Originally Posted by 97Bluebird
Don't be so sure that this fixes all. I went through the same steps first. Even felt a clunk noise in the upper ball joints but it still didn't fix it. Still clunked after changing all that. The subframe bolts finally quieted it down. I am sure all these items were contributing to the clunk(s). Go for it.
I was still gonna pick up one of those sockets and throw the impact wrench on those, but I took a gander and they looked nice and snug. But I'm sure only a large amount of torque application will prove if that's true.
Amazingly though, changing the link stabilizers completely irradicated the rattling sound I was blaming on my struts.
I did the jounce test, and the struts are definatley shot. It didn't even bounce once, when I pushed down, it just slid back up to where It started. The rear bounced more that the front did, and I was pushing down on the hood!
I can tell from what I changed so far that I have improved the cars handling dramatically.
I can how ever still feel a little bit of drift, especially on the highway. I am assuming thats from the play in the lower balljoints.
Also still getting viberation on the highway at higher speeds, which I am attributing to the combination of worn out struts not absorbing normal road viberation, and the ball joints jiggling around as a result of the aformentioned.
Cool thing is, Autozone gave me a full lifetime replacement plan on all these parts, so I'm gonna cash it in about once a year just to keep this stuff in good shape.
I'm fairly happy with the performance of the stock suspension components (when they are all working properly) and don't have much need to upgrade to Moog or other such after market stuff. And I'm not thrilled with the idea of checking the specs on parts that I buy to make sure they aren't the wrong size. (read some disturbing posts about 'universal' parts needing trimming or shimming)
I will post one last time with the results of my Lower Ball Joint/ Strut replacement.
Hopefully doing these things will get me ready for the skid pad! lol j/k