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Old 04-27-2012, 01:57 PM   #26
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I've had 2 sets of KWs and never a clunking issue. Maybe you just got a bad set, or you have some other issue you haven't found yet.
hopefully it wouldnt turn out to be a bad set because it means i would have to reship them back. maybe next week i will go thru my under carriage one last time.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:39 PM   #27
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I think you need to stop throwing parts at the problem for the time being and locate the root cause. Clunking is typically caused by clearance issues, may it be bearing, seating surfaces, whatever, it doesn't matter, it is the movement then stop of movement that you hear.
You said you removed the sway bars and retorqued the end links, does this mean you have completely disconnected your sway bars and still have clunking? If not, inspect this component again.
Which arms are you using? Bearing type or bushing type? Perhaps an arm is worn?

More importantly, WHEN is it clunking? Driveways? Rough roads? Suspension compression? This is the hard thing about the internet... hard to hear or feel what you are observing.

And of course, last stupid question... are the wheels torqued and mounted properly? I've seen this too...
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:47 PM   #28
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I think you need to stop throwing parts at the problem for the time being and locate the root cause. Clunking is typically caused by clearance issues, may it be bearing, seating surfaces, whatever, it doesn't matter, it is the movement then stop of movement that you hear.
You said you removed the sway bars and retorqued the end links, does this mean you have completely disconnected your sway bars and still have clunking? If not, inspect this component again.
Which arms are you using? Bearing type or bushing type? Perhaps an arm is worn?

More importantly, WHEN is it clunking? Driveways? Rough roads? Suspension compression? This is the hard thing about the internet... hard to hear or feel what you are observing.

And of course, last stupid question... are the wheels torqued and mounted properly? I've seen this too...

Hi. The sound of metal hitting against metal generally comes when im going through small bumps or on low speed. Also we removed the sway bars totally and went onto the road to test it. The sound is still there. And, yes. the wheels are mounted professional using a mounting and balancing machine and torqued according to factory specs. Also, I'm using a bushing type arm and the bushing has been replaced with a whiteline bushing.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #29
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Couple of longshots, but did you do anything with the rear diff? Maybe something there is loose and it's moving around? Also check that the exhaust isn't hitting anything. I had a banging noise I could NOT find. Turned out the exhaust was hitting the drive shaft coupling. I could never see anything because it was on top of the exhaust. Wasn't until I changed exhaust hangers that it went away.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:18 PM   #30
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Couple of longshots, but did you do anything with the rear diff? Maybe something there is loose and it's moving around? Also check that the exhaust isn't hitting anything. I had a banging noise I could NOT find. Turned out the exhaust was hitting the drive shaft coupling. I could never see anything because it was on top of the exhaust. Wasn't until I changed exhaust hangers that it went away.
Nope. Never did anything to the differential except changing differential oil which was done by professionals.
Also im using a stock genome exhaust. never had a sound problem with it
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #31
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Tried for the last time today. didn't seem to work.. giving up on these coilovers.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:18 PM   #32
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And there's no leaking or whatsoever. Checked everything already. Also I forgot to mention, the previous stock suspension too clunked but it wasn't as loud as this. As you people know, kw came without top mount and u had to reuse it. Does it have anything to do with it?

so you say you had a clunk already? and now the CLUNK is still there. seems like something else is wrong and it is not your KW bros. you should look more into this is the problem was already there.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #33
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ok certified KW Variant 3 to be a complete bull****. im gonna throw this garbage away once i get a replacement coils.

apparently no matter what we do, the clunk is there. we even removed all of the sway bars to test it to see if thats the problem but hell no. the problem lies with the coilovers itself.

we tried so many top hats to test it.. cusco ones, oem sti ones, group n all of them were giving out this bull**** noise. i can say accurately that i have spent more time on this piece of garbage over other coilovers that i've owned before. even taiwan made coilovers didnt give me this kinda bull**** clunk. im done with this..

thats good. throw them away and once you spend more money to buy new coilovers you will still have the same CLUNK since it's always BEEN THERE
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:35 PM   #34
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Sounds like its not the kw's causing your clunk it could even be something simple as your trunk lid...etc. maybe have somebody drive your car while u r in the trunk to source exactly where the clunking is coming from
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:31 PM   #35
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Just do a google search on KW clunk. Lots and lots of instances of clunking. You're not alone.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:17 PM   #36
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I don't know a lot about Subaru suspensions but my brother put V3's on his GTO and he had some clunking issues as well. I know that the suspension setups are probably entirely different, but one of the gurus he talked to about it suggested that maybe the swaybar endlinks were to blame. Said that adjustable end links would help because the sway was being put in a bind with the lower ride. Might be way off here, just trying to throw an idea out there.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #37
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Ball joint bolt is loose.

