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Old 03-25-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Could 94 MT wheels on 2006 rubicon cause Death Wobble?

I have a set of Mickey Thompson rims from my old 94 wrangler. I got a 2006 Rubicon and had it lifted with rubicon express shocks, springs, adjustable bars and also an OME steering stabilizer.

Now, when I drive with my stock Rubi wheels, everything is fine. If I throw on my MT's, which have 33' BFG MTs on them, I get serious death wobble when I hit certain bumps or unevenness in the road to the point of almost crashing.

I have had the tires balanced twice, but have not tried them since I got my OME and have heard that if you get DW, you shouldn't be looking for a steering stabilizer to be your solution.

I wanted to know if the rims could be the problem? I notice that when I put them on, the holes aren't snug around the lug bolts. I can move the wheel around a tiny bit and the first couple lugs nuts, when tightened, actually bring the rim to where its supposed to be for the last couple lug nuts.

The guy that balanced the tires said that it may be the tires themselves and that they could be off.

Let me know what you guys think. I really hope I can keep the rims because they are nice, but if they are the issue, then I may have to get rid of them.

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Old 03-25-2008, 02:03 PM   #2
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what speed is the wobble, could you call it a vibration? when o.e. wheels are on, no prob. when mt's on problem? i'd make sure you've confirmed that more than once, its hard to deny if problem goes away with o.e, and comes back with mt's its either those tires or wheels. different wheels can use different lug nuts, taper usually can be different. but your discription sounds normal, tiny bit loose, but lines up when two are tightened down. whoever balanced your tires should be able to tell you if the wheels didn't go back on right.

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To answer your question. I have confirmed this at least 4 times. Right now I am running with my stock rims for months now and I never get DW.

As soon as I put on the MT's there is trouble and it is a VERY violent shaking back and forth of the front end, to the point of me having to slow down to about 15 mph for it to stop. I have cars freakout and swerve around me in order to avoid me. In no way is it just a vibration, it feels like the front of the jeep is going to rip off.

I usually have to be going faster that 35mph for this to happen.
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have you rotated the mt's? and the dw stays up front? look at the death wobble threads on here to, lots of info there. tire shop said may be tires? are they real bad, bald, or seperated belts? wobble should move from front to back if only 1, or 1 pair is bad, and you rotate them, but 4 times i'd guess they went back in different spots.
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Make sure that RE track bar is tight! Might want to take your tires elsewhere to get ballanced/rotated. If the tires have worn unevenly they are at risk of givving you other issues.
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I have not moved the front tires to the back yet. I can try that. The tires are not in bad shape. Nothing visibly wrong with them. The front tread is a little lower than the back, but nothing major is wrong with them visibly.

The front ones have less weight on them for balancing plus a slightly lower tread, so thats what I kept the ones with more weight and higher tread on the back. But I can switch them and take it for a ride.

I always put them back on this way and always got the wobble. I was also told to keep the tires with more weight in the back to help eliminate the wobble.
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definately rotate just to eliminate bad tire, if wobble follows a tire to the back, then you know, a tire can have a shifted belt and not be visible while on jeep. but on a tire balancer you'd see a bad tire.

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