At 10:30 p.m., I may or may not have been crawling under the Jeep to plan how a certain as-yet-unpurchased part is going to fit, when I discovered my right rear sway bar link about to come loose. (Must have forgotten to fully tighten it when replacing those springs.) Glad I caught it before it worked its way out!
We spent the day at the river yesterday wheeling. It was a great day of top-down fun with friends.
But, while we had a great time playing in the rocks (photos and video to come), wheeling sans soft top showed me just how annoying and loud my sway bar squeak has become. I’ve known it was there for a while, but listening to it all day long yesterday moved me to action.
I removed the bolts on each end of the front sway bar, slid the bushing over to one side, washed and greased the underlying bar, then secured the bushing back into place. It was a simple procedure, but made a world of difference.
This week’s gloriously clear Spring weather has allowed me to run top-down for a more extended period — and it’s so overdue!
But, not having the top to insulate me from noises outside my Jeep has also exposed a point of frustration. I can detect a clear metal-on-metal rubbing noise coming from my left rear wheel. Looking over the situation, I can clearly see my sway bar link is rubbing on something.
The obvious culprit is the brake caliper, as it’s the closest potential point of contact. But, there’s no sign of rubbing on the caliper and that wouldn’t explain the rotational nature of the sound. That you’re-brakes-are-wearing-out sound (the pads are fine, by the way) would suggest the wheel is my other point of contact. Yet, no dirt has been rubbed away from the back side of the wheel, either. And, since the tires bulge out wider than the wheel, wouldn’t the rubber tire make contact before the wheel?
Yes, of course it’s bothering me more than it should. And, I suppose I could try rotating the links inboard of the sway bar. But, doggone it, that doesn’t tell me why it started now — and that, I suppose, is the answer I really want.
I’ll be spending my weekend trying to track down this one.
While I love the functionality of my Teraflex quick discos, I’m getting really tired of fighting to reconnect them. (In their defense, this is common to all makes of discos.)
Who has experience with the Currie Anti-Rock? How loose is the ride on road, especially when cornering hard? The idea of not having to disconnect at the trailhead is really appealing.