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Hello ute gurus

Apologies for the long post but I figure it's best to be thorough.

I have a rear knocking noise coming out of my FG II XR6 Turbo Ute, 6spd Manual, 90,000ks.

When I'm just slipping the clutch out and using light revs to get it going it will go knock in the ***, mostly from the left, but sometimes knock knock on both sides. This also happens when going starting off a turn. Much worse on an incline. Never happens in reverse. If I give it more revs and slip the clutch more it seems to disappear or its not as evident. Also when the car is cold it hardly make the sound. Like if I warm the car up in the driveway and head out it will hardly make it but once everything is warm it will. Sounds clunky like someone is hitting the axle with a bit of wood. Also the odd clunk when changing from 1st to second. It has tramped sometimes, only in the wet, but I try to avoid it. Both tyres do kick so the LSD is working as it should. I drive it like an old bloke to be honest.

Other noises I've noticed is a kind of wobbling sound coming from the middle of the car between 20-40 kph but goes away after that speed. Also a little diff whine between 80-110.

I've done all the rear suspension, koni reds, superpro shackles bushes + front leaf bushes + pads. Triple checked everything is tight back there suspension wise. Also put in Penrite 80/140 and lsd additive a couple months ago. When I first changed the oil it didn't make any whining noises but on advice from a driveline specialist in Geelong, they recommended trying some additive to see if it will quieten down the knock. Seems to have caused it to whine. Is having too much additive a thing?

I've taken it to Pedders to have the safety check and all they could see is that the shackles look a little cocked, slightly twisted but shouldn't cause the knock. They said the centre bearing is slightly sagging which could be causing the wobbling sound but its not torn or flogged which wouldn't knock. Also mentioned that the knock could come from the little insulators being buggered in the leafs but I can't replicate the sound by bouncing on the ute tray or inside the tub. The car also does not knock or clunk when going over speed humps or rough road.

This has got me thinking it's something in the driveline.

I left it with the same driveline mob for the day to have a good look over it. They test drove it and could easily identify the noise and also the whine. They said the whine is a standard feature in the fg's. They had it on the hoist and checked everything thoroughly and couldn't replicate the clunk/knock. Mentioned the CVs and centre bearing were fine, although is has some "sag" and perhaps the slightest rip at the top but they said not to bother replacing yet. I feel like there needs to be load on the driveline to replicate it. Like remove the spare and lay on a creeper under the car and get someone to slowly creep forward to make the noise?

It's got me stumped what it is. I know there have been tonnes and tonnes of warranty claims on diffs from BA-FG, a lot in FG. I'm not getting any vibrations or clunks at higher speeds. I get the odd clunk when changing gears, after a good run with the car and everything is warm but its mainly at take off. Feels like there is driveline slack but could just be because its a manual.

I read a post here from a guy where the front leaf bush was over tightened and caused the bolt hole in the chassis to chew out, making it oval shaped and making it move. His symptoms are similar to mine but I can't contact him as he is inactive. Still, I can't replicate the sound via bouncing on the rear. Had another look under the car today and could tighten the u bolts a little but I was hanging off em with a breaker. The cv seemed fine on the diff.


I started a topic on ff.com.au and got some good replies. One good bloke mentioned the spring pack bolt might be too long not allowing the u bolts to clamp down properly. Haven't had them out to look yet.


Wondering if anyone here has had a similar issue and what did you do to fix it? Or a recommendation of a good workshop/specialist to check it out in Geelong?



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That all looks better than average mate, I’ve seen some shockers that don’t make noises 

Here u go https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GENUINE-FORD-BA-BF-FG-FGX-FALCON-SY-TERRITORY-GEARBOX-MOUNT-SEE-DESCRIPTION-/1

While your doing those do the centre bearing and coupler etc.    cheap enough to do and will save hassle later one  

A picture tells a thousand words ......


( for people who don’t know what that picture is it’s the diff saddle block bushings held in by the big “U” bolts on each side of the diff/axels ) 




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Well there’s not much to the ute rear end then so check the leaf pack eye bushings as there’s not much left to cause the noises that you’re talking about 

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Hummm weird, that said going off of what the AFF user mentioned are the superpro saddle blocks the same,thinner or thicker than OEM block bushes ? Is the crush more ? Are you out of tension ? 

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Honestly not sure but I imagine thicker as they wouldn't squash as much as the oem rubber?


Here's a link to the thread:



I have a couple pics there of the top pad. It doesn't look cooked at all.


How do you tell if the u bolts are out of tension? Worth trying new ones?


I put a breaker bar on them yesterday to see if they had more juice and I got a little more out of them but it made no difference.

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Alright I got under and took a heap of pics:


Squishy bottom pad, looks like a fair bit of movement?










Gaps in the leafs. Not sure how normal this is?






Looks like something off centre in the middle of the pad where it inserts into the steel mount:



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^ this


Sure it’s not diff related? Have you checked from the box back as far as driveline bushes, centre bearing and what not? 


I had had a similar knock in my sedan and it turned out to be movement in the driveline due to engine/gear box mounts etc. 


Just a thought

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It was at a driveline joint getting looked at. They couldnt recreate the sound without driving it. They did mention the cvs were fine and the centre bearing was slightly sagging and had a tiny tear at the top but wouldn't bother replacing until you could feel it going. There's no vibration at speed.


What kind of bushing do the 6 spd manual boxes run? Where do you even get them from? 



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By all means if you’re in there doing it, why not go a little further. It can’t hurt that is for sure. 


My car was 1000 times better when I did all mine. Fixed all my apparent suspension issues that were similar to yours. I did do engine mounts to at the same time however just because (1 was on the way out) 

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I'll definitely check it out. Easy enough to do at home on the garage floor? Mark the tailshaft, bolts in / bolts out sort of arrangement? Hard to get a part number for a centre bearing as I've been reading theres some variety with these things!

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So the cvs look fine and same with the centre bearing. I got someone to roll back and forward while looking under the car and the clunk is very audible from the left wheel area mostly. Not sure if theres something funky going on with the handbrake shoes clunking? I don't have any handbrake issues though. It operates fine!


I was watching the leaf springs closely too and it almost looks like they're slapping together on take off? Loading up quite alot. 


You can see in my pics above that the two plates that clamp together by the ubolts are firmly together. Is it possible that its still not getting tight enough and the plated aren't allowing it to tighten up more? I've seen standard ute springs and they seem to have a small leaf top and bottom and dont even have these plates. Plus the aftermarket kings leafs look like they have more leafs in the pack which would allow more clamping force which wouldn't allow the plated to bottom out?

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If you think it's a spring leaf problem, jack the car up prise the leafs apart & jam some plastic sheet in there & take it for a drive to see if the noise alters. At least you narrowed it down to what side it is!

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