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post #1 of 14 Old 01-23-2016, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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WK Bilstein/Daystar Question

I have an 06 WK with Bilstein HD's and Daystar BB. Since install (by a Denver suspension shop) I've had a continuous rattle when hitting mild or heavier bumps on lovely Colorado roads. I replaced the sway bar bushings/links, checked every bolt in the assembly with no success.

With frustrations at an all time high I turned my focus to the strut assembly itself rather than how its mounted to the Jeep. I noticed the Daystar 'Lower Concentric Spacer' sits loose between the spring and strut shaft/body. In the ever so thorough Daystar instructions (http://daystarweb.com/attachments/in.../KJ09132BK.pdf) you can see how the assembly goes together.

The concentric spacer M03649 looks like it sits below a 'lip' on the top of the strut body which doesn't exist on the Bilstein struts. I'm thinking the difference in struts is allowing the concentric spacer to move out of its intended location and it's rattling around on each and every bump.

Has anyone experienced this before? Any insight before I take the whole strut assembly apart would be a huge help.


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post #2 of 14 Old 01-23-2016, 10:28 PM
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Take the struts apart is my guess, Make sure everything is just right and put them back together. Tighten that nut on top all the way down. Fixed my rattle.

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Yep, I'm on the same page. Just curious if anyone has had a similar issue with a Daystar BB on non-OE strut. Thanks bud.


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I have had the same issue ever since installing my Daystar BB and wk bilsteins up front. Everything is tight, I think you may be onto something. I may end up living with it as I don't want to deal with taking those struts apart again.

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I have had the same issue ever since installing my Daystar BB and wk bilsteins up front. Everything is tight, I think you may be onto something. I may end up living with it as I don't want to deal with taking those struts apart again.

Does your concentric spacer fit snug or is it loose around the strut body? Mine you can move around with your fingers between the coil.


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Does your concentric spacer fit snug or is it loose around the strut body? Mine you can move around with your fingers between the coil.


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Honestly I can't say I remember but next time I have a wheel off I will inspect and post in this thread.

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Honestly I can't say I remember but next time I have a wheel off I will inspect and post in this thread.

Ok thanks!


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So I had the shop that installed the kit take a third look at it focusing on the concentric spacer. The consensus remains he doesn't know what's rattling. He agreed there's no lip on the Bilsteins to hold the concentric spacer in place. He recommended a hd adhesive to keep in down. I'm about 5 mins away from ordering an entire ome kit and forgetting about this.


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It's been a long while since I've sold a Daystar kit. These days I typically sell the RC kit since the strut doesn't have to be disassembled and a lot of people aren't getting new struts.

Question: Does the Daystar kit retain the stock upper and lower spring isolators or are they replaced by components in the Daystar kit? I seem to remember the isolators are no longer utilized but wanted to be certain. If they are reused they could be the cause of the noise.

If you decide on an OME kit you will need isolators for sure. I have the OME kit on special and have the isolators available too.

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After taking a second look at the .PDF document I remembered that when I installed the concentric spacer it just slid right onto the strut, no lip above the spacer.

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the daystar spacer replaces the lower spring isolator on the struts. I ran the bilstein 4600s and daystar kit for 3.5 yrs with no issues, hope you figure out the issue. mind posting pics? maybe that would help diagnose the problem.


you've gone over everything else in the front that could make a rattling sound- loose strut mount, loose swaybar link, bad bushings on the swaybar? I know I had a rattle on the drivers side of my WK for a week and a half and it turned out to be a worn out swaybar link. just throwing some food for thought out there, being as the install of the daystar BB is pretty cut and dry- unless its possible you got a defective front spacer that wont seat properly

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Thanks for the input guys. I'll take the wheel off and take a few good pictures this weekend.

Daystar hasn't addressed the problem yet. I've been contacting them all week.


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the daystar spacer replaces the lower spring isolator on the struts. I ran the bilstein 4600s and daystar kit for 3.5 yrs with no issues, hope you figure out the issue. mind posting pics? maybe that would help diagnose the problem.


you've gone over everything else in the front that could make a rattling sound- loose strut mount, loose swaybar link, bad bushings on the swaybar? I know I had a rattle on the drivers side of my WK for a week and a half and it turned out to be a worn out swaybar link. just throwing some food for thought out there, being as the install of the daystar BB is pretty cut and dry- unless its possible you got a defective front spacer that wont seat properly

Riveting update here... Daystar is completely worthless and told me to have a certified installer look at it. After reiterating that I have done that numerous times they are telling me it's not their problem. Super.

It's dumping snow here in Denver so it'll be a few before I can post pics. Thanks everyone for your help. I really appreciate it.


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Riveting update here... Daystar is completely worthless and told me to have a certified installer look at it. After reiterating that I have done that numerous times they are telling me it's not their problem. Super.

It's dumping snow here in Denver so it'll be a few before I can post pics. Thanks everyone for your help. I really appreciate it.


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wow.. what a bunch of *******s. sorry to hear man

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