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For the last little while I have been hearing a "rattle" on the front drivers side every time I hit a bump no matter the size. I have been searching all over the Jeep for the source.(Underneath/Engine Compartment) Yesterday I finally found it in the last place I looked, go figure. 🤣

 

Turns out the front drivers side shock is loose on top and moving around causing the rattle. This morning I got out and wrenched on the nut but it is tight. I am looking at replacing them for a few different reasons. This Jeep is new to me as of 6 months ago so I am not what has or has not  been done to it is part of it. 

 

My question for anyone is, has this ever happened to you?  If so was a cause determined? Any recommendations on shocks for a Rubicon?  I find it strange that this is happening at all but it is a jeep and weirder things have happened based on what I have read. 🙄 

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@shellback91 is it the factory (red) shock, or after-market? What you need to do is grab the top of the stem with vise-grips, and then tighten the nut so it compresses the two bushings. 

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@dzJeepChic It is the red one. I tried the vise grips trick earlier and the nut will not budge at all. argh..🤬  Maybe it is a bad shock, I do not know.  Going to have to come up with a game plan because swapping them out looks like a bear.

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@shellback91 Oh, you have shock extensions. Try taking the nut off, make sure it's not stripped, and then add some more washers so you can compress the bushing and tighten it. 

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@dzJeepChic Good idea, Thanks. now to figure out what size washers  need.  Home depot here I come!!

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The bottom washer needs to be on the bottom of the bushing.

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@dzJeepChic My mission failed for today. I put the equivalent of 2 washers on the top, still rattling around.  ☹️

 

@Number7 I did not see your post until now. Argh! I will remove the shock again later today or tomorrow and flip that washer and bushing around. I will tread lightly until i get that done. 

 

 

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Thanks @dzJeepChic and @Number7 for the help so far. I do appreciate it.

 

@Number7 The other side looks the same as drivers side and it is not moving.  This is strange to say the least. I will just drive careful until I figure out what to do. 

 

My next question for anyone is if i were to replace my shocks are there any recommendations? I may go that route soon because these appear to stock 2012 shocks.  I just measured and found my lift to be 2 1/2" i believe. 

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Unless your shocks are leaking oil I see no need to replace them. After you fix the wrong install of the bottom washers you should be good to go. The factory shocks are a good if installed correctly.

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3 minutes ago, Number7 said:

Unless your shocks are leaking oil I see no need to replace them. After you fix the wrong install of the bottom washers you should be good to go. The factory shocks are a good if installed correctly.

Sounds good- I may get back out in the garage in a bit, if not later today if it ever cools down. Wait.. It never cools down here. 🤣

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