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Old 12-24-2009, 04:54 AM   #1
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Affraid of Getting Death Wooble

Hello everyone,
I may have been lucky until now, i have absolutely no death wooble on my Jeep since i bought it. But, i am planning to buy new shocks this months (I'm thinking about OME Shocks) because my procomp shocks are in very bad condition and the ride is rough. (The shocks are for a 2" suspension Lift). Is there a chance that i get death wooble by replacing the shocks with OME without replacing the whole Lift Kit?

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Old 12-24-2009, 05:17 AM   #2
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I am not sure if there is any one answer to dw. I purchased an 06 used in 08, it had less than 30,000 miles on it, was completely stock, and I experienced it. Since it was still under warranty it took it in and they replaced the steering dampener. I have put on bigger tires and a lift since then and have been dw free.

If you haven't had it yet, you should be good, but with dw, who knows.

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after the new shocks, just get it aligned and balance really really well!!!! other wise, yeah you'll probably get a bit of death wobble, its scary but not that bad =P
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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That alone would normally not be enough of a change to cause anything. Tires are one of the primary causes, rotations have caused it for me in the past! Just get it aligned if you lift any, as suggested above.
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Getting it alined and balanced wont necessarily mean you will not get it. I had the dw and I balanced and alined it three times and it still did it. Just make sure that you really test the car out once you get the new springs.
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:49 PM   #6
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yeah it can be all types of things, espically if your tj is an older model one, things can give out (bushings etc)
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:53 PM   #7
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You should not get DW from just replacing the shocks. Get the right length shocks and you will be very pleased with the difference in the OMEs from your Procomp es3000s - which were really crap the day they were put on. I replaced mine (same 2" lift) with Rubicon Express mono tubes and love it now.
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Just changing out shocks won't cause dw. Ome shocks are very good and you should be happy with them.
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:19 AM   #9
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Thank you for all the answers! I'm very impatient to get the OME, as everybody said they are the best
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:17 AM   #10
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My '01 TJ with 85K miles never had DW. All stock, I put on Bilsteins at about 75K and it just made it handle better.

My '06 that replaced the '01 came with DW. It appears '04 up uses a different steering box and the mounting makes slight changes to the steering geometry.

The DW I heard about on '03's back was TJ's with suspension mods.

You might look at the track bar joint where it fastens to the axle. On the right hand side on top the axle, a bolt and rubber bushing fastens the trackbar to the axle. Have someone move the steering back and forth to see if there is any play between the axle and the trackbar. Sometimes the bolt and bushing becomes worn. If there is play, replace the bolt, busihing, or trackbar.

My '01 had a stock steering stabalizer at 85K miles. It had better resitance than the stock steering stabalizer on the '06 at 22K miles.

To fix the '06, I had to go through wheel balance, complete alignment, a new track bar, one tie rod end and a heavy duty Rancho steering stabalizer. (Jeep's fix for DW is a heavy duty stabalizer).

I bet you '00 will be fine

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