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Old 06-29-2016, 03:42 AM
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Yeap, as StephenVA says, those are the bolts and you can reuse apparently. I am a guy that thinks once a metal bolt is stretched, its weaker than it needs to be and if I am honest I was a bit forceful with the removal of these bolts so they where pretty buggered. I have fitted new ones and they are much easier as I haven't taken all the edges off the bolts and nice and easy to tighten to correct torque.

Good luck, hope it solves the problem.
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Unfortunately for me it appears the problem is not the bolts holding the reinforcement plate . All bolts tight and no obvious signs that they had been removed in past so I left them alone - also no indications of wear or movement around any of the bolts. Steering seems fine - smooth, vehicle tracks straight and tires wearing evenly. I'll have to have the suspension inspected unless anyone has any other ideas?
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Unfortunately for me it appears the problem is not the bolts holding the reinforcement plate . All bolts tight and no obvious signs that they had been removed in past so I left them alone - also no indications of wear or movement around any of the bolts. Steering seems fine - smooth, vehicle tracks straight and tires wearing evenly. I'll have to have the suspension inspected unless anyone has any other ideas?
Perhaps sway bar links loose/worn. As a matter of fact if they serviced the front airbags/struts they would have had to remove/detach the swaybar links. I ve seen these items clunk on a front suspension especially if they were not tightened back up correctly.
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I've re-used mine quite a few times. I didn't tighten them to 45ft-lb either. I just go straight to 100ft-lb and call it a day. Never had an issue.
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For those who tightened them, did it wheels on ground or car lifted wheels hanging?
I have the same clonking, but the bolts seems as tight as possible.
Read somewhere that you should loose the bolts a bit to allow the metal plate to replace itself, then tighten back.
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