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Old 02-24-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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yj death wobble??

has anybody heard of this? i had a guy from the stereo place follow me in my 93 yj to give me a ride and he said my back drivers rim was wobbling really bad, he does alot of 4 wheeling and had heard and seen this to be a common prob with wranglers, of course no details?, but he said he has heard most of the offroad jeep guys that take theirs mudding etc have had the prob, i didnt feel anything odd but im new to the wrangler, heard they vibrate ,bounce alot, its got 33 mudtires, isnt hard to handle ,yes alot of road noise, just wondering before i tear into it if it might be a ujoint or? he said looked like my rim was about to come off, dont know how i didnt hear/feel this, i just got new rims and tires so i was gonna try make room to get it into the garage and pull them off, just wondering what to expect?? anybody?? thanks

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Death wobble usually has to do with the front end, and 99 percent of the time isn't on a YJ. That being said it could be: lug nuts loose, bent wheel, bent axle, or he was blind lol

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Death wobble usually has to do with the front end, and 99 percent of the time isn't on a YJ. That being said it could be: lug nuts loose, bent wheel, bent axle, or he was blind lol

Agree! New rims can get bent in shipping and tires can be messed up from being stored incorrectly.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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X3 Death wobble on a YJ almost never happens let alone in the rear.. I'd re-torque your lugs and check the rims.
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x4 however, i think if it was wobbling as bad as he made it out to be that you would have felt something
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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You might have a tweaked axle shaft, or bad bearing. Either of those could give you a rear wheel wobble.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:08 PM   #7
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How about a funny mud pattern on the tire that makes it look bent.. see it all day long at work on the dump trucks...
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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How about a funny mud pattern on the tire that makes it look bent.. see it all day long at work on the dump trucks...
true dat.....also have seen mud get in the wheels and throw them off balance...they'll wobble, bounce, and do all sorts of tricks ....look on the inside of the wheel
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..... a guy from the stereo place
I think I found your problem, very clear in the above " ".


Unless you felt your going to die right there as your driving the Jeep you didn't have DW. Now could there be a issue with the Jeep, sure,so look it over.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #10
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thanks guys i feel a lil better, i started the tire rim swap last night did the drivers side it was late and i checked everything while i was at it, today ill do the drivers side this morning, new tires are 2'' taller, they are 285 65 18 nitto mud grapplers was told they would be 32 1/2 tall ,my old tires are 33 12.5 15 durrango i havnt put a tape on them, but they are 2" taller than what i had, it looks as if i have no lift at all, i have 4", but i will check that side today, gonna try get somebody to follow me and videotape me
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #11
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i went ahead with my rim/tire swap, looked for any obvious stuff when i had it off-rear drivers side rim, got a friend to follow me, and he confirmed it that it is wobbling so bad it looks like the rim is gonna fly off, yet i dont feel anything, ive vever swapped axles or axle bearings, dont know how difficult it might be, if i take it to a shop near me im sure to be robbed, i dont see this being under a 500 dollar repair, im gonna do some shopping around, any advice anybody have any numbers i can expect??
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I got a new axle for $125.00 cost from a friend, they sell for $159.00 new $125 used. new bearing, oil, gasket, about $50.00, If you don't know how to work on Old Cars $500.00 is a deal.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:26 PM   #13
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i got the axle kit from advance auto 150.oo but itll take 2 days to get here, and found a shop a friend works at said theyd do it labor for 140, i have done alot of work on old cars but never an axle watched a couple videos on youtube and saw the guys really havin a hard time getting those bearings out, ill gladly pay 140 to have someone do it

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