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This is a discussion on 04 WRX Clunking: Pointers? within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I recently bought an 04' WRX sedan and I noticed that it sometimes make clunking sounds (imagine the sound of ...

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    Angry 04 WRX Clunking: Pointers?

    I recently bought an 04' WRX sedan and I noticed that it sometimes make clunking sounds (imagine the sound of popping a dent in a metal panel back out) when turning or going over bumps. It's usually in the back passenger side but it could be making it in the front as well.

    It's currently running Eibach pro-kit springs with stock struts as far as I know. My 1st guess is blown struts.

    I will put it on the lift and take a good look but I was wondering if there's is specific/common stuff to look for on this particular car that is known to wear out and cause noises after a while.

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    Struts are blown...especially on an 04 with aftermarket springs? Yeah...replace the struts. They've probably been that way for awhile.
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    Blown struts, worn out rear top hat.
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    Are top hats a 'common' wear item (seems like I hear them being mentions alot)? I quickly noticed the the rubber on top of the front ones have small cracks in them. Not sure if it affect their integrity or not.

    As for strut's, I'm on the fence between the KYB Excel G or AGX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyced View Post
    Are top hats a 'common' wear item (seems like I hear them being mentions alot)? I quickly noticed the the rubber on top of the front ones have small cracks in them. Not sure if it affect their integrity or not.

    As for strut's, I'm on the fence between the KYB Excel G or AGX.
    They are a very common wear item. They are just a solid rubber, so over 10 years of constant heat/cold/humidity/water/salt cycling, they are very prone to wearing out. Excel struts are meh...more of an OEMish kind of strut. If you want performance to better match with your Eibach springs, go for the AGX. Also look into Tokico D-Specs.
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    Thanks for the info.

    But this is my dedicated winter car and the Spec-D is a bit over budget. Plus I think they are back ordered indefinitely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyced View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    But this is my dedicated winter car and the Spec-D is a bit over budget. Plus I think they are back ordered indefinitely.
    Not indefinitely, I talked to the Tokico rep at SEMA. Basically what happened, is the third party that used to distribute Tokico in the USA went bankrupt. Tokico north America was blind sided and had to scramble to bring a new sole distributor on board, establish a new network or repair the old one. It has been a nightmare for them, but they said the new distributor is online and will be in full swing the 1st quarter of Q1 2014.
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    Sway bar mounts also.
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    Here's what I found the other day:


    Temporary fix:


    I ordered the Kartboy kit. But I don't think this is the source of all the noises so I also have a set of KYB AGX on order.
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    that busted enlink looks painful, like an athlete with a broken bone

    +1 for zip tie use
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    I can't imagine that zip tie holding it for long...but yeah, that looks like a mess. You even lost all the jelly out of the endlinks

    Still willing to bet your struts are blown.
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