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Old 02-23-2016, 07:49 AM
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Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Hi there

I've got a 2014 Laredo, which had an OME lift installed last year. Before the lift, the car was in perfect working condition. Rolling forward 8 months, the steering has had a knock for months, that is getting worse. According to the dealer the steering rack is moving on it's mounts causing the noise.

Jeep service told me to remove the lift, saying it is the cause due to the lift taking the steering beyond it's designed limits. However going back to stock suspension isn't an option for me. Also considering OME designed this kit for this vehicle, and have had no other reports of this issue, I'm dubious that the lift alone, correctly installed would be at fault.

After the kit was first installed, there was also a knocking noise in the front, which went undiagnosed for at least 3 weeks while we continued driving (on the say-so of the installer). They eventually found a bent tierod end, which they could not explain, but replaced anyway. Replacing it made no difference to the noise. The actual cause was later found to be that they had left a sway bar link disconnected. Yes.

I'd like to know whether it's likely that this steering rack issue that I'm told I now have was caused by the 2 prior faults with tierod and swaybar links?

Jeep are saying that I'll need a new steering rack soon if I continue driving it with the lift installed, and I'm f****d if I'm going to wear that expense when it seems to have been caused by the ineptitude of the installer.

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Old 02-23-2016, 07:56 AM
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Did you happen to reuse the factory nuts to secure the front outer tie rods to the spindle?
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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

I couldn't tell you Ratchet as it was all done by the company that did the lift.
Any way I'd be able to check that?


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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

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Did you happen to reuse the factory nuts to secure the front outer tie rods to the spindle?
Why would this matter? They are self locking fasteners?
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Why would this matter? They are self locking fasteners?
Because I have seen this numerous times where customers are complaining of a pop in the front end when the OEM fasteners are reused. Generally on lifted situations. Trust me, it didn't make complete sense to me the first time I ran across this either.

To sironic, to an untrained eye, not really unfortunately.
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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Problem was found to be swaybar drop link coming loose. It was tightened again but is now coming loose again only days later.

Anyone know what torque the bolts should be tightened to? Now that I know it's that, I can check it regularly but don't want to over tighten it...


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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Now I find the noise is back. The sway bar seems like it's misaligned.

On one side the drop link is at a noticeably different angle to it's counterpart, is this normal?


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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

I am new to the WK2 but on the JK with the 2.5"OME lift you need longer sway bar connectors and the sway bar needs to be realigned.

I would contact ARBUSA and tell them about the problem.

Is your installer also the dealer who sold you the lift.
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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Hi yes it was fitted by ARB

Thanks for the info, I'll check this out


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Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

ARB just want me to drop the car in to have the stock suspsension reinstalled. Not sure how they think that is going to fix what looks like a sway bar that has slipped to one side and bent the drop-link bolt...
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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Remove your sway bar and see if it goes away...
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Re: Steering Knock After Lift Kit Debacle

Simon- please keep us informed in what you find. I just installed the RRO 2.5" lift kit and now my front passenger side has a knocking noise when I go over bumps. It appears the noise comes as the upper control arm goes up after going over a bump. Can you help describe your issue again? I'm trying to confirm that we are speaking of the same issue. If anyone else has any ideas please let me know. Thanks in advance for the help.





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