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    I've had some issues with the jeep lately. Not exactly sure what it is that's why I'm here.
    The steering shakes uncontrollably after making a slight right turn, or going through a pothole in the road. It also feels like the tires are shaking, and the only way to stop it from happening is to slow down to like 5 mph. It happened a few times when I had my sway bars disconnected and only once since I connected them.
    Any one have an idea of what is going on?

    I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (TJ)

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    What you have there my friend is the dreaded "DEATH WOBBLE"

    How much lift you got on it?
    the quickest way to find out what is going on is get under the front end and have a buddy crank the wheel back and forth until you can see what is loose and then crank everything down again.
    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99XJsp View Post
    What you have there my friend is the dreaded "DEATH WOBBLE"

    How lift you got on it?
    the quickest way to find out what is going on is get under the front end and have a buddy crank the wheel back and forth until you can see what is loose and then crank everything down again.
    Good luck
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    It sounds like DW to me as well, and I would say the same thing about having someone turn the wheel while you're under it looking for anything with play in it.

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    Yep, classic symptoms of DW!

    Check the following:

    Trac Bar (bushings/bolts and upper mount)
    Control arms (bushings/bolts/mounts)
    Tie rod/drag link
    shocks
    ball joints

    As stated, have someone turn the wheel back and forth while you watch each connection for play/looseness.

    Don't have to turn the wheel 'lock to lock', just enough to move the tires a bit.


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    I had a similar problem with my LJ. If you don't have a steering stabilizer, get one, it fixed my problems. If you do, check to see that it is good shape and that it's attach points are still good. Worked for me. Good luck to you
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    Steering stabilizers only cover up the issues. You should be able to drive down the road with no steering stabilizer at all. If you spend money on one now, you're just wasting your money.

    Don't know what lift you've got, but if you're running a drop pitman arm without running a front track bar relocation bracket, start by putting a stock pitman arm back on.

    You need to check the bushings of everything that holds your front axle to your frame.
    -Control arm mounts
    -Track bar mounts
    -Every joint in your steering
    (Have someone crank the steering wheel back and forth and look for play in all the joints of everything mentioned above).
    -Shocks (jump up and down on each corner, if it bounces more than 3 times you've got a bad shock.)
    -Ball joints/unit bearings (there's ways to test these, but they're not very accurate. If nothing else listed above is wrong and you've got more than 50k miles on the jeep, there's a good possibility it's being caused by these. Replace them and the axle shaft u joints while you're at it.)

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    Death wobble sucks. Like everyone said, make sure everything is tight.

    Watch as the jeep first comes out of the turn, then as it passes right by the camera near the end of the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwiv23dLhMY

    Another good death wobble video of a truck:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj9PNNChVm4

    And for those that have never had the pleasure of soiling yourself at 60 miles an hour on the highway, here is the view from the inside:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMM_BPi38gc

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99XJsp View Post
    What you have there my friend is the dreaded "DEATH WOBBLE"

    How much lift you got on it?
    the quickest way to find out what is going on is get under the front end and have a buddy crank the wheel back and forth until you can see what is loose and then crank everything down again.
    Good luck
    It's a 4" inch stage 2 procomp lift

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    I had similar issues and found the lower control arm bracket on the axle 75 broken off with issues on the upper arms themselves. The geometry of the links can play a roll in it. Good luck with it.

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    Never seen video of it, they still don't do the feeling justis when your rig spazzes out lol.

    Mine was tire pressure and the tire balance. Sometimes if you have mud caked on the inside of a rim it can act as a weight and wobble the crap out of you.
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