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2004 Overland - rear rattles

Hello all,
I recently purchased a 2004 GC Overland with 70K miles. It has a few issues to deal with such as rear rattles when going over a bumpy road, and door seals needing replaced. Everything else is pretty good.
Anybody have any secrets as to how to remove the rear upper control V-arm to replace the bushings? I'll be trying to do this in my garage with floor stands and a floor jack. Can it be done?
Also, any source for the door weatherstrip?
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Re: 2004 Overland - rear rattles

Your rattle out back could easily be the rear upper shock mounts. I installed new Bilsteins on my '04 at 85k miles and it eliminated the rattles in the front.
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Re: 2004 Overland - rear rattles

You can check visually the rear upper control arm front bushings. When worn, the rubber is normally cracked or even completely gone. Also the aft mount can get some play on it and cause rattle.
I did the bushings on mine. First bought Omix-ada, but they became even worse then the original ones after a few months of use. Now im using Dorman and they are good. If you have a hydraulic press you can easily press the old ones out and new ones in, you only have to take care that they go straight. It is even possible to do with a large vise, as long as you press it evenly.
It is quite a nice job to remove the three bolts from the aft mount, but it is possible to do.
Like Travis said, also the original shock bolts can cause rattle. The shoulder is in fact too thin. Some new bolts where the shoulders are thicker solve this problem.
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Re: 2004 Overland - rear rattles

Thanks guys. When Spring has sprung, I'll crawl under and check it out!
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