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    Anyone know a good place in the Stuttgart area to get a Rubicon looked at?

    I am having death wobble really bad and the local place said I just need new tires. They are on the way, but I doubt that is the only issue.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eng21b View Post
    Anyone know a good place in the Stuttgart area to get a Rubicon looked at?

    I am having death wobble really bad and the local place said I just need new tires. They are on the way, but I doubt that is the only issue.

    Thanks.
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    Yep, check everything under the front end.

    Usually bad DW comes from a loose trac bar.

    Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, while you look at everything underneath.

    Don't have to turn it 'lock to lock', just enough that the tires start to move, by doing this, you will see if stuff is moving that shouldn't be.

    Check the following: (these will be obvious if bad, by turning the wheel and watching)
    trac bar-both ends
    tie rod and drag link-there are 4 'ends', one at each hub, one at the pitman arm, and one that ties the drag link and tie rod together.

    Also check:
    Shocks
    Upper and lower control arm bushings

    Ball joints- 4 of these, top and bottom of each knuckle.


    Best case, it's something you can fix-
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    Yep, check everything under the front end.

    Usually bad DW comes from a loose trac bar.

    Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, while you look at everything underneath.

    Don't have to turn it 'lock to lock', just enough that the tires start to move, by doing this, you will see if stuff is moving that shouldn't be.

    Check the following: (these will be obvious if bad, by turning the wheel and watching)
    trac bar-both ends
    tie rod and drag link-there are 4 'ends', one at each hub, one at the pitman arm, and one that ties the drag link and tie rod together.

    Also check:
    Shocks
    Upper and lower control arm bushings

    Ball joints- 4 of these, top and bottom of each knuckle.


    Best case, it's something you can fix-
    Worst case, you'll know what's wrong.
    I always liked that photo. It is pretty good at breaking things down for people barny style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miljeep View Post
    I always liked that photo. It is pretty good at breaking things down for people barny style.
    It's a great pic to have on hand. I'm not always good at describing things!


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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    It's a great pic to have on hand. I'm not always good at describing things!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandbagger View Post
    "It's that metal rod that's connected on both ends".

    "Check the doo hickey, especially the thing-a-ma-bobs at the ends"

    "You know, that jabby that turns"

    "The watch-cha-ma-call-it that makes it go 'vrroom-vrrooom"

    "the squiggely bent thingy, with the jabbys on the ends"



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    What year is it? If it is an 04-08 you should also check the unit bearings. Depends on how often it is driven and wheeled. Mine went bad a couple years ago on my '04

    Jack the front end up so the tires are off the ground and not supporting any weight. Grab the top and bottom of the tire. Try to wiggle them top to bottom. If they move a good bit they are bad. Just another thing to look at while down there.

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    How hard was it to replace unit bearings? Or should a shop do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulman22 View Post
    How hard was it to replace unit bearings? Or should a shop do it?
    its not hard, you can do it with a small set of tools and 1 big socket to remove the stub shaft retaining nut. i did one a few weeks ago and had it done in under an hour. depending on your knowledge of vehicles it may not take long.

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