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Lol. I think the slop in the mounting hole and the shock isn't helping. I am gonna explore a bolt that fits tight. The clunk is the lower shock mount moving on the bolt IMO that's why when u tighten the crap out of it the movement stops because the aluminum squeezes the shock mount like it should. It's not enough though. The bolts seem to stretch and the mount in the control arm is so strong it's hard for it to squeeze the mount with the bolt. Again just my opinion but I think the bolt idea might help. Just have to find some time to play with it
 

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I got my truck back from dealer today,after 22k mile of hearing the right front clunking or clanking,it is fixed,Ford finally gave in and sent a new shock,bottom control arm and all new hardware and such.
Now that the rf is fixed and quiet,I can hear a sound from drivers side.LOL
I told the dealer that and he said they will tell ford and hope to get the new left front also.
 

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Got the truck back tonight.
They replaced all the driver side stuff,lower control arm,shock and all hardware.
Finally the front is all quiet.
For the guys who have issues,keep on the dealer,the problem is the gap between control arm and shock.To much slop.
Tightening the shit out of the bolt don't always work.
 

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I just posted under Annoying Rattle my findings on the front end rattle or clunk depending on what part of the country you are from. Please read need some feed back, thax!
 

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I think the bolt slop is one of the causes of the clunk. Try finding the right size that fits the shock snug. Now that I have my shocks out I will check it out myself. I went with icons and no clunk now.
 

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Lol. Was writing about it in the clunk post. Shouldered spacers that fit in the control arm and uses a 5/8s bolt. Lower and upper mounts use spherical bearings. Not a sound out of the front end
 

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Good news, having my lower control arms and shocks replaced tomorrow. Question to those that have had this done. What is the difference between the original parts and the new replacement parts????
 

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Wonderful, wonder why guys that have had Ford replace the control arm/shock report it all quiet in the front end. Mine was noisy at all most new. And why some owners never had an issue, thoughts?
 

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It's all about how tight u can get the lower bolt. Every shop is different. Air pressures and impact guns are all different or doing it by hand most shops don't have the right torque wrench. A 3/4 impact gun like they use for big rigs can get it tight enough. We use a kick ass 1/2 snap on gun and crank on them for a little bit.
 

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I torqued mine by hand using a snap on torque wrench and a 4x multiplier. I torqued the latest attempt to 440 ft-lbs still rattled. Been pretty freak'n frustrating. Hoping Ford has a better idea tomorrow.
 

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Lol. I think the slop in the mounting hole and the shock isn't helping. I am gonna explore a bolt that fits tight. The clunk is the lower shock mount moving on the bolt IMO that's why when u tighten the crap out of it the movement stops because the aluminum squeezes the shock mount like it should. It's not enough though. The bolts seem to stretch and the mount in the control arm is so strong it's hard for it to squeeze the mount with the bolt. Again just my opinion but I think the bolt idea might help. Just have to find some time to play with it
Hey KHC Dave, have you ever had a chance to play with finding a replacement bolt that might have better tolerance than the factory one? I don't even know where to start looking for a bolt that might work to be honest but if someone could point me in the right direction I would invest the time. I've exhausted the Ford warranty route, not going to get into that...
Here's some pictures that another forum member took after pulling his apart. Is it just me or should the threads not start until they clear the entire mounting area? It doesn't look like a proper way to mount this to me.











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Hey guys I'm new to this but I have been stewing about my front end clunk for some time now I have escorted out of dealer ship because of it but any ways I jacked my truck up with weight of truck on jack and grabbed front wheel and was getting clunk out of rack running or not finally found a dealer that would listen to me and they replaced rack and wow what a difference the clunking in front end is pretty much gone ford had some shitty racks but they do not want to replace them imagine that just wanted to let you guys know huge difference
 

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I recently bought a 2013 raptor. I heard the dreaded front end clunk and sent it into service. Of course the dealer didnt hear anything...(very obvious its coming from the passenger front). I figured to do a quick google search to see if other people have had this issue and wallaahhh I see this thread about fixing the issue with the lower shock bolt. I also noticed your from NJ as well :smiley_thumbs_up::smiley_thumbs_up: I personally stated that it felt as if the lower shock bolt was loose when I handed the truck to service before reading this thread. I also noticed in this thread and some other threads that there seems to often be a few bolts not torq to spec up front on these raptors. I was wondering if you guys can look over the front end of my new truck and make sure everything is torq to spec. I had a feeling its most likely the lower shock bolt but I simply dont have the adequate tools to reach that torq spec. If you can PM me what you would charge to look over the front end? I just like the assurance that everything was looked over and torq to spec instead of the one plausible issue (lower shock bolt). I would have PM'ed you over this matter but I needed to reach 25 posts before I can PM anyone. Thanks in advance!
 

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Well the pictures above are mine and Ford replaced the right lower control arm, the sway bar links AND the "Blue" bolts with bolts that have a shoulder that spans the gap AND the noise continues. They would NOT replace the shocks big brother said "no, no, no". Interesting thought on the rack, I'll have to check that out, I have no other ideas except replace the front Fox shocks for $2500. I guess I'll just add a noisy exhaust and turn up the radio. What a fiasco this has been for the last three years. :kap:
 

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Well the pictures above are mine and Ford replaced the right lower control arm, the sway bar links AND the "Blue" bolts with bolts that have a shoulder that spans the gap AND the noise continues. They would NOT replace the shocks big brother said "no, no, no". Interesting thought on the rack, I'll have to check that out, I have no other ideas except replace the front Fox shocks for $2500. I guess I'll just add a noisy exhaust and turn up the radio. What a fiasco this has been for the last three years. :kap:
Guess it's time to upgrade to ICON's.. :doh:
 

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My problem is $2500 for front Icons, that is a real chunk of change and what if the clunk/rattle is still there after replacement! That is my concern I need to know 100 percent what the problem is. New ICONS for the front is 5 percent of what I paid for my truck. I need to know the root cause of the rattle.
 
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