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Old 02-08-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Tired of lift

I have a FT 3" in mine and everytime I drive it, it feels and sounds like the Jeep is gonna fall apart. Hit a bump and everything rattles clunks bangs and wobbles. Im tired of checking to make sure everything is tight. Does this happen with all lifts or is mine just a p.o.s.? When I come to a stop, something clunks and I can feel it in the steering wheel and same thing when I make turns. Im afraid to even go offroading because this thing wants to fall apart on highway driving. Any ideas?

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Old 02-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Does FT = Full Traction?

I'm going to go read the lift review to see what you have, but in the mean time, does that lift use the stock or new control arms?

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Old 02-08-2009, 05:34 PM   #3
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Every time I accellerate after a stop or I brake I hear a "clunk-clunk" noise. Sometimes I feel it a little bit in the steering wheel. That are the worn out stock lower CA bushings in the front. But I don´t want to replace them because I will install some Currie CAs in some weeks.

But the problem is only that noise. The TJ still handles better than stock and there is no wobble.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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stock ca's. No way does it ride better then stock. I really dont want to dump money buying all new parts right now. (just got layed off, times are a little rough).
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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Ok, I just re-read the lift review.

I agree with Nic. Mine handles and feels just as good as it did stock.

My LCA joints need to be replaced too and I get a bit of noise out of them when I change direction of the axle (going from forward to reverse).

After reading your post, I don't know how long you've had that lift or where you bought it from, so if there is a warranty question, ask it. Otherwise, don't be afraid of a higher quality lift. You can have the lift and larger tires AND retain your DD. As usual, cost is the only real limit.

But, you're a union plumber, you can afford it!
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:42 PM   #6
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Ah, jeez. I was typing while you replied. Didn't want to put that plumber post in there to find out you got laid off.

Sorry to hear about it and I hope all goes well for you and yours.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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Im a layed off union plumber, lol. Ive had the lift in for about 6 months now and its getting worse. I know it needs a new track bar. I gotta see what happens in the near future.
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Well, I'm still sorry that you got laid off. And I apologize for the comment. Rarely does my sense of humor match up with any sort of timing.

When things look up financially, look at the Currie HD tie rod and track bar setup. I just put one on a couple weeks ago and it is awesome.
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In this little video you can hear the clunk noise that my CAs made last summer. It´s getting worse every month especially when I was wheeling.

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Sorry to hear that you got laid off man.
This economy is really taking it's toll on everyone.


But look at it this way.....
at least now you'll have more time to listen to your Yanni CD's!

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Sorry to hear that you got laid off man.
This economy is really taking it's toll on everyone.


But look at it this way.....
at least now you'll have more time to listen to your Yanni CD's!

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Sorry to hear that you got laid off man.
This economy is really taking it's toll on everyone.


But look at it this way.....
at least now you'll have more time to listen to your Yanni CD's!



I may have to burn some Neil Diamond to drink to.
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Sorry to hear about not only the lift but also the job layoff, man. I haven't had a single problem with my FT lift, so I don't think it's about lift quality. Did you have it installed, or did you do it yourself? If someone else did it, take it back to them and have them look at it. If you did it yourself, take it to a reputable mechanic who specializes or at least has considerable experience with Jeeps and have them take a look at it. Have them drive it as well. Good luck ironing the wrinkles out of this problem......it'll be worth it when your rig drives like it should with that FT lift. Mine drives and handles SO much better than stock and I'm running the same lift as you. It flexes so well that the old hi-lift jack I had is useless because it won't lift the tire off the ground!!!

Hang in there, bro.....economic hardships are cyclic, and it's bound to get better soon.
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I had a u joint that sounded like that once. I couldnt explain it and neither did the mechanic who finally figured out what it was.
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Well, I found the rattleing noise when I hit bumps. Turns out I was getting aggravated over my D-rings. lol, boy, I feel as stupid as I look. Im gonna replace the swaybar links, track bar and possibly control arms. The quality of the springs seem great. I have my refund coming, so maybe Ill get out of debt and see whats left over. I really need new shocks and stabilizer. Im gonna go Old Man Emu's if its in the budget. Times suck right now and dont see much work coming anytime soon, but it may pick up. Its one of these jobs where theres nothing on Monday, then a 2 year project comes on Tuesday, ya never know. Ill just grab the Unemployment check with the other 350 guys on the bench with me.
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I am new to the whole jeep lifts things, but in all of my research every thing says to grease the bushing. Have you ever considered that, I mean there are a lot of bushings though?
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I grease every bushing when I do the maintenance. Just did it today.
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Hmm, what about temperature wise. I always hear more creeks when its colder out.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:23 PM   #19
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I cant figure this out for the life of me. If I park with the wheels straight, it'll wobble at 42 mph everytime, but if I park with the tires turned all the way to the left, it has zero wobble.And its consistent. Doesnt matter if its 0* or 80*. Has me boggled.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #20
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since i got my jeep there is always noises coming from my steering but only when its a nice day. then again i live in WA where it rains all the time. does this seem odd
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Maybe mine just rides like a lifted Jeep should. I just didnt think there would be this many annoying perks with it.
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If you park it a certain way, it'll effect the way the jeep drives later on. Im confused.
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yeah, Im confussed too. It'll wobble at 42 mph if I park it over night with tires sitting straight, if I turn them to the left, shut it off, it'll drive fine the next day. Also, I just noticed that I can move (wiggle) my p.o.s. Skycrapper stabilizer around. This normal? the bolts are tight.
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Aww man dont say that, I have a skyjacker stabalizer in the mail on my way to me. I figured its got to be better than my 97 stock stabilizer. To chase down this DW.

From what your describing though, its got to be something with the way the jeep settles. I do not believe that the stabalizer is supposed to shake at all. Maybe the bushings are shot in it. I might actually have left over stabalizer bushings I can send ya. There even skyjacker brand.
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You can't go wrong with Old Man Emu. I'm running their Long Travel shocks and love the ride they give.
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Im gonna replace it with OME or even a stock one. My tires are balanced, alignment is done. I wonder if the stabilizer is wore out considering I had skyjacker shocks that blew out and I bought them at the same time. I dont have DW, just annoying wobble.
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You can't go wrong with Old Man Emu. I'm running their Long Travel shocks and love the ride they give.
how about your swaybar links? I had to put a 3/8 bolt threw mine because the pins wore down and would bang every bump.
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Lower front CAs made mine feel a whole lot better. I went with Currie.

Might as well put the cheap, but very good, Monroe stabilizer on as well.

I just had the bathroom and kitchen plumbing redone....could have used your expertise
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Monroe huh? I believe someone else recomended that. Might have been Scout, cant remember.

chit, should have asked, Id give ya some pointers. Thats what we're here for.
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how about your swaybar links? I had to put a 3/8 bolt threw mine because the pins wore down and would bang every bump.
No problems yet. If these pins on mine wear out, I might go with the JKS Quicker Discos, but not until the FT ones go bad.

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