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Old 12-03-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Anyone else hear a lot of front suspension clunking when going over bumpy local roads at like 10pm or so? The noise itself isn't alarming and I'm guessing it could be normal, but it also seems a bit loud. Just wanted to see if other 15/16 owners noticed this and if this is normal.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:41 AM   #2
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:07 PM   #3
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Bring that car back to dealership and have them take a look. Its New and under Warranty,should have no cluncking sounds....not yet anyway!
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:34 PM   #4
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I had them look at it and they said they couldnt replicate it. It only happens at slow speeds on bumpy roads. They lifted it up and inspected it, but said that everything was fine. Is this a noise I just have to deal with?
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:20 PM   #5
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You say "clunking" but I think what you're hearing is normal. The bumps have to go somewhere, and thankfully, IMO, it isn't into the chassis and body like my '15.

The springs are the same. So in order to be compliant enough to absorb surface bumps and still perform well the struts initial compression allows the wheels to move easily... giving the impression you note.

It is a tradeoff I'm happy with. The '16's handling is excellent. Despite the seemingly loose wheel control over minor road imperfections, at speed on the highway, especially interstates, the smooth and competent control is exemplary, erasing the irritation of road irregularities from wear and patching yet taut and accurate everywhere.

One consequence of the '16's strut/shock tuning takes some getting used to... the rearend seems to twitch/sidestep slightly when a bump is encountered midturn. Unsettling until you realize you're fine, the car always tracks perfectly, but like I said it takes getting used to. Same with the seemingly "loose" sensation of the front you're asking about. Worry not... unless there's a clank.
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:21 AM   #6
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Ok so I'm guessing you experience the same dull thumping as well? From what you're saying it seems characteristic of these cars with their stiffer setup. But I didn't notice it when I first got it but I wasn't really paying attention.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:26 AM   #7
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Ok so I'm guessing you experience the same dull thumping as well? From what you're saying it seems characteristic of these cars with their stiffer setup. But I didn't notice it when I first got it but I wasn't really paying attention.
The larger heavier wheels and tires are at play here. They, for multiple reasons, cannot track the fine road detail accurately... their circumference too large for some and their weight too unweildy for others. A set of much lighter wheels, and lighter tires, would enhance wheel control over all surfaces. Add a set of quality coilovers to erase all your concern here.

I accept Subaru's solution. It works well... in comparison to a $7-9K "better/best" one.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:31 AM   #8
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Appreciate the responses. I'm running 20lb 17in aftermarket wheels tho which are way lighter than the 27lb 18's.
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:02 PM   #9
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Regarding your PM SeeYa -- I'm very relieved to hear that, thanks. It is definitely something I can live with if it means better handling, for sure. Glad to know it's not a major issue.

I was concerned b/c I did hit the "lip" of a section of road that was being repaved very hard to the point where I bottomed out and heard a pretty nasty thud. Aside from the dull thudding at slow speeds over uneven roads that you are also experiencing (and others as well hopefully), everything seems to be normal. Though I wouldn't mind others' chiming in on their experiences =)
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:39 PM   #10
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Regarding your PM SeeYa -- I'm very relieved to hear that, thanks. It is definitely something I can live with if it means better handling, for sure. Glad to know it's not a major issue.

I was concerned b/c I did hit the "lip" of a section of road that was being repaved very hard to the point where I bottomed out and heard a pretty nasty thud. Aside from the dull thudding at slow speeds over uneven roads that you are also experiencing (and others as well hopefully), everything seems to be normal. Though I wouldn't mind others' chiming in on their experiences =)
Yea, about hitting that lip some ahole left, I hit one of those,too, and was similarly concerned. It removed the recent sidewall shine almost to the rim but a lot of checking showed all good, thankfully. No warning, then BAM! Bastids.

Did the same on another Suby as well without issue. Hitting dead on is one thing, just don't want a curb-like hit... that bends expensive things.

Nevertheless, it would provide peace of mind if nothing else to visit a quality alignment shop if you remain concerned.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:27 PM   #11
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I'm pretty surprised how stiff my '16 WRX is. You can definitely hear the suspension working when driving over ripples and rough pavement, but it's not a "clunk" in the normal sense. My previous car was an '09 Scion xB, which was lowered so I'm pretty used to the harshness. It's just surprising for a factory setup.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:19 PM   #12
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Yeah, clunk was bad wording on my part. More like dull, muffled thumping. Maybe from the springs.

