1997 Ford F-150 Clunking in steering column/shaft?

Tiny
DANLEY1975
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  • 1997 FORD F-150
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
Hello, I have been experiencing a clunking sound and feel in my steering wheel when my truck's suspension is being flexed and when I put on brakes and take off. It sounds as if it was an old rusted spring on a screen door. The clunking is very audible. However, while driving down the road there is no sound from the steering wheel or suspension. I have just replaced all the suspension parts from ball joints to steering box and it has two new front shocks. I did notice that the lower steering shaft didn't not slip back and forth like it should (at least in my opinion). I have also changed the anti sway bar links. My question is: Could it be the steering shaft or shifter tube that is causing the sound? Or have I missed something in the suspension?
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Monday, June 30th, 2014 AT 8:50 PM

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Tiny
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Have you checked the bushings in the tracking bars?
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Monday, June 30th, 2014 AT 9:25 PM
Tiny
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I should have posted that I have a 2 wheel drive truck. I don't think I have track bars on it. Of course I could be mistaken on that. Thanks for the post.
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 AT 6:04 AM
Tiny
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Just wanted to give an update. I replaced the steering shaft and for now that has fixed the clunking in the steering wheel. Thanks.
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 AT 11:44 AM
Tiny
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Glad you got it fixed.
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 AT 5:51 PM

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