thanks for the response, now that i've been doing some research this morning, I'm not as positive as I was earlier about what the problem is. Since you've done it maybe you can help me diagnose my noise. I'll do my best to describe it. It usually begins after I hit a pothole or bump in the road. I'll hear a clunking or loose rattling sound coming from the passenger side front tire. If I come to a stop or slow down the noise all but disappears but when I hit another pothole or bump in the road it comes right back. After having a friend of mine who is a little more car repair savy than I am take a look under the front end it appeared that when we spun the wheel the top and bottom of the u-joint right next to the tire was splitting to the point where I could see the metal under the bushing. The thing that has thrown me off a little is a post on dodgeram.org referring to the balljoint/trackbar/steering shaft:
* Whistle while truck is moving (not turbo noise) - loose radio antenna
* Chirp or clunk from front end when driving over bumps
o bad lower ball joint, track bar, and/or intermediate steering shaft
o loose lower shock bolt
* Hissing from front of truck after engine turned off - normal; a result of pressure in AC condenser bleeding off. NOTE: AC runs in many positions of the selector switch.
* Grinding or "Impact wrench" sound that gets louder with engine load - Transfer case output shaft snap ring broken allows shaft assembly to move backward and grind into the case.
* Squeak from steering column or front end while turning steering wheel - Lube the U-joint in the steering shaft (under the hood).
* Flapping sound from front of truck
o Rubber baffle (radiator protector) under/behind bumper loose
o Diesel: Air intake snorkle from fender to air filter collapsing - remove it