Ok, I am going to try to quickly sum up the past week
When I drove out to AZ to instal the new skids I noticed that my front pinion seal was leaking so I needed to get that fixed before it caused further damage. Also I have been hearing a suspicious noise from my front end so I needed to look into that as well. My carmax warranty expires in 700 miles so it was time to take it in and get everything replaced that I could while it was still under warranty. The pinion seal was fully covered under the warranty. After further investigation the rack is the noise culprit
Luckily the warranty is covering the rack replacement, however it would only cover a rebuilt unit at $400. I know nothing about this rebuilt rack or even the company that does the work, so I was not comfortable with that! The Jeep stealership said they could instal a brand new OEM rack instead but I would have to cover the difference. That sounded like a much better option since I have heard the aftermarket racks are not as robust. The OEM rack will also carry a warranty from Jeep, so that is great since I only have 700 miles left on my existing one. I pick it up after an alignment and test drive tomorrow morning!
Now, this rack has survived the abuse I have put it through the past 15 month with this modified OME lift, but it is time to move on. My lift set up was something I did a year ago to see just what I could push the OME suspension to. It was never intended to be a permanent lift. I had every intention to upgrade to the SL come this year. Since my warranty is about up and I am getting a brand new rack, now is the perfect time for said upgrade! Even though this new one comes with a warranty, my luck it would fail as soon as the warranty is up and I would be on my own covering another one.
SO! As of today I have a shiny new SL hurling itself in my direction!!! I placed my order through Kolak because of his superior service and support along with his unbeatable pricing. It is being shipped to my local 4WheelParts which is about 15mins from my house to save on shipping. It should arrive within the next couple of days and the build planning will begin!!!