On another note I heard the worst, scariest noise from the side of my car today. I was making a sharp right turn onto a somewhat steepish incline -- a ramp into a shopping strip -- and I **** you not, I straight up thought I scraped the entire right underside of my car, but when I looked nothing was there. Is this the diff working? I'm praying that it is. Scared the *** out of me
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:39 AM   #13
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I think it's the torque vectoring or stability control. Mine does it everyday when I pull into my driveway. It's annoying. I was actually going to post about it, too. It sound exactly like you're scraping something. I first noticed it backing into my mother in laws driveway (next door). We live on a steep hill.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:46 AM   #14
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I meant to say that if you flip to the screen where it shows all 4 wheels, it shows that the torque(brake) vectoring kicked in. I don't understand why it would be doing that when I'm traveling maybe 5-10 mph turning into my driveway...or backing up for that matter. I just haven't heard anyone else complain about that so I'm not sure if I need to take it to the dealer or not.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:06 AM   #15
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http://www.iwsti.com/forums/2015-sti...ing-noise.html

http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/transm...underbody.html


Bonesteel, those two link are all I could find on the subject. I haven't read them in depth tho, so I may be wrong but it may be normal. It doesn't bother me as long as I know it's normal lol. I'm taking another look under my car now to make sure while it's light out
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:51 PM   #16
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If it was normal, you would think more people would have experienced it and posted about it. There's really not any info or resolution in those threads.
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Old 12-09-2015, 02:22 PM   #17
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It's going to take you a lot of trips to the dealership before they find out what the heck it wrong. These suspension clunks affect a lot of cars but not enough for the word to spread as to what exactly is going on. U can keep requesting time off and spending countless hours at a dealership or check the following:

1) check you top hats. U don't necessarily have to take the entire assembly off, but you will need an open end wrench and some allen wrenches. Make sure they're nice and tight.

2) Check you front sway bar and end links.

I had similar clunks when turn my steering wheel. I spent a lot of time at a dealership. Instead of really escalating it, cause I really wanted to mod my vehicle, I went ahead and started checking stuff. To be honest, I found the best results when I installed my RCE Yellow springs. It makes no sense that those were the cure, but something was loose and while installing and tightening everything back up, my clunks went away.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:29 PM   #18
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My front end is really noisy on my 16 premium, in fact I am getting ready to take it in, cause it clunks, sounds like the struts on my old car after they went out.
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I thought I was the only one and this is the second thread I found today that similarly describes what I'm experiencing. The sound is kind of clunk but it's more of a rattle, loose shaking sound. Only occurs when driving 15mph or slower and hitting slow bumps.

I brought it to the dealer, replicated the sound and the found nothing wrong with the suspension. I'm starting to think it's a loose exhaust hanger. Anyway I'm getting RCE yellows installed next week and I'll re assess after that.
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I thought I was the only one and this is the second thread I found today that similarly describes what I'm experiencing. The sound is kind of clunk but it's more of a rattle, loose shaking sound. Only occurs when driving 15mph or slower and hitting slow bumps.

I brought it to the dealer, replicated the sound and the found nothing wrong with the suspension. I'm starting to think it's a loose exhaust hanger. Anyway I'm getting RCE yellows installed next week and I'll re assess after that.
Let me know if the sound goes away. I talked with one guy on FB who had a MY15 and purchased the MY16 premium front suspension, after install he complained about it being clunky, he switched back to his original front suspension and the sound went away.
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Let me know if the sound goes away. I talked with one guy on FB who had a MY15 and purchased the MY16 premium front suspension, after install he complained about it being clunky, he switched back to his original front suspension and the sound went away.
Didn't realize the suspension was different in the 16 vs the 15. I have a 15 and installing the springs made the sound go away...for now. I think my issue was with loose nuts on the OEM strut.
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I've had this as well from steep inclines or declines while turning. Keep this thread alive for a fix. Yet to see a dealer about it.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:20 AM   #23
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I have noticed this for quite some time but it has gotten worse. Took it to the dealership and had a similar experience. Could not duplicate it on the lift. However on the ground, I could grab the top of the wheel with my hands and get left to right motion. One side was loose other was tight. They had two 2017s and one was tight while the other loose on both sides. I have logged a complaint with SOA. I'd like to see if anyone else can get the same movement out of their front suspension.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:10 PM   #24
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Bump. Anyone else have this issue. I have had a second opinion at a dealership with this clunk. I took the service manager out to show the play and the noise. He acknowledged the noise saying it was probably my CV joint which I didn't believe, but they would not acknowledge that it was loose. I hear the dull thumping... This is a clunk. We did the same parking lot check on their lot, 1 was loose, the other was tight. More 16 owners have to be noticing this issue. Please post up if you feel play/hear clunking in your front end going over low speed bumps. I have Subaru Quality Study initiated an would like to see how widespread this is.

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Old 10-21-2016, 07:09 PM   #25
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I'm having the same issue, it's driving me nuts, so much that I can't wait until I change the car next year. It feels like if its an old car. I will take it to the dealer next week as i heard that there's a TSB for the struts. Will update later.
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