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Old 01-05-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Death wobble

Recently experienced death wobble for the first time at just under 70k miles. Dealership claimed first it was rotors then a shock inside the steering column. They fixed both and have not had death wobble in the past week. I am sure it is just a matter of time till it happens again.
Thinking of getting rid of Jeep... Thoughts?? Comments?? Suggestions???

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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Just bought an 08 one owner jk about 3 months ago with 80k on. It started having a major dw about a week after I bought it, drove me crazy and thought about selling it. after some reasearch I bought the entire dw repair kit from kevins offroad world, it included (JKS trackbar, re-location bracket, heavy duty steering damper, hardened steel bolts, nuts,& new hardcore bushing sleaves.) after installing the kit it has been as tight as a new one. Im sure the trackbar holes are worn just as mine were. I took mine to the dealership and they just scratched there heads and wanted to do all theses repairs that it did not need. Have some one take the trackbar loose and see if the holes are wobbled out before you do anything. if they are order the kit and keep it. Good luck

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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Read Planmans DW sticky's atop the forum,

-A bad steering stabilizer will not cause DW but may mask it. Only to come back if the real problem is not fixed.

-Check the condition of your front track bar. Any movement/play in the bushings is the #1 cause for DW.

-1 or 2 cases of DW could possibly cause a lot of front end damage. Every front suspension component/bushings-even the balljoints and hubs should be checked even if the main cause was the track bar. Failure to do so, you may have other vibrations/Shakes or handling problems.

All this is explained in Planmans threads/video's

Sorry you have to go through this.

Good luck
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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Before steering stabilizers, DW was a normal occurrence. A certain RR crossing would set off my 68. Only thing to do was slow down till it stopped.
Lots of info available here on the forums, I'd check into before throwing money at it. Good luck.
2004 Black X 4.0, auto, 3.73's, soft top 31-10.5-15 Toyo A/T's on 8" Ultra 175's, 2" Teraflex BB.
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