My car is 2003 Toyota Aristo V300 (JZS161) 140,000 kms
Ok so long story short ive just replaced all of my front suspension with new parts (around 1000-2000kms ago now), mostly OEM and a couple of aftermarket. In the process of doing all this my car has developed a NASTY creak in the front end drivers side. The creaking is at its loudest when pulling into a steep driveway (eg: inclines), it also does it when turning corners and basically anytime the car gets pulled to the left. Ive also had a lot of unstability and wandering and high speeds.
Here's a list of what ive done so far in the hope to get the car handling properly:
New custom valved coilovers with bilstein shocks & jamex springs
New OEM caster arms
New TRD front control arm bushings
New steering rack bushes & grommet
New balljoints (aftermarket)
New Upper control arms (aftermarket)
New inner & outer tie rod ends OEM
New cusco swaybar / strut brace / chassis brace
Im running 18s on 225/40s
Things still to do in the front:
Upper strut mount assembly
Ive also done TRD bushes in the rear as well as cusco swaybar.
And guess what, all of this and my car STILL drives terrible, FML
Sometime during all of these parts being installed and a road trip where I hit a couple of big potholes, the car developed this creak. What do you guys reckon?? Is it a damaged aftermarket balljoint that couldn't take the lowered suspension / potholes? It sounds very similar to when my original balljoints started creaking, but they have just been done! Ive been doing heaps of research and im at a loss. Is it the swaybar links or upper strut mount? Ive read both can creak? Its a really gross metal creaking noise that's very loud. Its even started doing it when im driving straight now and hitting light bumps.
Im going to see somebody on Monday who can possibly help me but im at my wicks end with this car. Not only is it just this creaking sound, the way the car still wanders at 120kmph + is astounding. Has anyone else spent big $ on their suspension in these cars only to be very disappointed? I love this car and its monster 2JZGT engine and had big plans for it but the suspension is making me want to sell it now. It STILL wanders all over the road at high speed after all the bracing and new arms, WTF is going on?