OK. This is just an FYI on my "clunk" I know there are plenty of posts on this already, but I wanted to get my story out there in case it helps someone.
My brother and I installed the RC 2" lift on my commander (137k miles, 100k of those put on by me driving to/from work, no off-roading... yet) with new shocks/struts a couple weeks ago. Still running stock tires at the moment.
Well, I started to notice a clunk when turning at slow speeds. Could replicate it easily while parked -- just slightly turning the steering wheel from center -- both to the right and left (it would clunk both ways). I started to sweat, thinking it was something we screwed up while trying to get the lift/struts installed.
Took it to a mechanic I trust, hoping it was tie rod ends or something relatively cheap/easy. They proceeded to tell me that the noise is coming from the rack. I looked on this site (here
for example) and found quite a few people talking about this adjustment you can make on the rack. Asked the mechanic to do it, he tried, said it wouldn't budge, it was rounding off, -- basically he didn't feel comfortable doing it, I could see it in his eyes. I also didn't feel comfortable forcing him to do something that could damage something more. Maybe I'm a wuss. FYI - they also called RC for me to ask about the lift and if they had any recommendations -- they didn't.
So. After sleeping on it, and learning that they found me a new rack for $300 from Arnold's Motor Supply (it would've been $844 through Chrysler) --- I took it back in and am having them install it (along with new tie rods ends because it's only a matter of time, and they will be in there anyways) today. My jeep is sitting there as I type this.
I feel like I should have pushed them a little more on the rack adjustment. I had immediate 'buyer's remorse' after I told them to order the new rack. I am hoping that when I go in there this afternoon I can take a closer look at that old rack and it's adjustment bolt. Maybe learn something??
I will post again tomorrow on how everything went and what I learned...