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Whiteline Front Sway Bar clunks

So I have thought it a good idea to change my stock front sway bar for a Whiteline front sway bar (I have their rear sway bar along with the UCA and LCA's and Panhard bar and strut). Only one week after its installation by my Mustang specialist on my 2011 GT Premium (and after working flawlessly for a whole week), it started to make clunky noises first on the right and then on the left hand side. When I brought my car in, the specialist found that both end links were too loose despite the fact that he had tightened the nuts with the torque specified in the Whiteline installation guide. After he had tightened them again, the clunky sound when going over bumps was gone first but only to start again after an hour of driving. I am really disappointed, all the more since my original sway bar was never noisy.
I have asked Whiteline for help and they've asked me to send in the invoice, my car's specifics, summary of facts regarding the issue but at the moment I am still awaiting their reaction.
Did anyone have the same issues with WL front sway bar and if yes, what was the reason of the clunk? I am really disappointed cause the while cornering a bit better only at reasonable speed, the noise is really annoyingly louder than with the stock sway bar...
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Keep us posted on your final outcome and findings. Please post some photos of the installed sway bar. And what setting did you use?


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Keep us posted on your final outcome and findings. Please post some photos of the installed sway bar. And what setting did you use?
Hi PMDm13,
Actually I have used the weakest setting (i.e. the third and most outward swaybar hole). Strangely enough the handling was great for one week! Nothing whatsoever! And even understeer in tricky curves. And now I dread even the slightest bumb...
I ll keep you posted.
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Are the sway bar mounting brackets tight?
Is it adequately greased?
If the end links came loose again then maybe the nuts need a dab of loctite.
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Were the lateral locks properly installed by the mounting bushings?http://1.cdn.lib.americanmuscle.com/...54100-manu.pdf

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Are the sway bar mounting brackets tight?
Is it adequately greased?
If the end links came loose again then maybe the nuts need a dab of loctite.
Now, that you should mention it, I don't remember that the WL parts came with a grease tube. And to be honest, I don't think that anything was greased at all since WL claims their bushings to be maintenance free. Could that be the reason? Then again the endlinks don't have any grease nipples. I have thought of the brackets too but they clamp the bushings to the chassis, so why would they cause clunky noises? I will go to the garage tomorrow to have everything looked at again and if the locking nuts have loosened once again, I will loctite them.

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Were the lateral locks properly installed by the mounting bushings?http://1.cdn.lib.americanmuscle.com/...54100-manu.pdf
Yes, we've installed them exactly that way. What bugged me was that we had to mount the (original) brackets without the bracket holders because WL's bushings (there are two different pairs included in the set) wouldn't fit into the bracket holder. But on the instruction sheet, it looks as if the bracket holder is not supposed to be used. On one of AM's customer pictures you can see that someone had just flipped the bracket holder and mounted it the inverse way with the edges against the car but I don't see much sense in that.
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Just a quick update: the guys from Whiteline USA have reacted very quickly! It didn't even take a week before my request was forwarded to Whiteline UK which, without further ado, have sent me a brand new pair of replacement endlinks. I am really happy. by the end of this week, I will have them replaced by my specialist. I am sure that will sort the clunky noise problem out.
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Just a last update: I am super happy with the replacement endlinks! No clunky noises anymore whatsoever and the car goes into the corners as if there was no tomorrow! Huge thanks to the guys of Whiteline! Yeehaw!
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Any word on what, exactly, was allowing the noise?


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So did you ever have these torqued down correctly? I had the same issue but it was due to the torque specs being wrong.

I find it very important to have them correctly torqued down, especially when you start putting poly bushings everywhere.

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