Mileage: 56,952. Approx. 5,500 miles and one of the nastiest winters in Michigan's history have been put on the Hybrid Lift. I took the WK in to the dealer to try to diagnose a clunking/thumping noise from the front when driving over rough terrain. I could not visually see any issues with sway bar mounts/links and/or bushings. Nether could I see any issues with the lower control arm bushings and the front differential mount bushing. CV's still looked good and the alignment was still good. This is where the fun began....After pouring over everything, they felt the steering rack was the culprit. There was some slight play in it when turning from side to side and they felt the rack pinion gear and slide teeth were worn, causing some slack and therefore the audible noise. The dealer replaced the rack under warranty. Well, since this is the nicest vehicle I have owned up to this point, even a "bad" rack had steering that was miles ahead of everything else I have driven, so suffice to say I was surprised at just how much better a brand new steering rack was compared to my original
With the steering all fixed, the noise was cut in half, but not gone. What to do...
I continued to drive for another month or so trying to figure out what might be going on. While it was in for the rack replacement, the dealer also told me the Bilsteins that were on it were leaking oil, but the front was still exceptionally stiff and they felt that since the Jeep passed the "jounce" test, there was no need for replacement. Despite all my driving and such through the winter, the front never settled any more, and the ride had started to become harsher than I remember from when the Bilsteins were new. At this point I decided to either switch up to an OME lift, or go with something else as do to some parking height issues where I live, the Superlift was still out. I'm also just not ready for the mods the Superlift requires. Long story short, I went with a Daystar kit and brand new factory struts up front. I even called Daystar and they stated that they designed this lift using the factory suspension. I also added the full factory skid plates, and a rear SRT 8 sway bar. The front clunking noise is gone, the ride is worlds better as far as comfort goes, but some additional sway and slightly less control is gone. Thats ok, as I'll take the better ride over pure handling.
So, the front has a Daystar lift, factory struts, and JBA Upper Control arms, factory sway bar, B-Woody stock length sway front sway bar end links.
The rear has the Rough Country metal spacer, F-150 Mll's, SRT 8 sway bar and bushings, B-Woody rear 2 inch longer sway bar end links.
Numbers from all the lifts I have done:
Drivers ground to fender-32.5"
Passengers ground to fender-32.5"
Drivers ground to fender-34" (+1.5")
Passengers ground to fender-34" (+1.5")
Drivers ground to fender-37.5" (+5")
Passengers ground to fender-37.5" (+5")
Drivers hub to fender-23"
Passengers hub to fender-23"
Drivers ground to fender-35.75" (+3.25" from stock, -1.75" from hybrid)
Passengers ground to fender-36" (+3.5" from stock, -1.5" from hybrid)
Drivers hub to fender-21"
Passengers hub to fender-21.25"
The rear is still drivers hub to fender 22.25" and the Passengers hub to fender 22.70" or so, just slightly less than 22.75". Really depends on just how much fuel I have (fuel tank is on the drivers side). When it is 1/4 tank or less, the rear sits nearly at 22.5" all the way around.
I am happy to maintain the factory like "rake" as when I want to put a trailer on it, the front will not shoot up towards the sky. See pics-the one on the left is the Hybrid, the one on the right is the Daystar.