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Old 01-20-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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swaying issues

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I got sort of weird issue with me jeep (97, manual, 2.5l 130k), and I wanna see if any of u guys know whatís up. Itís hard to explain, but whenever I hit a bump or weave in and out of lanes at higher speeds my jeep sways back and forth pretty bad (I think this may be called body roll?), it sort of feels like the backend of my jeep is fishtailing side to side (itís not tho, just kind of feels like its leaning from side to side). I checked and my sway bar links are fine. And there isnít anything noticeably broken (I only did a quick inspection tho). My shocks are crap though, Iím pretty sure they are original and are beat up, defiantly need to be changed, so Iím wondering if this can be what is causing my problem? Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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It's time for new shocks no doubt but may not be the solution to the swaying. I would check tire inflation and double check your rear upper shock mounts. Maybe for some reason your coil springs are shot. Start checking the easy stuff first. Good luck.

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Shocks are a good place to start . . . I'd also look at all of your bushings . . . especially the trackbar bushings as they can give you a sloppy ride when they wear out.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:21 PM   #4
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thanks guys, how would i go about checking my trackbar bushings? and these other bushings? and if they need to be replaced how much would that cost and how hard is it to do? and ya, i think im just going to buy a lift, instead of just replacing the stock shocks and springs.
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thanks guys, how would i go about checking my trackbar bushings? and these other bushings? and if they need to be replaced how much would that cost and how hard is it to do? and ya, i think im just going to buy a lift, instead of just replacing the stock shocks and springs.

A really bad bushing can sometimes be detected by giving it a good visual inspection . . . look for tears, cracks, or any other signs of wear . . . grab a buddy and have him move the steering wheel and shake the Jeep side to side and look and feel for any play in the bushings. Sometimes they can be a bit illusive, but usually it's a pretty straight forward thing. Not sure how difficult OEM bushings are to remove and replace . . . I'm assuming you'd need a press or strong vice . . . the non OEM aftermarket bushings usually go in and out pretty easily, but they don't seem to last as long. I just replaced the bushing on both my front and rear trackbars and the Jeep is handling and cornering much better now.
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ya know I changed out my trackbar because the bushing was shot, it fixed the body sway for a bit but now its back = \ Its definitely not the track bar though because its a RE Adj Trackbar and well theyre pretty tough. What im guessing mine might be is either loose screws from changing out my axles, or, maybe switching out my shocks may work as I am hearing squeaking and the ride is pretty much crazy.

Ill go off like a 1-2" ledge from a driveway and my jeep will bounce up and down crazy.
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ya know I changed out my trackbar because the bushing was shot, it fixed the body sway for a bit but now its back = \ Its definitely not the track bar though because its a RE Adj Trackbar and well theyre pretty tough. What im guessing mine might be is either loose screws from changing out my axles, or, maybe switching out my shocks may work as I am hearing squeaking and the ride is pretty much crazy.

Ill go off like a 1-2" ledge from a driveway and my jeep will bounce up and down crazy.
How long have you had the RE track bar? That's what I have too and the bushings do go bad . . . quite a bit of force is placed on those things. I had mine on for about a year and a half and the bushing was going bad.
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Body roll

Unless you have driven another Jeep, you may not be able to compare your Jeep to what you expect. You mention weave in and out of lanes at higher speeds.. uhh.. well, depending on your definition, you may be expecting too much! My Jeep has 6" lift, 37" tires, and at high speeds I don't drive it and expect to slalom down the freeway.

I'd check (in order)

* Sway Bars (front and rear)
(I would only recommend this if you are comfortable doing so, but try driving your Jeep [slowly at first] with the sway bar disconnected to see if you see a big difference.) Even with the 6" lift, 37" tires and stock front sway bar connected (no rear sway bar) my Jeep drives pretty solid, if I disconnect that front sway bar, it's a completely different ride.)

* Shocks
* Springs
* Wheel bearings
* Track bar
* All control arms & bushings (front, rear, upper, lower)
* Steering linkage
* Ball joints

Try checking the body roll while stationary to see how it behaves. Stand on the rear wheel and give the roll cage a good yank and see how far it wants to move.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #9
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i suppose weaving was to strong of a word, i mean like when switching lanes it really rocks, i have had my jeep for a year and half so im comparing it to how it was when i first got it, it seem to be getting progressingly worse. ill check out ur guys recommendations and thanks alot guys

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