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Old 05-22-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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After replacing the control arms, what is my next move to get rid of the shakes?

Okay, I have replaced all of the following front end components:

1) Center tube and both tie rod ends.
2) Drag link and it tie rod end.
3) Steering stabilizer
4) Lower control arms.

I still have the shakes though (although the Currie lower CA, the 'Jonny Joint') did help somewhat. I also guess it is possible that an alignment would help, as I did nothing technical in setting it up and would prefer a shop to do an alignment. If it needs it, as it drives true forward, does not pull in any direction.

About all I have left are the upper CA's and the Trac bar.

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Old 05-23-2005, 11:15 AM   #2
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I would say after you get the front track bar on and the upper control arms that should help a lot.. also the alignment might be the key to it all. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Make sure the tires are balanced properly - take it to a non-franchise tire shop and demand they get it as close to a perfect balance as they can get. Also start by checking the alignment - you should be set to -7* caster, with a toe in ranging from 1/8" to 0". After that, try replacing the trackbar.
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Make sure the tires are balanced properly - take it to a non-franchise tire shop and demand they get it as close to a perfect balance as they can get. Also start by checking the alignment - you should be set to -7* caster, with a toe in ranging from 1/8" to 0". After that, try replacing the trackbar.
It's going in the shop for an alignment on Thursday and I will remember those specs. you quoted, if that does not fix it I will be buying a new adjustable track bar.
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for what ever it is worth, on another site, 'death wobble', in one case, was found to caused by some broken steering box bolts.
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Old 05-27-2005, 09:11 PM   #6
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pitman arm maybe??
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Old 05-29-2005, 12:32 AM   #7
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Well, apparently after another inspection I have determined (from the help of someone more knowledgable) that it is the Trac Bar. Since the lift the only front suspension component not replaced is the upper CA's, maybe I should change them to and make it a clean sweep.
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So how did this turn out for you? I would imagine that your shake is definitely coming from either unbalanced tires or a trac bar issue.
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95% of the time it's your trackbar. more specifically - the axle end of your trackbar. the OEM bolt sucks....and loosens up over time as well. compound that with the often "drill another hole to the side to center your axle" routine and you have not only a crappy bolt but a weakened mount. replace the bolt with grade 8 and smoke it down. also check the TRE on the other end by having someone rotate the steering wheel back and forth slightly while you look closely at it. putting your hand over it helps to feel any creaking/popping coming from it.
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