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Unread 09-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #61
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I've got a 5.7, with a rough country 2" spacer lift. My clunking was so bad that when I would drive over rough patches of road it sounded like the whole front end of the Jeep was going to fall out. After reading this thread I ordered a set of external torx sockets on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1). This set has the E20, but it's 3/8 drive - not 1/2 inch, allowing you to use a smaller ratchet. With a 6 inch extension, I was able to make my adjustment without loosening the bolts holding the rack to it's frame. It's absolutely amazing that a quarter turn on that one little bolt can make all that noise go away. Now my Jeep is as quiet as it was prior to the lift. Could not be happier.

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Unread 09-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #62
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I suspect that I need to do this, but it probably won't take care of all my clunks Thankfully those are only present when the suspension suddenly drops. I do have the acceleration clunk that people have mentioned. I'll try this on Saturday...sounds like an easy thing to do even if it doesn't fix everything!
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Unread 09-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #63
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I guess I'll try this on the weekend as well. I've got a bad clunk over bumps or uneven surfaces.. If that doesn't help anything I guess I'll put new sway bar bushings and end links on? Picked this up a few months ago not sure if it's lifted any or not, 21 1/4 hub to fender front and rear?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #64
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Tweaked the rack and got 80 % of clunk and steering play out. Put some Moog sway bar bushings in after now she's golden! Thanks for the initial post and a heads up to everyone battling the issue...
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Unread 09-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #65
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My clunk has to be this. I have no sway bars! Just got my e20 socket in
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Unread 11-21-2013, 12:08 AM   #66
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Managed to tighten it up without the E20 just only about an 1/8 turn but even that helped. Subscribed to this thread awhile back and finally got around to doing this. Thanks OP.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #67
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I gotta do this, mine just started clunking after a week of hard use during deer hunting.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 06:54 PM   #68
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Hey

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Tight fit? The bolt head is right in the open up front next to the swaybar bushing. Couldn't be any easier! Just get a socket on a breaker bar
Hey I was looking at ur pic that u posted. Is this where I'm suppose to tighten to get rid of the acceleration pop. I found this on my jeep just woundering why it's so different looking then the first 3 pics posted? And if it is which bolt in ur pic do I tighten?
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Unread 12-14-2013, 07:29 PM   #69
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The very first pic in the thread is the bolt on the rack that you adjust using a E20 socket. Only move it 1/8-1/4 turn. The pic I posted that your referring to, shows the bolt holding the rack to the frame. There are 2 bolts. If you back off those bops a little, it allows the rack to move enough to get the E20 socket onto the rack to make your adjustment
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Unread 01-10-2014, 03:55 PM   #70
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I don't have the "acceleration pop" you guys are talking about. It does clunk when I hit bumps tho. This morning the car was in park and I turned the wheel back and forth quickly and it was clunking. Could tightening this bolt fix that clunk? I already bought everything I need to replace the diff bushings because I didn't know if it was that that was clunking. I am just waiting for it to get a little warmer before I get into that. I think tightening this bolt is a little easier than doing the diff bushings.
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Unread 01-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #71
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My guess would be that your issue is ball joints or control arm bushings rather than the rack
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Unread 02-10-2014, 12:43 PM   #72
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Tight fit? The bolt head is right in the open up front next to the swaybar bushing. Couldn't be any easier! Just get a socket on a breaker bar
Wait, that's the bolt we need to tighten? Is that the exact spot for the hemi?

Also, this also gets rid of play on the steering while driving right? Like my steering is pretty straight, just got an alignment, only above 60 is wobbles a little. And I randomly hear a pop or something when I accelerate, so this is the fix, yeah?
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Unread 02-10-2014, 11:28 PM   #73
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Wait, that's the bolt we need to tighten? Is that the exact spot for the hemi? Also, this also gets rid of play on the steering while driving right? Like my steering is pretty straight, just got an alignment, only above 60 is wobbles a little. And I randomly hear a pop or something when I accelerate, so this is the fix, yeah?
Yes, based on your symptoms, it sounds like you would benefit from this adjustment. However, the bolt I was talking about when you quoted me is to loosen the rack to help you gain access to the bolt head needing adjustment. Look back toward the beginning of this thread for pictures of the actual bolt head to adjust
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Unread 02-20-2014, 04:30 AM   #74
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has anyone got an idiots guide to this repair?

i cant find where the adjustment is to be made.. i cant even see the middle bit of the steering rack, seems to be pushed up against that frame bracket.

anyone got a nice step by step guide for the crd?

symptoms i have are.

slight knock going over small bumps. and if i go over several close small bumps at around 5 mph, get a quite awful clanking noise. dealer said they couldnt find anything in the suspension..

i dont have any clunks at all going from P N R or any combinations of them.

sometimes get a clunk when accelerating from 20 or so mph after coasting.

any ideas guys?
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Unread 02-20-2014, 09:22 AM   #75
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Look at the 4th page. Shows a pic of the part. It's the star shaped bolt. E20 torx needed. It's on the driver side of the vehicle when you're looking up under it.
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