- Aug 24, 2022
- Clemson, SC
Need some advice (other than "turn up your radio" Haha). I have a clunking noise in my 97 80 Series when I go over potholes. The noise was there when I bought it, but initially I wasn't too concerned about it because I assume that the new lift and all new suspension parts would take care of the noise - however the new parts didn't fix it. I have an Icon 3" lift - stage 3. Front and back sway bar end links and sway bar bushings were replaced (OEM Toyota). I even removed the rear sway bar temporarily to see if that was it - no luck. I noticed that 2 exhaust hangers were rotten, and I was hopeful that replacing those would fix it, but it didn't (also replaced with with OEM Toyota exhaust hangers). I removed the spare tire (didn't help), then I removed the spare tire holder (didn't help). I've confirmed that the noise is coming from outside the vehicle -not inside. If I had to say it sounds like its coming more from the right hand side, and it sounds like its coming from the rear? Maybe the middle, but pretty sure that it's not the front? I do not hear any driveshaft clunk when I'm accelerating, so I don't think this falls in that category. Is it possible that it's the exhaust? Everything seems tight. When I bang on the exhaust I can't make it reproduce the same sound. Also, when the vehicle is in park we've tried to jump up and down on the rear bumper, but it does not make any sound. Same thing with jacking up the vehicle and then dropping it quickly. No sound. The exhaust looks like it may be original (25 years old), so it may need replacing, but I'd like to rule everything else out, or at least find a way to confirm that the exhaust is the problem before I change it out. What am I missing? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.