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Old 08-08-2010, 04:23 PM   #31
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can your alignment cause DW?

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Old 08-08-2010, 05:03 PM   #32
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:10 AM   #33
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had the same problem with my 06 around 80 kph....you couldn't hang on the wheel. you either had to slow down or try and speed up which was sometimes dangerous....
Replaced the Steering Stabilizer with one from Auto zone....$54.00 put it on in the driveway myself...problem gone......the after market one is actually heavier the the oem
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:11 AM   #34
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You have to remember that unless the DW is being caused by a dammaged steering stabilizer (not that common), all a new steering stabilizer does is serve as a band-aid to hide the DW. The cause is prob still there and once you start to wear out the new steering stabilizer it will return! Its best to find the true cause and eliminate it the right way.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:17 AM   #35
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In theory you should be able to roll down the road with no steering stabilizer at all. I had DW bad about 10 years ago when I built my first truck on 44's and it took 4 stabilizers to calm it down. After trial and error I found that my bracket for the trackbar bolt had some slop in it...changed it out and now I drive it with no stabilizers
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man that's crazy looking, couldnt imagine being in the vehicle when that happened... puckering up FOR SURE.. haha
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:59 AM   #37
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did anyone catch this vid with those others?

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:12 PM   #38
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Wondered what DW was

I get that at about 70mph! Another trip to the mechanic I guess, crap this Jeep is killing me!
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #39
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Wow, this is exactly why I joined this forum! My 2007 Wrangler X has recently started doing the "Death Wobble". It seems to have started happening when I got over 20,000 miles. It has happened 3-4 times but, today was the worst! I really felt like I was gong to lose control. Thank God I didn't. I just pulled to the side of the road. then when I started again it was fine. It's weird, it almost feels like you hit a pothole when it starts happening. Not sure if I did hit a pothole or it just feels like I did. It's happened to me at all different mph's. Anywhere from 35-55 mph.

I am not rough on my vehicle. I don't take it off-road, nor have I altered it in any way. It never did this until it got over 20,000 miles.

From what I've seen so far on these forums, no one knows exactly how to fix the problem. I couldn't believe that I couldn't find a recall on this problem.

Has anyone been able to correct this problem!
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:36 AM   #40
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DW is probably a higher reason on my list not to mod my Jeep than how much money it would cost. Mine drives very well down the road and I don't want to worry that something I've done to it will cause DW down the road.
I hate to tell you this but, I have a stock 2007 and it started with the DW after 20,000 miles.
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I hate to tell you this but, I have a stock 2007 and it started with the DW after 20,000 miles.

i hear the track bar has been an issue on the new jeeps. the bolt hole is sloppy and the tack bar has to be torqued to 125# that is where i would look first,
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:54 AM   #42
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Here is my video. Its not the full blown DW, but that is how it starts.
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:07 PM   #43
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LOL, I had something similar to DW happen to me "i THINK". It happen in a GMC truck "dont remember what year" it was fairly new. I was driving to Indy and all of the sudden the steering wheel and column started shaking violently out of controll, go to my destination and saw another truck similar to this one, looked at the underside and compared the two, turns out the factory never put the U-bolts on that attach the leaf spring to the axle WTF, LOL...
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What would be the TRUE cause?
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:42 AM   #45
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I now love my leaf springs
The first time I ever experienced DW was as a passenger in my friend Mark's YJ, which was equipped with--you guessed it--leaf springs. It was his first DW, too, and it certainly freaked us both out.
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So is this usually just out of the blue or is there some vibration before that could be a warning? or is it something that starts off small & developes into death wobble? I have never had it but I did have a shimmy & got that taken care of, my track bar has gussets welded in now to make it stronger
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Found this video that may be of some help
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #48
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My DW started getting pretty bad on my TJ, so last night I replaced the Steering Stabilizer with an aftermarket Rancho. I can tell the problem is still there and it wasn't the stabilizer causing it but the new stabilizer helps tremendously with keeping it under control. Next, I plan on replacing the tires this week and getting the front brakes checked since the only time mine wobbles is when i hit the brakes. If the problems persist I'll move on to an aftermarket trackbar. Hope it all works out.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:42 PM   #49
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the last vid in the 1st post is what my jeep does every once in a while. saving for tires and a lift b4 winter. hope the tires fix it just in case it is the tires. oh well makes every trip a fun one
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Wow, this is now really keeping me from buying a new Unlimited JK... love the looks and the capabilities of the Wrangler, and I am/was planning to use it offroad a lot, etc. but... I also drive very long distances in 75+mph highways, mostly at night... and I wouldn't like this to happen.

