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    Angry Horrible Wheel Wobble!

    So I have really bad wheel wobble. It seems to originate at 40-50 mph and only when there is no pressure on the steering wheel ie driving straight. The steering wheel has about 10-20 degrees of play in it at all times which I figure is normal for a lifted jeep. The wobble is so bad that you have to slow down to about 20 mph before it goes away but it I can stop the wobble form fully developing by turning the steering wheel. I really just want to get it down to a little shake or nothing.

    Jeep is a 98 TJ with 6 inch lift, and 35s. I am in Colorado Springs and I am not afraid to work on it.

    I was debating taking it to Predator 4x4 or 4WheelParts here in the springs to ask for help.

    Any ideas what it could be?
    ~98 TJ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtflyboy25 View Post
    ......... The steering wheel has about 10-20 degrees of play in it at all times which I figure is normal for a lifted jeep.

    Any ideas what it could be?
    No, it's not normal. Even a lifted Jeep should have tight steering.

    What you have is commonly called "Death Wobble", and could be cuased by a few different things.

    Do a search for "Death wobble", @SavageSun4x4 and myself have posted some good info.

    Most likely, there is something loose in the front end, trac-bar, tie rod/drag link, control arms, etc.

    A good way to check, is to have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, while you watch all the connections on the front end.

    Pay extra attention to the trac-bar, as they are often the culprit.

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    Here's the things you want to check:



    Going to dig up the death wobble links.


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    Thanks I will do that ASAP! Might take a video too just so I can analyze it further after I come back to my dorm.
    ~98 TJ~

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    These threads should get you figured out, hopefully. Sometimes, it's more than just one issue causing it, so you really need to check out everything really good.


    http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...-Wobble-A-cure

    http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...g-Death-Wobble

    Hope this helps!




    http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...120-F-n-wobble!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtflyboy25 View Post
    So I have really bad wheel wobble. It seems to originate at 40-50 mph and only when there is no pressure on the steering wheel ie driving straight. The steering wheel has about 10-20 degrees of play in it at all times which I figure is normal for a lifted jeep. The wobble is so bad that you have to slow down to about 20 mph before it goes away but it I can stop the wobble form fully developing by turning the steering wheel. I really just want to get it down to a little shake or nothing.

    Jeep is a 98 TJ with 6 inch lift, and 35s. I am in Colorado Springs and I am not afraid to work on it.

    I was debating taking it to Predator 4x4 or 4WheelParts here in the springs to ask for help.

    Any ideas what it could be?
    There are quite a few write ups on this all over the internet. What I can from experance-- it could be more that 1 thing. In my case I needed a upgraded track bar and getting my tires rebalanced did the trick. Just check everything out.
    Also if I was to take to someone in the COL area it would be Predator and NOT 4Wheelparts!!
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    If you can slow down to 20 mph and the DW goes away, you ain't go it bad...TRUST me on that. HillBill has got a GREAT check list that is well worth looking at to tick off various items.

    It can be 1 or many things that all contribute a little or a lot to DW.

    We have a lot stuff on here that talk to it, solving it, finding the culprit(S) etc. Recommend you go thru it, think on it and then ask questions, plenty of guys on here will make a contribution to helping you out.
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    You're welcome to stop by my place tomorrow (afternoon/evening) and I'll help ya figure it out. Let me know if your interested in a second set of eyes on it.
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    You guys are awesome. Thanks FrankZ, but I am running a mini car show on the Air Force Academy and wont be leaving base. I looked at it and saw that some of the bushings were well shot to crap. Leaking and one was torn. So I will be heading down to predator next week sometime I guess to ask them to look at it/see if they have the parts for it. As far as I know the front suspension and steering pieces are all stock other than what was modified with the lift kit. This is the only problem with the jeep, other than that we love it!
    ~98 TJ~

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    Replace your Steering Stabilizer. Get a Rancho 5407 for your rig.

    DO NOT let anyone sell you anything else...


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