified.
 

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- installed metalcloak game changer 2.5in lift kit, went off-roading, now I have a clunk coming from the frame when I steer sharply or hit speedbumps at low speeds. I can literally feel a knock in my front left foot when it happens. Passengers in the back can also hear it.

- checked all the control arms, track bars, swaybar bolts, and body mount bolts for torque (these are things I have touched so assumed one may be loose)

- I checked the track bar bracket welds, as I know that has been an issue.. it looks stable to me.. no obvious cracks.

- took it to dealer for routine maintenance, and paid them to diagnose the issue... they said it was sway bar bushings, which I doubted, but replaced anyway. the problem still persists, even with sway bar disconnected.

- may be drag link ball joints? I did notice my drag link has the same vertical motion that I guess is normal, I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary with my steering so I'm not sure its this... Is it common for these joints to go bad after a full flex situation? jeep has 17k miles.

Id really rather not go back to that dealer.. i'm open to any ideas ... help...
What track bar are you running?
 

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- installed metalcloak game changer 2.5in lift kit, went off-roading, now I have a clunk coming from the frame when I steer sharply or hit speedbumps at low speeds. I can literally feel a knock in my front left foot when it happens. Passengers in the back can also hear it.

- checked all the control arms, track bars, swaybar bolts, and body mount bolts for torque (these are things I have touched so assumed one may be loose)

- I checked the track bar bracket welds, as I know that has been an issue.. it looks stable to me.. no obvious cracks.

- took it to dealer for routine maintenance, and paid them to diagnose the issue... they said it was sway bar bushings, which I doubted, but replaced anyway. the problem still persists, even with sway bar disconnected.

- may be drag link ball joints? I did notice my drag link has the same vertical motion that I guess is normal, I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary with my steering so I'm not sure its this... Is it common for these joints to go bad after a full flex situation? jeep has 17k miles.

Id really rather not go back to that dealer.. i'm open to any ideas ... help...
I know you said you checked the control arms but that's what it sounds like to me. I had this issue with the driver rear upper on the axle side being tight but not at torque spec. The noise sounded like it came from the front of the jeep but ended up being the rear. Mine would happen while making a slow turn.
 

                           













































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