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:55 PM   #38
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Just do a google search on KW clunk. Lots and lots of instances of clunking. You're not alone.

please look at his first 3 post he stated the clunk as THERE WITH IS STOCK SUSPENSION
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #39
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Sorry but I forgot to mention that the clunk was on OEM struts due to insufficient grease had nothing to do with anything. And the clunking on the stock struts went away after greasing them.

So yeah kw is being a bitch
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:34 AM   #40
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the clunk is probably from the shock not being seated properly on the top hat. 02-03 and 04-07 tops and struts are a little different. There's a little washer that either needs to be on there or not depending on the year.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:21 AM   #41
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Sorry but I forgot to mention that the clunk was on OEM struts due to insufficient grease had nothing to do with anything. And the clunking on the stock struts went away after greasing them.

So yeah kw is being a bitch

how are they being a BITCH??? you bitching about a problem you had prior to buying your new KWs you dumb ass... so how is KW being a bitch?
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:39 AM   #42
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There's nothing unsolvable in this world with mr green bills.

Thanks for your time and don't bother to reply. I will pay a visit with the shop soon with mr green bills. Let's see if I need your "advise" or not again.
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Im sorry for venting but hope you people can understand that, after spending 2.4k on these coilovers and almost $800 on the brand new top hats and $75x8x3= 1.8k on labour for 3 days to figure out this problem. I don't really feel like continuing rectifying this problem no more especially after spending 5.8k on these coilovers alone..
1) ask advice
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Gets answers/suggestions.

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That's a great way to solve your problem
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:09 PM   #43
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i have this same issue and had no cluck with my other bc coils

looks like the bolt isnt threaded enough or tight enough
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still have yet to anwer my question jason
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #45
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Reviving an old thread to share my experience. I had a similar clunk on my KWs, but it came from the right front. Small clunk or knocking sound over small bumps at low speeds. It was the top nut on shock shaft. Briefly zapped it with an impact wrench while they were mounted on the car. Took care of the noise. I'm pleasantly surprised with how quiet my KW V3s are considering the switch to camber plates up front and Group N mounts in the rear.
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Did the OP get his clunk sorted out?

I'm having a similar problem with some Fortune coilovers in the rear. Used to clunk on the right rear until I asked them about the tophat orientation looking wrong and they agreed they had the left and right mixed on assembly. Swapped left and right by switching the bottom clevis, and now the noise is on the left. So I know it's either their damper or tophat. Preload was checked and double checked. I suspect the tophats and was going to swap in some factory ones to see if it vanishes. But it sounds like the OP tried this with unfavorable results.
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^^^ so you mixed your left and right rear shocks up? ?? How would you mount the brake lines? Just curious because even if u did it still should make noise at all
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:26 AM   #49
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^^^ so you mixed your left and right rear shocks up? ?? How would you mount the brake lines? Just curious because even if u did it still should make noise at all
I mixed nothing. They assembled them wrong. I installed with the clevis's on the correct side. I looked at the strut tops and they were offset for camber/caster, but non-adjustable. But the had the caster being removed. (Caster really doesnt matter in the rear.) I saw this on preinstall. Questioned it. Figured they are smarter than me, and had a previous email from them stating that their coilovers are ready to go, just set height. So I put them in and sent a email asking if it was wrong. After several back and forths, and pictures, they admitted to assembling them wrong. So I swapped left and right.
So the noise went with the side to side change meaning the problem 100% lies with their product, be it a defect or whatever.
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Learn to read. the stock OEM shocks clunked thats why I spent over 2.5k to buy a KW because I got so ****in pissed at the sound.

Then you have other suspension related problems. More than likely your top hats are probably shot and you need to buy more but I am no mechanic.
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