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Old 10-18-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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New guy has Death Wobble (DW)

Hi all,

I am fairly new to Jeeping. I was lucky eough to marry into a 2001 jeep Wrangler and am now caring fr it as if it were my own. I have read a lot of DW articles and beleive ours is caused by worn drag link ends. The drag link can be twisted by hand. My question to all of you pros out ther! is; can I buy just the ends? Are they the same as tie rod ends? I have found several drag bar kits online, but they don't look like our stock drag link. The only ones I can find that look like the right thing are paired with a tie rod kit and sell for several hundred dollars. sells a darg link kit that comes with the long bar, clamps, and what it calls two "tie rod" ends.

Thank you!

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Old 10-19-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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Items in the front end like the drag link and tie rod are mounted on ball joints so they do and are supposed to be able to rotate about their long axis. What they should not have is any side-to-side play at where they are mounted.

With the tires on the ground, have a helper turn the steering wheel back & forth (engine can be running) while you watch the front-end components for unwanted side-to-side movement at what they are bolted to. Especially at the track bar's passenger side mount where it bolts to the bracket on the axle.

The two most common causes of DW that are often paired together are imperfectly balanced tires, they must be perfectly balanced, together with a loose passenger-side track bar mount.

Other causes can be worn control arm bushings, improper toe-in, bad ball joints, loose anything. All of the front end must be tight and have no slop in anything. Remember the drag link and tie rod can be rotated a little back & forth by hand, that is normal.

For DW to develop, it must be triggered by something like an out of balance tire or a bump in the road. Then once triggered, a tight front-end will dampen out the shock & momentary oscillations caused by the trigger. A front end with something loose will be unable to dampen out those oscillations which will grow in intensity until DW is fully developed.
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