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Old 12-01-2018, 10:19 AM
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installed 4 new end links today from Anorexicpoodle, along with an Eibach front sway bar. When driving I hear a slight rattle over bumps which sounds like it’s coming from the rear of the car. Double checked preload, and all nuts associated are tight. Is it normal to hear more noise from the aftermarket end links?
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:29 PM
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Aftermarket links usually take like 5-20K miles to start making noise.

are yours hitting something?
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Old 12-02-2018, 12:00 PM
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Get under the car, and try to move stuff around by hand. See if you can find anything loose. Try and replicate the sound.

Coukd also try tapping stuff with a rubber mallet, etc.
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Been working on it today. I’ve narrowed it down to the driver side rear. Makes the noise when pushing on that corner of the car only. Got under the car the best I could, and had someone else push on the car and it seems like it’s coming from where the endlink connects to the rear sway bar. Unbolted it, and snugged it back down. Made no difference. I’m at a loss at this point.
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Which brand are you using, and why did you go with aftermarket links? Like...do you need to use them for the sway bar design? Or just because they were inexpensive?

Have you tried unbolting that link to see if the noise persists?

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Years ago, on another car, I installed heim jointed end links. The joints were cheap and rattled like a baby's toy. I put the OEM end links back on the car. Do you still have your original end links? If you can, refit the OEM units and see if the noise goes away.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:28 AM
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I replaced them since the OEM ones were so corroded and seized up threads from over the years. I purchased a brand new set from Anorexicpoodle who I believe is a member here, and so many threads spoke highly of them.
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The question remains, why do you need adjustable end links?

They are usually only needed when car has been corner balanced, and ride height left to right is no longer even. That would preload the swaybar in one direction with stock end links. The adjustable end links allow you to match swaybar to the cars uneven ride height.

So unless you have adjustable height suspension, AND have corner balanced the car, you likely would be better off with stock end links (which will last longer and be quieter).
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