06 Mark 5 gti. 140k (I know). Decided to try raceland ultimo coils, been on for 10k or so. Yesterday I replaced both drive Axles and upper strut mounts and bearings. Went smoothly aside from the sway bar links being a major pita. I stripped my m6 on the passenger side link, driver side like cracked loose so easy it scared me. No need for m6 trip square at all. After stripping the m6 I vise gripped the opposing side of the link to try to get grip to removed (again, I know). I ripped the rubber cuz it immeadatly spun. Got a new m6 and tightened up with not much force bc didn't wanna strip it again. EVERYTHING is tight I went over the whole **** like 4 times. No prior similar noises. Question is is is it possible to destroy a sway bar link w vise grips and some tool abuse to the point it will instantly start knocking? Symptoms are knocking over bumps, predominantly from side with said ****ty sway bar link, still have knocking from middle and driver side, I hear 1 loud pop if I turn the wheel from all the way one way to the other way. No humming or scratching or drivability difference I can notice since I haven't beat on her yet due to new drive shafts. Please help guys. This my baby!