long story short.. i replaced the struts and it was making a clicking sound like metal hitting metal. replaced the mounts then (which i really should have done befrore but couldnt) and while the noise is reduced a bit it is still very much audible. Other facts to add is that it is a gen3.5 so it has the upper strut seat (or whatever its called) unlike the gen3 which i have NOT replaced yet. Also i have one of those cheap strut braces from ebay. Could either of these be the cause of the sound? I went over all the bolts and its tight. torqued to specs. Is it worth taking apart again to replace those strut seats? It has been driving me insane for a long time now. It make sit sound old and rickety like its about to fall apart. Thanks guys.