I recently put on the Old Man Emu 4.5" lift on my 2010 Rubicon. It came with the steering stabilizer and worked great. Well, went on a poker run Saturday and unearthed a larger rock during a creek crossing. Bent the bar, ruined the shock.
I soon learned about what my friends call "death wobbles". Fortunately it only happened between 25 and 35 mph, but it was impossible to control and the only thing you can do is slow do a crawl and pull over.
I replaced it with a Les Schwab off the shelf stabilizer shock, but I also went from 34" (295s) to 37" tires. Well, within a mile of leaving the shop the death wobbles returned. They are going to get an Old Man Emu shock back in and swap out this smaller one.
My question is, does anyone know if you have to beef up the stabilizer even more now that I'm running 37" tires? Any insight would be appreciated.
What exactly happened when you bent the shock? What bar are you talking about that got bent? DW is most often the result of track bar problems. However, it can be from worn joints on tre, ball joints, etc. Watch the videos in that thread posted above. Good stuff in there.
OME 2.5" coils and Nitro Shocks, Metalcloak front track bar, JKS Quick discos, 33x12.50 Goodyear MTR's w/Kevlar, 15x8 Pacer wheels, thedirtworx rear tire carrier
Thanks guys. I was afraid of that. I bent the Tie Rod pretty good, but I replaced that. I'll check out the video and see what comes out of it. The jeep had no issues before and the damage happened at a crawl and I don't see any other issues. I'll take another look.