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Old 05-05-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Bad bump steer or death wobble

okay guys ive got a 2001 wrangler sport with a 3 inch RC lift kit with a 1.5 inch RC leveling kit up front. after i put the leveling kit on i started experiencing bad front end wobble whenever i hit a bump at a certain angle or speed. The shaking is so bad i have to slam the brakes and slow way down for it too stop. i have a drop Pittman arm, and everything else steering is stock. After the leveling kit went in i had it aligned too. could it be i need a new track bar or something like that since i have 4+ inches of lift up front? any help is appreciated, thanks.

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Yes it could be the track bar, but did you change anything else? Sway bar links, shocks, bump stops, track bar?? Also, post up the alignment print out.

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Do your self a favor and remove the drop pitman arm. You're actually inducing bump steer .
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Do your self a favor and remove the drop pitman arm. You're actually inducing bump steer .
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alright thanks ill try that first. and the sway bar links are the same ones that came with the 3 inch lift kit, and shocks are RC also. the bump stops i never lengthened, and the track bar was just drilled for the 3 inch lift.
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where do you find a stock pitman arm?
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where do you find a stock pitman arm?
Parts house... Take your pick. I prefer NAPA
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A common (but not the only) cause of DW is the combination of an imperfectly balanced tire together with a front track bar that has side-to-side movement (slop). The tire triggers it, the loose track bar lets it develop into DW. With the tires on the ground, have a helper repeatedly turn the steering wheel left/right while you closely watch the front-end for unwanted side-to-side slop. Especially look at the trackbar, it should have absolutely zero/non/nada/zip side-to side slop or movement at either end.
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Okay thanks you guys. i bought a RE adjustable track bar and a procomp steering stabilizer also so hopefully that will fix the issue.
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A new steering stabilizer is never (!) even part of the fix for death wobble.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:21 PM   #11
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okay i got the track bar today but i realized i also need a bracket for it? is there anything else i need for the RE front track bar?
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You didn't order the RE1610 track bar by mistake did you? The RE1600 track bar bolts up without needing the RE1611 bracket that the RE1610 requires.

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