Re: Help on changing the sway bar bushings-05 WK Limited
I know there are countless threads on this and front end suspension popping/clunking noises, but I figured I'd post my recent experience here since this thread is most recent.
Jeep: 2005 5.7L WK, 83K miles
Relevant mods: RK 3.5" Lift & 255/65/17 Bridgestone Dueler Revos
Several months ago I replaced front struts and rear shocks with Bilsteins. After that time I started hearing front end noises - creaks, clunks & pops - that were getting progressively worse. Not to mention the thing road terribly stiff and hard. Within the last two months the noises were very pronounced and almost constant at speeds under 30mph whenever turning or going over any imperfection in the road. It sounded like it was all coming from the driver side.
Started off by replacing the front drivers UCA with a Moog replacement from Rock Auto. Install wasn't too bad but it only got marginally quieter.
After reading several threads (that's why this forum is so awesome!) I suspected the sway bar bushings and or sway bar end links. I took a look at the end link bushings and they were VERY worn and cracked. I picked up new, updated sway bar brackets & bushings from the dealer - $46 for the set and new Moog end links from Advanced Auto - $75 for the pair.
I first took the sway bar and end links off and drove the WK around without everything for a day - all the noise was completely gone! Install was not so great though - getting the top bolts for the sway bar bushing brackets on both sides was a heck of a task. They were completely cross-threaded and bolted into the welded nuts at about a 15 degree angle - bottom bolts on both sides were fine.
When I went to put everything back on, I used a cheater bar to try and get the top bolts back through the welded on nuts for the sway bar brackets and ended up breaking off one of the welded nuts....so I ended up installing the drivers side bracket using a 1/2" bolt and serrated nut - I must have re-threaded the passenger side top nut as the bolt went in with ease.
Everything so far is quiet and the Jeep rides significantly better! Alignment feels fine but I'm sure it's slightly off - I will wait until I get new tires to get that done (anyone have a line on some Rubicon wheels & BFG tires let me know!!!). Hope this helps some & stay tuned for an un-biased review of the Modern Muscle Ported Throttle Body I just installed last night.
2005 Silver 5.7L WK: Gibson SS Catback, DS Predator, FRAM Intake, Billet CC, MM Ported Throttle Body, 3.5" RK Lift, Bilsteins, 255/65/17 Revos, Daniel's Tinted Tails, MyGig, Custom Grill