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Wow, this is now really keeping me from buying a new Unlimited JK... love the looks and the capabilities of the Wrangler, and I am/was planning to use it offroad a lot, etc. but... I also drive very long distances in 75+mph highways, mostly at night... and I wouldn't like this to happen.

This usually only happens after you lift a vehicle, and even then its fixable if you find out whats causing it. Don't let it scare you away from Jeeps

My YJ is 21 years old with a 4" lift and it doesn't have Death Wobble
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This usually only happens after you lift a vehicle, and even then its fixable if you find out whats causing it. Don't let it scare you away from Jeeps

My YJ is 21 years old with a 4" lift and it doesn't have Death Wobble
Thanks Vaultzz, it's reassuring to hear that. However some guys here also posted that it has happened to them in their completely stock Jeeps... this is going to be a tough decision to make... I love the JK but I think safety is first...
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Thanks Vaultzz, it's reassuring to hear that. However some guys here also posted that it has happened to them in their completely stock Jeeps... this is going to be a tough decision to make... I love the JK but I think safety is first...
If I bought a brand new stock JK and got Death Wobble then you can bet I'd be right back at the dealer demanding a new Jeep
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yeah guys just to add on, getting a new stabilizer will not fix it completely, it is a temporary fix.
I had this happen (the DW) for two months, until one day I drove off the road. It was fixed the next day. Be careful out there, and yes, it does scare the living piss right out of you.
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Well, first off, Hi all. Yep it's been a while since I drove the Jeep, and I was used to how she handled, but now after seeing the vidz, I'm going to have to try the trackbar route. I know the tires are worn, and no SYE yet, though its been lifted for about 10 years, I think it's a combo of age and use is taking a toll on her. I didn't know about the trackabr though and I have an aftermarket stabilizer, hmm. Well enjoy the scenery and don't destroy the trails
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:45 PM   #56
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So another noob question. I have now seen death wobble, but what is the bump steer that the OP was talking about?
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So another noob question. I have now seen death wobble, but what is the bump steer that the OP was talking about?
Nevermind, google is awesome too! Had to look through a few to find it in simple enough terms.

http://www.naxja.org/html/techarticl...psteertech.htm
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:34 PM   #58
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But now I do have a strange question. I think I have DW, but my mechanic insists I have a problem with my u-joints or drivetrain. I did recently have to replace my rear gears after about 10 years or more of being at an extreme angle, he insists that that is the problem. I've got a 4" Pro-Comp suspension lift and initially had the spacers that came with the kit, but then put in the Skyjacker spacer bars to drop the transfer case a bit more. He says the rear diff is heating up too much and that he believes that is the only cause. The wobble didn't really appear until after she was in an accident and got fixed, he says that the steering stabilizers and all are good and they could not be the cause. I've had the alignment done and tightened but it mysteriously loosened up after about a week, had it redone, same thing. It minimizes when I put in 4H but is still there. Anyone got any ideas. I haven't been offroading in a long time and need new tires, but they tell me the tires aren't the problem either.
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I have been in this situation before, once myself and once with my brother. my issue was a combo of bad ball joints and a sagging axle housing. My brothers was bushings, alignment and a blown belt in one of the tires.
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My '06 TJ is now wobble free, After a new rancho steering stabilizer, A new set of Michelin LTX's (31"), Front end alignment and Rotors turned. At all speeds I can feel absolutely no wobble. It's spectacular! Good luck to the rest of you.

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