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for the past couple weeks i've been on a comprehensive interior noise assassination campaign!

 

i finally found the source of a CLICK that was happening very intermittently. when i made my interior hi-lift mounts, i used some screw retainers, aka "push nuts" to hold the screws to my brackets so i could install them easily as one module. however, one of those clips was getting caught in the channel on the Front Runner shelf. this whole setup was silent for a couple runs, but then started occasionally making a really loud click/squeak noise that had been driving me completely insane!

 

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once i solved that problem, i began driving around with the stereo off listening for every other little noise i could find! :eek:

 

 

the handle retaining pin on the hi-lift would sometimes rattle - fixed it with a piece of hose:

 

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my sleep platform stows as a divider between the fridge and cargo area. i used thin magnetic catches where it folds onto itself, but had only used one catch centered on each fold which allowed the sections to slap together on washboard roads. i updated it to have two catches per fold to fix the issue:

 

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the folding cup holders on my tailgate table were also flapping around when hauling butt down a washboarded road. i drilled a hole in each one and added rubber bumpers from my local Ace Hardware.

 

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when the table is folded up, it presses against those bumpers a bit keeping the cup holders nice and quiet:

 

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my aftermarket stereo install also had a couple noise issues.

 

the plastic mounting brackets were rubbing on the very front edge of the head unit which made a steady creaking sound on bumpy roads. i simply Dremel'd out a little notch at the top and bottom of the brackets to fix that:

 

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while re-installing the unit, i zip-tied the Maestro interface box and its harness more securely so it wouldn't move around inside the dash when i hit a major pot-hole.

 

as a final step with the stereo, i wrapped all the large connectors in a felt to prevent them from making any sound if they rub against other plastic or flop around on big bumps:

 

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the only noises i have left are my passenger front window creaking when all the way up, and some rattling latches on a new storage related project. i have a couple higher quality latches to install on that and i'm hoping to get the window fixed as my final factory warranty issue - i'm only about 1k away from 36,000 miles!

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BSR (buzz, squeak, rattle) elimination can be madding. It sounds like you are almost fanatical about solving them.

 

Nice job on their systematic elimination.

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I thought I was the only crazy one trying to stop squeaks and rattles in the same jeep that gets beaten over rocks. K, you are a CINAC Ninja:cool:

 

P.S. I noticed your passenger window rattle the other night too but didn't want to dampen our date by bringing it up!

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BSR (buzz, squeak, rattle) elimination can be madding. It sounds like you are almost fanatical about solving them. ...

 

i had to fix the rattles so i could hear the voices in my head better ;)

 

 

... I noticed your passenger window rattle the other night too but didn't want to dampen our date by bringing it up!

 

what a great pal!

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left Gadget at the dealer yesterday to get the final service done while still under the factory 36k mile warranty!

 

they are also trying to fix a persistent a-pillar/door/roof leak issue: https://offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4897

 

and there's a rattling/creaking noise that comes from the front door interior trim panels or the window panes, not sure which. it happens on typical bumpy city streets, but will go away if i crack the window or push on the trim panel. it happens more often when it's cold outside. i'm not sure they'll be able to re-create it, so i'm just hoping it's a common issue that they already have a fix for.

 

i'm eager get her back since i have new toys to install...

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Tell those dudes to get off their duffs and fix yer stuff!

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over the weekend i removed the factory Rubicon sliders and installed the Garvin Wilderness Products JK Unlimited Rock Rails that Aimee gave me for Christmas:

 

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i wanted rails that were frame-mounted for strength, but that tucked up close to the body for looks. most of the frame mounted ones leave the factory pinch seam visible which i'm not a fan of. Aimee only cared about using them for a step to make it easier to get in and out!

 

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i'm happy with how these look in person, and i think they'll be stout enough to last a long time. i did the regular bolt-in installation... the instructions mention you could weld them on for "extreme duty" use, but i feel like it's best to keep most mods removable. if anything i'd add a third "leg" to them to bolt to the frame.

 

if anyone is looking for rock rails, the TJM sliders where also on my short-list since they are affordable, frame-mounted, and tuck up close. Sierra Expeditions would be a good place to get them. we only went with the Garvin instead because the bar sticks out further which makes for a better step.

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They look nice.

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They look nice.

 

thanks D!

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