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nice write up..about to do mine...do u have torque spec for front drive shaft and all mounts?
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Sorry, I no longer have them. Perhaps someone else who did this kept their notes.

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Just replace the mounts on my 08 commander with 5.7. Much easier than i expected.
Ordered all three mounts from,, www.justforjeeps.com . I knew the top was the problem and thought the other two were ok. The side one was but the front was cracked.
Top bolt is in a tight location, need plenty of extortions and swivel joint, and a back up wrench on nut. Drive shaft was easy with 1/4 inch drive and two long extensions, did not have to rotate shaft to get all the bots out. Ball joint press was a mess trying to make it work, but it did. I think the air chisel with a flat end would put the bushing is fine, but I did not have one.

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Sad to report this... it's been 10 months and 12,000 miles and I need another new bushing.
No, not kidding.
I was under the pig doing an oil change today and saw the rubber is starting to get chewed up again. I'm hearing a slight bang in/out of park so I knew it was starting to go again. I got the bushing at Morris so I'm not certain who makes it or if they're a reputable manufacturer but it's failing in a very short amount of time. Maybe the OEM bushing would have been a better option than the aftermarket from Morris but I think it's time to go to a Johnny Joint and be done with it. Hope you're replacements are going to last longer than mine.

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This is an excellent thread and was extreamly helpful. I do have one question were did you get your part? Is there a part number? I have been having difficulty finding the right bushing.
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Never mind, i did not read the most resent posts. Ill go with Johnny the first time. Thank you for helping.
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Ya know I bet the OEM isolator bushing would be fine. Not happy with the aftermarket one and I have a new OEM one sitting on my desk waiting to be installed but I've been lazy! If u go with the original style just get it from the dealer.

When I'm back at my computer I'll dig out the email I got from Currie regarding the JJoint. They weren't 100% certain it would fit our application so we would be blazing a trail. Stay tuned!

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OK I found the email. I asked if Currie part # CE-9112M would be my part and they couldn't confirm or deny it. It's "LOOKS" like it would work but you'd be the first. If you do, and it works, report back to them. ;-)
The Currie rep said you press it in and then weld the sleeve in place.
I've attached a link to the PDF guide they sent me to help you.

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I just purchased a 2006 and it has the same issue. I think the previous owner just ignored it because the rubber bushing is almost nonexistent. Anyway, did anyone determine which part is best? I see them online at Napa, Advance Auto, Quadratec, and them OEM, etc. Any tips would be appreciated. I don't want to have to replace this again for a long time!

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Tankman,
I should have posted an update but I didn't. I ended up just installing the regular-looking aftermarket bushing I had laying around. (I didn't use the Currie part.) It's been a good long time and many miles since I replaced it and she's holding up fine. So to answer your question, I think the OEM or OEM-like part will be fine. That's the short answer.

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I think there is a "directional" approach to installing these things. This means if you look at the replacement part, there are "air gaps" on two side within the bushing and then there's rubber connecting the inside to the outside of the bushing on the other two sides within said bushing (I know, I know, horrible explanation, but if you look at the pic of a new one you will see what I mean!). I believe when I installed it, I didn't alight the rubber sections to the direction of the slamming torque of the axle, so it was basically moving fore/aft without any of that rubber actually absorbing the impact. THAT'S why the first time I replaced it, it wore out so damn fast. In fact, that's probably why some people have this issue and some don't... it all depended on how the car assembly person pressed it in.

So when you go to re-install that bushing, look at page 1 of this post and see how I have the finished bushing pressed into place (specifically, note there is a flat spot on the outter ring of the bushing). DO NOT install it the way I did! Rotate your bushing 90degrees and then press it in. Hope you can see what I mean in my pix.

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I just purchased a 2006 and it has the same issue. I think the previous owner just ignored it because the rubber bushing is almost nonexistent. Anyway, did anyone determine which part is best? I see them online at Napa, Advance Auto, Quadratec, and them OEM, etc. Any help would be appreciated. I don't want to have to replace this again for a long time!

Thanks in advance.

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