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Old 08-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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Bolt Replacement Kit Question

I've been reading a good bit on the death wobble phenomenon and from what I can gather, it appears that it's due to OEM bolts either not properly torqued or losing torque spec along the way.

Suggestions range from performing a re-torque on all the suspension bolts to replacing all the OEM bolts via a kit or gathering the bolts independently to replace.

My questions are this.
  • Is this problem still applicable to newer JK's? It appears that this began somewhere around mid 2010 models. In the threads, it appears that the 14mm track bar bolt is still in use from the factory and that this issue with the trackbar bolt continues. I purchased a 2013 in April. Should I be concerned?
  • Is the biggest contributor not having the 9/16" bolt in the trackbar? Should I begin by first just replacing those bolts?
  • As for the other bolts, why replace all the bolts if a re-torque of the OEM bolts will basically do the same thing? Is there an advantage to the grade 8/9 bolts over the OEM bolts that will ensure a longer term solution?
  • Is it possible to purchase the bolts for the same or less than one of the available kits online? Has anyone successfully done this at a Home Depot or Lowes?
  • Is there any advantage of one kit over another? I read on another thread that the Northridge 4x4 kit is about $40 and seems to be the most affordable option. I assume a grade 8 bolt is a grade 8 bolt, regardless of where it's from?


Sorry for all the newbie questions. I look at this as a priority preventative maintenance item if it's applicable.

Thanks in advance.

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bump, anyone ???

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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The OEM 14mm bolts have no shoulder on them and that gives them wiggle room. The 9/16" bolts in the kits have a shoulder and fit much snugger in the holes without all the extra wiggle room. Here is a link to the $40 bolt kit from Northridge. It comes with bolts for f/r lower control arms and f/r track bar bolts.

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As far as I know it is still a problem. I used the Synergy kit on my 2012 JKU.
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The OEM 14mm bolts have no shoulder on them and that gives them wiggle room. The 9/16" bolts in the kits have a shoulder and fit much snugger in the holes without all the extra wiggle room. Here is a link to the $40 bolt kit from Northridge. It comes with bolts for f/r lower control arms and f/r track bar bolts.

Northridge 4X4 Jeep JK Grade 8 Hardware kit
I have a 2013 Sahara, the factory bolts were still threaded, still 14mm. I have replaced the factory bolts with the Northridge kit.....I did it as a preventive measure, not because I experienced DW. Award your self piece of mind, get the Northridge kit and install it. You'll be good until the ball joints go...then you can replace them with good ones and you'll be golden!

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Thanks to all. I'll get the kit ordered.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:13 AM   #7
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I've been to the dealer once already to have the bolt torqued back to correct. The service manage said DW was due to normal wear. I told him, I thought loose suspension bolts probably don't help either. I will be going in every time I go off road, that way if the suspension ever does have a problem, I've been in to try to keep the bolts tight.

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