Well, after a week of tweaking the suspension setup, I think I have finally found a happy medium. Shock rebound settings are in the right place, no more squeaks and rattles, everything all aligned. Basically to wrap up all the troubleshooting;
Double check your work!
Make sure the swaybar endlinks are secure – mine looked like they were, but were not and made a hell of a lot of noise on bumpy surfaces.
Sleeve the springs!!!!!! Buy some vinyl or rubber tubing, split them and wrap the dead coils. You’ll be much happier. It gets rid of the springy noises over small surface imperfections. I now have no more noise at all.
Get an alignment after a week or so. Handling was shitty until I got one. Find a good shop in your area. Front camber is not factory adjustable, neither is caster. Only toe is. The rear suspension is fully adjustable however. The front camber can be evened out on both sides by shifting the front subframe.
Get some decent shocks that can take lowering. Anything lower than 1.5 or so requires Koni yellows or something similar (Bilstein Sport or H&R cup kit or Autotech…) If the shocks are adjustable, DON’T set them to full stiff just because – match them to the spring rate. You’ll be happier with a comfy ride AND handling as well.
If you are planning to DIY, make sure you have all the tools at hand. If you don’t feel up to the task, no harm in taking it to a good shop, you’ll have a happier end result. Here’s to canyon carving!