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Offline harryhood

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holy death wobble
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:21:38 PM »
Had my first taste of death wobble today. man did that suck. Couldn't go over 35mph.

I replaced the steering dampener a few days ago, that's the only thing I can think of that changed. The old Rancho dampener developed a leak so I replaced it with a  Monroe unit.

Think that could have caused it? I've read dampeners will mask DW a little, but this was  huge change.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 04:36:14 PM »
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 04:49:34 PM »
some things loose, worn, or broken
dampeners only masked it.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 05:22:49 PM »
What steve said something drag link or tie rod
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 05:34:42 PM »
Id check to see if anything is loose as mentioned but also check alignment

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 06:13:21 PM »
What steve said something drag link or tie rod
and Track bar

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 09:05:17 PM »
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2017, 09:38:25 PM »


Does it work even better if you use two?

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2017, 09:47:23 PM »
Loose track bar has been my #1 concern with my TJ...  It's tight now, but if it loosens = death wobble, if it fails = roll over on the highway  :eek: we had this happen to a NEJEEP member many years ago...
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2017, 05:47:40 AM »
Loose track bar bolt is what was causing it on my Jeep when it happened. Axle side bolt was loose and hole was wallowed out.
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2017, 07:10:10 AM »
My guess is that the Monroe unit is not as stiff as the old Rancho steering stabilizer and the issue was already there. 

My death wobble on the TJ was the lower track bar mount was all hollowed out as others have seen.
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2017, 09:38:44 AM »
I am guessing it's the lower track bar bolt. In the past I noticed when the steering would get loose it was because that bolt became loose. The through hole is definitely wallowed like 10 mofo's
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2017, 11:28:52 AM »
Pull the bolt, add a washer, bolt it back up, weld the washer to the mount and call it a day.
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2017, 11:30:34 AM »
Pull the bolt, add a washer, bolt it back up, weld the washer to the mount and call it a day.

That's the plan, just need time.
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2017, 12:55:42 PM »
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I am guessing
Exactly

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2017, 12:58:56 PM »
Don't drive it. Any  violent shaking creates more worn parts that have DW memory. Ask me how I know.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2017, 01:50:45 PM »
Don't drive it. Any  violent shaking creates more worn parts that have DW memory. Ask me how I know.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2017, 05:26:27 PM »
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2017, 05:29:48 PM »
Track bar was tight. I didn't see anything loose. Maybe tires out of balance
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2017, 06:28:59 PM »
Track bar was tight. I didn't see anything loose. Maybe tires out of balance
I had an elongated bolt hole in my passenger side track bar mount. I got a plate from teraflex and bolted it in place. Solved my issue with the wobble.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2017, 05:01:34 AM »
Cut the trac bar and all that other junk under there off ! Put in your choice of leaf spring and go have a happy day ! CJs Rule !    FjR68

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2017, 02:23:37 PM »
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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2017, 04:11:14 PM »
I once caught DW just from driving behind the Broken XJ...true story

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2017, 12:27:07 PM »
So I installed a new Rancho dampener and the day went away. I can still feel a little shimmy around 40 sometimes but it never gets bad and goes away after 45 mph.

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Re: holy death wobble
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2017, 01:10:01 PM »
So the dampener is masking the real problem?
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