Well after close to a year of owning my 2011 shock 4wd, I have experienced a few things that may be normal operation for the Nitro. I have only put about 5K miles on it. I'm currently at a little over 44K.
I did some searching, but didn't see anything directly that matches some things I am experiencing.
I have noticed that when I use 4wd, there is a slight whining noise when I accelerate. Sounds like its coming from under the rear seats, so I would guess transfer case, but haven't climbed under to check and see. As soon as you let off a bit or driving at a constant speed, the noise fades away. Dealer claims that some whine for the transfer case is normal. I haven't experienced this with other 4wd vehicles, so wanted to some input from other owners.
Another thing I have noticed is that when traction control kicks in, in 2wd or 4wd, the headlights seem to flicker. Its like they brighten and dim very quickly. They are not flashing on and off, but best way to explain it is a flicker. It will do this until you let up on the gas to stop spinning. It can be a bit annoying when you are behind someone at a stop light and there is snow or ice on the road. They think I am flashing my lights at them.
Since I don't ever plan on towing anything near the 5K capacity, can I put a different, possibly softer shock in to help with the rough ride? It seems like even the slightest imperfection in the road is amplified quite a bit.
When I had it in for an oil change and free inspection, they said the shocks, tie rods, and ball joints seemed in good working order.
There are some other little things, but I can ask about those later. LOL.