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whappy4 07-11-2012 11:24 AM

Loose rear suspension
I'm new here and need help. I have something that sounds loose in the rear of my 04 while going over gravel roads. I've replaced sway arm bushings, sway arm links and coil spring rubbers. Any suggestions?

TJXJWJ 07-11-2012 12:27 PM

Re: Loose rear suspension
Upper control arm ball joint is a frequent issue on these rigs. It's at the top of the rear cross member (looks like a big steel boomerang). It's a real PITA to get to, but you can replace just the ball joint. They are pretty cheap actually. Another thing to really look at is the shock bolts. I replaced mine with some from a local hardware store because the shocks would rattle on the stock bolts. You really need to tighten them down. Lastly, make sure your sway bar is bolted securely to the perches on the axle.

Frango100 07-12-2012 05:38 PM

Re: Loose rear suspension
Also have a look at the upper and lower control arm bushings. Especially the upper front bushing rubber tends to break loose and starts making noises. I have to change mine for this same reason.

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