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Old 09-18-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Experienced the "wobble" today

I have an 06 Wrangler X with less than 27,000 miles on it. I was going about 50 mph when the front end started shaking and got so bad that I had to pull over. This is the dreaded Death Wobble, right?
I took it straight to the dealer that I bought it from (about a month ago) and I was told that they would put on a new steering dampener.

Good thing it is still under warranty.

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mine was just alignment and balancing with new tires and im all good
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
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mines been wobbeling for a year now, changed everything, balanced, alignments, new track bar, lift, ect, ect, ect. I just point and go. I gave up with trying to figure it out.
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did you get new tires???
cuz thats what did it for me
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:58 PM   #5
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yup, 3 times, all the same problem, same speed. tried steelies with 32 MT's, wobble, stockers, wobble, MT rims, 33 BFG AT;s, wobble, i gave up
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did you get new tires???
cuz thats what did it for me
No, I have not done anything to it yet. Stock tires and suspension and less than 27,00 miles. Got it used about a month ago.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:04 PM   #7
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mines been wobbeling for a year now, changed everything, balanced, alignments, new track bar, lift, ect, ect, ect. I just point and go. I gave up with trying to figure it out.
Wouldn't your warranty cover this?
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Wouldn't your warranty cover this?
nope, warrenty is long gone, plus with the lift, they wont touch it
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I took it straight to the dealer that I bought it from (about a month ago) and I was told that they would put on a new steering dampener.

Good thing it is still under warranty.
Steering stabilizers are just band-aids. They only hide the problem at hand.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:04 PM   #10
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Steering stabilizers are just band-aids. They only hide the problem at hand.
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I also have an 06 Wrangler X with 14K miles and experienced the wobble. The dealer checked everything and said nothing was wrong with the front end. Turns out that the lift and tires were OK, but still had factory shocks. Replaced shocks with heavy duty, bought two new tires and problem solved. Hope this helps.

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No, I have not done anything to it yet. Stock tires and suspension and less than 27,00 miles. Got it used about a month ago.
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Wouldn't your warranty cover this?
Yours should cover it though since its pretty new, i'd imagine you should have at least 3 months 3k miles on it. Give it a shot

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but still had factory shocks. Replaced shocks with heavy duty
Ive driven my tj with NO shocks and 4" of lift . Minor wobble when i hit a hole and lots of bouncing . Now that i have OME shocks, i dont have a single problem.
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well i have had my steering stabilizer erplaced twice under warranty. I have a two inch lift and cause of the laws regarding that they cannot tell you they cant look at it under warranty. They just came out with a new bigger beefier stabilizer that made a huge difference on my jeep. Mine is also an 06 with only 20,000 miles now and the stabilizer was replaced (the second time) around 3000 miles ago.
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Yes a stabilizer may have "solved" the issue... but a properly set us suspension/steering system will not need one. The only reason there is one from the factory is to keep the slight movement of the steering to a minimum. A Death Wobble issue is more than a worn out steering stabilizer. Something is lose or worn out. Someone who "solves" this issue with a stabilizer is only using a band-aid until it needs replacing again.

My '97 (65k miles) has 32" tires and 3.5" of lift on the stock stabilizer... no wobble at all.
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but a properly set us suspension/steering system will not need one. The only reason there is one from the factory is to keep the slight movement of the steering to a minimum.

My '97 (65k miles) has 32" tires and 3.5" of lift on the stock stabilizer... no wobble at all.
i allways thought the main purpose of the steering stabilizer was to prevent very fast movements of the steering wheel such as when you hit a rock or something.. imagine your hand gets stuck in there and the steering wheel turns violently with nothing stopping it.. ouch.

Anyways.. i have 35s, 4" of suspension lift 2" body and stock stabilizer.. no wobble either
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If the wheel violently jerks to the side or moves when you hit a rock, that is bump steer, and another issue.
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If the wheel violently jerks to the side or moves when you hit a rock, that is bump steer, and another issue.
what if it shakes at 40-45 mph all the time, no matter what the conditions are?
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I would call that DW... but usually it leads to the whole vehicle shaking. Is it just the wheel?
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just the steering wheel, goes away after 45.
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If the wheel violently jerks to the side or moves when you hit a rock, that is bump steer, and another issue.
not bump steer.. this is what i had in mind.. but instead of damage, imagine both wheels went the same way forcing the steering wheel in one direction and now imagine there isnt anything to slow or soften it up.


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