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post #16 of 86 Old 12-22-2010, 09:36 AM
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At first I thought it was the front struts too (the right front was leaking). I replaced mine with Monroe Reflex. It improved the ride a lot and got rid of some of the noise, but not all. When I replaced the bushings, all the noise went away.


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post #17 of 86 Old 12-22-2010, 09:39 AM
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I went by a dealer and they checked out the sway bar bushings with me and said they were fine (and they did look like new), I ended up ordering end links from Rock Auto (against the dealer's advice, also saying they looked good) and they did nothing.

I eventually replaced shocks with Bilsteins at the same time I put on the SRT rear bar on, and no more clunks. I think it was shocks clunking, or whatever was touched during install, fixed it. Rides better, handles better, and no clunks.
Oh, and my true fix was giving the Jeep to my wife, so even if it does clunk, I drive it so rarely I don't notice it.

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post #18 of 86 Old 12-23-2010, 02:11 PM
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I just replaced mine with the rock auto's and no more clunk! I ordered the bushings only because my 06' has the updated brackets already. The bushings came in next day even though I had ground shipping. Great service. Thanks Mwalters2 for the advice. FYI my bushings looked fine before I replaced them too. The problem was the design of the old bushings primarily where the "slit" is on the mopar bushing. Its right where the metal to metal contact point is on the frame. Thats where the clunk was coming from I believe. There was also some clean metal under the bushing as if the sway bar was bumping into the frame.

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post #19 of 86 Old 01-01-2011, 08:22 AM
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2007 bushings different?

FYI: RockAuto calls out this number for the 2007, possibly for a different diameter sway bar: 5501589. $15.23 for the pair. LOVE RockAuto. They also sell various versions of the sway bar links. Will probably go with MOOG if that's what the cause is.
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post #20 of 86 Old 01-01-2011, 11:36 PM
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I replaced my bushings with the raybesto's brand parts, the clunking went away for a good while but I'm getting it again. Time for end links??

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post #21 of 86 Old 01-02-2011, 12:04 AM
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Since my wife has owned the vehicle for a total of about 30 hours, I'm not sure! We noticed the clunking before we bought it, but it was such a good deal I didn't even bring it up, thinking it's probably something simple. Everything felt tight under there tonight, but I haven't removed the right link yet to see if that makes it go away. Will do tomorrow. If that eliminates the clunking, then I know its either bushings or links. The links look original (2007) and the rubber looks like it's cracking a bit. There are probably poly links available, but I can't tell. RockAuto has a few options available for links, from about $13 each to $24 or so for the Moog. I think I'll change both if sway bar is indicated. From what I've read, most likely cause is links first, then bushings. How long did your Raybestos bushings last? Those are obviously polyurethane, I wonder whether the OEM rubber are better (hopefully with the new design and presumably cutout to the bottom)? Rubber usually will give a softer feel in suspensions than polyurethane, but I think poly might last longer. Probably depends on durometer of the material for suspension feel. Let us know what you find out... Thanks.
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post #22 of 86 Old 03-30-2011, 09:09 PM
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i just replaced the bushings and clamps on my 05 recently and all noise went away. i was having the same noises as the OP - over potholes, uneven roads, etc.

the stock bushing LOOKED ok, but clearly wasnt. as previously mentioned, the slit in the old bushing faces the frame of the car. the new mopar bushing has the slit facing perpendicular to the frame.


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Since my wife has owned the vehicle for a total of about 30 hours, I'm not sure!
Sorry - I forgot to update this a long time ago... Took right link off (that's where the clunk was), noise went away. So I figured link or bushing, most likely bushing from previous posts. Replaced the sway bar bushings with the blue ones from RockAuto, done deal, problem solved... Left the links alone. Cheap fix.
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post #24 of 86 Old 04-14-2011, 05:46 PM
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Just replaced sway bar bushings and clamps on my 05 GC using the ones suggested here. Clunking/rattling/popping noises = GONE!!!!!!
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I changed both swaybar links and bushes on my CRD last week , drives like new now.
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post #26 of 86 Old 04-22-2011, 04:05 PM
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Do you have to remove the whole sway bar to get the bushings on? Seems liek they are quite hard to pry open...or do they just slide on the end where the links are?
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My bushes pryed open fairly easily , i then slid in position and clamped to the chassis.
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post #28 of 86 Old 04-23-2011, 05:57 AM
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I am going to give this a shot for the XK. I have got a clunk that will not go away. I did the differential pinion bushing, and that was no help. I am going to try this next. If this does not work, then I will be doing the shocks with Bilstein's. Hopefully, one of those will cure what ails me.

I could see ball joints or the steering rack being my issue also. Time will tell.

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post #29 of 86 Old 04-23-2011, 10:29 AM
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I went by a dealer and they checked out the sway bar bushings with me and said they were fine (and they did look like new), I ended up ordering end links from Rock Auto (against the dealer's advice, also saying they looked good) and they did nothing.

I eventually replaced shocks with Bilsteins at the same time I put on the SRT rear bar on, and no more clunks. I think it was shocks clunking, or whatever was touched during install, fixed it. Rides better, handles better, and no clunks.
What's better about the srt sway bar? Just curious.
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post #30 of 86 Old 04-23-2011, 08:39 PM
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Replaced my bushings today...ended up just heating them up a bit and the went right on.

Night and day difference....no more front end noises.
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