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Old 09-14-2012, 04:51 PM
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Help me have a smoother ride!!

So my 2000 WJ shakes and wrattles at the front with braking. I have read that i need to upgrade the calipers (Akebono), may need to have the rotors evened out(grinding) or get new ones. The car also has a bumpy ride. With the smallest un-eveness on the road surface you feel it. So for that I need shocks, but do I need to change anything else while am it. as far as steering stabiliser, tie rods etc...
I did a thermostat change a week or two ago but now everytime I start the engine, it has a sharp noise coming from the front drive's side sounds like at the intake but a friend told me it was the belt (i tagged the belt for some space while screwing a bolt back in). The noise disappears after warming + it gets louder and sharper with increased rpms but as stated goes away after getting warm.
Also have issues with gears. When it shifts to 2nd, it jerks and revs before getting into gear, any takes?
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:17 PM
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

New rotors, check for seized calipers, check tie rods for any play... not sure about the noise. The reving, check your p codes but perhaps its the tps.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

Check the upper and lower control arm bushings for cracked rubber, the ball joints for any play and the steering stabilizer for functioning/leaks. The brake rotors are well known to warp and will cause a pulsation in the brake pedal and a shaking of the jeep itself when they are badly warped.
The noise is most probably the serpentine belt which slips over a pulley. Can be that the belt tension is too low due to a too far stretched belt, bad tensioner or a dried out belt. If its a long time ago that the belt was changed, i would replace it with a new one. Goodyear gatorback belts are low noise belts and perform very well.
Regarding the gear problem, as tkd girl mentioned, check for any set fault code using the key dance ( ignition off/on for 3 times and leave it in on at the tird time. The odometer will show the fault codes or "DONE" when all ok.)
Could be the TPS sensor, but also several other things. Was the fluid changed lately? You have the 42RE transmission in your jeep and that one still has bands. When fluid change is overdue, i would start with some fresh fluid/filter and checking the bands adjustments.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

Thanks for the input guys. I think changing struts to more stronger ones, rotor,caliper and brake change,C-Arm bushings change and tie rods could take care of it. once again Gracias.
Truth be told amma have a rough ride alittle while longer, the damn car just got some issues that i think need more attention right now.
See-http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=47038
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

So I finally got a little deeper pockets and am looking to offload some on the jeep. I was looking into the RC struts on their site and ebay and they all say they are for a lifted truck, be it 2,4,6 inch. I have no lift on mine(yet) and will do a 2 inch lift later on but would I go wrong with just getting the RC struts for a 2 inch lift?

Also just got ATE rotors from R1 concepts drilled/slotted. They also asked me to check what type of calipers I have on right now. they said coz there is a difference but all I have read with everyone upgrading is to Akebono not ATE calipers. Any insight? or are the ATE calipers same as TEVES ones.
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

Point of clarification - The WJ does NOT have front struts. It has coil springs with shocks on the front and rear of the vehicle.

If you are considering a shock upgrade I would highly recommend Bilstein for both stock and minimal lift (1-2"). IF you use stock length shocks on a lift you risk overextending the shock. If you install a lift and use longer shocks for a lift you risk bottoming them out at full compression. Either way is bad on shocks.
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Point of clarification - The WJ does NOT have front struts. It has coil springs with shocks on the front and rear of the vehicle.


If you are considering a shock upgrade I would highly recommend Bilstein for both stock and minimal lift (1-2"). IF you use stock length shocks on a lift you risk overextending the shock. If you install a lift and use longer shocks for a lift you risk bottoming them out at full compression. Either way is bad on shocks.


Sorry meant shocks.

My WJ is a DD which I dont want to have a stock look. So no off roading for me. Blistein is a little out of rage $$$-wise so I wanted to get something a little "stronger" than the regular shocks.
I have also read on posts whereby people have installed or have recieved advice from other forummers they could instal 2inch BB lift with stock shocks, thus why I wanted to know if the same would apply if you installed shocks for a 2inch lift but still have stock height.
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Re: Help me have a smoother ride!!

I fully get the $ issue.

If you are just using it on road then you can run without upgraded shocks but you risk damaging the shocks at full extension. With a pretty much stock suspension, Monroe Sensatracs are a reasonably priced option, especially to replace worn-out and tired factory shocks. RockAuto Auto Parts is the cheapest place I could find them. That being said, I got the Bilstein's for less than $75 more than I would have had in the Sensatracs.

What is your intention for the lift - to fit larger tires? Check out the attached file as it indicates what sizes you can run with stock and various lift combos.

Also, here is my WJ before I installed the 10mm OME spacers on front with 255/65R17's all around. Stock tires are just a hair over 29 inches, these tires are 30.14 inches. The speed is a bit slow but nothing major. I have no rubbing, more ground clearance and the wider tire changes the stance.


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This pic was taken after a few miles on the local gravel roads.


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I my opinion - save your money and do it right the first time. A simple tire change can make all the difference on the appearance.
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